December 12, 2002
Re "Lott Tries to Quell Furor Over Remark," Dec. 10: By now Sen. Trent Lott's (R-Miss.) remarks, captured by CSPAN, are part of the public record: "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, either." Anyone who knows the platform that Thurmond ran on in 1948 -- racial segregation at any cost -- knows what Lott meant by "these problems."
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January 18, 1999
Re "A Legacy That King Would Not Have Wanted," Commentary, Jan. 13: Finally someone got it right. This impeachment isn't about lying, perjury, sex or abuse of power. It is about racism, sexism and homophobia. White Southern congressmen and religious leaders have hated Bill Clinton for years because he is, in their estimation, a traitor to his class. Sens. Trent Lott, Jesse Helms, and Strom Thurmond are all former Democrats who jumped the civil rights ship. Lott and Rep. Bob Barr are still playing footsie with the Council of Conservative Citizens, just a little bit more respectable than the Klan, but still an anti-black and anti-Semitic organization.
January 16, 1999 |
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) distanced himself from an ultraconservative group that has been accused of supporting white supremacy. His uncle, a member of the Mississippi chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens, had said Lott is an honorary member. "I have made my condemnation of the white supremacist and racist views espoused by this or any other group clear," Lott said in a statement.
September 5, 1994 |
Hundreds of Confederate battle flags snapped in the breeze of this coastal resort Sunday, a fierce answer to an NAACP demand that the rebel banner be removed from the state Capitol. The flags of all sizes adorned cars and were waved by children and adults at a rally that drew about 400 people. "We've given them everything they wanted. Now they want our flag," William G. Carter, president of the state chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens, told the cheering, all-white crowd.
March 24, 1999 |
House Democrats on Tuesday rebuffed a GOP-backed resolution condemning bigotry because it did not name the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens. Republican leaders had hoped to use the resolution to quell controversy over the council, which has hosted several Republican leaders at its meetings and has posted anti-black and anti-Semitic views on its Internet Web site.
December 13, 1998 |
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) spoke about a decade ago at an event he did not know was sponsored by a white supremacist group, his spokesman said Saturday, but the senator has never belonged to the organization. The senator's name surfaced last week amid reports that Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.), one of the leading advocates on the House Judiciary Committee of impeaching President Clinton, was keynote speaker at the national conference of the Council of Conservative Citizens in June.