For a positive snapshot of race in America, compare and contrast: Barack Obama is currently leading Hillary Clinton in the total number of delagates he needs to win the Democrats’ presidential nomination. In contrast, Al Sharpton is reduced to shaking down a TV channel that’s located at number #605 in the ozone layer of your DirecTV dial, and watched by about 150,000 viewers. (That’s less than Breitbart.TV):
Broadcaster Kelly Tilghman has apologized. Tiger Woods has accepted it. But the Rev. Al Sharpton says it isn’t good enough.
In events resembling the prelude to the fall of radio host Don Imus, Sharpton appears to be marshaling his forces for a fight with the Golf Channel, which suspended Tilghman on Wednesday for a racially insensitive statement made last week.
Tilghman uttered the remark during coverage of Hawaii’s Mercedes-Benz Championship on Friday, while she and and co-host Nick Faldo were bantering about how young golfers might challenge ever-dominant Woods.
Faldo said, “To take Tiger on, well yeah, they should just gang up for a while until …”
“Lynch him in a back alley,” Tilghman interrupted with a chuckle.
Tilghman is a far cry from Imus, the morning show host who was canned after calling the Rutgers University women’s basketball team “nappy-headed hos.” Unlike the disc jockey, who is known for his off color humor and outspoken remarks, she has no history of stoking racial tensions.
But Sharpton says it is the word — not the person or their history — that matters. In a Wednesday interview, he compared Tilghman’s statement to calling for a woman to be raped or for a Jewish-American to be sent to a gas chamber.