If you looked up “attention whore” in the dictionary, an appropriate photo would be one of the “Reverend” Al Sharpton, displayed prominently.
Sharpton’s “career” of rabble rousing and fomenting division between whites, blacks, Jews and Asians is well documented as are his constant attempts to smear police officers, particularly those in New York City.
Sharpton was not always involved in “activism.” From 1973 to 1980, Sharpton was James Brown’s tour manager. He obviously was not seeing enough cash for that profession so over the next few years he morphed into a “community activist” and “civil rights” advocate.
It was in 1986 that Sharpton came to national prominence. When three black men were beaten up in Howard Beach, Queens with one ultimately getting killed after being hit by a car, Sharpton saw the opportunity he wanted. First, he was able to get his buddies, attorneys Alton Maddox and C. Vernon Mason to represent the families in the case. All three immediately accused the NYPD and Queens prosecutor of engaging in a cover-up and purposely trying to help the defendants. Sharpton organized a protest march through Howard Beach that was peaceful despite the threats Sharpton directed at area residents the previous week. Sharpton of course, was hoping for a physical altercation but it never happened.
The following year is the “incident” that would truly define Al Sharpton as a lying sleazebag. The Tawana Brawley hoax is where he really made his bones. The full account of the entire ordeal can be read here. The short version is this: Brawley was not telling the truth and Al Sharptons behavior was even worse, personally naming Steven Pagones, at the time, a Assistant District Attorney in Dutchess County, as one of the attackers. The grand jury ruled there was no evidence of a sexual assault and said Brawley may have made up the entire incident. Pagones filed civil suits against Brawley, Sharpton, Maddox and Brown.
Pagones won his case against Brawley by default as she never showed up for the trial. Sharpton, Maddox and Brown were all found by a jury to have made defamatory statements about Pagones and were ordered to pay Pagones a total of $345,000 in damages. Sharpton, while never apologizing to Pagones, didn’t even pay his portion of the fines. They were covered by Johnny Cochrane and other well-to-do friends of his.
Maddox ultimately had his law license suspended indefinitely in the state of New York in 1990 and Mason was disbarred in 1995, revealing some of the character of the people Sharpton was willing to align himself.
Fast forward to recent events and Sharpton has of course, injected himself into the middle of it. After Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, what did Al Sharpton do? Well, he basically claimed Wilson was a liar:
“First of all, if you stopped him — Michael Brown and his friend — walking down the street, what led to the scuffle? … Secondly, how does he and you get in your car? You trying to do what by yourself?” Sharpton asked. “Now, if I go with you with your story all the way to that — that Michael Brown was shot, gets up off you in the car — why are you trying to tell me that a man … ran back at you when he knew you had the gun and you already shot him?”
Of course, the forensic evidence (you know, science) would adhere to Wilson’s version of events.
That wasn’t enough for Sharpton who of course, insinuated the fix was in for Wilson:
The civil rights activist and MSNBC host denounced the explanation of the non-indictment by St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch. Sharpton called certain claims about the investigation “flawed” and “very suspect.”
Of course, Sharpton offers no proof of this but when has he ever needed evidence?
Sharpton’s apologists claim so much of what he has done is “old news” and has no bearing on current events. But a leopard never changes its spots.
Sharpton, when he learned of some racially tinged jokes Sony’s movie division head, Amy Pascal had made at President Obama’s expense, he immediately demanded a meeting with her and said he would reserve judgement on whether he would call for her resignation.
Translation: “I’m going to see if this bitch is going to pay me.”
Sure enough, Sharpton walked out of the 90 minute meeting with a deal in hand:
Pascal agreed to let Sharpton have a say in how Sony makes motion pictures, in an effort to combat what he called “inflexible and immovable racial exclusion in Hollywood.”
“We have agreed to having a working group deal with the racial bias and lack of diversity in Hollywood,” said Sharpton.
Doesn’t that just give you a warm feeling inside?
There is also the tax issue which has dogged him for sometime and yet he has not faced even a state prosecution for his blatant tax evasion.
Change by people in the public eye comes from their actions in public. George Wallace for example, openly apologized for his segregationist past. Sharpton to date, has never apologized for anything he has said or done in his past. To this day he continues to state that Tawana Brawley told the truth. He has never apologized for any of his racist or anti-Semitic statements.
To date, Sharpton hasn’t changed who he is. He has just polished up his act, losing 100 lbs and replacing gym suits with $1,000 tailored suits. That won’t get the dirt off.
But Al will keep rolling and why? Largely because the media refuses to call this charlatan out. Just once I want to see somebody confront him over his tax issues and not allow him to get away with the nonsense that it’s “political.” Just once I want to see somebody confront him over rhetoric that without a doubt creates a climate of toxicity between races, between citizens and cops and between ideological opposites.
They’ve essentially embraced him as one of their own. And he’ll keep on doing what he does and getting paid to do it until somebody truly calls him out and is not afraid of being branded a racist or ‘Uncle Tom’ for doing so.