Twenty two Senate Republicans (out of fifty five) decided to cosponsor anti-lynching legislation... as compared to 38 out of 45 Democrats. Yep, that's right. A full forty percent of Republicans in the Senate wanted to go on record as being strongly opposed to lynching blacks!
When it became too late to be a sponsor, and it became obvious that the legislation would pass, even more legislators signed a document indicating their support for the legislation.
Several members of the Senate did not sign this document or sponsor the legislation, however.
Jim Bunning (R - Kentucky)
Conrad Burns (R- Montana)
Saxby Chambliss (R - Georgia)
Thad Cochran (R - Mississippi)
John Cornyn (R- Texas)
James Inhofe (R- Oklahoma)
Johnny Isakson (R - Georgia)
Jon Kyl (R- Arizona)
Trent Lott (R - Mississippi)
Mitch McConnell (R- Kentucky)
Jeff Sessions (R- Alabama)
Richard Shelby (R - Alabama)
To add insult to injury, the Republicans decided to make the vote a "Yea or Nay" voice vote, presumably in order to make sure that Republicans wouldn't have to go on record not supporting the anti-lynching declaration. As usual, when put on the spot, the diehard Republican racists in the Senate tried to mask their true beliefs.
And that's why the KKK wear hoods...
*** Update -- The Bush administration had Condoleeza say a few words, presumably because she
Is it just me, or does that *SO* not cut it for miss Condoleeza, especially when it is the Republicans who have been largely responsible for the represensible delays in anti-lynching policies? "Better late than never..." clearly implies that it *WAS* too late for many Blacks, who were victims of rascism perpetuated by Southern lawmakers for so many years and for their own calculating, selfish ends. Of course, one of those rascist-coddling lawmakers was George W. Bush.
In 1998, James Byrd, Jr., a black Texan, was beaten, chained to the back of a pickup truck, and dragged for three miles. Byrd was alive for most of this horrific act, dying only when he was decapitated after his body hit a culvert. When Byrd's family came forward and begged Governor Bush to pass a hate crimes bill, he told his family no. He even refused an invitation from Jasper County, Texas, to make an appearance in support of the local community. Bush, under pressure from Democratic lawmakers, later made a halfhearted, last-minute declaration indicating he was willing to support the bill, but it was little more than a publicity stunt, and the bill was never passed, thanks to Republican lawmakers. It was only after George W. Bush left the governor's office that the Byrd family was finally able to get the new governor to strongly back and pass hate crimes legislation.
It could've been one of your relatives, Condoleeza. Hell, it could've been a fellow human being that you should naturally have empathy and compassion for. No matter what color your skin, you should have zero tolerance for hate crimes, but you've made a career out of supporting racist policies cloaked in conservative ideology.
Better never than late, Condoleeza.