You know, for some reason I can't figure out, I kind of like Al Sharpton. Not for what he does or stands for. Not for the lies he has said. I just like listening to him. He amuses me. Think of him running for President in 2004. He kept the debates interesting, that's for sure. And I think he fills a predictable role that perhaps somebody should fill.
That being said--and I can say it because I've never been the target of his libel--many people have told me over the years, "Sharpton doesn't care about black-on-black crime." Or, "Sharpton would never do this if that victim was white!"
And it was true. Back in the days, he was only there for a white-on-black crime (or, in the Tawana case, non-crime). Then with Sean Bell he was there for a mixed-race-on-black crime. Now, sweet Jesus, he's there for a (supposed) mixed-race-on-white crime.
Who would have thunk it? I suppose that really is progress of sorts.