News just announced Sen Thurmond died tonight

  1. Say what you will, but Senator Thurmond will be remembered fondly by me and my family.
    He died tonight at age 100.
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Gomer
    Lester Maddox also died this week. Wonder how those two old segregationist will like an intergrated heaven (or hell)? Gee, just think of having to spend eternity drinking out of the same water fountain as some person of color.
  4. by   RN NascarFan
    My thoughts are with BOTH families.
    Death does not recognize color.

    And, I , for one, try not to sit in judgement of anyone's state of heart, regardless of their past.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    as so passes a great era...

    100 years is significant no matter WHOSE life is lost.
  6. by   P_RN
    Sen. Thurmond changed with the times.
    http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate...ackages/strom/
  7. by   SharonH, RN
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
    as so passes a great era...


    Great era????
  8. by   pickledpepperRN
    http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/27/ob...partner=GOOGLE
    Strom Thurmond, Foe of Integration, Dies at 100
    By ADAM CLYMER
    Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, a central figure in the political transformation of the South and the longest-serving senator in American history, died yesterday in Edgefield, S.C. He was 100.
    Running for president in 1948 as what the press called a Dixiecrat, he said that "on the question of social intermingling of the races, our people draw the line." And, he went on, "all the laws of Washington and all the bayonets of the Army cannot force the Negro into our homes, into our schools, our churches and our places of recreation and amusement."
  9. by   eltrip
    100 years is a long time to live. The guy saw a lot of history, that's for sure. Definitely didn't agree with him on his segregationist views. (how about rabidly opposed them? is that a strong enough statement? )
  10. by   LaVorneRN
    Forgive those of us who shrug. There are some of us who feel more for the loss of Katherine Hepburn. I am sure he was a smart man. He got with the times when he realized he was fighting a losing battle and knew he wanted to stay in politics. He did what he had to do to make repairs in the appropriate places of damage.
  11. by   P_RN
    One of the many Eulogies was by state Senator Kay Patterson an African American.
    Kay Patterson
    State senator, D-Richland

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    "It was Strom that helped to keep our historically black colleges and universities open here in South Carolina and throughout the nation.

    "It was Strom that came to the assistance and aid of my constituents in active military duty as well as the veterans having problems with the Veterans Administration.

    "It was Strom who helped my constituents through the bureaucratic maze of Social Security.

    "It was Strom who helped my constituents with drainage and sewer projects."

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    "Strom touched many lives in South Carolina and throughout the nation. He touched yours, and he surely touched mine."

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    "I want to thank the Lord that Strom passed this way, because Strom was a man of integrity and honor and he helped many people."
    There was a lot more to Senator Thurmond than views from over 50 years ago. Sen Patterson also said that Sen Thurmond had a "Damascus Road" experience and that he believed him.

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