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A History Lesson for Lawrence O'Donnell (About the civil rights movement and Herman Cain)
American Thinker ^ | 10/10/2011 | Peter Wilson

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 ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: civilrights; hermancain; lawrenceodonnell

1 posted on 10/10/2011 8:06:16 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

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!


2 posted on 10/10/2011 8:09:33 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: SeekAndFind

MSNBC’s position is that every black that didn’t particulate in a march is not concerned about the rights of balcks.

Herman marched.

He marched into every classroom

He marched into every management meeting.

He marched to the CEO’s chair of a mega huge business.


3 posted on 10/10/2011 8:12:33 AM PDT by NoLibZone (Democrats are violent. Prisons are overflowing with democrats convicted of violent crimes.)
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To: NoLibZone

particulate should read participate.


4 posted on 10/10/2011 8:13:25 AM PDT by NoLibZone (Democrats are violent. Prisons are overflowing with democrats convicted of violent crimes.)
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To: NoLibZone

ditto.


5 posted on 10/10/2011 8:14:52 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Herman marched right into the white mans den!

The den of higher education and board rooms.


6 posted on 10/10/2011 8:14:55 AM PDT by NoLibZone (Democrats are violent. Prisons are overflowing with democrats convicted of violent crimes.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Anytime you think a leftist has made a point, go back and check the facts. They’re wrong 100% of the time.


7 posted on 10/10/2011 8:20:47 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: SoldierDad

Ping to watch video later.


8 posted on 10/10/2011 8:22:17 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: SeekAndFind
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9 posted on 10/10/2011 8:22:41 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I never win at Scrable.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I’d prefer someone use a club, rolled in barbed-wire.


10 posted on 10/10/2011 8:27:47 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: SeekAndFind
First of all, what was he doing on that asshat's show?

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?

11 posted on 10/10/2011 8:30:31 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


12 posted on 10/10/2011 8:32:29 AM PDT by Harley (Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.)
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To: Owl_Eagle
"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? "

Why does this sound like a backhanded way to "blame" Herman Cain for civil rights violence? Sort of like blaming Bush for Katrina because he didn't do more for "global warming" ?
13 posted on 10/10/2011 8:39:03 AM PDT by Newton (If Obama is the answer it's probably a stupid question.)
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To: laweeks
Showing leadership and courage by taking the fight to the enemies turf.

You don't win wars playing defense.

14 posted on 10/10/2011 8:42:48 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: MNJohnnie
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.

15 posted on 10/10/2011 8:48:43 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: SeekAndFind

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?”


16 posted on 10/10/2011 8:56:10 AM PDT by khnyny (Our government has become Hal in "2001 A Space Odyssey")
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To: SeekAndFind
Let's see: according to Wikipedia, LO was born on 11/7/51 and graduated from Harvard in 1976 - aged 24 and a half. Do you think he was a slow learner or maybe he had some reason to drag his feet in college?

Privileged, draft-dodging, p.o.s.

17 posted on 10/10/2011 9:24:09 AM PDT by Vide
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To: ClearCase_guy
If I were a political candidate in that environment, my standard reply to the libtard gotcha questions would be:

“After you've vetted and grilled Obama, you can ask me whatever you want. Until then, my plan to save America is to make sure the current, MSM coddled, poser is unseated.”
18 posted on 10/10/2011 9:26:38 AM PDT by darbymcgill
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