In an Op. Ed. submission to the New York Times, attorney Marc A. Rapaport, a legal advocate for victims of employment discrimination and sexual harassment in New York City, has expressed his support for embattled Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly. Rapaport voices his concern that O'Reilly's remarks regarding his dinner in Harlem with Rev. Sharpton have been distorted. When viewed in context, O'Reilly's remarks were intended to dispel racial stereotypes.
New York, NY (PRWEB) September 28, 2007 -- New York Discrimination Lawyer Marc Rapaport has expressed his support for embattled Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly. In recent days, O'Reilly has come under a barrage of criticism for remarks that he made regarding his interaction with African Americans while dining in Harlem with Rev. Al Sharpton. O'Reilly's abrasive on-air persona and dogmatic views have made him a pariah in the eyes of many moderate and liberal Americans. Rapaport is a self-described liberal who has aggressively represented employees victimized by bias and discrimination in the workplace, and, consequently, would seem like an unlikely defender of O'Reilly.
Rapaport himself is surprised by his defense of O'Reilly. Rapaport states, "my political and social views are, in general, diametrically the opposite of those expressed by Mr. O'Reilly. Thus, when I first read about the chorus of condemnation against Mr. O'Reilly for his remarks, I was inclined to find him 'guilty as charged.' However, in this instance, the condemnation is unwarranted."
In defense of O'Reilly, Rapaport states that although O'Reilly's remarks may have been insensitive and inarticulate, it is apparent from their context that O'Reilly was actually attempting to dispel racial stereotypes regarding African Americans. Rapaport expresses his concern that the media uproar regarding O'Reilly diverts attention from serious racial issues and, consequently, actually detracts from the fight against race discrimination and bias.
Marc Rapaport is the principal of the Rapaport Law Firm, a full-service law firm located in New York City, devoted to protection of employees from discrimination and harassment. Mr. Rapaport is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, and he was formerly an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Mr. Rapaport frequently lectures to attorneys regarding workplace discrimination, and he appears regularly in the local and national media. His law practice focuses on the legal fight against employment discrimination.
For information, contact: Marc A. Rapaport, Esq.
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