On Saturday, America's most prodigious race-baiting reverend and host of MSNBC's PoliticsNation, Al Sharpton, emphatically decried the Senate's use of the filibuster as racist and urged his viewers to contact their senators in order to demand its permanent elimination. During the four-minute "Rise Up" segment, Sharpton ripped former Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell and other Republicans for effectively using the filibuster during both of President Obama's terms.
Of course, Sharpton fails to mention which bills, specifically, senators chose to filibuster from 2009 to 2016 or why they did so. Instead, he provides a brief, and somewhat misleading, history lesson on the origination and historical usage of the filibuster, and he delineates it as a "Jim Crow relic." Following Sharpton's description, you'd think the word "filibuster" was a synonym for a whites-only drinking fountain still in operation today. It's not. The term filibuster became popular in the middle of the 19th century and is a technique utilized to prevent or delay a vote on a bill.