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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Sharpton from the Strom

The geneologists at Ancestry.com have discovered that at least one of the Rev. Al Sharpton's ancestors was a slave owned by the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, according to the New York Daily News. OK, not Strom himself, since he wasn't quite that old. But still.

The uncomfortable incredulity of Thurmond's relatives and other Greenville, S.C. residents interviewed for the Daily News is telling.

A Thurmond nephew calls Sharpton's claim, which he challeges, "a bunch of baloney". Add to those remarks several "no comment" comments. A niece, who says she'd meet Sharpton if he'd like, commends him for becoming whatever it is he's become "in spite of what his forefather was." Another resident says the "story sounds made up." They sound about as interested in this story as they are in a Barack Obama presidency.

More here. Transcript of an SNL Hardball skit in which Sharpton opines on Thurmond and his true progeny, Sen. Trent Lott, here.

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