The Rev. Al Sharpton doesn’t accept the New York Post’s apology, but this isn’t new—in fact, for a man of God, Sharpton is quick to take offense and slow to forgive for a state of affairs he might describe as “troubling, at best.”
You don’t ask for an apology that you expect to really come from the heart. The Christian thing to do—if you’re into that sort of thing—is to forgive without reservation and be quick to apologize to your injured brother. Sharpton seems to be in the apology business, so I decided to sit down and figure it out.
The list that emerged paints a sad, but interesting, portrait of the chief apology trader still active today.
Al Sharpton’s Troubling Sack of Sorries
1. It’s determined that New York teen Tawana Brawley lied about being raped, and the accused parties request an apology. And then they sued. Sharpton’s friends ante up to pay the judgment, but to date, no apology issued.
2. Duke Lacrosse players are cleared of charges of rape, and there is a public outcry for Sharpton and others to apologize. They’re still waiting on that apology.
3. Sharpton demands an apology and the firing of shock jock Don Imus. Imus apologizes, sues CBS for wrongful termination and is back on the air within a year. “We will monitor him,” says Sharpton. T’yeah.
4. Sharpton leads a call for an edit and apology from the filmmakers behind the hit film Barbershop, even calling for a boycott. The film goes on to do well.
5. Sharpton demands apology from Vincente Fox, for comments made about Mexicans having to do work that even blacks won’t do. Despite the undeniable truth of his statement, Fox apologizes. No word on whether it was accepted or not. Probably not.