James Webb on Civil Rights
Democratic Sr Senator
WEBB: Unfortunately, I think you're seeing it from both sides. We're seeing an issue which should have been resolved and now is resolve, flying the Confederate battle flag in public places morphing into something much different. I asked [advisor and African American] Nelson Jones what was he hearing down in Houston on this issue? He said he was just at the barber shop and the brothers said, "Here we go again, when are we going to talk about jobs? When are we going to talk about education? When are we going to talk about harmony and bringing people together?" And that's what inclusive leadership needs to be.
JIM WEBB: I took some very tough stands in '06. People will look back at the Virginia campaign. There was an anti-gay marriage amendment on the ballot in Virginia. I've got a lot of family ties down in the far Southwest, and I oppose that. And I'm really comfortable with where the evolution has gone.
Q: So you're not ready, so legal in some places, but not legal in others?
WEBB: I think this has been a good thing for the country.
WEBB: My view on affirmative action has been and remains that it’s a 13th Amendment program. If you go back to the Johnson administration’s executive order on affirmative action, it was based on the 13th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1866, designed to remove the badges of slavery. African-Americans are the only ethnic group in this country that have suffered from deliberate discrimination and, and exclusion by the government over generations. When this program expanded to the present day diversity programs, where essentially every ethnic group other than Caucasians are included, then that becomes state-sponsored racism. And we should either move this program back to its original intent, which I support, or we should open up diversity programs to the point where poor white cultures have some opportunity.
WEBB: No, I’m not. It is a bad amendment. The second paragraph is extremely vague.
Q: Are you for gay marriage?
WEBB: I am for civil unions and I’m opposed to the amendment.
Q: Are you for civil unions?
MILLER: I support civil unions and I also oppose the amendment. This is the first time Virginia’s have ever considered an amendment which would limit the rights of individuals. It is a bad idea and I oppose it.
On the topic of race, James Webb in 2004 wrote: “the greatest realignment in modern politics would take place rather quickly if the right national leader found a way to bring the Scots-Irish and African Americans to the same table, and so to redefine a formula that has consciously set them apart for the past two centuries.”
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