Adam Clayton Powell IV—The Answer to Steve Sailer's Question
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I was once as confused as my colleague Steve Sailer by the question as to how crooked, race-hustling, womanizing Harlem preacher, civil rights leader, and congressman, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. could have a son named Adam Clayton Powell IV. The answer is that Powell Jr. named one son ACP III, and the next one ACPIV. (Powell Jr.’s fans refer to him as America’s “pre-eminent civil rights leader” of his day. Considering what a crook, racist, and womanizer he was, the title sounds about right.)

I’ll leave it to readers to analyze the psyche of a man who names not one but two sons after himself. (And that’s without even getting into George Foreman and all of his “Georges.”)

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