November 27, 2006

The Boys are Back in Town.

While we're contemplating Michael Richards future in comedy and whether his apology was "heartfelt," Trent Lott has slowly squeezed himself back into power. Racist tirades may ruin your Hollywood career. On the contrary, they do wonders for your Washington career. The Republican party voted and made good ol' boy Trent "Strom Thurmond incarnate" Lott Senate Minority Whip.

Let's recall some of Trent Lott's finer moments. At good ol' boys Strom's 100th birthday, Lott famously exclaimed, "I want to say this about my state. When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years." A modern day vote for segregation. Must've been a slip of the tongue, a tirade, a nervous breakdown, right?

- In 1981, Lott filed a "friend of the court" brief opposing the IRS's decision to terminate Bob Jones University's tax exempt status because it prohibited interracial dating.

- In 1982, Lott voted against the extension of the Voting Rights Act.

- In 1983, he voted against creating a national holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

- He voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1990, a measure that reversed five Supreme Court rulings that would have made it more difficult for people of color to win job discrimination lawsuits.

- In 1992, he spoke to the Council of Conservative Citizens, a successor to the White Citizens' Council of the 1960s, saying "the people in this room stand for the right principles and the right philosophy. Let's take it in the right direction, and our children will be the beneficiaries."

- In 1994, he voted to terminate federal funding for the King Holiday Commission.

- In 1995, he criticized Rep. Bennie Thompson, Mississippi's lone African-American member of Congress, for seeking FBI documents on the death of civil rights leader Vernon Dahmer.

- In 2001, he was the only U.S. Senator to vote against President George W. Bush's nomination of Roger Gregory, an African-American, to the Fourth U.S Court of Appeals.

Even when they're down, they STILL get their people in the back door. By the way, Lott's 25-24 win was a secret ballot. Supremacy knows how to keep it underground. YOU tell me: what's the difference between white sheets and a secret ballot? Lott puts it best: "We will be a robust minority, a vigorous minority, and, hopefully, a minority that is only in that condition for a couple of years." Damn.

Watch your back. The (good ol') BOYS are back in town.

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Anonymous CB4 said...

From the article in the Louisiana Weekly:
In acknowledging to Ed Gordon that he had been wrong to vote against the federal holiday honoring Dr. King, Lott said: "I'm not sure we in America, certainly not white America and the people in the South, fully understood who this man was, the impact he was having on the fabric of this country."

- Linda Chavez's response to that:
"Sen. Lott's problem is not that he didn't understand what Rev. King was fighting for, but that, at that time, he was on the other side."

Ouch... have to say she got him with that one lol - the only thing I might change with her statement is the "at that time".

Another good post... thanks!


11:31 PM  
Blogger vik said...

yeah. we stay worrying about kramer, when folks like trent lott are not only gaining power, but respect and acceptance.

all while the democrats are "kickin ass"

11:43 PM  

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