Mr. Lott, I will make this letter brief, as I feel that spending too much time on a man with a closed mind and a heart locked in racism is a futile effort to make any attempt at change in your views. You are obviously deeply seeded in your beliefs, which every person in the United States has a right to be. Since you are an elected official of our great nation, you have a duty to the public to clearly represent your views throughout the entire political spectrum, including views of segregation. Unfortunately, the media has a habit of uprooting people once they fall underneath their radar, many times causing innocent victims to be unduly signaled out and harassed by the public opinion that is suddenly ignited from such reporting. I grew up in Baltimore, MD and not from your area of the country. Both of my parents have taught me to be an open-minded and unbiased person towards other's beliefs until such time that I can clearly ascertain what those beliefs are and why the person holds those beliefs in high-esteem. Sir, I am asking you, as a citizen of the nation that you represent to the rest of the world, what are your views and why do you hold them. Do you support segregation? Do you hold differing views on other's based upon their background and/or the color of their skin? You recently asked national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of State Colin L. Powell for their support in this matter and were later rebuffed. What do these two people know about this situation that the average American does not? From my young understanding of life, since I am only 25 years of age, is that if a man makes a statement, even in jest, many times their is truth beneath their words. I also believe that a man should take full responsibility for their words and beliefs and not try elaborate sugarcoating of their words solely to appeal to a wider audience -- although I do understand that is the premise of being a successful political. However, we live in a time-period where we already face extreme prejudice within the world. It is prejudice of another man's religion that has partly caused the situations that the world is experiencing today. Racism and prejudice leads to hatred, and hatred many times will manifest itself into violence. Racism is a result of ignorance and a poor understanding of another culture. Please explain yourself and your views without artistic and sebaceous language. Every American has the right to know precisely what views their elected officials are representing. Thank you, Jason B.