Americans are still processing the murders of 26 people, including 20 children, in Newtown, Conn. two months ago, but the Reverend Al Sharpton is concerned that they are forgetting the tragedy. On Monday morning, Sharpton said that we must memorizable the Sandy Hook shooting by making it the next 9/11.
Sharpton told “MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts” host Roberts, “We must do something in reaction to this, we must deal with this, and I think that it is not whether this is the 9/11, we must make it that.”
The MSNBC host lamented the tendency for our culture to only temporarily grieve the loss of our fellow Americans and argued that this recent event should be elevated to the level of the unprovoked terrorist attack that killed thousands on September 11, 2001.
“Is that what we’re really saying that America is about now? That after 30 days we move onto something else? Is that what the congress is gonna tell the world about this country?” Sharpton asked. ”I think that if we are, then we are building an image that is so insensitive to the world that we can’t preach American exceptionalism and at the same time saying but we only have a month we can grieve for 20 babies to be buried?”
The civil rights leader was clearly moved by the tragedy, but to call for the brutal murder to be treated the same way as the largest attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor is in poor taste. Both were tragedies in which Americans suffered a great loss of life, but they are entirely unrelated events and should be treated as such.