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Chris Rock's Tweet Beyond the Pale

gpeterson Wrote: Jul 06, 2012 7:39 PM
"...that they WEREN"T moral enough..." Being a slave was generally thought to be proof of inferior moral character, you see (though it was the white conservative proslavery Evangelicals of the day that were obviously deficient in moral character. See (Cotton is King" and the Rev. Thornton Stringfellow's best selling proslavery arguments as illustrative of that.

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...