While Obama’s IRS busily targeted conservative groups in 2010 through 2012 to illegally silence their influence in elections, the IRS was not shaking down Al Sharpton for the $3 million in federal back taxes he owes? The liberal editors at the New York Times published a damning article, describing Sharpton as a caricature, who evolved from a tracksuit-wearing race baiter of modest means into a wealthy tailored-suit wearing racist baiter, who owes “more than $4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against him and his for profit businesses.”
In comical detail, the Times reminds readers how Sharpton’s buffoonery is praised by politicians and paid for by corporations in the form of donations to his National Action Network, which “repeatedly failed to pay travel agencies, hotels and landlords.” The icing on the cake—MSNBC rewards this shady character, who fabricates race wars with his own show.
Sharpton is not “a civil rights icon,” as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo celebrated him at Sharpton’s 60th birthday party at the Four Seasons in October. Unlike Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers and other true civil rights leaders of decades past, who advocated and died for righteousness, Sharpton stirs racial tensions for profit and personal gain.
Back in 1987, a much heavier, pompadour clad Sharpton, helped 15 year old black teen Tawana Brawley lied that she was raped by six white men, one of whom was a police officer, in her hometown of Wappingers Falls, New York. A grand jury found Brawley made up the story and the lawyers who represented her were disbarred. Sharpton later sued and found guilty of defamation.
Yet, good old Al is doing the same thing today. In 2012, Sharpton declared Trayvon Martin the victim of a hate crime. An “unarmed, black teen,” gunned down in Sanford, Florida by a white (Hispanic) man. Before any charges were filed against George Zimmerman or a trial occurred, Sharpton stoked the racial flames, getting blacks and the media to buy into his antics. The outcome was a not guilty verdict for Zimmerman but elevated profile for Sharpton.
In 2014, Sharpton pulled out his playbook in Ferguson, Missouri, exclaiming the shooting of another unarmed, black teen, Michael Brown, by a white police officer Darren Wilson a hate crime. Before evidence could be reviewed, Sharpton demanded Wilson be arrested. As a result of Sharpton’s race baiting, protests, riots and looting of businesses in Ferguson and St. Louis have ensued off and on since the late summer when Brown was shot.
Any day now, a St. Louis grand jury is expected to render its decision about whether to indict Officer Wilson. Sharpton said he’s “on high alert” with his National Action Network, preparing for the decision.
“I have pledged to the mother and father of Michael Brown that I will be there with them when the decision is announced,” Sharpton said.
The reality is Sharpton is on high alert to once again capitalize on the shooting of a black teen to further fuel his own stardom and bank account. After Sharpton’s sordid past, including calling blacks who don’t like him “yellow niggers,” whites “crackers,” and Hasidic Jews “diamond merchants,” how can he have any credibility or standing with anyone?
All black Americans should be insulted that elected officials like the president and news organizations demonstrate how little they think of blacks by embracing Sharpton as the voice of black America. It’s as preposterous as elevating the Grand Wizard of the KKK to spokesperson for white America. Sharpton needs to be hauled from the national discourse with the trash he brought in.