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We suspect that many share our dismay that Al Sharpton’s unsavory past as a racial arsonist – recall his key role in the infamous Tawana Brawley hoax; his incitement during the Crown Heights riots (“If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house”); and his incitement against “white interlopers” just prior to the Freddie’s Fashion Mart massacre, to cite just a few examples – apparently is of no concern to President Obama, Attorney General Holder, or New York City Mayor de Blasio.
All came to pay homage to Rev. Sharpton in major addresses to his National Action Network’s convention in New York City last week.
It also seemed not to matter to them that Rev. Sharpton and the National Action Network have had serious tax problems involving large amounts owed to both the IRS and New York State. And it is not clear that all those problems have been resolved.
Nor did it seem relevant that according to widely circulated media reports, Rev. Sharpton was caught on an FBI surveillance video discussing possible drug sales with an FBI agent. He then reportedly “flipped” and agreed to wear a wire to tape his conversations with Mafia figures.
To be sure, Rev. Sharpton denies the drug stories, but why would the president of the United States, his attorney general, and the mayor of New York rush to honor him in the face of such serious claims?
President Obama said nothing about any of this but heaped praise on Rev. Sharpton for his contributions to the civil rights movement and, in a move to underscore the reverend’s civil rights credentials, used his address to launch an attack on the GOP for allegedly threatening the right to vote:
The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago. Across the country, Republicans have led efforts to pass laws making it harder, not easier, for people to vote….
America did not stand up and did not march and did not sacrifice to gain the right to vote for themselves and for others only to see it denied to their kids and their grandchildren.
The president went on to explain that he was talking about Republican plans to limit hours for voting and end same-day registration and various voter identification measures he said would discriminate against poor voters.
Earlier, the attorney general of the United States was just as mute on the aforementioned incitement, tax, or drug issues, telling Rev. Sharpton in front of his audience: “I have been proud to stand alongside you in supporting efforts to advance the cause of justice.”
Mayor de Blasio, who like President Obama and Attorney General Holder ignored the myriad controversies surrounding the man of the hour, outdid all in effusiveness: “I just want everyone to know, I am proud to stand with Rev. Sharpton…. To borrow a phrase from our youth, Reverend, he’s the real thing.”
Mr. De Blasio went on to condemn what he said was the discriminatory way “stop and frisk” had been administered under Mayor Bloomberg, calling it “separate and unequal.” He spoke at length about what he described as Rev. Sharpton’s career of drawing attention to injustice.
His defenders would no doubt say that Rev. Sharpton is no longer an inflammatory racial huckster. We doubt, however, that a white public figure who said the kinds of things about blacks that Rev. Sharpton said about whites and Jews would find such eager acceptance among liberals no matter how insistent his claims to have turned over a new leaf. But the problem goes even beyond the matter of hypocrisy.
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Haym Solomon, overlooked hero of the Revolutionary War, was America’s “Funding Father.”
Latvia, July 4, 1941 they forced many Jews in the shul putting it on fire; everyone was burned alive
There’s blood on the reporters’ hands AND New Israel Fund for funding groups feeding lies to the UN
When words lose meaning, the world becomes an Orwellian dystopia; a veritable Tower of Babel
Israel, like the non-radical Islamic world. will be happy see the ISIS beheaded for once.
Kids shouldn’t have “uninstructed” Internet access, better to train them how to use it responsibly
What if years from now, IS were to control substantial territory? What world havoc would that wreak?
Rambam writes the verse’s double term refers to 2 messiahs: first King David; 2nd the final Mashiach
The Gaza flotilla has been rightfully and legally blocked by Israel’s Navy, with greetings from Bibi
The president described the attack as “an act that drew on a long history of bombs and arson and shots fired at churches, not random, but as a means of control, a way to terrorize and oppress…”
“The only [candidate] that’s going to give real support to Israel is me,” said the 69-year-old Trump.
And whereas at the outset the plan was that Iran would have to surrender most of its centrifuges, it will now be able to retain several thousand.
Can adoption agencies limit the placement of children to heterosexual couples only?
It wasn’t too long ago that Mr. Erdogan, in his determination to burnish Turkey’s credentials as an Islamist state at the cost of the secularism that had brought much economic and political success to Turkey, upended his country’s decades-long cooperative relationship with Israel.
Does the pope really believe that Father Dehon’s destructive anti-Jewish calumnies do not disqualify him from the highest honor of the Catholic Church because in his time everyone did it?
There was something else of great importance in play – something we would have liked to see him take into account before deciding to stand with the boycotters.
“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
Beyond the particulars of this tragic death, however, we should all be concerned about the possibility that a criminal prosecution in a major American city is being driven by fear of mobs in the street.
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