Jimmy Carter: US 'dormant' on inequality issues

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by PAUL J. WEBER

Associated Press

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 8 at 8:21 PM

AUSTIN  (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter says that 50 years after passage of the Civil Rights Act too many people remain "at ease" with lingering inequalities between black and white Americans.

Carter on Tuesday was the first of four living presidents who will speak this week at a civil rights summit at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas.

Carter says the country "is pretty much dormant now" on trying to reverse economic and educational disparities. The 39th president pointed to higher unemployment rates among blacks and also touched on wage gaps between men and women.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to give the keynote address at the summit Thursday. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are also set to attend.

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