So it turns out Strom Thurmond's ancestors owned some of Al Sharpton's ancestors. No doubt we'll be hearing soon from Sharpton how he's the victim in all of this, despite the fact that he's a fabulously wealthy man who's never been oppressed by anyone.
Note, however, in the AP story that they often talk about Thurmond's racist background, being a segregationist and filibustering a civil rights bill in 1957. Of course, this is to show how bad the mean, racist Republicans are. However, I'm surprised that they had the journalistic integrity to include this at the very end of the story:
The longest-serving senator in history, he was originally a Democrat but became a Republican in 1964.
So he wasn't a Republican when he was pushing for segregation and racism -- he was a Democrat. He "softened" on his positions later in life (i.e. he stopped being a racist), which is when he was a Republican.
It just goes to show that the media is pretty forgiving of the Democrats for their incredibly racist past (one of the highest ranking Democrats, Robert Byrd (D-WV) was once a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, but you don't see anyone hounding him for that), but attacks any Republican for any thought or action that they think could be labeled by their definition as "racism."
But, I guess if the media talked about how racist the Democrats actually are (who appointed the first black Supreme Court justice, and who opposed him fanatically? Who appointed blacks to their highest ever government positions? I'll give you a hint on that one: it wasn't "the first black president", Bill Clinton), no one would vote for them, and we know the media couldn't stand for that. So they have to hide it with slanted news stories and fake history.
Man, I love revisionist history.