A History Lesson for Lawrence O'Donnell

On Thursday night, MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell accused Herman Cain of "sitting on the sidelines" during the civil rights movement.  The accusation has rightly been condemned as contemptible.  Politics is one sphere of human achievement, but there are many others.  Do we fault Albert Einstein for not going back to Germany in 1933 to march in anti-Hitler demonstrations? Cain's defense was that he was in high school, under 18 years old, and his father had counseled him to stay out of trouble.  O'Donnell came back with what many liberals probably thought was a gotcha moment (at 11:10 in the video): 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.  You could easily as a student at Morehouse between 1963 and 1967 actively have participated in the kind of protests that got African-Americans the rights they enjoy today[.] ... You watched black...(Read Full Article)