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Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Al Sharpton Brings Props, And Gets Some

From today's NY Times account of Monday's NAACP convention:

...it was Mr. Sharpton who brought the crowd to its feet. Mr. Sharpton compared the Democratic Party to the late Lester Maddox, the former governor of Georgia who in the 1960's chased black patrons from his restaurant with an ax handle.

"Any time we can give a party 92 percent of our vote and have to still beg some people to come talk to us, there is still an ax-handle mentality among some in the Democratic Party," he said, raising an ax handle. "I want to stop people from wanting our vote but not wanting to be seen with us in public, treating us like we are some political mistresses."

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