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Letter | The Rev. Al Sharpton must be on The Sun News payroll

The Rev. Al Sharpton, right, is joined on stage by shooting victim Oscar Grant’s mother, Wanda Johnson, left; shooting victim Ramarley Graham’s mother, Constance Malcolm, second from left; shooting victim Michael Brown’s mother, Leslie McSpadden, third from left; shooting victim Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, third from right; and shooting victim Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, during a rally in New York on Saturday, July 18, 2015. Several hundred people rallied outside the federal courthouse in Brooklyn to demand action in the fatal chokehold death of Eric Garner by a white police officer. | MARY ALTAFFER AP
The Rev. Al Sharpton, right, is joined on stage by shooting victim Oscar Grant’s mother, Wanda Johnson, left; shooting victim Ramarley Graham’s mother, Constance Malcolm, second from left; shooting victim Michael Brown’s mother, Leslie McSpadden, third from left; shooting victim Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, third from right; and shooting victim Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, during a rally in New York on Saturday, July 18, 2015. Several hundred people rallied outside the federal courthouse in Brooklyn to demand action in the fatal chokehold death of Eric Garner by a white police officer. | MARY ALTAFFER AP

Lately, I have been disappointed with The Sun News for presenting objective, impartial, and accurate news.

That doubt started with the July 12 front page article, “Man gives his account of police shooting that left him paralyzed.”

Good grief! Was this another case of excessive use of police force? Hey, after all, he was black and the police officers were all white. But, wait, read the whole article; this dude had a gun and pointed it at the officers saying later he did not mean to shoot them “if I did shoot.”

Amazing huh? The Police arrived to arrest him on drug charges. He also had an assault rifle in his apartment besides the handgun but never should have had a firearm due to a cocaine trafficking conviction in the state of Ohio.

Then with these facts I began to wonder how fair and impartial our newspaper was?

Another article in the paper was published on July 16, “Lawsuit challenges Heritage Act over Monuments.” While newsworthy, stirring up controversy after the Confederate Flag was removed from South Carolina State House grounds just seems like too much of a bias to me.

The picture of a plaque with those who died during WWI represents just one monument to be removed because the columns are separated into white and colored names. After all of these years, who the hell can tell that at all? This is history as it was, but it serves to inflame folks to now proceed to vandalize Confederate cemeteries or other historical markers from that tragic period of our Civil War.

That defacing has already started. And renaming buildings because years ago they were named for either Civil War soldiers or one white supremacist was mentioned?

And removing a school’s nickname, “Rebels,” is just plain nuts.

Guess we will have to remove the old James Dean movie “Rebel Without a Cause” because the word rebel is mentioned. Give me a break. James Dean would curse us from his grave.

Folks, are we going to rewrite history? Sometimes a story like this should die on the cutting room floor because all it will do is stir up more controversy, which at this time is not needed.

Now the final chapter to me was the political cartoon of a police car in the rear-view mirror with the caption: “Racial Injustice may be closer than we'd like to admit.”

Hmm ... now I get it; the Rev. Al Sharpton Jr. must be on the staff of The Sun News.

The newspaper should be a link between the government and the people but must be impartial and not be biased. The paper, according to many sources, should be a guardian of society and help in developing public opinion.

The press is indeed the mirror of our society. Newspapers should and must give a true and correct picture of our society.

However, that said, the “Racial Arsonist” Sharpton must be smiling as The Sun News is on a path that twists and distorts the truth.

I hope that changes - and soon!

The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.

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