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Von A-Hole to Sharpton: I'll K.O. You, Big Mouth

5/16/2008 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

How's this for a cage match we'd kill to see -- Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband vs. Reverend Al Sharpton.


The Prince challenged Al to a fist fight yesterday, claiming he's a "big mouth" and that he could K.O. him.

VAH also called BS on Barack and Michelle Obama's claims ... that they knew jack about crazy Rev. Jeremiah Wright when they went to his church. As for calling Michelle Obama a "washerwoman," VAH says it's his opinion and she hates the US and should "go the f**k out of America."

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31.

Jo    

I have to agree with him this time. I wish he would KO Sharpton, and I think B. Hussein and Michelle are the worst possible choice for any position of responsibility or decision making in this country.

2294 days ago
32.

pollyanna    

For a change I agree with Van-A-Hole

2294 days ago
33.

Ambular    

There's nothing interesting about this old ass man. Get over it. He's rich, old, and white...there's a dozen of him on every corner of Miami.

2294 days ago
34.

Twinker    

I love this articulate, well dressed man who shops at Hermes!

2294 days ago
35.

my, my, my    

This recycled Nazi needs to jump off the nearest bridge. Infected idiot living off the purse of his wife. His 15 minutes of fame are a waste of time.

2294 days ago
36.

I'm starting to like this guy.    

Prince Von A would kick the crap out of Al Sharpton.

2294 days ago
37.

KellyinCali    

Uh oh! I very rarely even check this site, let alone watch videos, but I watched the last two starring the Prince and I'm am hearing things I agree with. Quick, someone, smack me up the side of the head, 'cause somethin' aint right up there. Help!!!

I can't wait to see his next starring role. Yikes!!! This all explains one thing for me, Zsa Zsa must have married him for the entertainment factor. If nothing else, he is that.

2294 days ago
38.

Sillyme    

Maybe he is saying she is a hardworking good woman?
With the official end of slavery less than two decades before, thousands of black laundresses went on strike for higher wages, respect for their work and control over how their work was organized. In summer 1881, the laundresses took on Atlanta’s business and political establishment and gained so much support they threatened to call a general strike, which would have shut the city down.

Life as a Laundress in 1880s Atlanta
Atlanta in the early 1880s was just beginning to develop. Less than two decades had passed since the Civil War ended. The city had primitive water and sewer systems, and unsanitary trash lined the unpaved streets. Atlanta’s businessmen and politicians sought to paint a very different picture to lure northern businesses to the city, spotlighting it as the urban center of the New South with a large, subservient workforce.

More than half of the city’s black residents—and half of the black wage earners—were women. Black women largely were responsible for sustaining not only their families but their communities as well. One-third of black women living in Atlanta, as in other cities, raised families alone.

Nearly all (98 percent) of these black working women were household workers. On average, women began working as domestics between age 10 and 16 and worked until age 65 or older. In the 1880s, more black women worked as laundresses than in any other type of domestic work. The city had more laundresses than male common laborers. In contrast, only a small portion of white women worked for pay, and the average white family could afford the services of at least a washerwoman.

Laundry work was the most difficult of domestic jobs, and industrialization made the chore even more dreadful. Manufactured cloth—especially washable fabrics such as cotton—made clothing more available so people had more clothes than ever before. Laundry work was the first chore women would hire someone else to perform if her family had the slightest bit of extra money. In the North, women would send their family’s dirty clothes to a commercial laundry at the time. But in the South, technology was lagging and even poor whites could send some wash to black women.

Laundresses worked long, tiring hours and their wages ranged from $4 to $8 a month. These wages changed little over time and laundresses would increase their earnings by adding on clients or getting help from their children. Laundresses worked mostly in their own homes or in their neighborhoods with other women. They worked outside in the shade when weather permitted or inside their homes, hanging clothes all over the house to dry.

They made their own soap from lye, starch from wheat bran and washtubs from beer barrels cut in half. Their work began on Monday mornings and continued throughout the week until the clean clothes were delivered on Saturday. Throughout the week, they would carry gallons of water from wells, pumps or hydrants for washing, boiling and rinsing clothes. Then, after hanging the clothes to dry, the women would iron, alternately using several heavy irons at a time.

"I could clean my hearth good and nice and set my irons in front of the fire and iron all day [with]out stopping....I cooked and ironed at the same time," said laundress Sarah Hill.

2294 days ago
39.

Sillyme    

The Summer of 1881
In July 1881, 20 laundresses met to form a trade organization, the Washing Society. They sought higher pay, respect and autonomy over their work and established a uniform rate at $1 per dozen pounds of wash. With the help of black ministers throughout the city, they held a mass meeting and called a strike to achieve higher pay at the uniform rate.

The Washing Society, or "Washing Amazons," as their opponents called them, established door-to-door canvassing to widen their membership, urging laundresses across the city to join or honor the strike. They also involved white laundresses, who were less than 2 percent of laundresses in the city—an extraordinary sign of interracial solidarity for the time.

In three weeks, the Washing Society grew from 20 to 3,000 strikers.

By August, municipal authorities were taking direct action, arresting strikers, fining members and making house visits. The laundresses were not deterred. But the white establishment was so agitated that city politicians got involved. The City Council proposed that members of any washerwoman’s organization pay an annual fee of $25 and then offered nonprofit tax status to businesses that wanted to start commercial laundries. Even though the $25 fee would mean several months of wages, the strikers were not discouraged. They responded with a letter to the mayor, agreeing to pay the fees rather than be defeated. "We mean business...or no washing," the letter stated.

These politically savvy women workers were willing to pay the fee in exchange for self-regulation. To them, self-regulation of their industry was about respect. In the post-Civil War South, the laundresses refused to be seen as subordinate. These laundresses saw the strike as asserting their freedom and identity and gaining respect for their work.

The resolve of the striking laundresses—despite the arrests, fines and proposed fees—inspired other domestic workers. Cooks, maids and nurses began demanding higher wages. Hotel workers went on strike. Unlike past strikes, employers—aware of the magnitude of the black labor unrest—weren’t confident they could find replacement workers. So the following week, the City Council rejected the proposed fees. The laundresses had prevailed.

In the end, the strike not only raised wages—it, more importantly, established laundresses—and all black women workers—as instrumental to the New South’s economy. The white establishment was forced to acknowledge that black women workers, who were former slaves, were not invisible.

Sources

Hunter, Tera W. To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors After the Civil War. Harvard Press, 1997; Greenfeld, Carl. The Identity of Black Women in the Post-Bellum Period, 1865-1885. Binghamton Journal of History, Spring 1999


2294 days ago
40.

i love them    

TMZ-
A-Hole is Crazy-but he does have some logic to what he is saying about the Obamas
I just hope America wakes up before the November election
---A Dying Breed
---A Republican

2294 days ago
41.

crus    

Mr. Mustache, just a thought for you. Most of us are at work just having a little fun to get through the day. We look at
a line or two. Laugh or get mad and post back for kicks. NO ONE is reading past your second line. Including me, you
may even have a point, that I may agree with, but I didn't get past line two. Save yourself some time. Quick one-liners or
quick witty thoughts. Yes, people would have read past my second line, because most will agree with me.

2294 days ago
42.

Twinker    

McCain's peeps need to give this guy some campaign speaking engagements pronto.

2294 days ago
43.

jadelynn    

You know, even if this guys is an idiot douchebag, he has a point. Who is Reverend Sharpton calling out here? Von Douchebag doesn't represent a group or company, he isn't a host of a television show. He is an individual person, expressing his opinion. He doesn't have to like Obama's wife, and making derogative comments about her is his right. Are we to live in fear of expression our opinion about a person simply because they are black and our opinion is broadcasted to the media? Von Dingleberry can dislike whomever he pleases without fear of reprimand, because he simply doesn't give a crap, you'll have to give him props for that!

On another note, I agree with him on his last point as well. While Obama may no longer or never have agree with his former pastor, there can be no denying that he willfully sat in his church and listened to his veiws while attending his fold.

2294 days ago
44.

Why?    

How about he "go the f**k out of America."? His ass isn't from America either! Racist piece of crap! Hell none of you are! You all came on boats!

2294 days ago
45.

KO    

He is right about Sharpton!

And he is right about Obama

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