Yes Al, It’s All About Color!

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by Joe Messina

For AL Sharpton, it’s all about color, not reality, just color. Al Sharpton commented on his show this week that there are no black people on the board of Apple, and that 30% of the largest corporations in America have no black people on their boards. He and the guest on his show went on to state that these corporations also fail to have blacks in positions of authority or management. Really? What study was this based on? Where do they get their numbers? Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asked us not to judge someone by the color of their skin but by the content of their character and abilities. I have many black friends and they all would rather be valued for their character and ability not for skin color. And, as a reminder Mr. Sharpton, you’ve stated many times that we need to become color blind.

He goes on to say major corporations do not advertise in black areas? Where is he talking about, Detroit, South Central Los Angeles, Harlem? Areas where most people can’t pay rent, yet he wants corporations to advertise a $600.00 iPad?

High density black populations live in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, Boston. Last I heard there were all kinds of ads including those for Apple, Microsoft, IBM and others in those cities.

Wake up Al! You only advertise where you get a return on your dollar, not a flushing sound as you hear your stockholders’ money being wasted.

Al, when you continue to call out color in almost everything you speak of, isn’t that the opposite of what you ask us to do? Maybe applications for employment, school, and directorships on boards shouldn’t ask for color or ethnicity? Maybe it should just be a number not a name. How do we really have equality unless we are colorblind, for real?

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