Al Sharpton has fooled another one.
A Politico piece on Saturday tries to describe the race-baiting shakedown artist from New York as a new man, a different character from the one who launched the Tawana Brawley hoax in 1987 to build a national name on a monstrous lie, different from the man who helped foment the Crown Heights riots of 1991 in New York.
Different even from the MSNBC host who helped lay the groundwork for the current protests over the George Zimmerman acquittal by putting the equally race-baiting attorney for the Trayvon Martin family on his television show to preemptively question whether a jury made up of five white women and a Hispanic woman could judge the case of a Hispanic man shooting to death a black teenager.
“The Rev. Al Sharpton has gone mainstream” is the first line of the piece, headlined “Rev. Al Sharpton’s front and center.”
It continues by describing Sharpton as a “moderate” who’s letting more radical elements push the Zimmerman protests forward, it calls him an adviser to President Obama (which, unfortunately, is true), it calls him a “civil rights leader” (which is a meaningless catch-all for any black person with an audience these days), and it quotes an admirer calling him a “voice of calm” (which is manifestly absurd.)
In other words, it’s garbage.
Fortunately, former Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., was available for comment.
“I think he’s taking advantage of whatever a very left-wing media drives people into a frenzy over,” West told the Politico reporter, who apparently didn’t understand what West was getting at – or what media West might have been =talking about.
“That’s what he does… He is keeping himself relevant based upon the grievances and hardships of others and really capitalizing on some misguided political priorities …”
West summed it up neatly.
“I think it’s pretty simple. I think he is not the voice of the black community, and the black community needs sincere voices that are going to stand up for the true conditions that are ailing them.”
The rest of the piece is an effort to cancel out what West is saying, but it’s just the simple truth.
As he has over and over again in his career, Sharpton’s just using the Zimmerman case – and the racial hatred he’s fomenting – to benefit himself at the expense of the people he claims to lead.
And as the Politico piece shows, he’s fooled another one.
But not Allen West.
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