Harold Ford, Jr. on election day chats up the good-ole boys in front of Rebel Flag

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It takes a truly opportunistic, self-loathing, black whore to pose in front of a confederate battle flag on the day you’re asking voters to make history and elect you the first African American elected to the Senate from the deep south. The picture says it all, don’t ya think? I missed this photo in all the hoopla surrounding election day and my own activities pushing my candidate, in the pouring rain, at my polling place. The photo focuses my rage unlike anything else this craven, corporate shill has done. The symbolism should speak volumes to the African American community that was deceived into seeing his candidacy as a historic ray of hope.

To say that the Confederate flag is a divisive symbol understates its inflammatory power. As a black southerner, Harold Ford, Jr. understands what this flag means. Every generation of his family and mine have been oppressed under it’s divisive perch atop the Capitols of every southern state in the union.  Indeed, this flag, and its accompanying confederate monuments, combine to form racist monuments to white supremacy in every former state of the confederacy that remain to this day.

During the funeral rites for Coretta Scott King at the Georgia State Capitol, it took everything I had to stand there and be silently assaulted by a massive bronze statue at the capitol’s entrance to Georgia Senator Tom Watson, a Klansman and anti-Semite who whipped up a lynch mob to murder a jewish man who had been falsely accused of murdering a child.

It is supremely ironic for Mrs. King, a woman revered for her fight against bigotry and racial intolerance to have been honored in a building dedicated to the preservation of the divisive legacy of the confederacy.  I would have gone anywhere to have honored her, but it was a bitter pill to endure being in a place saturated with hate.

For Harold Ford, Jr to display a disingenuous affinity for such venues, which are saturated in that same hate, is an insult to every drum major for justice who fought and died to make his reality possible. He insults the intelligence of both blacks and whites who understand full well the nature of his pandering. 

From the Anti-Defamation League “Although the flag is seen by some Southerners simply  as a symbol of Southern pride, it is often used by racists to represent white domination of African Americans. The flag remains a subject of controversy because some Southern states still fly the flag from public buildings or incorporate it into their state flag’s design. The flag is also used by racists as an alternative to the American flag, which they consider to be an emblem of what they describe as the Jewish-controlled government.”

Harold Ford, Jr sold his soul to the right-wing during the course of this campaign. His campaign platform was nearly identical to his Republican opponent. In order to win, he pandered to the basest elements in the white psyche, just like his opponent.  With just 16% of the Tennessee electorate black, he needed every white vote he could get. In the process, he deliberately decided to give aid and comfort to those who revered the symbols of the confederacy. A government, that in the words of Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens, “is founded upon…;its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests upon the great truth, that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery–subordination to the superior race–is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.”

Every soul that has ever prayed for me and beseeched God for my generation to be free, rise up and demand that I denounce him as the traitor to the race that he is.

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Senate GOP flips Bush the bird, reinstates Trent Lott

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The Senate GOP gave Mississippi Senator Trent Lott an early christmas gift by electing him back into the top ranks of their leadership as Republican Whip, the number two ranking position.  I know y’all recall the contretemps surrounding his laudatory comments at former Senator Strom Thurmond’s 100th Birthday Bash.  “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 of followed our lead we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.”

What problems would those be, Senator?  Miscegenation, desegregation, racial equality, voting rights for nigras?  Senator Thurmond is famous for the statement, “I want to tell you, ladies and gentleman, that there’s not enough troops in the army to force the southern people to break down segregation and admit the Nigra race into our theaters, into our swimming pools, into our homes, and into our churches.” A statement of the boldest hypocrisy given the fact that he sired a child with a black domestic in his family’s employ.

The President of the United States, in one his finer moments of which there have been damn few, denounced Trent Lott by saying, “Recent comments by Sen. Lott do not reflect the spirit of our country. He has apologized and rightly so. Every day that our nation was segregated was a day our nation was unfaithful to our founding ideals.”

Senate Republicans responded to White House opposition of Trent Lott by forcing him out as Majority Leader.  In a move unmistakable in its impudence, the Senate GOP has given a middle finger to Dubya by reinstating Lott. They are also saying to the nation that politicians who cut their politcal teeth at the feet of segregationists are acceptable leaders in the 21st century. 

I beg to differ.