Of course, whenever there is a highly charged, highly publicized racial incident in the country, the Rev. Al Sharpton asserts himself right in the middle of it.
Sharpton audaciously exploited the Sterling situation to bring attention to himself. He called for the NBA to investigate Sterling and to bar him from owning the Clippers.
“No one should be allowed to own a team if they have in fact engaged in this kind of racial language,” he told TMZ. “What is there to investigate? He should be suspended immediately. Let’s quit stalling, let’s quit copping out, NBA. Let him go.”
“You cannot run a major business in this country and expect people to buy from you if you, sponsor a bigot,” he said. “I’ll be in action working on the phone with CEOs of major, that’s how we got rid of [Don] Imus, with advertisers.”
Here is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Sharpton condemned Sterling’s racism, as if he doesn’t have his own extensive and well documented history of bigoted remarks.
Sterling, now banned from the NBA for a lifetime, has a history of stirring raced based controversy, but so does Al Sharpton. Sharpton has trashed “homos,” “chinamen,” “crackers,” and has unapologetically used the “N” word…
Here are examples of Sharpton’s incendiary verbal vomit:
“David Dinkins, you wanna be the only nigger on television, only nigger in the newspaper, only nigger that can talk. Don’t cover them, don’t talk to them, ’cause you got the only nigger problem. ‘Cause you know if a black man stood up next to you, they would see you for the whore that you really are.”
“White folks was in the cave when we were building empires. We learned to admire them, but they knew to admire us. We built pyramids before Donald Trump ever knew what architecture was. We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.”
“We’re the best chicken fryers of the universe. Gonna buy some Colonel Sanders chicken. Then the Chinaman come in and throw some hot grease in the tub. Then the Korean sells us watermelon. We been eating watermelon all our lives. They’re gonna cut it up and put it in a bucket with a rubber band around it, and then we’re gonna buy it like it’s something we didn’t know what it was.”
In 2007, Sharpton expressed his concern about presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his religion, Mormonism:
“As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways, so don’t worry about that; that’s a temporary situation.”
Sharpton also made anti-sematic remarks in 1995, referring to the Jewish community as “white interlopers”:
“___ uh, white interloper I said I was wrong. uh, uh, cracker, though I think cracker is a certain personification of a certain type of person down south, just like redneck. I mean, you know some people misinterpret cracker meaning all whites, it’s not true. But the confusion means you shouldn’t use it. I mean, sometimes being flippant you say things you shouldn’t say, cause it gets in the way of your message and people don’t really understand what you’re saying.”
The Democratic Party in 2004 and 2008 had no problem appearing with Sharpton in presidential debates. Not one candidate called Sharpton out for his outrageous history of hate. A Republican, in contrast, who may accidentally or unintentionally slur a politically incorrect remark commits political suicide.
Sharpton is championed by liberals as a Civil Right hero, he is President Obama’s confidant, an accepted leader of the black community and is accorded a platform for his hate mongering and racial agitation—his own primetime 6 p.m. show “Politics Nation” on MSNBC. Meanwhile the mainstream media devotes all-encompassing coverage to Sterling to ensure that he is held accountable for his comments.
Why doesn’t the public and the President apply same standard to Al Sharpton as they do to Donald Sterling? Powerful people and organizations are willing to look past hate when they believe it may benefit them, which distinguishes Sharpton’s success.
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