Although there are a full eleven more days until Black History month comes to a close, I'm going to go out on a limb and name the highlight and lowlight of the month. First the lowlight: His timing was impecable and the fact that it occured in Black History month underscored the ridiculousness of the statement. Emory University President James Wagner said the following in an alumni magazine article about the odious 3/5 compromise in the original U.S. constitution:
Some might suggest that the constitutional compromise reached for the lowest common denominator—for the barest minimum value on which both sides could agree. I rather think something different happened. Both sides found a way to temper ideology and continue working toward the highest aspiration they both shared—the aspiration to form a more perfect union. They set their sights higher, not lower, in order to identify their common goal and keep moving toward it.
More shocking than the words is that they appeared in print in the Emory alumni magazine--not that it would have been much better as an unscripted, off-the-cuff utterance. He couldn't name a compromise like the CT compromise between the populous and less populous states?!
The highlight is easy: my friend Jeanne Theoharris has published a new book The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. Here is Jeanne talking about her book on the PBS Newshour.
Go Jeanne! Go Rosa Parks! Happy Black History month to all.