Al Sharpton’s destructive role in the Ferguson-Michael Brown case isn’t as destructive as his role in the Tawana Brawley scandal but it’s close. For more than 25 years, Al Sharpton has been a well-paid race-baiting provocateur. Finally, someone’s calling Sharpton out:
Al Sharpton, who passes as a reputable journalist over at MSNBC, was on the network Tuesday night talking about “undermined credibility.” On that he should be considered an expert witness.
Flat-out lies aren’t going to improve any situation, but then Sharpton thrives on injury not healing. He can’t be dismissed as an easy or ancillary target, either, when MSNBC pays him and gives him a platform, when he is invited to the White House by the president of the United States, and when he is permitted such a large role by the family of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
Here’s a history lesson on Tawana Brawley:
Sharpton was a minor league provocateur when he hit it big with Tawana Brawley in 1987. Brawley was a 15-year-old black woman living outside of New York City who, looking to dodge trouble at home after sneaking out, scrawled racist signs on herself, crawled into a bag and, when discovered, claimed she had been gang raped by white men.
The whole story was obviously a hoax. There are racists in the Northeast as surely as there are racists in the Deep South, but what Brawley claimed was off the charts; it bore no resemblance to the reality of life in that place and time.
Her story should have been denounced at once. Instead, Sharpton and two black attorneys became spokesmen for Brawley. They fanned her story, leveling outrageous accusations against people.
In Sharpton’s self-important world, the truth isn’t what’s important. It’s whether there’s an opportunity to portray himself as important to the civil rights movement. Al Sharpton wants people to believe a) that he’s the twenty-first century’s Martin Luther King and b) that Michael Brown is John Lewis.
Sharpton is a well-paid street hustler who isn’t afraid of manufacturing stories about white police officers killing innocent black children. That’s the “Sharpton method.”
Michael Brown was a young African-American male with a propensity for violence. The video verifies that. First, Brown reached behind the counter and stole a carton of cigars. Next, when he tried leaving without paying for the cigars, the store manager confronted him. That didn’t end well for the store manager because Brown threw him to the side like the manager was a rag doll.
It’s worth noting that the video proves that Michael Brown was strong enough to cause lots of havoc, even with a police officer.
That Al Sharpton is defending this would-be criminal says everything that we need to know about Sharpton’s character, or lack thereof.