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April 28, 2005



So let me get this straight--Lowry is arguing that because a group today is using the same tactic that racists used 40 years ago, that group is racist. If that's true, then Republican minorities for the last forty years--assuming that there's a bright historical line before which the use of the filibuster was not racist--have been racist and have only now, since they've assumed the majority, left behind the racism of their past. Riiiiiight.

It's too early in the morning for this kind of crap.


Lowry also forgot to pay attention in his college history class. By 1965, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibiting job discrimination and discrimination in public places, had already passed. John Lewis and his large group of friends were attempting to march from Selma to Montgomery in support of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which at the time was still being debated in Congress.

Lowry is actually half-right when he says that the laws were passed because the federal government couldn't trust the southern states to protect its (black) citizens. The marchers weren't beaten by a random crowd; they were beaten by Selma police.

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