VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – One of the two pilots of the Navy F-18 jet that crashed into a Virginia apartment building last April appeared on MSNBC’s Politics Nation with host Al Sharpton. The pilots were able to eject from the aircraft before it crashed into the apartment complex engulfing several buildings in flames. During his interview the pilot expressed heartfelt remorse about the crash. Following is a transcript of the show.
AL SHARPTON: I appreciate you have accepted our gracious inquest in your time of great need.
BARTHOLOMEW: I’m sorry?
AL SHARPTON: Now, I must tell my audience that you have asked me to call you Bart-a ?
AL SHARPTON: Can you clarify for my audience why you’re not using your real name? Is this not America?
BARTHOLOMEW: I agreed to the interview on the condition that my identity remain anonymous.
AL SHARPTON: What does being an Adonis have to do with crashing your plane into an innocent apartment building?
AL SHARPTON: Mr. Bartha?
AL SHARPTON: Now, Bert, I want you to be honest because you’re on live TV and I want to ask you, were you texting on your cellphone when you crashed the plane?
BARTHOLOMEW: No, of course not.
AL SHARPTON: No defense, but when Al Sharpton investigates a story the hard questions are gonna be heard.
BARTHOLOMEW: I understand. No uh, defense taken.
AL SHARPTON: Do you admit that what could be conscrewed as a careless act of self imposition may have impacted inumerable lives to be lost, including the lives of minorities?
BARTHOLOMEW: Uh, I am very aware that crashing the plane could have been catastrophic.
AL SHARPTON: Not only claustophobic, but could it have the potential of killing live human beings and even some African Americans?
BARTHOLOMEW: Fortunately at this time there are not any reports of severe injuries or deaths. I pray it stays that way.
AL SHARPTON: At this time there are no deaths, you say.
BARTHOLOMEW: I don’t understand.
AL SHARPTON: Let’s say, hypothenically, that an elderly woman of color was looking out her window when your plane crashed across the street from her.
AL SHARPTON: And let’s say, and again, this is just a hypothentical, what if that woman had a heart attack because she was so afraid?
BARTHOLOMEW: Well, that would be a tragedy.
AL SHARPTON: Not just a tragedy, but would it not also be a travesty of heinous proportions about the escalator of racism in the United States?
BARTHOLOMEW: I’m not sure I see …
AL SHARPTON: Would you not then anticipate a resurrected leader of the people to demonstrate against the remergence of Jim Crow?
BARTHOLOMEW: Sir, I don’t …
AL SHARPTON: Because I will march!
AL SHARPTON: Did you hear that President Obama invited me to the White House for Easter?
BARTHOLOMEW: Congratulations, sir.
AL SHARPTON: Thank you. Now, I was told that you and the other pilot ejaculated before your plane crashed and you dumped your load all over the neighborhood.
BARTHOLOMEW: Uh, we dumped our fuel and ejected from the cockpit before the crash.
AL SHARPTON: So what do you plan to do about that African American woman you may or may not have killed.
BARTHOLOMEW: You’ve kind of lost me…
BARTHOLOMEW: Uh, I don’t know.
AL SHARPTON: Don Imus apologized to me.
BARTHOLOMEW: Did he?
AL SHARPTON: Lots of white men apologize to me. Would you be willing to apologize to me on behalf of African Americans?
BARTHOLOMEW: Apologize on their behalf?
AL SHARPTON: I accept your apology. Now it’s time for me to pack for my trip to the White House where I’ll be spending Easter at the bequest of the Commander of Chiefs, President Obama.