Tuesday, June 14, 2005

An' I still don't like 'em!!

Yesterday the Senate issued an apology for having never passed legislation outlawing lynching at a federal level, which could have saved thousands of lives in the early decades of the 20th century. However, a couple dozen of the Senators, while not voting against the measure, wouldn't add their names either.
Lawmakers demonstrated overwhelming support Monday for a resolution that apologizes for the Senate's failure to do anything to stop lynchings that killed thousands of people over more than eight decades.
burning cross
About 80 of the 100 members of the Senate co-sponsored the resolution. But Republican Sens. Thad Cochran and Trent Lott were not among them, even though Mississippi led the nation in the numbers of lynchings.
Clearly, there are still some legislators who fear consituent displeasure with opposing lynching, even today. Markos now has the whole list (updated 6/15) -- as he says, a real wall of shame. The South needs to face up to its history and get on into a new era.

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