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Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have asked white people to use their privilege to stand up and join the fight against "immoral economic disparities between whites and blacks."

His call comes as the nation confronts its long history of racial division after the murder of George Floyd, a black man, by a white Minneapolis police officer.

"Rosalynn and I are pained by the tragic racial injustices and consequent backlash across our nation in recent weeks," Carter wrote in a statement. "Our hearts are with the victims' families and all who feel hopeless in the face of pervasive racial discrimination and outright cruelty."

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