ADL Deplores Comments by Sen. Trent Lott
New York, NY, December 11, 2002 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) deplores the recent comments of Sen. Trent Lott as "irresponsible and unacceptable," saying they could easily be interpreted as endorsing the reprehensible segregationist policies of the past.
"The Senator's praise for a candidacy based on segregationist policies was irresponsible and unacceptable, and unbecoming of a leader of his stature in Congress," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Although Senator Lott subsequently disavowed the notion that he embraced these policies, his disavowal only underscores the imperative for responsible leaders to speak about these issues with clarity and sensitivity.
"We call on Senator Lott to reaffirm clearly and forcefully to the American people his commitment to civil rights and his opposition to discriminatory policies."
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.