Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Al and Strom


Raise your hand if thought the weekend story revealing that relatives of Strom Thurmond, an icon of Southern segregation, once owned slave-descendants from Al Sharpton's family, the professional rabble-rouser, sometimes presidential candidate and occasional civil rights activist, was a headline from The Onion.

As admittedly weird as the pairing of these two American originals is, no one should feign shock over the strange bloodlines that continue to emerge from the slave-master relationships of the antebellum South.

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