Al Sharpton and the Six Degrees of Separation
Mix together tabloid sensationalism in the world's largest media market; the academic theory that any two people in the U.S. are linked together by, at most, six degrees of separation; and the current fascination with genealogical research powered by the Internet, and you get something like this... Over the weekend, the New York Daily News broke the story that Al Sharpton, the incendiary civil-rights
activist, is descended from a slave owned by
the relatives of the late US senator Strom Thurmond:
It is an ironic twist of fate that inexorably links one of the most
"In a revelation that will stun the nation, the
Rev. Al Sharpton, one of America's most powerful black leaders, has
unearthed a shattering family secret - his ancestors were slaves owned
by relatives of the late South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond.
vocal civil rights activists and an icon of Deep South segregation."
Anyway, throughout the article, Sharpton consistently refers to the news as "chilling" and "shocking" and "amazing" -- and agrees to pose on the cover of today's newspaper edition holding a cover of yesterday's edition. In the fine print of the article, the New York Daily News notes that the study into Sharpton's past was sponsored by Ancestry.com. What started as an innocent game of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon has now been transformed into a game of political and media exploitation. What's next, Hillary Clinton claiming that her ancient forbears were domestic house servants of the British during the Revolutionary War?
[image: Al Sharpton's secret]
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- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
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- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
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