WHEN TO MOVE ON

Matt HealeyFriday,26 July 2013

The Snap:

Al Sharpton now has a show on MSNBC. Clearly he fits the political mold of that network. I have not watched an episode, but needless to say his reputation precedes him. Which brings me to the point of this article. How long do we hold someone accountable for past mistakes?

The Download:

The incident I am referring to is the Tawana Brawley rape allegations from 1987. In case you missed it, or don’t remember, Tawana was a 15-year-old black woman (in 1987) who accused 6 white men, some of them police, of raping her. Her comments quickly gained her national attention and her cause was taken up by Al Sharpton. He incited a national media frenzy with accusations that there was a cover up that went all the way up to the state government. The accusations turned out to be completely false.

So now, every time I see Al all I can think about is the Tawana case. When he gets on his high horse about a case, my first question is “Is this another Tawana Brawley situation?” So is 25 years too long to hold something like this against someone? Looking for a reference point, how long did Boston Red Sox fans hold the error committed by Bill Buckner on the glorious ground ball by Mookie Wilson that scored Ray Knight to win game 6 of the 1986 world series against him? And what are the factors that either extend or shorten that time? The fact the Red Sox, much to my dismay, eventually won a World Series probably shortens that timeline for fans. But I digress. The fact is that since I find Sharpton personally irritating — maybe not as irritating as Red Sox or Patriots fans, but irritating none the less — I feel comfortable in not letting this past error slip. Now if he was in someway directly involved in either a New York Giants or a New York Mets championship, then maybe I would move on beyond the Tawana Brawley situation.

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