Friday, September 09, 2005
Taking the wind out of Rev. Al Sharpton's sales pitch
During "A Concert for Hurricane Relief," when Kanye West went off script during the live broadcast, he stated that "George Bush doesn't care about black people."
As far as I'm concerned, everyone has a right to their opinions. This was not the proper forum to voice it, though. To risk alienating viewer donations defeats the whole purpose of the charity event. Imagine the millions of dollars that potentially were lost because of his blatant outcry.
This leads me to Rev. Al Sharpton's position of defending him. Wouldn't one think that the good reverend would have taken a different stance? One that might insightfully conclude that the possibility of risking a monetary loss in donations jeopardizes the very same people West and the rest were trying to benefit.
In my opinion, Rev. Sharpton is discriminating here. Keeping it within that political perspective, reverse the situation. Suppose a person of a different ethnic persuasion were to state, "Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. doesn't care about white people," and someone else of Sharpton's stature were to come along and defend that statement. How would he react? Would he still agree that the hurricane benefit concert was an appropriate place to make such a claim? I think his wind would be spinning in the opposite direction.