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Volume II, Number 488 December 2002
My son recently chose Mairead Corrigan, a secretary from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and cofounder of the Northern Ireland Peace Movement (Peace People), as the topic for a school paper. He chose her because we share the same last name, but she was an excellent choice anyway. Corrigan won the 1976 Nobel Prize for her courageous stand against political and religious violence. Her story was still fresh on my mind this week when I read the story of Irene Vandas and Jennifer Ziemann on the CBC News website. Vandas and Ziemann, of Vancouver, British Columbia, recently volunteered to be human shields in an effort to stop the Bush administration and its allies from attacking Iraq. The courage and common sense of women like Corrigan, Vandas, and Ziemann should be a lesson to all of us. We can stop the insanity. We can make a difference.
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On Thursday, 5 December, Trent Lott, leader of the Senate Republicans, spoke at a party for retiring Senator Strom Thurmond, who was celebrating his one-hundredth birthday. Lott recalled the presidential election of 1948, that featured Thurmond's candidacy as a States Rights Democrat. United Press International quoted Lott as saying, "When Strom ran for president, my state voted for him. And if the rest of the country had followed Mississippi's example, we wouldn't have faced many of the problems we have since."
These two sentences are chock full of meaning. In 1948, "my state" meant, essentially, "white voters in my state." The States Rights Democrats were opposed to the radical notion that lynching, Jim Crow laws, the poll tax, and segregation were wrong. They were an unabashedly racist and hateful bunch, and Trent Lott publicly wished that their candidate had become president in 1948. We can only hope, but fear otherwise, that Senator Lott did not mean that the expansion of civil rights in the 1960s to Americans of African descent consituted a "problem."
The enormity of Lott's remarks did not keep George Bush from being seen at the White House with both Thurmond and Lott the very next day.