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Al Sharpton's great-grandfather was owned by Strom Thurmond's cousin

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Double J, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Talk about bizarre. Even the jolly reverend seems to have been bowled over by this startling news:

    NEW YORK -- Genealogists have found that civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton is a descendant of a slave owned by relatives of the late senator Strom Thurmond, a newspaper reported yesterday.

    The Daily News said professional genealogists, working at the newspaper's behest, recently uncovered the ancestral ties between one of the country's best known black leaders and a man who was once a prominent defender of segregation.

    "I have always wondered what was the background of my family," the newspaper quoted Sharpton as saying. "But nothing -- nothing -- could prepare me for this.

    "It's chilling. It's amazing."

    Turns out Al's great-grandfather, Coleman Sharpton, was owned by Julia Thurmond, who was a first cousin of Strom's father.

  2. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Not surprising, really.

    Everyone has 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great-grandparents, 16 great-greats, etc.

    Go back far enough and throw in all the cousins and aunts and uncles, and there's a good chance you and Joe Blow down at the corner store have some ancestors with a common history, whether it be by blood, by business relationship, or in Sharpton's case, by slavery.
  3. markvid

    markvid Guest

    Now the key is how much $$$ will the Rev want.
  4. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    Plus the richest landowners had the most slaves, that increases the odds that any particular decendant of slaves would come from a family like the Thurmonds.
  5. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    The Rev. has also announced that he is the father of Anna Nicole's daughter.
  6. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    That's funny rat thar...
  7. Pancamo

    Pancamo Active Member

    Now we know the origin of Al's hair.
  8. Trouser_Buddah

    Trouser_Buddah Active Member

    Why would the newspaper be looking into Sharpton's geneaolgy?
  9. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    Proof that racism and ignorance is a genetic trait.
  10. Deeper_Background

    Deeper_Background Active Member

  11. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    As did Thurmond, through his estate.
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