The heart of you
This will no doubt raise some eyebrows, but perhaps that is a good thing. Thank you.
Welcome to America, land of the free and home of the ultra-sensitive. Where even the most benign of comments can label you a segregationist, or, even worse, a human being.
Senator Trent Lott (R-Mississippi) found this out the hard way when, at a birthday party for Strom Thurmond, he said the following:
“Lott said Mississippians were proud to have voted for Thurmond as president in 1948. He said if the rest of the country had followed suit, ‘We wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years.’ ’’ (From MSNBC)
Now, for those of you that do not remember the presidential election of 1948, let me bring you up to speed by telling you that Strom Thurmond ran in that election. His platform was one that featured segregation as one of its major points. Thurmond, back then, was one of the major leaders of the so-called “Dixiecrat” movement..
One assumes that when Trent Lott said “we wouldn’t have had all these problems” he meant that we wouldn’t have had all of these problems because African-Americans would have been in their place. That is what he meant, isn’t it? What? You mean that you do not see how he said that? It is right there, in black and white (or, in this case, blue). “We wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years.” It is obvious that he is talking about African-Americans. Anyone can see it, why can’t you?
So, now that he has said these things about African-Americans and labeled himself a supporter of segregation, Trent Lott is in trouble. He has been scolded by the media and the press, and said his mea culpa at least three times now. Members of his own party, even President Bush, are calling for him to step down as incoming Senate Majority Leader. He has been on BET saying that he “now understands the pain that he’s caused”, just like a good boy who’s been scolded by his political parents should.
But, wait just a moment. Let us take a look at another side of this story and these comments. Forgive me for daring to think for myself, but what did Trent Lott say? He said that: “Mississippians were proud to have voted for Thurmond as president in 1948. He said if the rest of the country had followed suit, ‘We wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years’ ”
Now, please forgive me again if I am wrong, but where exactly did Trent Lott say that he is a supporter of segregation? Where did he say that he was a racist? Where did he say that he was someone who believed in these things? He did not my friends. He merely gave a gracious gesture to an old man and a friend. But, here in the land of the free and the home of the ultra-sensitive, where anyone with a microphone in front of them is an open target, it is not the words that you say, but the words that they think you say, that matter.
What light through yon window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
[This message has been edited by Moonlight Romeo (12-17-2002 01:24 PM).]