But Bilbo is known mostly for his filthy racism. For example, he filibustered a civil rights bill from the floor of the United States Senate, instead suggesting a “back to Africa” bill that would establish a nation in Africa solely for American blacks (to be financed by the federal government). When accused of suppressing the black vote in Mississippi in order to get re-elected, he suggested that - just 150 years previously - blacks were cannibals feeding off of “ni**er soup.” He also wrote a speech called “Take your choice: Separation or mongralization.”
My cousin Bilbo would be proud of your third email to me this morning, which defended separate campus facilities for blacks including, but not limited to, African American centers. In that email, you explained that you really aren’t a segregationist. That was before you said that black people just feel more comfortable when surrounded exclusively by blacks.
My cousin Bilbo felt more comfortable when surrounded by his kind, too. At least he was honest enough to call it segregation.
You and my cousin Bilbo have a lot in common. You both support segregation and you both have what you personally “feel” are good reasons for it. But I am against both you and Bilbo. I will fight segregation, despite the fact that your daughter is “black” and “upset” and that you think I have tongues growing out of the side of my face. I will fight segregation because I believe that it is wrong. And I will not capitulate to identity politics.
It is a strange day in America when segregationists are called “anti-racists” and anti-segregationists are called “racists.” It makes me very sad. But my cousin Bilbo would be proud.