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Chris Rock's Tweet Beyond the Pale

Jenni2 Wrote: Jul 07, 2012 3:07 AM
(1)What are you and Chris Rock doing about the enslavement of blacks by Arabs in the Sudan and elsewhere in the world? (2)Name all the Nations, civilizations, kingdoms, empires, etc. which had slavery at some point in their history, including those presently tolerating slavery. (3)Name the other disgusting, evil, tyrannical ideology that, like slavery, was imported from Europe that now plagues our Nation and steals our liberty. Answer Key: (1) Not a damn thing. (2) All of 'em, Not 'Just America' (3) Socialism.

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...