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Chris Rock's Tweet Beyond the Pale

AmericanPatriot52 Wrote: Jul 07, 2012 1:34 PM
Chris Rock is a fool. At some point, all of us have to stop blaming the past for current situations. It's called growing up and taking responsibility for yourself. I've always wondered why it is that American is forced to continue to "pay" for slavery. Americans didn't start it, but we were one of the first to end it. Is anyone even aware that the first slave brought to this country was brought by a black man? NOOOO, that doesn't get any coverage. That a black man brought a black man who was indentured to him and then used as a slave is something that doesn't get talked about a whole lot. So if Chris Rock and other blacks choose to keep using slavery as a crutch, then they need look no farther than their own skin color.
Brian1078 Wrote: Jul 07, 2012 7:38 PM
They also refuse to admit that the VAST majority of slaves brought to North America were captured by rival African tribes and sold into slavery, not captured by whites. They also refuse to admit that had they remained in Africa, they would have been slaves to other tribes that would've treated them far worse than the southern plantation owners who regarded them as valuable property. The Constitution called for the end of the importation of slaves within a set number of years. It also prevented the Slave states from having enough votes in Congress to prevent slavery from ever being overturned.
AmericanPatriot52 Wrote: Jul 07, 2012 1:39 PM
Oh, and one other thing. Frederick Douglass, once challenged to actually READ the Declaration and Constitution (novel concept, to be sure), commented that they were the best two documents AGAINST slavery that he had ever seen and fought for them for the rest of his life, along with trying to get the word out to everyone.

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...