Andrew Klavan: Black Leader Al Sharpton

In which our politically correct host, Andrew Klavan, takes a look at the disturbing history of the Reverend Al Sharpton - called reverend because he is revered, by Al Sharpton.


I’m Andrew Klavan and this is the Revolting Truth.

Everywhere you look these days, there’s Al Sharpton... it’s strange, even after you wake up screaming, he’s still there.  It’s like one of those Blumhouse movies.  If he’s not in some city calling for protests because a cop killed a thug who was resisting arrest, he’s in some other city calling for protests because another cop killed another thug who was also resisting arrest.  He’s even been meeting with Barack Obama as if the president of the United States were just some hapless loser who can’t find anyone else to talk to.  So it’s about time we asked ourselves:  who is Al Sharpton... and why?

Al Sharpton has dedicated his life to the improvement of the black man Al Sharpton.

He first flushed himself to fame in 1987, when a 15-year-old black girl named Tawana Brawley concocted a lie about being raped by a group of white men. Reverend Al Sharpton — called Reverend Al Sharpton because he’s revered by Al Sharpton — became one of Tawana’s so-called advisors.  He falsely accused a young police officer of participating in the alleged rape, and after the already troubled officer committed suicide, Sharpton accused another man of murdering him to cover up the crime.  Sharpton and his cronies organized daily protests using viciously inflammatory language - even though one of Sharpton’s top aides says Sharpton suspected all along Tawana’s story was false. Finally a Grand Jury investigation exposed the girl’s hoax, leaving Sharpton looking almost exactly like a race baiting charlatan.

Unless you happened to be a leftist or a journalist or some other sort of gullible buffoon.  In that case, Al Sharpton was now a “black leader.”  And sure enough, wherever a tragedy could be misconstrued as a case of racism, black leader Al was there leading blacks to false conclusions and violence.

There was Crown Heights Brooklyn for instance.  When a black child was accidentally killed by a car driven by a Hassidic Jew there in 1991, a small gang of local blacks responded by murdering  an innocent Jewish man. But that wasn’t good enough for Al. His furious rhetoric helped stir days of anti-Jewish riots in what’s been called one of the worst anti-semitic incidents in American history.

And Al wasn’t done.  In 1995, he helped incite a vicious name-calling boycott of a Jewish storeowner in Harlem — and inspire protests that only ended when one of the protestors shot four whites in the man’s store and set the place on fire, killing seven workers, most of them Hispanic.

More recently, Sharpton has accused three white LaCrosse players from Duke University of raping a black girl, which they didn’t; made out that Trayvon Martin was the victim of a racist murder, which he wasn’t; and suggested Michael Brown was a gentle innocent shot dead by an evil cop — wrong again — and he managed to do it all while owing the government 4.5 million dollars in taxes.

Which brings us back to our original question:  Why do corrupt, opportunistic knuckleheads get elevated to black leadership?  Maybe that wasn’t our original question.  I can’t remember.  But I mean, you don’t see white people accepting leaders like this.  If someone like Hillary Clinton had been shown to lie outright again and again about everything from her husband’s infidelities to being shot at in a war zone to the reasons behind the terrorist attack in Benghazi, would white people accept her as a leader?  Okay, maybe that’s not a good example.  Well, then, if Teddy Kennedy left his mistress to drown so he could fashion an alibi...  Okay, wait.  If fools like Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi...

Okay.  Look, black people, the point is:  don’t elevate demagogic flim-flammers to leadership in your community.  Don’t be like white people.  You’re better than that.

I’m Andrew Klavan with the Revolting Truth.