Read and Watch: Sharpton Says He’ll Talk with 'Dog the Bounty Hunter'

Read and Watch: Sharpton Says He’ll Talk with 'Dog the Bounty Hunter'

Published February 11, 2008

Posted Nov. 2, 2007 – The Rev. Al Sharpton responded to a request by reality TV star Duane Chapman, whose cable show “Dog the Bounty Hunter’ has been suspended since racist comments by Chapman were made public.

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In a letter, Sharpton encourages Chapman to join a Nov. 16 march against hate crimes that Sharpton is helping to organize. He says he won’t alter his schedule to meet with the bail bondsman, who used the “N” word several times and berated his son’s girlfriend, who is Black, in a phone conversation.

(Warning: Very Strong and Profane Lanugage - May Be Offensive to Some)


Sharpton’s letter reads, in part: “As a minister, I would be inclined to meet with you despite the racist and grotesque things I heard you say, but I am not willing to rearrange my schedule around the country building up for this march to do so. If you wish to meet with me somewhere on the road that is fine, but be assured that I will not sanitize the kind of hate language that leads to the hate action that has left so many people vulnerable in America today… If you are sincere that this does not reflect you, you should not only meet with us, but you should march with us on Nov. 16 and call on the government of the United States to protect people, that unlike you don’t have publicists, don’t have lawyers and don’t have any protection.”

The National Enquirer magazine Web site posted some of the eight-minute-long talk, during which Chapman threatens to fire his son from their bail bondsman business, unless he breaks up with Monique Shinnery. 

Chapman admits to using the “N” word during his bounty hunting work and warns his son that Shinnery may reveal this publicly.

“I’m not gonna take a chance, ever in life, of losing everything I’ve worked for, for 30 years, ’cause some f--king ni--er heard us say ‘ni--er’ and turned us in to Enquirer magazine. Our career is over,” he is recorded saying.

Written by BET-Staff


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