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The last time the black community took a poll on Rev. Al Sharpton, it was divided, with 50% in favor of Sharpton, and the other 50% having either negative opinion of him or not knowing who he was. That was years ago. Since Sharpton’s mainstream elevation and MSNBC show, I’m sure more people know exactly who he is and what he represents. But even if you’re a fan of Sharpton and his divisive rhetoric, you still have to admit that he’s had some bad moments. Here are the worst five moments of his career:
5. Al Sharpton’s not a journalist, and when he first took the helm at MSNBC’s Politics Nation, it showed. In fact, it still shows. He looked like the muppet Swedish Chef in this segment:
4. Taking Bill O’Reilly to dinner at Sylvia’s soul food restaurant was a publicity stunt, made all the worse by O’Reilly using the Harlem field trip as a way to caricature black folk. Remember how shocked O’Reilly said he was that ”there wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming, ‘M-Fer, I want more iced tea.’ ” That insult to black people everywhere was made possible by none other than Al Sharpton.