AUTHOR: Beth TITLE: DATE: 12/16/2003 09:29:00 AM ----- BODY:
Thurmond Kin Acknowledge Black Daughter (New York Times)
"WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 — The family of the late Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina acknowledged on Monday that Essie Mae Washington-Williams, a retired teacher living in Los Angeles is the daughter of Mr. Thurmond and a black woman who worked for his family as a maid nearly 80 years ago." "...The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a native of South Carolina, said he was struck by the similarities between Mr. Thurmond's situation and that of Jefferson, asserting that they reflected 'a deep and ugly Southern tradition" of white men taking advantage of young black women in their employ. 'By day, they are bullies', Mr. Jackson said. 'By night, they manipulate race to their advantage'. Referring to Mr. Thurmond and Ms. Washington-Williams, he added: 'The point that strikes me the most is that he lived 100 years and never acknowledged his daughter. He never let her eat at his table. He fought for laws that kept his daughter segregated and in an inferior position. He never fought to give her first-class status. Thomas Jefferson did pretty much the same'."
Yep, I think you were right, Sen. Lott. If we'd elected Strom Thurmond President, we never would have had all these problems.