The only former-racist in history that deserves our admiration, respect, and forgiveness.
George Corley Wallace Jr. served three terms as the governor of the state of Alabama. He was the candidate of the American Independent Party in the 1968 presidential election, where he captured the electoral votes from five states (Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia) and nearly 10 million votes. Wallace ran on a platform on pro-segregation views, which remarks on his previous declaration of "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever".
Wallace planned to run again in 1972, but was shot in the back and paralyzed while campaigning in Maryland. It was after this that, unlike other racists that scream faggotry and douchebag-like characters such as Strom Thurmond and Trent Lott, George Wallace began to realize how he had been corrupted due to the racial society he grew up in, and actually had the strength and courage to learn what he was truly meant to believe.
Soon after his injury, in the 1970s, George Wallace became a born-again Christian and publicly renounced his previous pro-segregation views and apologized to several black civil rights leaders all across America. He admitted it: he was wrong to judge humans on the basis of skin. When he was re-elected governor of Alabama (1983-87), he appointed a record number of African-Americans to government position, something many Southern leaders at the time were still hesitant to do.
George Wallace proved to be a man that was originally corrupted by growing up in racial times to becoming a loving father-like figure that truly acknowledged what he was meant to believe: that segregation is wrong. George Wallace amazingly proved not to be a hypocrite, but a hero in the hearts of many Americans that once thought all racists were incapable of reform and undeserving of forgiveness, because George Wallace proved to be an exception to that thought.
George Wallace died in 1998.
- George Wallace said while he once sought power and glory, he realized he needed to seek love and forgiveness.
- On one occasion, when asked by a reporter which contemporary American political figure he most admired, George Wallace paused thoughtfully for a moment, smiled, and said: "Myself."
God bless George Wallace.
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