25 April 2007


The Objectivist
Dunkirk-Fredonia Observer
Monday, April 17, 2007

In American politics, the recent firestorm over comments by Senator Joseph Biden (D-Del.) and radio host Imus show how low the public discussion of race has sunk. In contrast to their minimal comments, the forceful presence of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are a thumb in the eye to race relations.

Reverend Al Sharpton is a disgusting presence on the political scene and a clear indication of how low the Democratic Party will sink to get black votes. Jay Nordlinger of the National Review does a nice job of summarizing Sharpton’s greatest hits.

In 1987, teenager Tawana Brawley, after staying home for a few days, smeared herself in dog feces, scrawled racial epithets on her body, and put a garbage bag over herself. She then claimed that six white men raped her. Sharpton jumped at the chance to turn this troubled teen’s false charges into ground zero of race hatred. Sharpton, along with attorneys Alton Maddox and C. Vernon Mason, very publicly accused a number of people, including assistant district attorney Steven Pagones even after Pagones was cleared. After suffering death threats and illnesses, Pagones sued Sharpton, Maddox, and Mason for defamation and won $345,000. Maddox and Mason were later disbarred over the incident.

In 1989, after the Central Park “wilding” in which there was a brutal rape and horrific beating of a young white woman, Al Sharpton burst onto the scene. He and his group charged that the jogger’s boyfriend had raped and beaten her. He and his supporters publicly chanted this ridiculous charge, denounced the victim as a “whore,” and suggested that a psychiatrist should examine her. In addition, they screamed her name over and over again because most publications refused to do so. His behavior became farcical when he brought Tawana Brawley to the trial to show the difference between white and black justice and had her meet the jogger’s alleged attackers (which she did in a friendly manner).

In 1991, a car driven by a Hasidic Jew struck and killed a 7 year old black child. Sharpton rushed forward to help whip the crowd into a frenzy. An example of his Jew-baiting comments included the following, “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.” The “Crown Height” riots then broke out and a rabbinical student, Yankel Rosenbaum, was stabbed to death and over a hundred others were injured.

In 1995 in Harlem, a Jewish store owner (who owned Freddy’s Fashion Mart) was alleged to have driven a black sore owner out of business. Reverend Al held many rallies designed to scare the Jewish owner away. He made comments such as “[W]e will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business.” Three months later one of the protesters stormed Freddy’s, ordered all blacks out, and fired a pistol and burned the place down. Eight people died.

Baptist Minister Jesse Jackson is slicker and less obvious than Sharpton, but also corrupt and vicious. Kenneth Timmerman in Shakedown does a nice job of exposing his race-hustling innovations.

Jackson had a business of threatening boycotts of major U.S. corporations if they did not adopt quotas across a wide range of corporate activities. In response this threat, the companies then gave distributorships and other valuable contracts to black business owners who in turn kicked money back to Jackson’s organization. His brother also received a number of these distributorships. Among the corporations he shook down in the 1980’s were Coca-Cola, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and 7-Eleven. His scam in part involved black organizations paying annual dues to his nonprofit in return for being put on a list of minority subcontractors that he provided to his shakedown targets. His boycott of Coors got the company to donate $600,000 to boycotting parties, including, of course, Jackson’s non-profit (Operation PUSH). In addition, according to Judicial Watch, he lobbied the Federal Communications Commission to block companies seeking government approval to merge with the goal of forcing them to donate money to his nonprofit.

Reverend Jackson treats his nonprofit as his personal piggy bank. As Timmerman points out, Jackson repeatedly and illegally diverted funds from his nonprofits to pay for personal and political expenses. He also used nonprofit funds to pay some of the expenses related to his out-of-wedlock child he had as a result of a four-year affair. Oddly, his mistress was pregnant when he was very publicly counseling President Bill Clinton on his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky.

The enlightened Sharpton refused to criticize Nation of Islam member Khalid Abdul Muhammad with whom Sharpton appeared in Harlem and who is famous for his anti-Semitic rants (e.g., “Who’s pimping the world? The hairy hands of the Zionist in the world.”). The hyper-sensitive Jackson in a 1984 interview with a black Washington Post reporter in which he said he wanted to “talk black talk” called New York City “Hymietown” (a derogatory term for Jews) and refused to distance himself from Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who was making campaign appearances and raising money for Jackson. Farrakhan is famous for anti-Semitic diatribes (for example, calling Adolph Hitler “a great man”).

Senator Joseph Biden caused an uproar when he said the following to a reporter about Senator Barack Obama to the New York Observer, “I mean, you’ve got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a story book, man.” He effusively and repeatedly apologized for his comments. In recent times, there were two obscure black candidates (Shirley Chisholm in 1972 and Carol Moseley Braun in 2004) who didn’t attract much attention and probably weren’t who Biden had in mind. Instead, he was thinking of Sharpton and Jackson. While Reverends Sharpton and Jackson are articulate and Jackson was arguably nice-looking when he was younger, Biden is right that Obama provides a clear contrast to these dirty and mean-spirited men.

Imus was trying to make light of the Rutgers Women’s basketball team’s rough appearance (for example, tattoos) and their gritty defensive style of play. His comments clearly indicate this (he first called them “rough girls from Rutgers” and noted “they’ve got tattoos” before being prompted to joke that they were “nappy-headed hos”). People can argue over whether Imus’s comments were funny, but the notion that his show should be cancelled and he should be publicly scorned by major politicians and nearly every public commentator, while the media carried Jackson’s comments and CBS executives met with Sharpton hours before firing Imus is a case study of absurdity. And it’s not just the executives who pander to such con men. In recent years, Democratic Presidential candidates Bill Bradley, Al Gore, and Hilary Clinton also made pilgrimages to Al Sharpton in a pathetic show of deference.

Race hustling has arrived.


The Objectivist said...

Actually, I did find the Imus bit funny. He was using the words for their suggestion about street cred and not in the sexual sense suggested by moronic commentators like Daniel Schorr.

This is similar to the way in which the NYT columnist who called Hilary Clinton a "congenital liar" meant to say that she can't avoid it, not that it really runs in her genes.

The Objectivist said...

The fact that Bill Bradley and Hilary went hat in hand to Sharpton tells us all we need to know about their willingness to demagogue an issue.

Gore, to his credit, at least hesitated to do so.

The Objectivist said...

I'll steal a question from my brother. Consider the black women on the Rutgers basketball team. Let's ask them whether they own ganster rap CDs or have it on their ipod. If so, I wonder how this is relevant. I'm not sure, but somehow it seems relevant.

Marc said...

Did you see the article on Imus? http://www.michaelellenbogen.com/Frames/tips.html
Who does this person think he is? Talking about us like that. I hope someone puts this on U Tube and MySpace. The book looks good…..

The Constructivist said...

O, I'm interested in what you think of this explanation of why this particular bit went so bad for Imus (the author's a stand-up comic himself, among other things). I also like this critique of Imus from The Poor Man Institute. Never having been a fan, I don't see how Imus lasted as long as he did. Glad to see him go (to satellite radio, no doubt).

Also, have you seen the Inside Higher Education article about the Jewish Conspiracy Guy at Long Beach's psych department?

The Constructivist said...

O, if you want coverage of informed debate on hip hop, go to NewBlackMan.

The Objectivist said...

I'm not sure why things went so bad for Imus. I'm at a loss other than the race issue caught a wave and the Hilary forces pushed his removal for all their worth. After all if they can get rid of Imus and Rush, then they in effect eliminate tens of millions of bad advertisements.

I'm curious as to why you think that Imus got kicked out.

The Constructivist said...

Here's one theory (oops, that's on the rap attack, not the Imus one).

I don't think your Hillaspiracy theory works. Maybe lefties wanted revenge after the feminist bloggers got attacked as anti-Catholic by ragin' Bill Donohue? Who knows? I've seen some argue it's the free market in action. After all, he doesn't have a right to those airwaves--even you have to grant that.

The Constructivist said...

Here's the free market argument on a related (and worse) issue.

Anonymous said...

I don't remember the priest telling me when I went to Confession when I was a kid, "Well, Lance, it was wrong of you to disobey your mom and talk back to her like that, but since you set the table every night and do your homework and sent your aunt a birthday card, what the heck! You're a good kid. Your sins are forgiven automatically. No need for you to do any penance."糖尿病 糖尿病 心脑血管 文秘 糖尿病症状 糖尿病饮食 妊娠糖尿病 糖尿病治疗 糖尿病并发症 糖尿病足 糖尿病药物 低血糖 胰岛素 血糖仪 胰岛素泵 什么是糖尿病 并发症治疗 糖尿病急救 糖尿病中医治疗 糖尿病常识 糖尿病食谱 糖尿病的预防 糖尿病人饮食 糖尿病肾病 And maybe it's happened a few times and I haven't heard about it but I can't recall a judge ever letting somebody walk on the grounds the crook was a good guy and his friends really like him.

aaron said...

What amused me about the entire thing is that I am would have to assume it's possible some of the girls actually had nappy hair. Would it therefore be wrong to point out this fact?

After you remove the nappy hair comment then you are just dealing with the players being "hoes" which accoring to the Maury Povich show is seen in all races.

Al is bored and misguided.