Magazine article Insight on the News

Liberal Racial Agenda Crept Behind Hounding of Sen. Lott

Magazine article Insight on the News

Liberal Racial Agenda Crept Behind Hounding of Sen. Lott

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The real casualties of the Trent Lott fiasco are the Constitution's First and 14th Amendments, not the senator himself and the Republican Party's reputation.

America's heralded First Amendment is fading fast. Many universities have restricted or eliminated all speech that might possibly be interpreted as offensive to members of victim groups. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, headed by distinguished civil libertarians Harvey Silverglate and Alan Charles Kors, exists to defend students and professors who are persecuted by university administrators for exercising their constitutional right to free speech.

The ability of privileged victim groups to censure the speech of the majority is enhanced by various state laws passed by white legislators and enforced by white district attorneys. In Michigan, Janice Barton said in private conversation to her mother, "I wish these spics would learn to speak English." Her words were overheard by an off-duty Hispanic deputy sheriff, who followed her to her car and took down her license-plate number.

Barton was arrested and spent time in jail for a hate crime.

Another recent case comes from Idaho, where a white woman, Kim Rae, was physically assaulted by a black male. The woman's screams brought her white husband to the scene. He was naturally upset and, in the heat of the moment, he called the black man a "nigger."

The black man was not arrested for assault, but the white man was arrested for a hate crime.

There have been two cases--David Howard, a government employee in Washington, and Stephanie Bell, a school-teacher in Delaware--in which white people used the word "niggardly" and found themselves fired or in hot water simply because uneducated blacks mistook the fine old word for a racial slur.

These were "warm-up" cases involving ordinary people without powerful positions or a base of public support. Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), however, has a strong base in his home state. He was well-enough regarded by other Republican U.S. senators to be Senate majority leader. He was forced to resign that position because blacks chose to be offended by their interpretation of his offhand remark about states rights at a birthday party for Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.).

As the Lott imbroglio unfolded, white people watched with trepidation the dissolution of their First Amendment rights and the onset of thought control. Many knew instinctively that the difficulty in which Lott found himself was not really about him, but about the power of "preferred minorities" to censure white people and destroy their careers. …

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