While Imus is apologizing nationwide to the Rutgers women’s basketball team and to the African-American community at large for his stupid comments, where are the apologies from the African-American leaders to the Duke lacrosse students who "went to hell and back" as one of them stated today? Where are the apologies to the innocent students for presuming them guilty and for ruining their reputations? Where are the apologies to the country for creating a racial incident when none existed?
Why is no one — at the very least — saying sorry?
And, why do we allow this to happen in our country? It’s criminal for us to just let anyone get on a soapbox — and shout to the world — without having hard evidence as to someone’s guilt or innocence. In the Imus case, the disgust is justified and the evidence is as hard as it gets. But, in the Duke case, which is now similar in many ways to the Tawana Brawley case, there was no hard evidence that these boys were possibly guilty.
On April 19, 2006, Al Sharpton was a guest on the Bill O’Reilly Show on the Fox News Channel.
The topic was the Duke case. Toward the end of the interview, Sharpton admitted that he didn’t know yet what really happened, and said, "I don’t know yet and I think that the proper thing to do is to support those that want justice."
OK, Al, what justice now do the boys get? Don’t they, at the very least, deserve an apology.