Skip to comments.A History Lesson for Lawrence O'Donnell (About the civil rights movement and Herman Cain)
Posted on 10/10/2011 8:06:08 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
On Thursday night, MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell accused Herman Cain of "sitting on the sidelines" during the civil rights movement. The accusation has rightly been condemned as contemptible. Politics is one sphere of human achievement, but there are many others. Do we fault Albert Einstein for not going back to Germany in 1933 to march in anti-Hitler demonstrations?
Cain's defense was that he was in high school, under 18 years old, and his father had counseled him to stay out of trouble. O'Donnell came back with what many liberals probably thought was a gotcha moment (at 11:10 in the video):
In fact you were in college from 1963 to 1967, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, exactly when the most important demonstrations and protests were going on. You could easily as a student at Morehouse between 1963 and 1967 actively have participated in the kind of protests that got African-Americans the rights they enjoy today[.] ... You watched black college students from around the country and white college students from around the country come to the South and be murdered, fighting for the rights of African-Americans. Do you regret sitting on those sidelines at that time?
Cain defended himself, saying that not every black student in the 1960s was protesting, but he left standing O'Donnell's charge that he had dissimulated the facts about being in high school during the civil rights movement. Cain objected at one point that he graduated from high school in 1963 and entered college in that fall, mistakenly assuming that O'Donnell knew the civil rights timeline.
For Larry's benefit, let's look at that timeline:
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
Lawrence O’Donnell sees pot-smoking hippies protesting the Vietnam-era draft, the Chicago riots in 1968 and Woodstock in 1969 as all somehow under the umbrella of what Dr. Martin Luther King was all about. Hey, if you weren’t at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, then you must be opposed to Civil Rights!
MSNBC’s position is that every black that didn’t particulate in a march is not concerned about the rights of balcks.
He marched into every classroom
He marched into every management meeting.
He marched to the CEO’s chair of a mega huge business.
particulate should read participate.
Herman marched right into the white mans den!
The den of higher education and board rooms.
Anytime you think a leftist has made a point, go back and check the facts. They’re wrong 100% of the time.
Ping to watch video later.
I’d prefer someone use a club, rolled in barbed-wire.
Although he handled himself well, Lawrene O'Idiot got plenty of soundbites to use on later shows. But, seriously, what was he doing on that asshat's show?
What is there about the Stupid Party that allows themselves to be butchered on these libtards' shows? You don't see libtards going on conservative shows in any measurable amount. So, what was he doing on that asshat's show?
I think Lawrence O’Donnell has about as much credibility and clout as the Unibomber. He does more to discredit himself and the left everytime he opens his clap trap. Keep it up Lawrence, you’ll aspire to your dream job soon, announcer at the Westminster Dog Show.
You don't win wars playing defense.
I agree, but I hope Cain realizes that every scrap and every word will be changed, edited, and revised after he leaves the studio.
I just can't find a single reason to feed these libtard sharks.
From O’Donnell’s wikipedia page, lol:
During an October 2011 interview, O’Donnell accused Republican primary candidate Herman Cain of sitting on the sidelines during the civil rights protests of the 1960s and also charged him with avoiding the draft during the Vietnam War. Erick Erickson called it “Perhaps the most detestable media character assassination I have seen in a very long time.” Conor Friedersdorf said the questions posed by O’Donnell were “offensive” and declared, “In this interview, O’Donnell goes to absurd lengths to use patriotism and jingoism as cudgels to attack his conservative guest, almost as if he is doing a Stephen Colbert style parody of the tactics he imagines a right-wing blowhard might employ. Does he realize he’s becoming what he claims to abhor?”
Privileged, draft-dodging, p.o.s.