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Chris Rock's Tweet Beyond the Pale

0_BAMANATION Wrote: Jul 06, 2012 1:22 PM
LINCOLN........... GOT IT RIGHT !!! When those from elsewhere... better suited when rooted elsewhere... instead remain elsewhere than where they should be by God's intent... all Hell breaks loose. Such has been the case for America since 1865. LINCOLN.............. GOT IT RIGHT !!!

Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison.

Comedian Chris Rock has stoked the flames of controversy with this Fourth of July tweet. The Hollywood comic wrote: "Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren't free but I'm sure they enjoyed fireworks." Rock's tweet sparked plenty of day-after fireworks. What he wrote went beyond the pale, responded many online, hurt and enraged at Rock's bitter humor.

Chris Rock's tweet was beyond the pale. It was doubtless his effort to capitalize on the 160th anniversary of that great Fifth of July speech delivered by black abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Douglass addressed...