Essie Mae Washington-Williams died on Monday. She was 87. And you can read her obituary here:obituary
She was the daughter of arch-racist Strom Thurmond--America's longest-serving Senator at the time of his death--and the Thurmond family's maid. The maid, Ms. Washington-Williams' mother was 15 when she gave birth.
He rewarded her, through intermediaries, $200. I assume for services rendered.
In 1948, Ms. Washington-Williams' mother died and Strom Thurmond, then Governor of South Carolina, ran for President as a "Dixiecrat." He carried five states and won more than one-million votes. He said at the time “All the bayonets of the Army cannot force the Negro into our homes...”
I like reading stories like this.
Stories of colossal hypocrisy and sin.
They make me think advertising isn't so bad.