History is written by the winners.
On the last day of African-American History Month, here is a scene from Black history you’ll never see on the glossy pages of your favorite commercial mainstream magazine.
Washington, DC, January 6, 2001.
Congress meets in joint session to certify the 2000 election. Congressional Black Caucus members object to the Florida election. The objection must be in writing and signed by one member of the House and Senate. Vice-President Albert S. Gore presiding
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GORE: For what purpose does the gentlewoman from California, Miss Waters, arise?
REP. MAXINE WATERS (D), CALIFORNIA: Mr. Vice President, I rise to object to the fraudulent 25 Florida electoral votes.
GORE: Is the objection in writing and signed by a member of the House and a senator?
WATERS: The objection is in writing and I don't care that it is not -- it is not signed by a member of the Senate.
GORE: The chair will advise that the rules do care, and the signature of the senator will...
(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)
They laughed at “those people” who cast 92% of their votes for Gore-Lieberman in Florida.
The U.S. Senate on that day included Ted Kennedy and John Kerry of Massachusetts; John Edwards of North Carolina; Russell Feingold of Wisconsin; Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer of California; Joe Lieberman and Chris Dodd of Connecticut; and Charles Schumer and the newly elected Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.