Doing what he has always done best! Al Sharpton makes his living stirring tension between the races with battle cries like 'No justice no peace'!
He will do so again today on Staten Island in New York City when he runs a march, hopefully peaceful, protesting the death of Eric Garner while demanding an end to his claims of police brutality.
But in the historical process of doing what he does, he has destroyed reputations and cost the lives of people who never actually got the justice that Sharpton loves to demand.
These people also never received an apology and/or financial restitution from him when Sharpton was proven wrong!
And possibly worst of all is that when his brand of justice is demanded it is typically well before all of the facts are known because that is the time he can generate the greatest amount of anger and militancy in his followers.
No Justice for these people hurt or killed by Al Sharpton generated 'situations'!
- Crown Heights Riot 1991: Al Sharpton said, "If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house"
- Tawana Brawley 1987: On November 28, 1987, Tawana Brawley, a 15-year-old African-American girl, was found smeared with feces, lying in a garbage bag, her clothing torn and burned and with various slurs and epithets written on her body in charcoal. Brawley claimed she had been assaulted and raped by six white men, some of them police officers, in the town of Wappinger, New York. Attorneys Alton H. Maddox and C. Vernon Mason joined Sharpton in support of Brawley. A grand jury was convened; after seven months of examining police and medical records, the jury found "overwhelming evidence" that Brawley had fabricated her story. Sharpton, Maddox, and Mason had accused the Dutchess County prosecutor, Steven Pagones, of racism and of being one of the perpetrators of the alleged abduction and rape. The three were successfully sued for defamation, and were ordered to pay $345,000 in damages, with the jury finding Sharpton liable for making seven defamatory statements about Pagones, Maddox for two, and Mason for one. Sharpton refused to pay his share of the damages; it was later paid by a number of black business leaders including Johnnie Cochran.
- Freddie's Fashion Mart 1995: In 1995 a black Pentecostal Church, the United House of Prayer, which owned a retail property on 125th Street, asked Fred Harari, a Jewish tenant who operated Freddie's Fashion Mart, to evict his longtime subtenant, a black-owned record store called The Record Shack. Sharpton led a protest in Harlem against the planned eviction of The Record Shack. Sharpton told the protesters, "We will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business." On December 8, 1995 Roland J. Smith Jr., one of the protesters, entered Harari's store with a gun and flammable liquid, shot several customers and set the store on fire. The gunman fatally shot himself, and seven store employees died of smoke inhalation. Fire Department officials discovered that the store's sprinkler had been shut down, in violation of the local fire code. Sharpton claimed that the perpetrator was an open critic of himself and his nonviolent tactics. Sharpton later expressed regret for making the racial remark, "white interloper," and denied responsibility for inflaming or provoking the violence.
- Eulogy at the funeral of Gavin Cato in 1991 who had been accidentally hit by a car driven by an Hasidic Jew. This kicked off riots that resulted in the death of Yankel Rosenbaum who was pulled from his car and stabbed to death. The Al Sharpton eulogy for Gavin Cato?
“The world will tell us he was killed by accident. Yes, it was a social accident. ... It's an accident to allow an apartheid ambulance service in the middle of Crown Heights. ... Talk about how Oppenheimer in South Africa sends diamonds straight to Tel Aviv and deals with the diamond merchants right here in Crown Heights. The issue is not anti-Semitism; the issue is apartheid. ... All we want to say is what Jesus said: If you offend one of these little ones, you got to pay for it. No compromise, no meetings, no kaffe klatsch, no skinnin' and grinnin'. Pay for your deeds."
So what violence, hatred for cops and racial divisiveness, if any, will Al Shapton incite today in Staten Island over the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown?
And what mention, if any, will there be concerning the statistic and larger societal problem of black on black violence using the City of Chicago as a proxy.
My guess? None because it does not fit the narrative and does not raise money for Al Sharpton's coffers!
Month of August murders in Chicago courtesy of redeye