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Al Sharpton’s Thuggish “Fund Raising”

Having had my
stomach full of news about Al
Sharpton
, the card sharp of racism, I decided to search the Internet for
more information on him. Quite by chance in the course of my search I happened
upon a few articles which detailed how Adolf Hitler was able to persuade so
many German businesses and industries to support the burgeoning and noisy NSDAP
(the National Socialist German Workers Party, or the Nazi Party) from the
1920’s on up through his accession of the Chancellorship in 1933 . I read many
of these articles and book reviews, suspecting, and as it turned out, rightly,
that Al Sharpton’s methods of garnering public and not-so-public support and
money for his National Action Now
(NAN) organization, emulated those of Hitler and the Nazis.
  
A black “NSDAP,”  or, if you will, a National Socialist Black
Workers Party (NSBAP)? Or, just plain NAN? Sharpton
professes much interest in and anger over the plight of the “economically
oppressed and exploited” black man. If there is any truth to Sharpton’s rants,
it is that the Democratic Party and its economic policies are responsible for
black unemployment and also its “social” policies of keeping blacks dependent
on government largesse (aka, handouts and entitlements). Or, as some pundits
would have it: Keeping them on the welfare state plantation.  But this is something Sharpton will never
recognize or permit.  Manumitting blacks
from Democratic possession and thralldom would liberate them from him and from government
dependency.
Hitler’s addresses
to German businessmen were, to put it mildly, preliminary shakedowns. Later, after
he seized power in 1933, would come the arm-twisting, openly soliciting the
“cooperation” of big business – or else face nationalization and/or a one-way
trip to a concentration camp.   
Reading up on how
Hitler cajoled, persuaded, and subtly threatened German business executives and
tycoons to support the Nazi Party with financial donations or at least to speak
well of it or not actively oppose it concerning the Party’s vision and plans
for economic
recovery
, I noted that Sharprton’s extortionate methods differ not a whit
from Hitler’s.  
Hitler gave over
5,000 speeches during his career as a political activist and agitator and later
as Führer.  He spoke frequently at
business get-togethers and formal meetings of various business associations. At
the same time, most of these businessmen and associations gave in nearly equal
sums to the various competing parties that were vying for political power in
the Reich of the Weimar Republic, except to the Communists. Like many American
companies today seeking protection from expected political mischief, they
played both sides of the fence and then some.
Sharpton apparently
studies the field of American businesses to spot ones that might be open to
boycotting and public browbeating over alleged discriminatory practices against
blacks (and sometimes against Latinos) and makes his move. In typical
“community organizer” style, he employs the Alinsky tactic of targeting a
“mark,” isolating it, and fulminating against it with as much fiery media-friendly
bombast as his limited vocabulary can muster. He invents problems where none
before existed. Sooner or later the “mark” caves under scurrilous publicity
(with a big assist from the MSM), makes concessions, and donates money to NAN.
Like his ally in
race politics, Jesse
Jackson
, Sharpton poses as a firebrand for justice, but his notion of
“justice” is of the liberal, Progressive brand, “social justice.” He declaims
in his semi-literate, raucous way for entitlements rather than civil or natural
rights. His sole skill has been to set fire to asbestos. He is a career
arsonist of racial harmony with a vested interest in social turmoil and
political conflagrations and likes to see that harmony go up in smoke.  He is a racist and race hustler with a stake
in racism. Without racism, real or imagined, he, like Jesse Jackson, would be
an obscure Baptist preacher in a store-front church no one would have any
reason to know about.
The New York Post’s
article of June 15th, 2008, “Rev. Al
Soaks Up Boycott Bucks
” listed several companies that were subjected to
Sharpton’s card sharp tactics.
Anheuser-Busch gave him six figures,
Colgate-Palmolive shelled out $50,000 and Macy’s and Pfizer have contributed
thousands to the Rev. Al Sharpton’s charity.  Almost 50 companies – including PepsiCo, General
Motors, Wal-Mart, FedEx, Continental Airlines, Johnson & Johnson and Chase
– and some labor unions sponsored Sharpton’s National Action Network annual
conference in April [in 2008].
Terrified of negative publicity,
fearful of a consumer boycott or eager to make nice with the civil-rights
activist, CEOs write checks, critics say, to NAN and Sharpton – who brandishes
the buying power of African-American consumers. In some cases, they hire him as
a consultant.
Most corporate donors
enter Sharpton’s House of Contrition and Reparations with their eyes wide open
and with little doubt about the nature of their “support” – that it’s nothing
more than Mafia-style “Pay us not to break your windows or your kneecaps”
protection money.  
“We support those that support us,”
wrote Sharpton and the Rev. Horace Sheffield III, president of NAN’s Michigan
chapter, in a letter to American Honda. “We cannot be silent while
African-Americans spend hard-earned dollars with a company that does not hire,
promote or do business with us in a statistically significant manner.”
More briefly, Sharpton promises not
to put the squeeze on companies that surrender to his extortion.
In 2003, Sharpton targeted American Honda for not hiring
enough African-Americans in management…..
Two months after American Honda execs met with Sharpton, the
carmaker began to sponsor NAN’s events – and continues to pay “a modest amount”
each year, a spokesman said.
Extortion is extortion
and it is a criminal offense.
“I think this is quite clearly a
shakedown operation,” said Peter Flaherty, president of the National Legal and
Policy Center in Virginia, a conservative corporate watchdog. “He’s good at
harassing people and making noise. CEOs give him his way because it is a lot
easier than confronting him.”
Unlike Hitler, who was
maneuvering for the German chancellorship, Sharpton isn’t aiming for the White
House (except as a frequent guest of Barack Obama when they probably yuk it up
over the number they’re both pulling on the country – “We’re fixin’ those gun-clingin’
honkies real good, ain’t we, Bro?”).  The
Conservative
Tribune
has a more dramatic way of listing all the companies Sharpton has
in his pocket.
Not all the media is
duped by Sharpton’s antics and pose as a “civil rights” advocate. Not even
National Public Radio (NPR), the federally licensed and subsidized emitter of
the party line, denied Sharpton’s deleterious role in race relations. Kelsey
Dallas of the Deseret
News
reported last August, during the Ferguson riots and destruction:
His presence in Ferguson, Missouri,
and New York City following the recent police-involved shooting deaths of
Michael Brown and Eric
Garner
raise the question: Do Sharpton’s regular appearances detract from
the strength of his message?  [Note:
Garner wasn’t shot.]
In January 2013, NPR
published
an in-depth look at Sharpton’s daily life, parsing the many myths
that surround his civil rights work.
“The Rev. Al Sharpton has spent
nearly all of his adulthood in the spotlight, earning both praise and
condemnation,” NPR explained. “He has been called a race-monger,
anti-Semite, shameless self-promoter and a shakedown artist who has used the
threat of protest to extra corporate donations for his civil rights
organization, National Action Network. (But) he’s also respected for his
commitment to nonviolence and asked a judge for leniency for the man who
stabbed him.”
Sharpton recently met with New York
City Mayor Bill de Blasio, police commissioner William Bratton and other faith
leaders in the wake of Garner’s death to discuss the relationship between community
members and law enforcement officers. The
Wall Street Journal reported
Sharpton was a polarizing figure in the
discussion, criticizing Bratton’s policies. Sharpton will be in New York again
Aug. 23 to lead a march protesting police’s role in Garner’s death July 17.
Sharpton is no more
“committed to nonviolence” than was Hitler in annexing Austria and invading
Poland. Or France, or Belgium. He has an amorphous army at his beck and call to
picket companies with noisy chants and to commit violence, invariably drawn
from the Left.
The only thing
Sharpton’s mobs lack is uniforms
by Hugo
Boss
.
The New York Post
reported in 2008:
NAN, which began humbly in Harlem in
1991 with Saturday-morning rallies at PS 175, now boasts 45 chapters across the
country. The group lobbies for African-American rights and raises awareness of
issues such as police brutality and racial profiling.  “Sharpton went national just like a
franchise,” said Flaherty. “Each of these local chapters can now hit up
businesses for support in their communities.”
 NAN, a tax-exempt nonprofit, closely guards
its corporate largesse. Most companies also keep the sums secret, and some
would not divulge them. The corporations interviewed by The Post viewed their
relationships with NAN as friendly and beneficial.
Anheuser-Busch states on its Web site
that it gave the group “between $100,000 and $499,000″ last year.
It would be fair to
assume that since 2008, Anheuser-Busch has forked over to NAN at least $1
million not to have its Clydesdales poisoned or castrated.
Before and after two New York City policemen were murdered
by a Muslim
in Brooklyn, Sharpton was engaged in anti-police rabble-rousing
and was partly responsible for inciting the murders.
Fox
News
host Tucker Carlson declared on Sunday that MSNBC activist host Al
Sharpton and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder were guilty of inciting the
murder of two police officers in Brooklyn over the weekend.
On Saturday, NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael
Ramos were shot
to death
while sitting in their patrol car. The suspect eventually turned
the gun on himself after police caught up with him at a subway station.
Messages posted to his social media accounts indicated that the suspect
intended to commit violence against law enforcement officers in retaliation for
the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown….
“For [President Obama] to embrace Sharpton,”
Carlson opined, “Who is just an open bigot and a criminal and a tax cheat,
who’s been whipping up race hatred in New York for all these decades. For the
president of the United States to embrace this guy as a personal friend, an
adviser, to show up at the NAN meetings, to have him in the White House again,
and again, and again, and again, to endorse his message — boy, no wonder
you’ve got craziness going on in the streets.”
Carlson should not be
so surprised that the current President of the United States would fraternize
with a thug. After all, he nominated another racist thug, Eric Holder, to be
his Attorney General.  Obama and Sharpton
are birds of a feather. However, as Newsmax
reported on December 20th:
Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik
told Newsmax that Saturday’s execution-style shooting of two uniformed police
officers was ultimately encouraged by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Rev. Al
Sharpton — and “they have blood on their hands.”
“de Blasio, Sharpton and all those who encouraged
this anti-cop, racist mentality all have blood on their hands,” he said.
“They have blood on their hands.” The two officers were shot about 3
p.m. while sitting in their marked car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of
Brooklyn by a man identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley.
He wounded his girlfriend in a shooting in Baltimore
before driving to New York and ambushing the officers, according to the
New York Daily News.
Brinsley, who reportedly belonged to a gang, later
killed himself on a crowded Brooklyn subway platform as police closed in on
him. He bragged on his Instagram page just hours before that he wanted to kill
police officers, the Daily News reports.
Investigators said that Brinsley was avenging the
deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown by killing the officers.
Kerik told Newsmax that the officers’ deaths resulted
from a climate created by de Blasio, Sharpton and other New York City
officials.
This guy’s intent — based on that Instagram post — was
retribution for Eric Garner and Michael Brown,” he told Newsmax. “The
people who encouraged these protests — you had peaceful protesters who were
screaming ‘kill the cops’ — the so-called peaceful protesters.
“Who was encouraging these protesters? De Blasio,
Sharpton and other elected officials and community leaders. They encouraged
this mentality. They encouraged this behavior.”
Well, so does Islam.
I’m surprised that CAIR and Louis Farrakhan haven’t weighed in much publically on
the issue. Brinsley posted on his Facebook page a quotation from the Koran, verse 8:60: “Strike terror into
the hearts of the enemies of Allah.” I can picture Sharpton nodding his head in
agreement. Strike terror, and then pick their pockets.
Columnist Michelle
Malkin touches on Sharpton’s criminal past in her October 19th, 2009 column, “Yes,
let’s talk about Al Sharpton’s racial demagoguery, shall we?
” in which she
all too briefly describes Sharpton’s Tawana Brawley hoax in 1987, his provoking
anti-Semitic riots in Brooklyn in 1995, and his fatal Freddy’s Fashion Mart
adventure in Harlem in 1995.
Al Sharpton is just one
“poster child” among many Progressive
radicals
dedicated to stirring up racial conflict and overall social
turmoil. He is the spawn of moral relativism, who, in an age of reason,  would not have a chance to rise above his mean
malevolence to attain anything more than the obscure notoriety of a
loud-mouthed bigot.
In a civilized
society, his basic nasty character would get him into barroom fights and more
often than not deservedly have the crap beat out of him, either by a “cracker”
(his favorite term for whites) or by a “brother” who also would have had enough
of his mouth.

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1 Comment

  1. Michael Neibel

    Good view of Mr. Sharpton. He is a propheteer of hate. Hating is the easiest thing to do and preach. All such preachers need is a demon. Something to fear then hate for its alleged evil. The hate will produce the desire for its destruction. If more black people would stop their treatment of him as their leader and businesses stop caving to his extortion, he would become irrelevant.

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