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No to Lott

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Mississippi Senator Trent Lott Friday announced that he resigned his post as Senate Majority leader, but that he would still remain in the Senate. His resignation came after he made comments on December 5 that suggested the United States would be a better place had segregationist Strom Thurman been elected as president in the 1948 election. Mississippi Senator Trent Lott Friday announced that he resigned his post as Senate Majority leader, but that he would still remain in the Senate. His resignation came after he made comments on December 5 that suggested the United States would be a better place had segregationist Strom Thurman been elected as president in the 1948 election. Lott made these statements at the 100th birthday celebration of Thurman (R-SC).

In what he called a non-partisan move, but rather a statement of human rights, Keith Ellison, State Representative-elect (58B), called a press conference last week Wednesday in which he and members of the African American Leadership Summit/Black Church Coalition called on Republican Senator-elect Norm Coleman to not support Lott.

Coleman never spoke out against Lott.

Ellison said: “We have come together in unity to call our Senator-elect, Norm Coleman to do three things: 1) Publicly repudiate the comments of Trent Lott, U.S. Senate Majority Leader; 2) Call for the resignation of Trent Lott as Senate Majority Leader; 3) Or, vote against Trent Lott as the incoming majority leader if he does not resign.

“Senator Lott’s history on racial intolerance is long and well documented. This latest remark was not a slip of the tongue, but instead a candid and comfortable moment for him that happened to be caught on tape. He must go and we ask our fellow Minnesotans to join with us because this is not a Black or White issue. This is not a partisan issue. This is an American issue,” said Ellison.

Omar Jamal, director of the Somali Advocacy Center in St. Paul, said, “Trent Lott’s statements are comparable to if someone said, ‘Things would be a lot better today if Adolph Hitler won World War II.’”

“Strom Thurman is not a good man, he’s an evil man,” said Mahmoud El-Kati. He said that Thurman, for 48 years has held an anti-democratic point-of-view in the Senate, “arguing against anti-lynching bill” and other bills. El-Kati said: “Thurman is an embarrassment to America.”
 

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