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Byrd is 84 years old. During his long lifetime, Klan membership was common in the South. He has stated he regrets it, and he has not been involved with them for over thirty, maybe forty years, and the voters of West Virginia seem to have no problem with it. He makes a convient straw man for Republican racists to use to excuse their own bigotted behavior, and any time discussion of race occur, the Limbaugh Playbook states he must be trotted out so that an actual discussion of the issue at hand cannot take place. People are sick of this shit. Fuck Byrd: is or is not Lott a lighting rod of racial division in this country, and why is the GOP making him one of its top leaders? Can't you wingnuts answer a straight question without pouring us all a glass of your fucking Koolaid? Lott is known for his membership in "citizens councils", organizations that in the past were known as "White Citizen's Councils" which terrorized the black citizens of Mississippi. He just typical GOP leadership: white, Southern, rich, racist. Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.
Lott's long history of support for racist and neo-Confederate causes is generally missing from coverage of the Thurmond controversy. On December 11, the New York Times and Washington Post did report that in 1980, then-congressmember Lott told a crowd at a Reagan rally, “You know, if we had elected [Strom Thurmond] 30 years ago, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are today.” But with few other exceptions, coverage of Lott’s record seldom goes beyond the current scandal and 1998 revelations of Lott’s links to the racist Council of Conservative Citizens.
As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978, Lott was behind a successful effort to re-instate the citizenship of Confederate President Jefferson Davis (Associated Press, 6/2/78). In 1981, the year he became house minority whip, Lott prodded the Reagan administration into taking the side of Bob Jones University and other segregated private schools that were suing the Internal Revenue Service to restore tax exemptions withdrawn a decade earlier because of the schools’ discriminatory racial policies (Washington Post, 1/18/82).
In 1982 and 1990, Lott voted against extending the Voting Rights Act, the law passed to insure that minorities-- especially Southern blacks-- had access to the voting booth. In 1990, he voted against continuation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the crown jewel of civil-rights legislation that desegregated education and public accommodations. In 1983 Lott voted against a national holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr., and in 1994 he voted to de-fund the MLK Jr. Holiday commission.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address
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