Thursday, June 21, 2012

Al Sharpton, "Keeping it Real"?

Rev. Al Sharpton, host of the show "Keeping it Real", made some very disturbing remarks towards Republicans this May: "It seems like they [Republicans] act as though, some wiping out of people, some of the right-wing, is all right, it’s not all right to do to any innocent people. If you had war and people that’s one thing, but to wipe out innocent people just because of who they are like what was done in Hitler’s Germany or what was done to Native Americans is not justifiable," Sharpton did it. He compared the Republicans to Nazis. The Rev. spouted unfounded, untrue and frankly obscene comments towards the Republicans accusing them of attempting to wipe out African Americans. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, this is offensive. Having quality political dialogue and debate is healthy and necessary in our democratic environment. There are many opinions and voices in our nation that need to be heard, this is why we have different political parties representing the population. This is why we have conversations about issues. This was no conversation. This was simply feeding a paranoia. Comments such as Sharpton's are ill-informed, insensitive and politically incorrect, no matter which party you side with. The reason I am up-in-arms over these comments is because it results in a bit of a stalemate. Republicans will have a difficult time addressing these comments because Sharpton pulled race into the issue. That's the trump card. You can't win against racist accusations, no matter how you word it. The use of fear to win votes is vile, whether it's along issues of race or issues of the economy. Yes, Al Sharpton, we all know racism still exists at home and around the world. Let's work to make the situation better, not drive more wedges between human beings who are all the same.

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