Sunday, February 25, 2007

Al Sharpton , Meet Strom Thurmond


In an interesting turn, the Reverend Al Sharpton, civil rights leader and former presidential candidate, is a descendant of a slave once owned by family of the late Senator Strom Thurmond. Eww. It's difficult to even type the words "once owned by". Read the complete HuffPO story here.

2 comments:

op99 said...

This paragraph made me say "huh?" in the Huffpo story:

"I doubt you can find many native South Carolinians today whose family, if you traced them back far enough, didn't own slaves," said Senter, 61, of Columbia, S.C. She added: "And it is wonderful that (Sharpton) was able to become what he is in spite of what his forefather was."

In spite of what his forefather was? Being a slave was a moral choice on the part of the slave, like being a check kiter?

HopeSpringsATurtle said...

I had the exact same response to that section too Op. She took ) responsibility for her forefather and complicitly endorsed slavery. Apple don't fall far from the tree in that family.