Specifically, he said:
"When Strom Thermond voted for president, we voted for him. We're proud of him. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years..."
What isn't being covered thoroughly is his history of racism. In 1980, Lott said of Thermond, "If we had elected this man 30 years ago, we wouldn't be in the mess we are today." Perhaps the obvious question to ask of Lott is "What did you mean by 'all these problems'. Given that we have a Republican president, exactly what 'mess' is he talking about?"
This isn't the only link that Lott has to racism, however. In 1998, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting documented Lott's links to the Council of Conservative Christians, a pro-segregationist, white supremacist organization with ties to the KKK and a direct descendant of the White Citizens Councils set up across the South in the 1950s to defend segregation.
Some of the key links of Lott to the CCC are:
Even now, you can go to the CCC website and see what their attitudes are. For instance, they advertise a book that "reveals the TRUTH about Martin Luther King and why he does not deserve a national holiday in his honor." and another book that claims "the Commandment against adultery is a law against race mixing!"
You can see how they characterize blacks, such as how they target Johnathan Farley, a black professor who spoke out against the Confederacy, in the lowest, most racially stereotypical ways.
Professor Farley graduated summa cum laude in Mathematics from Harvard and went on to receive his doctorate from Oxford... they said this "indicated how low prestigious universities will stoop to dole out fancy degrees to blacks. Perhaps he received his PHD in mathematics when he stopped counting his fingers to do arithmetic."
They then went on to characterize him as "bloodthirsty", "bulge-eyed", "primal screeching", "like an African potentate shaking his spear", "a third world janissary for black hegemony over whites", "His attitude differs little from the dark hordes who rampage over civilization to loot and burn what their crude minds cannot appreciate"... and "not really an American."
The CCC also has a problem with anyone who is white who doesn't share their racist viewpoints, calling them "aracial whites who are too stupid to even know they're being repressed and exterminated by those who hate all whites".
And this is just a taste of this group's most recent ugliness... The CCC has actually removed content from their website in the past to tone it down.
The CCC also has plenty to say about the Lott affair: "Lott may never have meant (to imply) that we would have been better off with a segregationist President, but I wish he had. It is true, and it is time someone says so." Frankly, the CCC is a group that Lott has glowingly, openly supported. (His picture is even lovingly displayed on the front page of their website.)
"The people in this room stand for the right principles and the right philosophy.", Lott is quoted as saying at a CCC meeting.
Lott's legislative history also indicates his attitudes. Lott led the fight for tax breaks for Bob Jones University and other whites-only schools and he was the leading advocate for the drive to reinstate the citizenship of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. In 1989 he refused to co-sponsor a congressional resolution designating June 21 as Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner Day after the three civil rights workers murdered 25 years earlier in Mississippi. And in his college days, Lott helped lead a fight to keep blacks out of his fraternity.
Lott isn't the only politician that has supported the CCC, however. So has Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.) and governors Kirk Fordice (R-Miss.) and Guy Hunt (R-Ala.).... oh, and Jesse Helms had links to them too.
While a spokesman for Lott said the Senate leader "does not consider himself to be a member of this group and has no firsthand knowledge of the group's views," a member of the CCC tells a different story. Mark Cerr, head of the National Capital branch of the CCC described Lott as an active member. Lott has also privately met with CCC leaders in his Washington office - indeed, a photo of the meeting appeared in the organization's publication. To make matters even clearer, Barr's column appeared in the CCC newsletter from 1992 to 1998.
The CCC know that Barr is one of them, regardless of his public denials. They even attack those Republicans who haven't tolerated Lott's racist remarks, calling them "mentally challenged and racially neutered conservative yahoos (who) opened their yaps to say Lott isn't a racist."
You're right, CCC... Bush is a mentally challenged conservative yahoo, and Lott *IS* a racist. Thanks for the assist!