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Chris Rock's Tweet Beyond the Pale

gpeterson Wrote: Jul 06, 2012 7:44 PM
Socialist countries like my ancestor's Norway? In any case, America is Mr. Rock's country, and mine, and one that, when I was a child, had legal race segregation...which wasn't overturned by the efforts of religious conservatives... white and Black.

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...