Regular readers of these pages know I am not a big fan of Donald Trump’s candidacy for president, nor the statement about Mexican Illegal immigrants made during his announcement speech. The real estate mogul was totally right about the problem of porous U.S. boarders. At the same time the verbiage he used,” They are bringing drugs and they are bringing crime, and they’re rapists. Some, I assume are good people” was politically stupid, and too divisive for somebody trying to be president of ALL the United States.
Even worse is the fact that the mainstream media conversation has sucked all the wind out of the other candidate’s campaigns. The media isn’t covering the issues or the candidates’ approach to the Issues but the latest stupid thing “The Donald” has said.
None of this means that NBC/Universal, Macy’s, or now possibly New York City whose Mayor announced he is reviewing Trump’s contracts with the city, is doing the right thing by dissociating (or possibly disassociating) from Trump and his businesses.
In the cases of NBC and NY Mayor DeBlasio their Trump stances aren’t even consistent as they proudly associate with Al Sharpton, a man whose record of promoting hatred out paces Trumps faux pas by hundreds of miles.
Sharpton’s record of hate didn’t start with making the Eric Garner killing a black/white issue despite the fact the senior cop on the scene was both black and female. Nor did it start when Sharpton took the killing of a kid who tried to grab a policeman’s gun and then menacingly charged the cop in Ferguson Missouri a white/black issue. It didn’t even start with Sharpton promoting the “hands up don’t shoot” fraud even after it was proven to be a myth. For most of his life Sharpton has been inciting violence:
Like the funeral of Gavin Cato in 1991 where Al Sharpton, after inciting days of rioting against Jews in Crown Heights, gave a powerful eulogy inspiring hatred and Antisemitism:
“The world will tell us he was killed by accident. Yes, it was a social accident. … It’s an accident to allow an apartheid ambulance service in the middle of Crown Heights. … Talk about how Oppenheimer in South Africa sends diamonds straight to Tel Aviv and deals with the diamond merchants right here in Crown Heights. The issue is not anti-Semitism; the issue is apartheid. … All we want to say is what Jesus said: If you offend one of these little ones, you got to pay for it. No compromise, no meetings, no kaffe klatsch, no skinnin’ and grinnin’. Pay for your deeds.”
Those people in Crown Heights especially those who were hurt in the violence never had justice from Sharpton’s incitement, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. According to the sworn testimony of Efraim Lipkind, a former Hasidic resident of Crown Heights:
“Then we had a famous man, Al Sharpton, who came down, and he said Tuesday night, kill the Jews, two times. I heard him, and he started to lead a charge across the street to Utica. —“
The MSM which “adores” Sharpton, never asks him about when NYC Jews complained about the Antisemitism of Black College professor Leonard Jeffries in 1991, Sharpton called them race baiters adding “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house”–
Sharpton was promoting hatred when he libeled former NY State AG Robert Abrams. He refused to meet Abrams during the Tawana Brawley hoax because meeting AG who was Jewish, would be “like asking someone who watched someone killed in the gas chamber to sit down with Mr. Hitler.” Is this the voice of a preacher? Is it the voice of someone trying to unite the races? Or is the voice of a man inciting hatred?
In 1987 Steven Pagones former Assistant District Attorney in Duchess County was accused by Sharpton of raping Tawana Brawley. Not only was Pagones nowhere near Brawley that night, but also the entire rape story was a fraud.
Angelina Marrero, Cynthia Martinez, Luz Ramos, Mayra Rentas , Olga Garcia, Garnette Ramautar, Kareem Brunner, the seven victims of the massacre at Freddy’s Fashion Mart never had justice. They are dead because a four-month-long campaign of hate by Al Sharpton led to a man firebombing the clothing store killing the seven innocents.
Why are they still working with Sharpton? Don’t the remember what happened during the “Central Park Jogger” trial? The jogger was raped and beaten to within an inch of her life.. Sharpton led rallies where he claimed the “jogger” was raped by her boyfriend and the woman who was raped and beaten to within a hair of death was called a whore. Whether the men on trial were innocent or guilty didn’t matter to Sharpton, he promoted hatred via falsehood.
Sharpton used racially charged lies to destroy the political career of David Dinkins, the hapless first black mayor of NYC. He was angrily denounced by Sharpton using these words, “David Dinkins, you wanna be the only ni**er on television, only ni**er in the newspaper, only ni**er that can talk. Don’t cover them, don’t talk to them, ’cause you got the only ni**er problem. ‘Cause you know if a black man stood up next to you, they would see you for the whore that you really are” By the way the asterisks were put in by me, Sharpton used the “n” word. Perhaps Mayor DeBlasio, a good friend of the faux reverent Sharpton should reevaluate his association with the hate-monger.
Remember the controversy surrounding the Duke lacrosse team? They were falsely accused of rape and without any facts Al Sharpton declared that these ”rich white boys” had attacked a ”black girl,” and he warned that if arrests were not made immediately, there would be no peace. He further claimed, “this case parallels Abner Louima, who was raped and sodomized in a bathroom [by a New York City police officer] like this girl has alleged she was…. and just like in the Louima case, you have people here saying she fabricated it.” Perhaps NBC or DeBlasio could ask Sharpton about the Duke incitement. Especially since it was later proven that indeed, she totally invented the story and all charges against the defendants were dropped.”
Why would NBC and NYC look to punish Trump when they are silent about this man who some call Reverend inciting racial hate, and violating the 9th Commandment, “Thou shalt not bear false witness…?”
What about hateful language as political speech? In May 2012 Sharpton told his radio audience that Republicans view black people as subhumans, much as Adolf Hitler saw Jews.
“It seems like they [some of the right wing] act as though some wiping out of people … is alright. It’s not alright to do to any innocent people…. [T]o wipe out innocent people just ’cause of who they are, like was done in Hitler’s Germany, or was done to Native Americans, is not justified.”
As a Republican who lost family member in the holocaust I don’t understand why Sharpton wasn’t criticized by the MSM for this comment which was hateful on so many levels.
At Michael Brown’s funeral Al Sharpton said “God judges you for what you did on Earth” He’s correct, because in the end it is all up to God to dispose final justice.” And one day it will be up to God to judge him for filling the world with חָמַס (chamas) a biblical Hebrew word meaning an evil violence.
But before that, NBC, NY City, President Obama and others should be perusing truth and justice about Al Sharpton, at least before they go after Trump. And the rest of us should be pressing them about why they are going after one incident of hate speech while ignoring a lifetime of hate.