Apologize First


Not until Rev. Al Sharpton apologizes for his role in the Tawana Brawley episode, apologizes to the Westchester district attorney he maligned and apologizes with no equivocation for his role in inciting the crowd in the Crown Heights pogrom, can I see myself or Jewish leaders forgetting the past and accepting Rev. Sharpton as a man with integrity and decency.

Until then, I will see Rev. Sharpton as a demagogue who is being expedient in his later years for the sake of a job on TV.

It seems to me that Rabbis Marc Schneier and Shmuley Boteach are accepting an apology that has never been offered. Forgiveness does not mean embracing.

Former Special Assistant to the New York State Commissioner of Human Rights