Along the Tracks

Thursday, December 12, 2002

A great American weighs in on Lott

Usually circumspect Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, a man I truly admire, used questioning during oral arguments before the high court yesterday to weigh in on the Trent Lott controvercy - at least that’s my take.

Thomas, the continuing target of some of the worst race-based derision ever allowed to occur in public discourse, spoke yesterday about the terrorizing impact to African Americans of a burning cross. In his discourse, he noted the vulgar act’s link to “100 years of lynchings in the South.”

At Strom Thurmond’s birthday bash, Lott didn’t merely defend cross burnings. He praised the platform of the 1948 Dixiecrats, who vowed to defend the South from anti-lynching laws. In other words, Lott implicitly praised the right to lynch.

When a man of few words speaks on an issue suddenly thrust into the headlines, you can be it has a purpose. President Bush, and the rest of the Republican leadership, are you listening?

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