Friday, June 24, 2005

Otherwise occupied

Greetings, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. Look, I know you've been busy with important business like voting against measures to allow governors to veto on-shore liquefied natural gas terminals they see as environmental risks, but I thought it'd be great if you could set aside a few seconds next week to sign on retroactively as a co-sponsor of the Senate lynching apology. Another of your colleagues did just that Thursday, so it's still not too late.

I'll be waiting and watching. Have a good weekend.


Blogger King Cockfight said...

Listen, man, I'm tired of you doggin' my boy, Richard Shelby.

He's far too busy funneling Federal Highway Administration dollah to west Alabama for things that have nothing to do with highwys or even transportation.

He doesn't have time for your necessary and long-overdue apologies for possibly the worst human atrocities in American history.

High-way doll-ah, yo.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Hanging by the News said...

I'm not a big fan of this resolution. Don't get me wrong: I'm totally against lynching, but I think the senators have better things to do that to apologize for the actions of their predecessors. How many of these senators were responsible for history's lynchings? How far back in history should governing bodies go to find actions to apologize for?

This apology seems pretty meaningless to me - it can never undo the lynchings and seems like it would be an empty gesture to those affected by the lynchings.

Had a Republican sponsored the resolution, I wonder if the media would have accused them of pandering to the minority vote. I believe the same number of senators would have still cosponsored the resolution, but had it had been introduced by a member of the "white Christian party," I'm guessing the opposition would use that as ammo.

With all that being said, Shelby still ought to sign on as a cosponsor if it only takes "a few seconds." Signing it couldn't hurt his reputation, and it would get the few or many critics that want him to sign it off his back.

But enough of this "waiting and watching" stuff. If it's been worth all these blog posts, then I think it would be worth shooting Shelby a letter or e-mail or making a call to his office. Have you done that? or do you expect him to read your blog?

If you haven't attempted to make contact with him, stop criticizing the guy. He's in your state - let him hear your voice. "Waiting and watching" isn't enough - you have to be doing something about it - contacting him in any of those ways would be a good start.

12:57 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

The senators aren't apologizing for themselves; they're apologizing on behalf of the institution. There's value in that, especially because many of the friends and loved ones of lynching victims are still alive.

2:55 AM  
Blogger jomama said...

Looks like the continuing saga
of the lastest turf war on who
gets to tell whom what to do
while we slowly fad to black
as the lights go out.

7:52 AM  

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