It seems today we let important moral matters be decided by the most unqualified people just because they have a big mouth. A good example of this would be Al Sharpton's actions over Don Imus's Remarks.
Here is a man who made a mistake, granted a joke in bad taste, a banter between him and his show mates taken too far, all in all a honest mistake.(distasteful but honest) However unlike many people who would have argued their innocents, and point out that its freedom of speech, Don Imus took accountability for his actions, and did what he could to make up for it. He did use a negative phrase,however , compared to all the rap songs and other things aired on the radio day in and day out, his short joking comment barely compares.
I think it is ridiculous that the person that had the most to say about it, and did the most publicly was a person, who gained much of his fame and public notice, by "...making seven defamatory statements about Pagones, Maddox for two and Mason for one..." (Lying in a court of law and in public) This person Al Sharpton was in fact successfully sued for slander following the Tawana Brawley Case. (cited work Wikipedia) This is the person leading the crusade against someone who said something off color?
Al Sharpton was also quoted as saying
“White folks was in caves while we was building empires ... We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.” -Al Sharpton Kean College in 1994-Seems odd that anyone pays any attention to someone that seems to talk out of both sides of their mouth on so many occasions.
In my opinion it is hard for me to find any instance where his actions were not selfish. I believe that Al Sharptan has truly not shown any care for anyone, but rather acted on his own selfish love of the spotlight. Speaking up on causes just to get attention on himself, and not truly about the issue. A good example being Don Imus. He seemed act as a represenative for the Rutger's women's basketball team, when he clearly had no authority morally or legally to demand the things he did in the name of their (his own cause). The members of the Rutger's women's basketball team actually met with Don Imus in person and after talking with him and hearing his apology in person, accepted and voiced their opinion that they never wanted Imus to get fired.
This is a good example of Al Sharpton selfishly using the Rutger's women's basketball team to put himself in the spotlight, and promote his own show. Well Al I am putting you in the spotlight but all I find is a bunch of terrible choices and blemishes for which I think you should be held accountable for. For Al Sharpton's partner in hate mongering crime Jesse Jackson well I don't need to point out all the hypocrisy there. As the saying goes "birds of a feather flock together".
In conclusion I hope that if you bring anything from this article, it's that you truly try to look at the facts as they are and also the integrity of the person giving them to you . All to often we just take what is given to use believing that its the truth, or that the person presenting it to us is acting with good faith. If you are like me, I think you will be getting a little more involved in your community.
I personally try to open peoples eyes to things out there that they might not have seen. In the pursuit of the truth, we must question, and keep an open mind, making decisions based on our values, and beliefs. We can't just let people with loud mouths and their own agenda do whatever they want, we must speak out and be the balance. Speaking with our votes, speaking with our letters, and in any other way that we can so that we can truly say that we are doing our best everyday. So when we look at the community we see our dedication and devotion.
I am glad to see you made it through another rant, feel free to leave comments, or ask questions.