In 2002 Senator Trent Lott was speaking at a celebration for Strom Thurmond’s 100th birthday and said, “”I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either”.
The meaning of all “these problems” could have been a number of things but the media jumped all over him and insisted it meant a tacit endorsement of Thurmond’s then segregationist stance, long since changed. Still, Lott issued a written apology for his poor selection of words, and was STILL forced to resign as Senate Majority leader.
Compare this to SENATOR Barbara Boxer’s incredibly condescending and patronizing address to National Black Chamber of Commerce CEO Harry Alford, an opponent of the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act. Watch the video here. I was waiting for SENATOR Boxer (she like to be called SENATOR-). I was just waiting for her to tell Alford that some of her best friends were black.
No apology and SENATOR Boxer seems unable to comprehend the offensiveness of her comments, even when Alford clearly expressed his offense.
The double standard is blinding.