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.


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.