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1/13/2006

Sharpton Dream-Busting

Filed under: Politics,Society — Dangerous Dan @ 8:00 pm

In a Dartmouth speech Thursday, Al Sharpton complained about Bush:

"The irony for me is that George Bush, after spending the week lobbying for Alito, justifying wiretaps and explaining for the thousandth time why he did not respond to Katrina, will stand somewhere on Monday and piously act as though he remembers Dr. King, when in fact, he has stood against everything Dr. King represented and is probably the most renowned Dr. King dream-buster that we've seen in the last 20 years."

A dream-buster, eh? Since we're close to MLK day, let's again look at that dream that King had:

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Here are ways in which Al Sharpton has supported the dream:

In 1987, Sharpton got involved in the Tawana Brawley hoax. A girl, Brawley, scrawled racial epithets on herself and smeared on some feces for good measure. She then claimed that six white men, one of whom was supposed to be a police officer, raped and abused her and then dumped her. Turns out she was just trying not to get into trouble for not coming home for several days. Sharpton, though, jumped on it and went so far as to baselessly accuse an assistant D.A., Steven Pagones, as being one of the rapists.

The hoax was exposed and Pagones, after a ten-year court fight, finally one a defamation suit against Sharpton. Sharpton has never apologized for what he did to Pagones or for his role in defending a liar and falsely inflaming racial passions.

During the Crown Heights riot of 1991, which occured after a 7 year-old black boy was accidently hit by a car in the motorcade of a prominent Rabbi, Sharpton freely incited anti-Semetic anger. Two people were killed by mobs, one Jewish man and another whom the mob thought was Jewish, and another 100 Jews were injured. At the boy's funeral, Sharpton accused the Crown Heights Jews of being diamond merchants working with Israel and and exploiting black labor in South Africa.

Then in 1995, Sharpton accused a Jewish store owner in Harlem, whom he called "a white interloper," of trying to drive a neighboring black store owner out of business by raising the black owner's rent in order to expand his own, Freddy's Fashion Mart (actually, Freddy raised the rent on his black subtenant because the landowner, a large black landlord called United House of Prayer, raised his own rent). He held protests outside the store and the crowd calls for burning down the store. Later, one protester entered the store, shot four people, and set the place on fire, killing three more people. Sharpton initially claimed he never spoke at the rally until video evidence proved otherwise. He defended himself by saying, "What’s wrong with denouncing white interlopers?"

Yes, this is the Al Sharpton who is preserving Dr. King's dream of people being judged by the content of their character instead of the color of their skin. He's a race-baiting opporunist. He's a dream-buster.

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  1. […] Then there’s Sharpton. I already discussed him at length here, but want to add something else. He first preached a sermon at 4 years-old and was an ordained minister at 9. He was known as the boy wonder preacher. Young kids may have an instinctive idea of God’s love, but they certainly don’t know enough or have lived enough to be able to teach adults or to understand what they preach. A kid preaching that young merely has a gift for rhetoric and they have first learned the power that effective rhetoric can give them. That was Sharpton’s earliest lesson and I certainly don’t trust him. Permalink Trackbacks(0) Comments(0) […]

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