This Week's Entry in the Ignorance of Your Elected Officials: The Fighting 11th
You can see Colbert almost have a stroke trying not to break up laughing and give the whole thing away. You can see his complete incredulity at the first mention of slavery, even reiterates exactly what she's saying in order to make sure that there isn't a slip up going on, that she actually thinks that there was slavery in Brooklyn in 1898. And he even throws her the ultimate bone, asking who would have owned slaves in New York at that late date.
"The Dutch" she says matter-of-factly.
This is not Leno's Jaywalking segment where random people off the street demonstrate a lack of historical knowledge. This is one of our democratically elected members of Congress demonstrating a complete lack of the most basic education of this country's history. My god, this doesn't even require education, one should be able to pick up a better education than this just from television and movies, without even touching a book.
This is somehow worse than Todd Akin to me, because at least Akin's ignorance has some pattern to it, in that it is at least consistent with the moronic beliefs he holds about the world. This is consistent with nothing except a dull-headed incuriosity.
I will allow the great Professor Farnsworth to sum up: