HOW HISTORY IS MADE

Ken Berwitz

Here, in three parts, is a lesson in how history is made.  Not how it occurs, but how it is made.

Part 1:  excerpted from a New York Daily News article, dated Monday, October 26, 2015, 8:53 AM

EXCLUSIVE:  Rev. Al Sharpton, a longtime critic of NYPD, will speak at funeral of slain cop Randolph Holder

The Rev. Al Sharpton, a longtime thorn in the side of the NYPD, will deliver remarks at a funeral for a cop gunned down last week in the line of duty.

Sharpton, who has led countless marches in the five boroughs and across the country against police brutality, will call for unity between the police and the community when he speaks Wednesday at services for Officer Randolph Holder at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Queens.

Holder\’s family and their minister said the slain cop\’s father met with Sharpton on Saturday and asked him to attend and speak.

Part 2:  excerpted from a New York Post article, dated October 27, 2015 12:34am:

He didn\’t likeSharpton: Slain cop\’s fiancee slams possible eulogy by Rev.

 Slain NYPD Officer Randolph Holder\’s fiancee was stunned to hear that the Rev. Al Sharpton was asked to speak at his funeral – because the policeman detested the anti-cop preacher, she told The Post on Monday.

“He didn\’t like [Sharpton]. He wasn\’t a fan. So I don\’t know why [Sharpton] is speaking,” Mary Muhammad said.

Sharpton claims that he met with Holder\’s father and that the dad asked him to speak at Wednesday\’s service.

But law-enforcement sources said Holder\’s dad, Randolph Sr., called the NYPD on Monday morning – after news of Sharpton\’s supposed invite broke – to tell them he invited the preacher only to attend the funeral, not to address mourners.

Part 3:  excerpted from a New York Daily News article, dated Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 9:52 AM:

EXCLUSIVE:  Rev. Al Sharpton will not deliver eulogy at slain NYPD Officer Randolph Holder\’s funeral

Rev. Al Sharpton announced on Tuesday that he will not give the eulogy for slain NYPD Officer Randolph Holder at his funeral, saying that “union leaders” and other critics are using his participation as a “sideshow” that isn’t fair to the grieving family.

In a letter to Holder\’s father obtained by the Daily News, Sharpton said his plan was to bring unity to the police reform movement and cops, but that the critics won\’t let him.

“It is clear though after reading several articles that some union leaders and some others want to turn your and your pastor\’s noble efforts into some kind of confrontation or sideshow and not keep focused on the brutal, senseless murder of your son,” he wrote.

“I refuse, despite my strong feelings on police issues, to be part of anything that would marginalize and take away from the focus of this city and nation mourning your son tomorrow.”

Okay, let\’s review:

On Monday, the Daily News gives us an “exclusive” that, after being asked by Officer Randolph Holder\’s father, he will speak at Officer Holder\’s funeral. 

On Tuesday, The Post reports that Holder detested Sharpton, would not want him there, and that Officer Holder\’s father informed the NYPD that sharpton was invited to attend, but not to speak.

On Tuesday, about 9 hours after the Post story is out, the Daily News gives us an other “exclusive” – this time telling us that al sharpton – kind, selfless soul that he is – will not deliver a speech at the funeral.  The reason has nothing to do with Officer Holder\’s fiancee telling us that he despised Sharpton, or Holder\’s father telling us that he did not ask sharpton to speak – only that he – kind, selfless soul that he is (did I mention that already?  Sorry) wanted to spare the family a confrontational sideshow that would be the fault of “unions and some others”….none of them named, of course.

That, folks, is how history is made.  Not how it occurs, but how it is made.

It is a lesson worth remembering.

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