Thurmonds of South Carolina held Sharptons in bondage

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Having done some minor genelogy of my own and piggybacking on what others in my family have already done, this story fascinates me to no end.   The Washington Post is reporting that a geneology done by a New York Post reporter’s curiosity confirm’s that distant cousin of Strom Thurmond’s owned Al Sharpton’s great grandfather.   Strom Thurmond, you’ll recall was the longest serving Senator, serving until 100.   The South Carolina Senator cut his teeth on race bating and segregationist politics that lasted until he switched parties in 1964.  A former judge, Governor, and then Senator from South Carolina, Thurmond was a fossilized throwback to a bygone era of Jim Crow hypocrisy. 

After his death, it was later revealed that he sired a daughter with a black servant in his parents household and hid her from public view while he continued to beat the hypocritical drum of white supremacy during his lengthy career and subsequent 1948 run for President on the segregationist Dixiecrat ticket.   Tell me your thoughts on this story because I heard somewhere that Sharpton wants a DNA test. 

10 thoughts on “Thurmonds of South Carolina held Sharptons in bondage

  1. He sired: what a strange way to describe a human being. I’ve only heard this use when describing animals.

    Many of us have that “American element” in us. Anybody that could own another human being was racist. Where my father was born, there are a black and white version of our family but neither side is seeking the other.

  2. There is an ironic aspect of the reparations issue here that doesn’t receive much mainstream press; the black descendents of these slave owners were cut out of the family wealth. The wealth that was of course built from the toil of their black brethren!

  3. I heard Sharpton on CNN. He said he had to digest all this information, but his first reaction was to be pissed off. And, yes, he did say he wanted a DNA test.

    If true, unlike Essie Mae Williams (Strom’s daughter), Brotha Al is going to demand personal “reparations” from the Thurmond clan.

  4. Lily:

    LOL on your comment. You know Jesse can’t allow Al to have all that attention and none on himself. Likewise, if it were Jesse doing the geneology and made a similar discovery, Al would be having DNA testing done as well.

  5. Lily

    PJ, glad I could give someone a snicker.

    You’re absolutely right… Jesse is so distracted he’s not even worried about the Emmit Till court thing in MS. He must be digging DEEP.

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