President Carter had disavowed Andrew Young's allegation that Ronald Reagan's use of the words "states rights" means "it's going to be all right to kill niggers when he's president."
Young, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who resigned amid a furor over his reported contact with a representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization, made the remark at Ohio State University last week.
Young was criticizing the Republican presidential candidate's use of the phrase "states' rights," on Aug. 3 in Philadelphia, Miss., where three civil rights workers were slain in 1964.
Reagan had said: "I believe in states' rights. I believe in people doing as much as they can at the private level." Later, he said he meant shifting some taxing powers and social programs from the federal government to the states.
Young, a black who was associated with the civil rights struggles of the late Martin Luther King Jr., referred to Reagan's remark, and said: o
"If he had gone [TEXT OMITTED FROM SOURCE] and talked about states' rights, if he had gone to New Orleans, or Birmingham, Ala., I would not have gotten upset. But when you go to Philadelphia, Miss., where James Chaney, Andy Goodman and Michael Schwerner were killed -- murdered -- by the sheriff and the deputy sheriff and a government posse protecting states' rights, and you go down there and start talking about states' rights, that looks like a code word to me that it's going to be all right to kill niggers when he's president."
Tom Offenberger, Young's press secretary, attended the university speech and confirmed in Atlanta yesterday that Young had made the statement.
Deputy White House press secretary Ray Jenkins said Young's remark "does not represent the president's view." He said Carter has made it clear that he does not believe Reagan is a racist.