A telling remark
In the “inconvenient coincidences” category, it seems that Al Sharpton’s great-grandfather was a slave owned by relatives of the late segregationist US senator Strom Thurmond.
Thurmond’s niece, Ellen Senter (via an AP report) provides an interesting perspective:
I doubt you can find many native South Carolinians today whose family, if you traced them back far enough, didn’t own slaves,” said Senter, 61, of Columbia, South Carolina.
Except, that is, for the ones who were slaves, Mrs. Senter.