Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Al Sharpton? Strom Thurmond?


I have been following this story. Al Sharpton is a descendent of a slave owned by Strom Thurmond or his family.

And I just found this:

Here’s the truth:

Reverend Al Sharpton’s great-grandfather Coleman Sharpton was owned by a man named Alexander Sharpton. Alexander Sharpton had a son named Jefferson Sharpton who married a woman named Julia Thurmond. Julia was Strom Thurmond’s first cousin, twice removed.

Translation: Strom Thurmond’s great-grandfather had a brother whose daughter married into a family who owned the Reverend Sharpton’s great-grandfather.

Now that is about as tenuous a connection as a person could possibly have and still be related. To claim that Strom’s family owned Sharpton’s is a construct intended to generate a visceral reaction in the public. It is a LIE for all intents and purposes.

And it's backed up by Eugene Robinson of the WaPo.

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