Well, the most recent entry I found was from August 3rd, so perhaps Glenn Reynolds has finally decided to shut the hell up:
TED TURNER LAND-GRAB UPDATE: The Associated Press has picked up on the Ted Turner / Gullah legal conflict.
Michael Moore and Doonesbury remain silent, however.
The previous entry, from July 21st, gives a few more details:
TED TURNER GULLAH LAND-GRAB UPDATE: Democratic weblogger WyethWire has more information on Ted Turner's efforts to wrest a parcel of land on St. Helena Island, S.C. away from a group of descendants of slaves who want to keep the land from being developed. (If the second, permalink, doesn't work -- as has been all too common with Blogger sites lately -- follow the first link and scroll if needed). He has links to maps and all sorts of other information. Excerpt:
And to add insult to injury, the island that Ted Turner wants to turn into his own playground is home to the Penn Center, where Dr. Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference planned the March on Washington.
I'm quite surprised at how little attention this story has gotten beyond these reports in local papers. Is it because of some sort of professional courtesy among media barons?
I like the wording in that one. "[A] group of descendants of slaves". What percent of the black people in this country does that describe? I'm gonna go out on a limb and say "most".
Most definitely applies to these guys:
Two hundred members and supporters of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association spent their July 4 sitting in at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's regional offices in western Tennessee. The group alleges that the federal government has mishandled operating loans for local African-American farmers, and it ended its five-day sit-in only when U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman agreed to meet with the farmers and discuss their grievances.
Since 1996, African-American farmers have lost their farms at a rate three times higher than white farmers and, according to the association, the Agriculture Department routinely delays or denies them farm-operating loans and disaster relief. Of the 16,000 farmers who received federal funding in 1985, only 209 were African American. In 1999, 20,000 African-American farmers won a class-action suit against the Agriculture Department (Pigford v. Glickman). The feds agreed to compensate each farmer $50,000 for discrimination suffered between 1981 and 1996. To date, 40 percent of those awards have yet to be dispersed.
Anyone waiting on Instapundit to comment on this with anywhere near the vehemence he directed at Ted Turner, I hope you packed a lunch.
Spelling out my objections for the slow learners, seems to me Glenn was only railing about the Gullah dispute because it let him sling accusations of racism at evil liberal(?) Ted Turner. If it was anyone else messing with the little brown people, he wouldn't even pretend to give a fuck.
I would, of course, be thrilled to be proven wrong about this.