NAACP leaders say with so many members of Trent Lott's own party lining up against him, Lott's decision to leave the leadership role he first captured in 1996 is best for the state and country.
Curley Clark, President of the Jackson County NAACP says, "The main issue here is sensitivity, that the views that Trent verbalized are views held maybe by the majority of Mississippians but the important thing is we don't feel those views are held by the majority of Americans and since that was the case we feel Trent's decision was in the best interest of the country."
The Biloxi NAACP President says it's a sad day in our state that we are still trying to overcome racial issues.
"What I see is Mississippi has got to understand that when you're up there representing all the people of this country there are certain things you have to say and that you can't say and I think Senator Lott learned a lesson with statements he made," says James Crowell.
Clark adds, "We would like to see exactly how Trent is going to respond as far as if he has really become more sensitive and if he's going to work towards trying to amend some of the past positions he has taken."
Unlike some people who say Mississippi is losing Lott's powerful influence in the Senate, Crowell says the state will survive his absence as majority leader.
"I think we have other representatives there in Congress. We have Senator Thad Cochran and of course Senator Trent Lott is still there and with the network that he has he will still be able to do the things he's been able to do as senator for this state," Crowell says.