I wish that Trent Lott had just admitted what he actually meant. He’s lying in these false apologies and we all know it.
Here’s what I wish he’d said:
“You know what? Those were racist comments. The Dixiecrat platform was a racist, segregationist platform and I supported it 50 years ago. I supported segregation in our nation. I fought for segregation in my fraternity. But I was wrong.
“I know that racism is wrong, and I repudiate it wholeheartedly. But I was brought up in a place and time and culture that was very racist, and it’s hard to overcome your upbringing. I try hard and am almost always able to keep those vile attitudes in check. But sometimes, in unguarded moments, racist thoughts creep into my head and racist words slip from my mouth that are inconsistent with who I want to be, who I should be, and what I know to be good and right. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Strom’s birthday party was one of those occassions. I stumbled. I hurt people. And I’m sorry.”
Just own up to it, man. Don’t keep dodging it. You know what you meant and so do we.
The worst part is that Lott is so desperate to cling to power that he’s even willing to compromise his ideology and the conservative platform to hold on. I wish he’d just be a man about it and let the chips fall where they may.