Monday, February 26, 2007
Strom Thurmond's ancestors owned Al Sharpton's ancestors.
Maybe Senator Trent Lott's comments about the late Senator Thurmond becoming president had something to do with saving the world from the race-baiting Sharpton's rise to prominence in the black community, and his ultimate run for President of the United States.
Sharpton, in calling for a DNA test, blew his big chance to put a positive spin on things. You know, how there is no discrimination in the United States. How an ancestor of a slave could become a success. Or, as Muhammed Ali said when asked about how he liked Kinshasha, Zaire (after the Rumble in the Jungle), "Thank God my granddaddy got on that boat."
In a country with a black Secretary of State, and countless other prominent black leaders, entertainers and athletes, it seems pretty damned clear to me that we could be a nation where a man is judged, not by the colour of his skin, but his character, if charlatans like Sharpton and Jackson would just shut the fuck up.
Instead, they use the bully pulpit to talk about how bad things are in America.
So, as Black History Month winds down, it is time to move forward, and get together, to win The War Against Terror, and to keep America strong.