Reverend Al Sharpton: Not Racist?
Author: Erick, Patriot Fire founder (U.S.) May 10, 2007
Al Sharpton said:
"As for the one Mormon running for office [Mitt Romney], those who really believe in God will
defeat him anyways, so don't worry about that; that's a temporary situation."
Still a young issue at hand, so it might grow in the future, but I don't see it hurting Al Sharpton at all. This is a guy who has said things like this before, yet, no legal action has happened. During the 1980's, he said many racial slurs against many individuals; most of whom were white. Yet, as usual, nothing ever happened to Reverend Al Sharpton, no one spoke out against his racial slurs.
If, on the other hand, a Caucasian man whispered what Sharpton said, political and race-based groups would go on a witch hunt. The Caucasian man would definitely get hurt by the news media and even fired from his job.
Take the Don Imus incident for example when Imus said "Nappy headed ho's" during his radio talk-show; referring to a college women's basketball team. After a couple of weeks from hysterical media coverage, calling him a bigot and racist, Imus was fired from MSNBC. Guess who spoke out against Don Imus, you guessed right, Al Sharpton (along with Jesse Jackson).
Mr. Imus is a rich, white guy in a prominent position that overstepped the boundaries to a lot of people, and he was punished for his comment.
However, in 1994 at Kean College, Reverend Sharpton said:
"White folks was in caves while we was building
empires... We taught philosophy and astrology and
mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos
ever got around to it."
Nothing happened to Sharpton; his defenders claim this statement was taken out of context. Yet, even if it was, the statement was still racist and bigoted towards whites and homosexuals (and I thought he supported equality for everyone, even homosexuals?) .
In Nov. 28, 1987, Sharpton and 2 others were ordered to pay $345,000 for accusing the Dutchess County prosecutor (Steven Pagones) of being racist and personally involved in the Tawana Brawley case. Sharpton was liable for 7 racially defamatory statements made.
Sharpton said in 1991, during the Crown Heights Riot:
"If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin
their yarmulkes back and come over to my house."
Not stopping there, he referred to Jews as "diamond merchants."
Has Al Sharpton overstepped the boundary? Ask Mormons about his recent comment and you can bet they will say yes. Sharpton has said many racial and bigoted statements, past and present, yet, I do not see anything happening to his political career.
Is there equality for all people, which Rev. Al Sharpton passionately fights for (supposedly), or a double standard?