26 Jul 2013 05:18 PM EST
-by Alex Mangini, Staff Writer; Image: Bill O’Reilly (Image Source: Fox News Screenshot)
The Reverend Al Sharpton did not take too kindly to the way the conservative media has addressed the racial issues involved with the Trayvon Martin case, recently blasting political commentators Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh for what he perceived as “ducking” important civil rights talking points in the aftermath of George Zimmerman’s acquittal.
“If any race of people should not have guilt about slavery, it’s Caucasians,” Limbaugh said on his show Wednesday, an audio clip replayed by Sharpton on MSNBC.
The civil rights activist was not amused by the remark, condemning the logic behind it.
“Now, even for Rush, that’s a new low. A cynical display of willful ignorance,” Sharpton said. “It’s an insult to their own listeners the kind of way that they are ducking and avoiding and trying to play distractions.”
He also lashed out against longtime political foe O’Reilly for analyzing black crime as the result of women giving birth out of wedlock.
“Bill O’Reilly last night on his show, he returned to his favorite argument that the real problem in America is the black family,” Sharpton said. “[Right wing hosts] will not deal with the question of inequality. They only want to deal with anything other than the fact that we still have a challenge of racial injustice and profiling in this country.”