The Sharpton Factor In The US Racial Divide

Rev Al Sharpton as bobble head

New York (Storch Report) — Al Sharpton must be hiding behind a rock somewhere since the slaying of two NYPD officers, and he’s small enough today to do it.  But you can be sure that he will once again surface, it’s all in the timing.

Perhaps it will be shortly, as a result of another black teen, who pulled a gun on a cop, and was shot and killed in Missouri last night, not too far from Ferguson.

The racial divisiveness in the United States can and should be laid at the doorstep of four men, three blacks and one white who have gone out of their way to fuel the divide within our culture.

And because of their positions of importance they each have the bully-pulpit to deliver their messages to divide rather than unite.

They are in the order of their importance, President Obama, outgoing Attorney General, Eric Holder, Mayor of NYC, Richard de Blasio and the connecting racial factor to all the Rev. Al Sharpton, a Baptist minister.

But Al is more than just a Baptist Minister, he is a civil rights activist, television/radio talk show host and trusted White House and NYC Mayoral adviser who has been described by 60 Minutes as President Obama’s “go-to black leader.”

Obama describes Sharpton as “the voice of the voiceless and a champion for the downtrodden.”

In 2004, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the US presidential election and to date he has been invited to the White House 84 times, he probably has more access to the people’s house than the White House dogs, Bo and Sunny.

In 2014 the New York Times reported that Sharpton has more than $4.5 million in tax liens against him and his businesses.  His nonprofit organization National Action Network owes some $1.1 million in overdue payroll taxes and he has been sued twice by his landlord for a cumulative $98,000.  He says about all of this, ‘I’m not a great administrator.’

Bad administrator or not, this has done little to diminish his influence in the White House and he is used by Obama and his administration, along with his own and Holder’s comments, to fuel the racial divide.

Another aspect of Sharpton’s multitude of platforms is his questionable ethical role as host of MSNBC’s ‘PoliticsNation’ and the role he reported to play as a lobbyist to the administration for the Comcast, NBC merger.

Obama, Holder, de Balasio and Sharpton have all weighed  in, often before the facts were known on incidents such as the dropped charges against a Black Harvard Professor and the Boston police; the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida by a self-appointed community guard, who was acquitted; the killing of a black teen (Brown) by a white cop who was acquitted in Ferguson Mo.; the killing of a black man in a choke hold (Garner) by NYPD, who was also acquitted; and then the noticeable silence by Sharpton on the assassination of two NYPD officers by a black man, who then shot himself, all in protest over the killings in NY and Ferguson Mo.

Leaders should be setting the tone of unification, but quite to the contrary in these incidents our leaders poured fuel on the fire of a racial divide, often using inaccurate rhetoric before all the facts were known.

In the racial divide that has come into focus, whether it be from comments by President Obama, Attorney General Holder, or Mayor de Blazio, there is a ‘Sharpton Factor’ for each of  the incidents cited where the liberal office holders cited use him, except for the cop killings which were called for in protests, to fuel divisiveness.

Wikipedia says of Sharpton, “critics describe him as ‘a political radical who is to blame, in part, for the deterioration of race relations.’  Sociologist Orlando Patterson has referred to him as a racial arsonist, while liberal columnist Derrick Z. Jackson has called him the black equivalent of Richard Nixon and Pat Robertson.

Wikipedia says that Sharpton sees much of the criticism as a sign of his effectiveness.  “In many ways, what they consider criticism is complimenting my job,” he said.  “An activist’s job is to make public civil rights issues until there can be a climate for change.”

We have heard that word ‘change’ before and for the most part the nation is not in awe of the ‘change’ it has witnessed.  For it is not a constructive change, it is a destructive change, one to create a racial division while building a big government to which the people are beholden.









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