Super Lawyers
William C. Altreuter

Thursday, December 18, 2003

We can stipulate that Strom Thurmond was an evil old bastard, and a hypocrite, but so what? He's dead, and except for a few cavemen like Trent Lott nobody who thinks about this stuff has thought otherwise for quite some time. The interesting thing, the sad thing, is to think about what it must have been like to be the black daughter of the leading segregationist of the Twentieth Century. That check at Christmas would have been a pretty hard thing to take from someone who made a career of denying you your humanity. She's 78 years old, which means she was growing up during the worst of it all-- She was 26 when her father filibustered against civil rights in 1957--how horrible to go through life like that.

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