It is easy to laugh at the birther nonsense, but this post/video shows the real pain it causes black Americans. I think he is right that it debases people who have struggled so very hard to achieve the same rights as other Americans. So many of my heroes are from the Civil Rights movement, the people who fought for justice and were arrested, assaulted, and murdered for it. I don't remember all of their names, by any means, but here are some: Martin Luther King. John Lewis. Robert Moses. Fanny Lou Hamer. Fred Shuttlesworth. C. T. Vivien. Ella Baker. A. Phillips Randolph. Rosa Parks. Diane Nash... and many, many more.