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what if your dad was one of the most famous segregationists in history?

The Broken Road of Peggy Wallace Kennedy

All white Southerners live with the sins of their fathers. But what if your dad was one of the most famous segregationists in history? Veteran Alabama journalist Frye Gaillard visits the daughter of George Wallace.


Then came 1972. On May 15, running for president yet again, Wallace was shot at a campaign rally in Maryland. The bullet pierced his spine. Peggy, who was then in college, flew to Maryland and rushed to Holy Cross Hospital, where he had undergone life-saving surgery. There was an eerie unreality about the scene.

In the coming hours, other visitors would make their way to his bedside. One of them was Ethel Kennedy, who, four years earlier, had lost her husband to an assassin. She said Robert Kennedy would want her to be there. The visit surprised and moved Peggy, but the most astonishing well-wisher of all was a woman who was also running for president. Shirley Chisholm was a fierce trailblazer, the first woman to seek the presidential nomination of a major party, and the first black woman elected to Congress. Among the ranks of her followers was a former Black Panther named Barbara Lee, who now represents California in Congress. Lee warned Chisholm sternly, “Don’t you go visit that racist.”

Chisholm brushed the warning aside.

During her short time in Congress, besides her militant pursuit of equality, Chisholm had established a counter-reputation for reaching across the aisle, and working with people very different from herself. She collaborated with Sen. Bob Dole, a Kansas Republican, to create the still-standing nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Because of white allies, Chisholm said, “poor babies have milk and poor children have food.” But now, her spirit of generosity was being pushed to new and untested limits. George Wallace stood for things she found repugnant. And yet, he was also a human being. As Wallace lay badly wounded in a hospital bed, unable to move the lower parts of his body, Chisolm reached out.

“She and daddy talked real low,” remembers Peggy. “They prayed together. Daddy asked her, ’What are your people going to say about you being here?’ She told him it didn’t matter: ‘I would not want this to happen to anyone.’ Daddy’s face changed. There was just something that came over him. I think a seed was planted that day.”


Posted by Tactical Peek | Sat Jan 11, 2020, 04:20 AM (8 replies)

"More Hitlers have served in the US Armed Forces than Trumps."


Alternative NOAA @altNOAA

This is William Patrick Hitler. He served in the United States Navy 1944-1947. He received the WWII Victory Medal and Purple Heart. His uncle was Adolf Hitler. You read that correctly. More Hitlers have served in the US Armed Forces than Trumps.

Posted by Tactical Peek | Tue Jan 7, 2020, 03:55 PM (4 replies)
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