Tisdale’s Topics: When will we get it?

Reprint: May 27-June2 2004

The current fight in the legislature over tort reform shows clearly that the old legal axiom enunciated at the end of the last century holds true today as then: “The black man has no rights that the white man is bound to respect!” Hopefully, the black legislators most affected by the Mississippi Senate’s racist onslaught will gradually begin to see the light.

They can’t get rich by being on the wrong side, then expect the civil rights community to pull their chestnuts out of the fire when their so-called friends no longer need their services and turn on them. Committee heads mean nothing when the governor’s juggernaut gets rolling! I was wondering why all of a sudden the duplicitous Amy Tuck took “sick” all of a sudden with a mysterious, undiagnosed disease. As soon as this bill is passed, I’m sure Tuck will resume her general sprightly mien.

Left in the lurch is House Judiciary Committee Chairman Ed Blackmon who represents a Canton, MS house district. Blackmon, no paragon of civil rights virtue, nevertheless complained bitterly that he was being ignored in last week’s fray. “Nobody has talked to me. It’s almost as if I didn’t exist,” the Clarion Ledger reported that Blackmon complained. President George Bush initiated the current debate on tort reform in a visit to the state last year. Governor Haley Barbour has not disappointed his friend President Bush and has pushed assiduously for the restrictive measure.