Rev. Al Sharpton: 'You Cannot Fight for Freedom Without Fighting for Freedom for Everyone'
By John Mitchell Posted Mar 22nd 2011 09:10AM
"Martin Luther King said many years ago, 'You judge a man not by where he stands in the times of convenience but where he stands in the time of controversy,'" Rev. Sharpton said. "It was Russell Simmons that said to the hip-hop industry that you cannot fight for freedom without fighting for freedom for everyone. He said to the civil rights and human rights movement, to all of us, that were limited -- some homophobic -- you can't fight for human rights for some, without fighting for human rights for all."
Rev. Sharpton continued: "He said to those of us that consider ourselves faith leaders that you're not God and you cannot determine the faith of anyone and you need to get out of the way of judging and deal with the fact that God gave everyone the same human right and you must stand for that. And that is why I'm honored to present an award to a man who presented to me a full list of knowing what freedom fighting is -- and that's freedom fighting for everybody."
Watch Sharpton present Simmons with the GLAAD Excellence in Media Award below:
"It's a great honor, and I'm truly appreciative of the GLAAD Media Awards including me in this special night. I'm humbled by having one of my mentors and heroes, Rev. Sharpton, giving me this award," Simmons said. "It's no secret that faith-based communities, in some cases, have been difficult, and I think that for all of us who step outside of our comfort zone and fight for the rights of others, we are blessed. And Rev. Sharpton [has] stood up in so many ways and has been very special. And to the gay and lesbian community he's a true blessing. I'm honored and appreciative, and I just want to thank everybody. Thank you."
Other major winners included '30 Rock' for Outstanding Individual Episode, Scissor Sisters, 'True Blood' for Outstanding Drama Series, 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' for Outstanding Talk Show Episode and 'Anderson Cooper 360' for Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine for its "Gay Teen Suicides" special.
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