Open letter denouncing Trent Lott

I call upon the United States Senate to publicly reprimand Trent Lott.
I feel urgently compelled to publicly join the Congressional Black Caucus, of which Congressman John Lewis and Edolphus Towns are active national members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., in denouncing the insulting statement made by Sen. Trent Lott.

We and I cannot accept the Senatory's apology for his "misuse of words." The issue here is not the usage of words, but the subject matter. The issues are racism, white supremacy, cultural degradation, economic exploitation and political subjugation--what difference do his deceitful words of apology make? He is just trying to cover up the subject matter.

I call upon the United States Senate to publicly reprimand Trent Lott. I have also called upon the Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter of the National Pan Hellenic Council, Inc. to join me and Phi Beta Sigma in speaking out on this issue.

Finally, if Lott is appointed to the highest-ranking seat in the Senate, we need to be clear on what message is being sent to America, in general, and to the African Amerian community, specifically.

As Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes once sung - WAKE UP EVERYBODY.

Marvin L. 'Doc' Cheatham, Sr.

Mr. Cheatham is the 24th President of the Zeta Sigma Chapter of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter. For more information, visit or call 410/669-VOTE.

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This story was published on December 11, 2002.