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? Al Sharpton <-------> Strom Thurmond ?


Rev. Al Sharpton learned that his is related to Senator Strom Thurmond

In a most astounding turn of events, it's been discovered that the controversial Senator Strom Thurmond (R-SC) is a blood relative of his polar opposite, the Rev. Sharpton. Seriously. This gives whole new meaning to truisms such as "Never say never" and "You can't choose your relatives." The staggering news was brought to the civil right activist by an Ancestry.com genealogy team that included Tony Burroughs, a professor here at Chicago State University.

Senator Thurmond died in 2003, but not before dedicating most of his 100 years to racial divisiveness. However after his death, to the astonishment of many, an African American named Essie Mae Washington-Williams made national headlines, stepping forward as the "secret daughter" of the staunch segregationist.

And now this...

The family connection involves Rev. Sharpton's great-grandfather and Sen. Thurmond's great-great grandfather. Probably picking himself up off the floor, Rev. Sharpton said, "It's chilling. It's amazing..."

It would appear a very intense gene for protest exists in this bloodline. Rev. Sharpton is planning a press conference to discuss it. Perhaps by then, his near-speechlessness will have passed. A boycott of Ancestry.com also could be in the works.


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8 comments:

Levois said...

Interesting. One never knows what's going to show up in the ole family tree.

Paula Neal Mooney said...

Trippy trippy trippy.

I'd love to find out more about my geneology...

Cynthia said...

Where my father is from, there is a Black family and White family that are related (same family name) and no one talks about it. Neither side will seek the other out. Rev Al Welcome to America.

kweenkong said...

So true, Levois. But never in a million years could anyone have imagined a family connection by these two!

kweenkong said...

Hey Paula,

Same here. Luckily, my father's side of the family is planning a big reunion this summer, so I'll get to bond with them and learn a lot more. The older I get, the more important it becomes.

kweenkong said...

Cynthia,

Maybe you'll be the one to explore the connection between the two families. Could be fascinating!

4838butterfly said...

Scary, you really cannot pick your family. Reverend Al should get a DNA test.

Anonymous said...

I never reply to these Blog's but I specifically had to find one to comment on this. Al & Jesse both need to get off it. Why is it that RAPPERS can call a woman a bitch, a hoe & all sorts of vulgarities over & over again, sing about it all freaking day long on the radio degrading our black women BUT because a white man chose to call them nappy headed hoes it a crime!!!!! Something is seriously wrong here!! You march 50 protesters out in front of CBS for that? Al & Jesse, you are fighting the WRONG BATTLE!!!

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