June 14, 2005

Racist Republicans silent on Lynching!

Here are the results, courtesy of DailyKos, of the formal Senate apology for not passing an anti-lynching law soon enough to prevent the lynchings of thousands of African-Americans in the last century.

Here are the 20 Senators who 1) REFUSED to co-sponsor the anti-lynching resolution passed yesterday, and 2) REFUSED a roll-call vote so they'd have to put their name on the resolution.

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Christopher Bond (R-MO)
Jim Bunning (R-KY)
Conrad Burns (R-MT)
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Kent Conrad (D-ND)
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Michael Crapo (R-ID)
Michael Enzi (R-WY)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Trent Lott (R-MS)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Richard Shelby (R-AL)
John Sununu (R-NH)
Craig Thomas (R-WY)
George Voinovich (R-OH)

19 Republicans and 1 Democrat, a real wall of shame.
(Posted on: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/6/14/12949/6428)

Did you guys noticed that BOTH of the Mississippi Senators were on that list? Someone call David Banner, tell him the milk's gone sour in his home state!


At 6/15/2005 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as I know, there's only one party that holds political office where one of their senior leaders was a full blown KKK officer.

Where's the story on Robert Byrd D-WV?

At 6/15/2005 1:36 PM, Blogger chico-towner said...

Thanks for the heads up. We'll get that bastard's story out too.peace!

At 6/21/2005 6:41 PM, Anonymous commentator said...

Where did you get the idea that the Senators who did not co-sponsor the resolution also refused a roll call vote? And do you feel the same way about the 10 Senators (of both parties) who only co-sponsored the resolution AFTER it was passed? Did you know that 28 of the co-sponsors signed on to the resolution on or after the day it was passed. Did you know that 44 Senators signed on to the resolution AFTER it was announced that there would be no roll call vote, that it would be unanimous?

Not co-sponsoring a resolution does not equate to being against it. If it did, that would mean:

-that 426 members of the House of Representatives were against the following resolution: "Recognizing the anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment and encouraging the American people to educate and instill pride and purpose into their communities and to observe the anniversary annually with appropriate programs and activities."

-that 65 Senators were against the Black History Month resolution

-that 99 Senators were against a bill to establish the "African Burial Ground National Historic Site and the African Burial Ground International Memorial Museum in New York, New York."

Please, I beg you, check your facts before you disparage people.

At 6/23/2005 6:42 PM, Blogger chico-towner said...

thanks for your comment. This post was published online on the day after the resolution took place. Its a good point to note that not being present or not voting on time does not mean you are against a bill, but this apology was a long time coming. This was more sensitive than any anniversary or land proclamation, this apology was out of respect for the hundreds of victims of unnecessary and racist lynchings. Its a matter of respect for the victims and apologizing for past senators who failed to act on the people's wishes to outlaw lynchings. Out of respect they should have done everything possible to be there, I know I would!


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