Goldwater, in addition to being a politician, was a WWII fighter pilot, and when he returned from combat, he established and commanded the Arizona Air National Guard, standing up the 197th Fighter Squadron. At his direction as commander, the Arizona ANG was desegregated in 1947, two years before Truman desegregated the rest of the armed forces. To claim that Goldwater favored segregation, as Jackson has, is a slander.
Originally Posted by noonwitch
Jackson similarly slandered Reagan. Writing in the NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/18/op...nnon.html?_r=0), Lou Cannon debunks the myth of Reagan as racist:
Any fair-minded look at Mr. Reagan’s biography and record demonstrates that he was not a bigot. In 1931, when Mr. Reagan was on the Eureka College football team, two black players were refused admission to a hotel in Elmhurst, Ill., where the team was playing. Mr. Reagan took them with him to Dixon, Ill., to spend the night at his parents’ home. He and one of the players, William Franklin Burghardt, remained friends and correspondents until Mr. Burghardt died in 1981.
As a sports announcer in Iowa in the 1930s, Mr. Reagan opposed the segregation of Major League Baseball. As an actor in Hollywood he quit a Los Angeles country club because it did not admit Jews. In 1978, when preparing to run for president, Mr. Reagan opposed a California ballot initiative that would have barred homosexuals from teaching in the state’s public schools. He was widely credited for its defeat.
Jackson says these things because he is a partisan Democrat whose highest standard is partisan victory, not truth. He is also a serial liar who has embezzled money from his own charities in order to pay off his mistress and who was driven out of the SCLC for ripping off Operation Breadbasket. He has no conscience, and his statements reflect this.