Al Sharpton Strikes Again

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on July 22, 2010

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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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dljenkins Daryle Lamont Jenkins

    Of course if the President was white Sharpton wouldn't say this – because the right-wing wouldn't WANT him to apologize!

    By the way, when is Andrew Breitbart and Fox News going to take responsibility for their shoddy and pretty biased reporting on the matter. After all, that part of racial reconciliation entails having people called to account for their acts, irrespective of their race.

  • republicanbalck

    Look I am not going to take the bait here. Al has his purpose and this is one of them. This what true reverse racism. But the larger story to this Shirley Sherrod thing, is its just one part of a larger strategy. It's obvious. It is almost the same thing every time. The far-right has an agenda and they want Obama gone and the best way to do that is to bring up race, check out this article I just came across that looks at the big picture:

    http://apleblog.com/2010/07/22/the-conservative

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