By James Taranto:
We're All Looking for Someone
Henry Louis "Skip" Gates, the Harvard scholar who briefly rose from prominence to fame last summer when he tangled with Cambridge, Mass., police and drew President Obama into the kerfuffle, has a fascinating and informative piece in today's New York Times on the history of slavery–and specifically, the culpability of black Africans in the slave trade. It's worth reading in full, but we got a kick out of this passage:
For centuries, Europeans in Africa kept close to their military and trading posts on the coast. Exploration of the interior, home to the bulk of Africans sold into bondage at the height of the slave trade, came only during the colonial conquests, which is why Henry Morton Stanley's pursuit of Dr. David Livingstone in 1871 made for such compelling press: he was going where no (white) man had gone before.
Gates meant "no (white) man except Dr. Livingston," we presume.