HOW COULD WE BE BLIND-SIDED?!!!!! Bush hasn't done anything that we should not have expected him and his cronies to do. He sat mum with this Trent Lott debacle; and just for the record I didn't think that a big deal should have been made out of the tripe that he espoused... His mumbled rhetoric is the average rhetoric; if not coming from the mouths of the majority of folks here... then surely in their minds. It seems to me that some time, maybe in the 80's we started believing that everything was equal in this society and racism had been eradicated and we really did believe that we were a loved people - I mean hey, we had the Cosby Show! Affirmative Action has been under attack since the minute it was enacted - this debacle should be for us a study in perserverence and almost military like; precise organization. I mean as soon as AA comes up they have all the soldiers in place... you have your gang leaders penning subtle racist bs, and they change a word or two and put it in all the papers and magazines (under different names of course!!!)... and just to show that they are not elitist as well as racist, they get some hick to call a talk show (wink wink)- someone like your grand wizards Bill O'reilly or Rush Limbaugh; and say something like, "Yeah, why Blacks gotta get everything, and when I went into the local dollar mart and filled out an application they gave "my" job to a black man without the same qualifications as me..." and then they have to make sure they are not seen for the racist that they truly are, they have some overly emotional woman acting black man on the show; let's see, how about Armstrong Williams, "Them people don't need no AA, and it's good what my President is doing to'em..." and just to make sure they don't seem sexist, they get sweet blonde haired blue eyed Darlene (how bout Ann Coulter) trying to act tough, and just spew some bs out between flashes of getting her *** kicked as a youngster... 'cause we know that that was black folk fault... and they don't even leave out the illiterate, and of course they find another black man, because ain't no white men illiterate you know, oh hell I'll just find the poster boy for illiteracy, Jesse Lee Peterson, "Naw boss, ya right, them black folk all dum, e-moral, and pa- pa- pa te- te-ic..." of course in print, Billy up from the college would have come and corrected this before we see it. And we are appalled??? Why? All clowning aside. Just so you can understand where I am coming from. Do I believe that we need AA in education? No. In fact the vast majority of us have not had any kind of AA bestowed upon us, rather it be in education or the workplace. I could even go along with Bush's plan, if in fact the top 10% of all highschools in each state are guaranteed admission to the colleges. Yeah, I know that some of you would say, yes that works if we are segregated... well news flash, basically we are.... and finally now they are talking of funding the schools in the areas where blacks are at like they fund the schools in white areas (and another news flash-- our tax money goes for that too); but isn't it ironic--- to get equal funding is what we, African-Americans have wanted and voicing for the last 20-30 years!!!) But then again, if you look in places where Bush has brought his fire-- things don't look so good, now do they... the schools in Cali, Tex., and Fla., are not doing so well.... because they are not doing what they said they were going to do.... but this is a good pipe dream.... As a matter of fact I take what they are doing as a testement to just how **** far we have come! Remember, just yesterday they made it illegal for us to know how to read or write... If we can organize and stop all the infighting... think how far we could be. If you need a people to look to, I say look to the Jews... and say once and for all, "Never Again." Or study the Asians... and be a help up, to your own people... How about look back at our foremothers and forefathers who survived under the lash.... through Jim Crow.... through rape, mutilation, and being killed so that we could still be here... I'm still here, are you?