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SuperFriends of the South!

I think that when people say that the whole New Orleans thing is racist, they are being ignorant and reactioning. George Bush can hang around with whoever he wants to, and that does not make him racist. And maybe he was on a vacation that he liked, on his farm, when Hurricane Katrina hit? Whether or not New Orleans was full of white people, black people, red people or yellow people probably did not matter to him. Would you give up your vacation because of your job, if you didn't have to?! And when you're the leader of the strongest country in the world, you don't have to! Who's going to fire you? Wow, it must be great to be the President of the United States! I would drink all the time and hang around in a hot tub if it was my job. I wouldn't let a hurricane and a bunch of people that wouldn't effect whether or not I kept my job, intrude on my drinking and hanging around in a hot tub. No way!

But I was talking about racism, not jobs, so let me go backward. Just because a White House press release said that President Bush said:
The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before.

Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch. (Laughter.)

after Hurricane Katrina, doesn't mean he is a racist. Just because Trent Lott was forced to resign as a senator, after he said, at a White House birthday party for Strom Thurmond on Dec. 5, 2002:
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.

doesn't mean he is a racist!

Just because Strom Thurmond, who ran his 1948 campaign for the American presidency on a platform of segregation, said:
I wanna tell you, ladies and gentlemen, that there's not enough troops in the army to force the Southern people to break down segregation and admit the nigger race into our theaters, into our swimming pools, into our homes, and into our churches.

doesn't mean he is a racist! Sure, he may hold a 24 hour and 18 minute record for a U.S. Senate filibuster, while trying to stop the first civil rights act, in 1957, that first gave black people the vote - but after it and several others passed anyway, he was the first Southern senator to hire a Black Professional Staff Member! Thurmond was a guy who knew where the power was!

Besides, all this time, he had a black daughter anyway, so how could he be a racist? Maybe he didn't acknowledge her publicly from her birth on October 12, 1925 to June 17, 2003, nine days before his death, but he paid for her college!

That is, some say, the actions of a chivalrous southern gentleman. They say that the southern gentleman learns about sex with the black girls, like Strom, at 22, with his black servant, Carrie "Tunch" Butler, at 16. They say that it is fine and good to learn about the sex with the black ladies, as long as you pay for any children that happen (Sounds better than reading a book, to me).

So it seems that the southern gentleman would really like the ones he gets his sexes, for the first time and maybe for things what the white ladies who he has to marry, won't do, with, no? Where's the racism? (Personably, I would LOVE that! I would fight, campaign and filibuster to keep that too!)

So George Bush throwing a party at the White House for Strom Thurmond, and saying in the wake of Hurricane Katrina that he looks forward to sitting on Trent Lott's new porch does not make him a racist. He had Condoleezza "Condi" Rice and Colin Powell working for him anyway! Duh! How could he be racist?

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