Flashback: Sharpton's Tawana Brawley Hoax

"If we're lying, sue us."

Al Sharpton has made a career from race-baiting and falsely maligning innocent Americans in order to engender racial hatred. He truly came to national prominence in November 1987, when he took up the cause of 15-year-old black teenager Tawana Brawley. Brawley alleged that six white racists kidnapped her, raped her, anally raped her, and then wrote KKK on her torso in excrement. The entire situation turned out to be a lie. But that didn’t stop Sharpton from slandering innocent men. He said of assistant district Attorney Steven Pagones, “We stated openly that Steven Pagones did it. If we’re lying, sue us, so we can go into court with you and prove you did it. Sue us – sue us right now.” He later claimed, “If I’m guilty of anything, it’s believing Tawana. I still do.”

When Pagones did sue, and won, Sharpton refused to pay up personally, forcing his followers to instead foot the bill. He then claimed that he didn’t own any of his personal belongings, including his clothing.

When confronted by an audience member during that period while appearing on the Morton Downey Jr. talk show, Sharpton screamed, “You ain’t nothing! You a punk faggot!” He then added, “Now come on and do something.” He also labeled his opponents racists.

He admitted that his entire strategy was media-focused: “What I’ve been doing is trying to use the media to talk to black people and further organize a national black movement. I haven’t figured out yet how I’m gonna use the media to deal with white America. I will admit that publicly. I haven’t figured out yet how to talk to white people. That’s my next challenge.”