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Senate Republican Leader: Apparently He Doesn't Like Negroes

I don't even know what to think about this. How could somebody say something so bone-headed? Not only did he say it, he refuses to apologize for it or take it back, dismissing it as a "lighthearted" statement. This is why I don't support the Republican party. You can read the full story over at CNN. Thanks to Sean of R5 Productions for posting this link on BCO.

Senate Republican leader Trent Lott said Monday he meant no harm by a recent statement that the country would have avoided "all these problems" if voters had, in 1948, elected Strom Thurmond president -- who at that time favored segregation.

"This was a lighthearted celebration of the 100th birthday of legendary Sen. Strom Thurmond. My comments were not an endorsement of his positions of over 50 years ago, but of the man and his life," Lott said in a statement.

...Lott, R-Mississippi, made the comment Thursday on Capitol Hill during a 100th birthday celebration for Thurmond, who is retiring next month after nearly 48 years in the Senate. The comment was broadcast live on C-SPAN.

...In the 1948 presidential race, during which he ran as the nominee of the breakaway Dixiecrat Party, Thurmond carried Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and his home state of South Carolina.

During the campaign, he said, "All the laws of Washington and all the bayonets of the Army cannot force the Negro into our homes, our schools, our churches." Thurmond's party ran under a platform that declared in part, "We stand for the segregation of the races and the racial integrity of each race."

What a country. And what a political party.

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