A Story of Race Relations in the United States
American “liberal” ideology relies on race baiting to keep it relevant. To this day playing the race card is a valuable part of the Left’s playbook. That is true despite the disasters which have befallen the hucksters of race baiting politics such as Reverend Al Sharpton. Although he built his reputation as a civil rights activist, Sharpton was successfully sued for defaming the white victim of rape and kidnapping allegations made by an African-American teenager, Tawana Brawley. The accuser’s hoax made such an uproar that the judge was moved to declare;
“It is probable that in the history of this state, never has a teenager turned the prosecutorial and judicial systems literally upside down with such false claims. The cost of the lengthy, thorough and complete grand jury investigation was reportedly estimated at one-half million dollars…
…The total costs and expenses of the lengthy trial before this Court must be staggering. All of this was presumably unnecessary had Brawley come forward to cooperate with authorities. Even absent initial cooperation, once the Grand Jury report was released and it revealed in detail that Brawley had been personally observed by a credible witness crawling into the garbage bag, it would have been most appropriate for Brawley as a young teenager to come forward, admit the allegations were not true and apologize for the pain and upset she had caused Pagones, the Crist family and State Trooper Scott Patterson by her false accusations.”
The punch line was even better;
“At the end of the trial this Court stated, “Let us hope after 10 ½ years, the Tawana Brawley matter is finally laid to rest and we can move forward at last to promote healing and racial harmony.” Unfortunately, the continuing rhetoric by Brawley and her supporters refusing to accept the verdict does nothing to further racial harmony. In fact, in this particular case it is a disservice to the African-American community since it diminishes credibility and may adversely affect other viable complaints. This Court recognizes that it is perfectly proper in appropriate circumstances to speak out against any legitimate racial injustice. In this case, the injustice was against those wrongfully accused of heinous crimes that never occurred. The jury did justice by righting that wrong. Brawley and her supporters have no right to claim that justice was not accomplished by this jury.
These are not rational people that we are dealing with. Take for example, Sharpton’s lawyer and co-defendant in the defamation lawsuit, Alton H. Maddox Jr. His accomplishments are sickening;
1) After filing complaints of racial discrimination against the state of New York, he was ordered to repay the state for legal costs incurred while defending itself from Maddox’s accusations. The judge stated that his complaints had “no factual or legal basis”.
Maddox had filed the lawsuit claiming that he had to apply for permission to represent an indigent defendant, J. Ricardo Burgos, in a murder trial while two white lawyers were appointed to represent Burgo’s co-defendant without having to apply first.
The lawsuit fell apart when the state provided evidence that the two white lawyers did apply to represent their client. However, when Maddox was given an application, he filed a discrimination lawsuit instead of following through the application process. It is another example of using the race card to abuse our justice system.
2) In 1997 a white English teacher filed a complaint with NY’s Commission on Human Rights. The teacher protested that she was discriminated against when she was denied entry to a meeting of the United African Movement, a group led by Maddox. The Commission fined the African Movement $10,000 after it concluded that the teacher was denied entry due to her race. When she was barred from the meeting she was told that, “this place is only for African people”.
3) “Alton Maddox, alluding to Farrakhan’s use of the term “bloodsuckers” to describe Jews and others, said: “You’d better be glad that the only thing we are doing is calling you bloodsuckers.” He added: “This ain’t about ceremony, this is about blood. The price of victory is blood.... You got to spill some blood if you want to be free.”
Despite years of high profile Jewish activism in the Civil Rights Movement and their current high profile activism for “liberal” causes, there has been a great deal of hostility from the African-American community against Jews. During the Crown Heights riots in 1991 Sharpton made the following threat, “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house”. Sharpton had called for protests in response to the death of a Guyanese-American child who was killed when a Jew lost control of his car after an accident with another vehicle. In retaliation for the death African-American “protesters” killed an innocent Jewish visitor from Australia, Yankel Rosenbaum. Over a period of four nights the protesters targeted local Jews, businesses and police in an orgy of hate crimes.
In 1995 Al Sharpton was protesting against New York Jews again and there would be even more blood this time. The African-American owner of a Harlem record store, Sikhulu Shange, was facing eviction by a Jewish businessman, Fred Harari. Shange recruited Sharpton for help and he became the most publicly visible negotiator on behalf of Shange.
Protests erupted outside the business owned by Harari (Freddy’s Fashion Mart). The protesters expressed anti-Semitic hate speech and threats of violence such as:
“Get out Jew bastards”
“Burn and loot the Jews”
Protesters warned that they would have “a coffin for Freddy”
One protester by the name of ‘Shabazz’ exclaimed, “I will be back to burn the Jew store down -- burn, burn, burn.”
Sharpton claimed that he didn’t control the protesters, but he certainly supported them and encouraged people to join the protest. On a radio show Sharpton made this disturbing statement:
“We will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business on 125th Street. We’re asking our black community to go down there, and I’m going to go down there, and do what is necessary to let them know that we’re not turning 125th Street back over to outsiders.”
Another protest leader, Morris Powell, used the same radio station to broadcast his own call to action:
“We’re not going to stand idly by and let a Jewish person come in black Harlem and methodically drive black people out of business... We gonna see that this cracker suffer.”
Both the NYC Police Dept and the Human Rights Commission investigated the protests, but never intervened. The results were tragic. One protester, Roland J. Smith Jr., was aroused to commit a massacre at Freddy’s Fashion Mart. He used a handgun to shoot up the store and paint thinner to burn it down. Including the gunman, eight people were killed and four wounded. The death toll topped the slaughter of six people murdered in the Long Island Railroad Massacre, which was yet another racially motivated mass murder perpetrated by an African-American.
After years of threats to murder whites; Colin Ferguson, an African-American born in Jamaica, carried his handgun and a canvas bag full of ammunition onto a Long Island Railroad commuter train. It was a premeditated hate crime. Sharpton was worried that the public perception of “Black and Hispanic dissatisfaction” would be undermined by this incident. He complained that, “the people in the media who attempted to demonize black and Hispanic dissatisfaction by saying this man was inspired or condoned by us when he did a very sick and perverted act is unfair.”
The protection of the leftwing victimhood racket was his main concern. Years later Sharpton would go on to join a campaign on behalf of African-Americans who committed a violent crime against a white person. The Jena 6 were African-American high school students who attacked an unsuspecting white student, Justin Barker, and beat him until he was unconscious.
Activists spread the rumor that Barker had been hurling racial epithets before the attack. However, five of the defendants admitted that such accusations were untrue:
“To be clear, not one of us heard Justin use any slur or say anything that justified Mychal Bell attacking Justin nor did any of us see Justin do anything that would cause Mychal to react.”
[Victim, Justin Barker, in the hospital after being attacked. Photos of two Jena-6 supporters flank his picture. The one to the left is a well meaning, but misguided protester. The one on the right calls for further violence until a perverted brand of justice is achieved.]
Of course our media has short-term memory loss when it comes to anything that contradicts the consensus of our “liberal” upper-class. Talk show host, Bill O’Reilly, is almost universally derided as a rightwing extremist, so check out his contentious but almost amicable exchange exchange with Al Sharpton.
Although Sharpton is generally well respected in our leftwing media, he really comes off as hopelessly biased, while O’Reilly is rational. They discuss the Duke Lacrosse case in which three white athletes from Duke University were falsely accused of rape by an African-American stripper.
The case against the athletes was so weak that the prosecutor became the first sitting district attorney in North Carolina history to be disbarred. It was an “unprecedented and historic moment”, one that was quickly forgotten by our media. Unfortunately the wrongly accused students suffered badly, but they represent acceptable collateral damage to keep alive the leftwing race-baiting machine.
Race relations in our country are beset with difficulties. Unfortunately some prominent leftwing activists provoke race baiting for political profit and throw their uncritical support to hucksters around the country. Times have changed so that all too often it is the race baiting activism of the Left, which intentionally inflames racial tension.
In the next post (Part 2) we will examine how President Barack Obama and Tiger Woods perceive race relations in the United States and the effect that they have had on our nation.