01/25/99 Letter to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott
January 25, 1999
The Honorable Trent Lott
Senate Majority Leader
487 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-2403
Dear Majority Leader Lott:
As the interracially married father of two multiracial children I feel compelled to express my extreme disappointment with your choice of company. For any public servant to have ties with an organization such as the Council of Conservative Citizens, who consider my marriage and the existence of my children as a threat to be eliminated is not only disturbing, it’s infuriating.
In light of the recent discoveries regarding your affiliations with the racist, white supremacist organization known as the Council of Conservative Citizens and your long history of affiliation and advocacy efforts on behalf of other racist organizations such as Bob Jones University, I ask you do the only honorable thing left – RESIGN. Your recent statements disassociating yourself from these types of organizations is a classic case of too little, too late. You should never have become involved with bigots and dangerous extremists in the first place. There is no place in the 106th Congress for a man committed to the principles of segregation and racial intolerance.
Again I ask, RESIGN.
James A. Landrith, Jr.
Editor & Publisher
The Multiracial Activist
Charles Michael Byrd, INTERRACIAL VOICE
Deb Brown, INTERracial
Candy Mills, INTERRACE
Matthew Kelley, MAVIN Journal
Colette Lantelme, Metisse Magazine Online
Susan Graham, Project RACE
Ramona Douglass, Association of Multi-Ethnic Americans
Steve White, A Place For Us
David Goldman, HateWatch
James Landrith is the notorious editor and publisher of The Multiracial Activist and The Abolitionist Examiner, two cyber-rags dedicated to freedom from oppressive racial categorization. Landrith can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at his personal website/blog.
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 23:42:48 EST
From: Ramona Douglass
To: James Landrith, Deb Brown, Charles Michael Byrd, email@example.com, David Goldman, Susan Graham, Candy Mills, Matt Kelley, Steve and Ruth White
CC: Ferndzgray@aol.com, Edulaw1@aol.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: The Multiracial Activist Calls on Lott to Resign
Thank You For Sharing Mr. Landrith. Trent Lott is just the tip of the iceberg– The presence of others like him— who were in power when the deliberations on the Census RACE Question were coming to a head— was the primary reason AMEA distanced itself from the Republicans who claimed to be interested in our achieving “multiracial” recognition —while, at the same time— they were intent on stabbing our individual minority heritages in the back. Imagine what would have happened if we had all chosen to embrace the former Speaker of the House, Newt (no longer the Party hero) based on the belief that it didn’t matter who we associated with as long as they promised to give us what we think we wanted? The fears of the traditional civil rights organizations about some of our leadership’s motivations and some of our questionable political backers were justified. Today, although many civil rights groups still have reservations about tabulation issues, * note: (the OMB has not issued its formal decision on which methodologies will be used, but it recognizes that more than one will be necessary to satisfy the accurate measurement of our multiracial community diversity and growth; as well as track adherance to civil rights protections, and accomodate the needs of other public and private sector data collectors over time)—representatives from the Urban League, MALDEF, and the NAACP are at least in dialogue with AMEA to support our desire to have the Census paid advertisement campaign reflect our interracial families and multiracial presence for 2000. There is a partnership meeting that is scheduled in March with traditional minority leadership, AMEA and other members of the federal 2000 Census Advisory Committee to chart a fair and inclusive partnership/advertising plan.
I will pass your letter on to AMEA’s Web Master and others in our affiliate organizations.
Ramona E. Douglass
Editor: Let me be clear about this, The Multiracial Activist does NOT label all Republicans with the same brush as Senator Lott. That is an unfair generalization and completely intolerant. There are good and bad people in both major parties. My response to AMEA’s letter above is located at INTERRACIAL VOICE in the form of an open letter: http://www.webcom.com/~intvoice/landrith.html
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 19:00:59 -0700
From: Charles Coleman
Subject: Thank You Sir.
If there was one good thing that came out of the trail of Pres. Clinton was, all the dirty laundry of Bob Barr, Trent Lott & Tom D. We have people in the 106th that have the power to change laws that will effect our childrens’
future. Keep up the work Sir.
Charles E. Coleman Jr.