Friday, October 14, 2011

Ann Coulter and Lawrence O'Donnell Need Remedial Civil Rights History Lessons

What do Ann Coulter and Lawrence O'Donnell have in common? Both dissed the giants of the civil rights movement this week, Rosa Parks in particular.

Left-wing MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell lectured Herman Cain:

"In fact you were in college from 1963 to 1967, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, exactly when the most important demonstrations and protests were going on."
In fact, the greatest moment of the civil rights movement was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August 1963 and Cain did not start college until that fall. The Freedom Riders embarked on their historic bus journey through the Deep South in May 1961. Rosa Parks's refusal to move to the back of the bus sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott in December 1955.

Not to be outdone, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter lectured the Occupy Wall Street crowd:

"If Richard Nixon had won the 1960 election instead of John F. Kennedy -- as some say he did -- there never would have been a need for Rosa Parks, the Freedom Rides and the rest of the civil disobedience of the civil rights movement."
Again, Rosa Parks defied the Jim Crow laws in December 1955, almost 5 years before the November 1960 election. In 1960 itself, Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia during a restaurat sit-in protest. John Kennedy and his brother Robert intervened to secure his release.

I say we lock Ann Coulter and Lawrence O'Donnell in a room and tell them they can't come out until they get their history straight. I promise, we won't even dream of throwing away the key. OK, we can dream.

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