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Chris Rock's Tweet Beyond the Pale

sawdustking Wrote: Jul 07, 2012 9:55 AM
Sure, that whole abolitionist movement was just a fabrication because they knew that 150 years later they would have to justify the Civil War to their descendants who would abhor slavery. Hard to argue that logic.

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...