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November 20, 2003
News You'll Never See

I'm trying to avoid the whole Creepy Jacko thing, but certain odd points just seem to beg for a bit of blogging. Take this, for instance, from his brother Jermaine:

Jackson's brother Jermaine denounced the allegations in a CNN interview as "nothing but a modern-day lynching." "This is what they want to see: him in handcuffs. You got it. But it won't be for long, I promise you," Jermaine Jackson said.

Modern-day lynching? Tom Daschle had this to say about Jermaine's choice of words:

"I was offended. I think it was unfortunate," Daschle said. "I think those within the civil rights leadership who have commented and have asked for an apology are right."

And this from the LCCR:

"Either [he] has conveniently forgotten a frightening period of American history, or he is willfully demeaning all those African-Americans who were hung from trees throughout the period of racial segregation in the South," said Wade Henderson, the director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.

Oh, wait ... they didn't say that about Jermaine -- they said it about Senator Zell Miller when he used the term "lynching" to describe the treatment Justice Janice Rogers Brown has been receiving from filibuster-happy Democrats. I don't understand, especially from the LCCR; aren't they the ones protecting the legacy of "African-Americans who were hung from trees throughout the period of racial segregation in the South" by viciously opposing successful African-Americans? Why hasn't he spoken out here?

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at November 20, 2003 11:36 PM

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