Reacting to the Shirley Sherrod case, Sharpton is now on record as saying that leaders of the African-American community should refrain from calling on the Obama Administration to apologize for its treatment of Shirley Sherrod. Otherwise, “[w]e are only greasing the rails for the right wing to run a train through our ambitions and goals for having civil and human rights in this country.”
Of course, if the President were white, no such concerns–spurious and self-interested though they are–would be at play, and Sharpton and others would be out in full force, demanding apologies on a daily basis.
Call me naïve, but I think that part of racial reconciliation entails having people called to account for their acts, irrespective of their race. I realize that this is a revolutionary thought for people like Sharpton, but my audience consists of those genuinely interested in improving race relations, not those interested in engaging in hucksterism to further their own selfish ends.
Shirley Sherrod was done wrong by a lot of people; white and black. All of them owe her an apology. Why is that so difficult to grasp.