Chris Kahn of the Associated Press on Web Spying Puts Twist on Jefferson Saga:
The wife of a Thomas Jefferson family association official said Friday that she masqueraded as a 67-year-old black woman on an Internet chat room in a bid to keep descendants of a reputed Jefferson mistress out of this weekend’s family reunion.
“It might have been somewhat unethical,” said Paulie Abeles of Washington, D.C., who participated for eight months in the Yahoo! message board created for relatives of Jefferson slave Sally Hemings.
Might have been unethical? Oh please. It WAS unethical.
“It might have been childish, but I really think I was working in the best interest of the majority of the family members to make the reunion a calm and civilized gathering,” she said.
Let me settle this one for you Ms. Abeles, it WAS childish. You didn’t do your family any favors by causing such a scandal and you’ve only managed to keep the Hemings-Jefferson story in the news for another few weeks. Good job!