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Oct 20th

Blackonomics- Best use of Lott

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You have heard the saying, "Be careful of what you ask for, you just might get it;" and it’s really true. When the Trent Lott debacle was upon us I was shouting, "Let him stay; don’t ask for his resignation." Obviously those who wanted him to step down won that battle,.. You have heard the saying, "Be careful of what you ask for, you just might get it;" and it’s really true. When the Trent Lott debacle was upon us I was shouting, "Let him stay; don’t ask for his resignation." Obviously those who wanted him to step down won that battle, but I wonder what will happen now that he is no longer the leader of the U.S. Senate. There were those who asked the Senate to censure Lott instead of defrocking him, namely, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and I commend them for that. Time will tell if their suggestion was the best, and I think we will find out very quickly.

In my opinion, it would have been better for Lott to remain in his position because during his numerous apologies he also made some very interesting statements. He said some things for which he could have been held accountable to Black folks, thus opening the door for possible concessions on our behalf. But nooooo, we wanted him out because he said what he’d been feeling and thinking for years, and this time we not only heard him (I assume we also heard him in 1982 when he said the same thing), we paid attention to it.

If we had not gone along with his Republican cohorts, Armstrong Williams leading the charge, we would be able to say to old Trent, "Hey, didn’t you say you support affirmative action? Aren’t you the guy who said you didn’t really appreciate the contributions of MLK, but now after a recent epiphany you are a changed man?" We could have asked Trent Lott several questions in reference to his apologetic statements, but now African-Americans can hold him accountable for nothing.

It was really funny how things played out. The CBC asked for Lott to be censured, John Lewis accepted his apology saying, "Let’s move on," Armstrong Williams decried Lott’s remarks as unacceptable in the party with the "big tent," and finally, after he was granted permission by his boss, Colin Powell spoke out against Lott’s remarks as well. The whole thing smacked of ridiculous theater, if you ask me.

The Republicans saw this Lott thing as a way to engender Black folks and to take greater advantage of the Democrats’ laxity when it comes to their primary "minority" voting block. George "Dubya" has an agenda he is desperately trying to ram through, and scapegoat Trent Lott proved to be an unwilling assistant. Bush could not afford to be derailed and Lott was not such a big deal that he could not be sacrificed. To top it all off, Black folks, at least those who just had to have Lott outta there, played a major role and actually helped Bush in the process. I bet it was congrats and attaboys all around the big tent when Lott stepped down.

I don’t know what the new majority leader will do for Black folks, if anything, but already Black folks are stepping to the front of the line to endorse him, praise him, laud him, and hold Bill Frist up as though he were the Messiah himself. I guess we’ll have to wait to see. But with Lott, we knew what we had, and we finally had something on him. What do they say about the bird in the hand?

I hope you can see this is all charades and more of the same when it comes to politics. Bush sacrificed Lott, but he re-nominates Charles Pickering for federal Judge (A payback to Lott?). So much for the "big tent." Bush says he’s concerned about the poor and downtrodden, but he puts forth an economic program that will give the richest among us a windfall, while the poorest get little or nothing. Our president also has issued a brief that speaks against the use of affirmative action in admissions at the University of Michigan, a case now before the U.S. Supreme Court. Lott said he supports affirmative action; I wonder what "Uncle Clarence and the Supremes" will say.
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