October 11, 2013 |
THE REV. Al Sharpton has seen lots of hardball politics, dating back to his stint as youth coordinator for upstart Rep. Shirley Chisholm in the 1972 presidential race, but he says he's never seen anything quite like the way current GOP'ers in D.C. are going after President Obama. "They've handled this president differently than any other president, including preceding Democrats like [Bill] Clinton," the civil-rights activist and MSNBC host said last night in a phone interview. "With all that they gave Clinton, they never asked him for his birth certificate . . . they never fought him like this.
August 4, 2011
NEW YORK - Pat Buchanan said that he didn't mean to slur President Obama by referring to him as "your boy" during a discussion with Al Sharpton. The former GOP presidential candidate and current MSNBC analyst appeared on "Morning Joe" yesterday to explain remarks he made on that network's Sharpton show 12 hours earlier. They were discussing Obama's political strength when Buchanan said that "your boy" had caved in past negotiations and was likely to do so again. "My what?"
December 10, 2009
I HAVE some questions regarding the recent article about the school police officers allegedly holding down a student and beating him: Why is the president of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Action Network and Al Sharpton getting involved? Why is it that whenever something negative happens to a black person it is turned into a racial matter? What about the poor Asian students who were physically and emotionally attacked by black students simply because they are Asian?
July 25, 2008 |
Al Sharpton is making headlines again, but it's not for one of his crusades. Instead, Sharpton, his National Action Network (NAN), and several major corporations that have donated to NAN have been subpoenaed in recent months by federal investigators. While Sharpton's attorneys reported Tuesday that the criminal probe over millions allegedly owed in taxes by Sharpton and NAN has been dropped in lieu of civil action by the IRS, federal authorities remain tight-lipped over the status of any investigations.
January 17, 2008 |
If a tree falls in the forest with no one there to hear it, does it make a noise? Likewise, if someone says something inappropriate and Al Sharpton isn't around to hear it, is it really racist? Sportscaster Kelly Tilghman of the Golf Channel is likely pondering this right now. She has apologized for a recent ill-considered comment and has been suspended by her employer, but Sharpton - coming in late in the game - wants more. He belatedly wants her fired, and he is taking the Golf Channel to task.
March 1, 2007 |
Kunta could tell that some were Foulah, Jola, Serere and Wolof . . . but most were Mandinkas. - From "Roots," by Alex Haley, 1976 And during their African journey from slavery to freedom, they became Jeffersons, Johnsons, Richardsons and Wrights. And Al Sharpton, too. So Sharpton, civil rights activist, is descended from a slave owned by relatives of segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina. Big deal. How about whether Sharpton is descended from Mandinka royalty in Mali or sheep herders in Gambia?
May 12, 2005
RE MICHAEL Smerconish's "Think Rodney King, but Upside-Down": He writes: "We'll be spared an insufferable visit to town by Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the rest of those who make a living doing nothing but stoking the fires of racial unrest. " I remember he wrote a column seemingly scolding the "black community" for the positive attention afforded Omarosa, the infamous reality-show contestant, by the likes of Oprah Winfrey and the NAACP, while puzzled that these two groups hadn't offered the same to Condoleezza Rice, a woman significantly more accomplished.
January 22, 2004 |
The Rev. Al Sharpton might not win a single primary, and even he concedes that a move to the White House next January is unlikely. But he was feeling anything but defeated this week as he toured South Carolina, site of a pivotal Democratic presidential primary Feb. 3. "I'm so happy I can hardly stay seated today," he said in Columbia, minutes after delivering the second of three dynamic sermons in South Carolina. "Al Sharpton can't lose," he told a full sanctuary in Florence.
January 17, 2004 |
The Rev. Al Sharpton who appears on television these days is very different from his media image of the past. The transformation was never more clear than on the evening of Dec. 6. Standing in front of NBC cameras, in a conservative blue suit and tie with his trademark slicked-back hair, Sharpton welcomed viewers to Saturday Night Live. His appearance on the comedy show served to highlight, if not a new warm and cuddly persona, at least an affable and much less strident Sharpton.
August 26, 2001 |
It has been kind of a dry political season here in New York City. Along with many others, I was looking forward to the Rev. Al Sharpton's release from prison Aug. 17. The emergence of Sharpton, sentenced to 90 days for trespassing during a protest of the Navy's six decades of using the Puerto Rican island of Vieques as a target for bombing practice, and his reentry into city politics was much anticipated. Given the long line of activists for social change who have been humbled, transformed and deeply enlightened by the experience of imprisonment, a rite of passage, I was eager to see what positive changes Reverend Al's incarceration might have wrought.