Talk:Al Sharpton speaks out on race, rights and what bothers him about his critics

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OR notes[edit]

In person interview conducted November 24, 2007. Taped and transcribed. --David Shankbone 17:10, 3 December 2007 (UTC)

This interview references "Blacks see growing value gap", Pew Research Center, November 13, 2007. PDF (432K) --SVTCobra 20:01, 9 December 2007 (UTC)

Ping[edit]

Ping (even though it doesn't work) --David Shankbone 17:10, 3 December 2007 (UTC)


I'd never heard of this man before, but I found reading what he had to say very interesting. Thanks! One question, though- was this dramatic repetition or a transcription error: "Imus only went on my show thinking if he did he would get past it; I used it for the basis to get him fired. He got everything BUT absolution. Why do they come? Because of my visibility. Right now National Action Network is the only civil rights organization in the country that can put tens of thousands of people in the street. I think we proved that if nothing else this year from Sean Bell to Jena to Washington. He thought if he did he would get past it; I used it for the basis to get him fired. He got everything BUT absolution. Why do they come? Because of my visibility. Right now National Action Network is the only civil rights organization in the country that can put tens of thousands of people in the street. I think we proved that if nothing else this year from Sean Bell to Jena to Washington." r 222.154.161.32 13:19, 4 December 2007 (UTC) ('Furius' on wikipedia)

Good catch! Must of been a hiccup. --David Shankbone 14:40, 4 December 2007 (UTC)

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Great interview[edit]

Another great interview, David. And a great "get" for Wikinews. My criticisms are but two:

  1. This question: DS: One sees this problem with history with the Christian Zionists in the right wing. They have an entirely different perspective on history. They don’t view Thomas Jefferson and George Washington—who were secular—as our founding fathers. When they talk about America’s founding fathers they mean Cotton Mather and the Puritans. This question betrays your own convictions and is in the strictest sense a violation of NPOV.
  2. This question: DS: Recently a poll came out that showed sixty-one percent of the black Americans surveyed said values between poor and middle-class blacks are moving too far apart to be viewed as a common black experience. Only 41 percent expressed that view in a similar 1986 poll. Do you think the black experience is no longer defined by race, but by socio-economic status? When citing such specific data, I think it is appropriate to link to the survey (on Wikipedia, if they have it) or provide a link to it in a sources or external links section below the interview itself.
Cheers and thanks again. --SVTCobra 02:59, 8 December 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for the note. Regarding the criticims:
1. This actually came up in the Craig Unger interview, and is essentially true. You may not know it's true, but I knew it before Unger, and Unger researched it. It's also pretty true that Washington and Jefferson were secular.
You are missing the point. You are interjecting and levying criticism against a group and identifying it as a problem, it matters not if it is factual. Also, you are not even asking a question. Thankfully, Sharpton more or less glances over it and continues to to talk about Dr. King.--SVTCobra 19:47, 9 December 2007 (UTC)
2. I have no issue with such a link being provided, but this raises an issue that I have on here: this site is meant to be about collaboration. These interviews take a lot of my time and I will soon be wrapping them up and they will essentially only show up in a trickle. Why? Because I feel like I don't receive a lot of help with them. As you have seen with Baucus, it is time-consuming and a challenge to 1. "Get" the interview; 2. prepare for the interview; 3. conduct the interview; 4. transcribe the interview; 5. copy edit the interview; 6. take, Photoshop and upload the images; and 7. wikify the finished product. In other words, if Wiki is about collaboration, and there is something that you would like added, then you should add it yourself instead of ask me to do more. Getting people like Sharpton, or my soon-to-be-published Presidential candidate interview with Duncan Hunter, helps all of us in that it raises the profile of this site. Sometimes I leave off a template, sometimes I don't link something, sometimes I don't use the proper image source, sometimes I don't update the interview page, etc. In the end, these are areas where collaboration can come in as opposed to asking me to assume more responsibility and work. In other words: I'm getting burned out. I don't want e-mails beseeching me to take a break; I just would prefer other people pitch in instead of asking me to do more, especially on something as pedestrian as adding a link to a highly-publicized Pew poll.

--David Shankbone 06:05, 8 December 2007 (UTC)

I know how much time it takes, just the work I did on punctuation and links here took me two hours. But if you had just mentioned it was a Pew study, someone else could have found it for you. I think it is important to provide a source for it, no matter how widely publicized you say it was, I'd never heard of it ... and further, how many international readers do you think are aware of this study on American social trends? Anyway, it it is Pew social trends. And upon reading it I think you got it wrong. The Pew study does not say "too far apart to be a common experience" simply that "values of poor and middle-class blacks have become more different." see page 4. I think that is an important distinction. --SVTCobra 19:46, 9 December 2007 (UTC)
No, I didn't get it wrong. Perhaps you should do some research on how that poll has been interpreted. Regardless, I can ask any question I want. Questions are questions. --David Shankbone 21:47, 9 December 2007 (UTC)

James Brown 2001.jpg[edit]

Please replace the JB-5 image with 'James Brown 2001.jpg'. Thanks. Siebrand - (talk) 13:07, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

Done --SVTCobra 17:29, 25 April 2008 (UTC)