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Congress Should Sanction a Racist

Sunday, 29 February 2004 12:00 AM

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, a Democrat from Florida, should be forced to resign her seat because she is a racist. And if most of the mainstream media weren't led by liberal apologists for minorities, they'd also be calling for her proverbial head.

Last week during a briefing on Haiti's crisis with Florida's congressional delegation and Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega – who is, as you may imagine, Hispanic – Brown, who is black, seated herself across from Noriega and launched into a tirade against President Bush.

As is typical for liberal minority politicians, she blamed Haiti's crisis on Republicans, and specifically white Republicans, calling GOP policy toward the Caribbean nation "racist."

Then it came. She called Bush's representatives "a bunch of

Noriega, not surprisingly, was immediately taken aback. But in a sign of respect for a lawmaker, and for the president, Noriega nonetheless said he would take Brown's concerns to Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.

"As a Mexican-American, I deeply resent being called a racist and branded a white man," he later said.

Brown kind of apologized the next day: "I sincerely did not mean to offend Secretary Noriega or anyone in the room. Rather, my comments, as they relate to 'white men,' were aimed at the policies of the Bush administration as they pertain to Haiti, which I do consider to be racist."

Oh.

Predictably, there hasn't been much buzz in the liberal mainstream media, which I consider to be most television networks, major newspapers and leading magazines (online and print). But superimpose a white Republican lawmaker – say, Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi – over this incident, and change "white" to "black" or "brown," and then step out of the way. The amount of Internet bandwidth and ink denouncing Lott would be enough to drown a nation.

Indeed it was.

When Lott misspoke that he supported the late Sen. Strom Thurmond's failed 1948 bid for the presidency on a segregationist ticket. Lott said he was indicating his support for

But no matter. Even before Lott could explain himself, the die was cast by professional liberal outrage seekers in the media. Within weeks, Lott's position as Senate majority leader was defunct and his image as a lawmaker indelibly scarred.

Corrine doesn't have the courage to do the right thing and resign on her own, And it's far too much courage to expect Congress to force her out. But the least lawmakers could do as a body – to demonstrate racism in

In the meantime, if her constituents in her district in Florida have any strength of conviction, they too will see to it that Ms. Brown's days as a Democratic race-baiter are numbered and few.

To do any less is to support a racist.

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