(CNS News) – Rev. Al Sharpton on Thursday called it “really offensive” for conservative talk show host Glenn Beck to compare the Tea Party movement to the civil rights movement.
“I’ve been in civil rights all my life … and to equate civil rights to fighting these issues that have nothing to do with any rights that are denied, and it’s all about their polarization. It’s really offensive. I mean we can disagree, but we don’t miscast things as something that it’s not,” Sharpton said on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation.”
Sharpton, a civil rights leader, said he was youth director for the organization that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. founded and he had been involved in it ever since.
Sharpton showed a clip of Beck saying, “This is a civil rights movement, and it’s time for us to start moving as a civil rights movement. We have to be willing to have the dogs be unleashed on us, because believe me – after what I saw today on the way they’re handling things at the Capitol, you’re not very far from having the same kind of oppression coming our way.”
“It’s unbelievable! He’s talking about imaginary unleashed dogs when the real heroes of the civil rights movement actually had to confront those dangers,” Sharpton said. Continue reading via CNS News...