And one of Thurmond's shirttail relatives owned one of Sharpton's ancestors for a while? An interesting coincidence perhaps, but certainly not worthy of all the hoopla that has been made of it.
Julia Thurmond Sharpton was Strom Thurmond's first cousin twice removed. I have lots of first cousins twice removed. A first cousin twice removed would be a first cousin of my grandparent. I at least a hundred of those, many I never ever met.
Should we be surprised that the media are shocked about slave ownership and the Sharpton-Thurmond connection? Probably not. After all, the media have been focused on:
- Brittany's shaved head.
- Anna Nicole's decadent life and death.
- the endless parade of anexoric actresses and models.
My great-great-parents were husband and wife and step-brother and step-sister. I'm still waiting for the news crew ;-)