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Hating on the Hebrew: From the Archives

Aggie and I make enough reference to this episode so here it is, offered without comment:

Twenty years ago this week, American Jews in Crown Heights were traumatized by attacks that echoed those suffered by their brethren in Israel and Europe.

Known by historians as the Crown Heights riots, hundreds of African Americans and Carribean Americans terrorized thousands of Jews in the Brooklyn neighborhood populated by Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidim for three days, starting the evening of August 19, 1991.

The riots were ignited by a tragic car accident in which a young Guyanese child was struck and killed by a car driven by a Chassidic man.The driver, whose car was hit as he crossed a major intersection, tried to avoid hitting anyone by steering his vehicle into a wall. He did not see two young cousins playing on the hot city sidewalk.

The residents gathered there did not believe him, however, and beat the driver mercilessly when he tried to lift the car to free the children. Police and ambulance personnel who arrived on the scene quickly removed him, realizing the danger to his life.

Before midnight, a rabbinical scholar, Yankel Rosenbaum, was dead. Surrounded by a gang of African Americans, the Australian student was stabbed to death by 16-year-old Lemrick Nelson.

For three days, hordes of African Americans roamed the streets of Crown Heights, yelling “Kill the Jews!” and “Hitler didn’t finish the job!”

An elderly European Jewish woman leaped to her death from her apartment balcony, unable to face the fear “they” were hunting her down, again.

Hundreds of rioters chased Jews into their apartment buildings and then beat them viciously. Police cars were overturned and torched, windows were smashed, stores were looted, property was destroyed.

Dozens of Jewish families were evacuated from their apartments and taken to other neighborhoods because it was no longer safe to stay in their homes.

African American neighbors and co-workers who were friends, ashamed and disgusted by what was happening, did what they could to help by shopping and supplying their Jewish friends with groceries and other necessities.

“Simply put, it was a siege. We had no bomb shelters, and no bombs – but the violence was every bit as dangerous,” noted Rabbi Shea Hecht, Chairman of the Board of the National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE).

“It seemed so personal,” he added in an interview with Arutz Sheva. “These people did not even know who we were – many of them were not even residents of our neighborhood – and yet they were told to hate us and were committed to our deaths. And the police could do nothing to protect us.”

New York City Mayor David Dinkins and Police Commissioner Lee Brown prevented police from taking concrete action to stop the rioters due to Dinkins’ belief that it was best to “let them vent.”

Israelis living in the neighborhood — and others who were visiting at the time — gathered to offer their services to defend the Jews as a “commando squad,” most having previously completed service in the IDF. The Satmar Chassidic sect in Williamsburg sent an elite cadre of 50 civil security patrol guards, each one armed, to pair together with local Chabad-Lubavitch security personnel.

Not a comment, exactly, but more of an observation: isn’t that a microcosm of the founding of the modern state of Israel? Armed, bad-ass Jews taking their defense—survival!—into their own hands after being “vented” on by a rabid mob?

PS: MSNBC’s latest signing was on the scene:

The Rev. Al Sharpton, on a journey that he described as a stopover in hell, came to Israel today to serve a legal summons on a young Hasidic Jew who was a central figure in the racial violence in Crown Heights last month.

Mr. Sharpton did not find his man, but then he did not have much time. He wound up staying in the country for only about three hours, dropping off his legal papers at the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv before flying off to Frankfurt.

Mr. Sharpton said they had come to hand a court summons to Yosef Lifsh, a 22-year-old member of the Lubavitch Hasidic sect, who was driving a car that struck and killed a 7-year-old black child, Gavin Cato, in Crown Heights on Aug. 19. In apparent retaliation, a Hasidic rabbinical student, Yankel Rosenbaum, 29, was stabbed to death a few hours later amid mounting racial tension in that part of Brooklyn.

PS: Shame on the New York Times for whitewashing (you heard me) the story into just the murder of Yankel Rosenbaum. As bad as that was, it was only one event in a days-long pogrom against a community of Jews. I refer to this episode all the time, and I didn’t know the half of it. And yeah, that’s commentary.

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MSNBC To Hire Al Sharpton?!

You thought Keith Olberman was a problem? How ’bout The Racist Reverend, Al Sharpton?

Louis Farrakhan was unavailable.

Does anyone besides me remember Freddie’s Clothing Mart? Al Sharpton railed against the rich diamond merchants (code language for Jews) and some of his followers used a gun and matches to murder… if memory serves it was seven people. Not to be outdone, he then made more antisemitic comments in Crown Point, NY, and eventually an enraged crowd attacked a young Yeshiva student, screaming: Kill the Jew! and knifed him to death. And we all have found memories of the Tawana Brawley incident, where The Racist Reverend Al accused a NY city prosecutor of raping a young girl. She retracted the lie, Sharpton was fined, and as far as I know, has refused to pay up.

None of that stopped the Democrats from giving him a key note address at the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston.

So I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised.

Let’s recall: Sharpton is the man who, in 1987, supported Tawana Brawley in a laughably implausible rape charge, and to this day refuses to recant, probably for fear of alienating his constituency. This means that he has refused to take back a vile lie that poisoned New York City’s racial climate for years.

Then, in 1995, a Jewish store owner was accused on flimsy pretenses of driving a black store owner out of business from a vendor’s market in a building on 125th Street. Sharpton speechified against the “white interloper.” In the heated atmosphere, a young black man stormed the building, armed, and gutted Freddy’s Fashion Mart. Death toll: eight. Sharpton: unrepentant.

When a white woman was raped and beaten in Central Park in 1989, Sharpton insisted against all evidence that her boyfriend was the culprit. And Sharpton all but ring-led the Crown Heights race war with such memorable counsel as “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.”

So I count nine dead. Talk about bottom feeders – MSNBC is down below the lobsters.

- Aggie

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Heard On NPR

It went something like this:

I am a gay, Jewish man with an anxiety disorder, so many people might wonder if the best thing for me is to spend six months in Afghanistan…

I was laughing. Then the announcer came on and I realized it was an ad. She said something like this:

Listen to the stories of X (the guy who had just spoken), Y, and The Reverend Al Sharpton on the next edition of … whatever it was.

Ok, I have a question for NPR. When do we get to hear the stories of David Duke? You never put David Duke and his hilarious stories on the radio. If you are going to put Al Sharpton on the radio, it means you have no standards and should probably let us hear the hilarious stories of Moammar Khadafy, David Duke, or… put your favorite villain here.

I also have a question for the rest of us. Why do we have to pay money to support either WBUR or NPR or any other public radio station? And on a related note, why don’t liberals have to pay money to support conservative radio?

- Aggie

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Sister Schmuck

This is real...

It was not until Sister Mary Schmuck left her home state of Kentucky for the Sisters of Mercy convent in Brooklyn, N.Y., a borough that operates under the influence of Yiddish, that she was confronted full force with the knowledge that a person with her family name faces certain regrettable challenges. “People would do double takes on the phone,” she said. “They were deciding whether to laugh or say something or not.” Many New Yorkers were forthright in asking whether she was playing them for fools. “I went to the terminal at LaGuardia one day, and there was a nice-looking ticket agent named Carlos-something—not a Jewish person—and he took my ID and said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding.’” She said she told Carlos, “Young man, schmuck is German for ‘jewel.’ It is fine that you grew up in a Jewish neighborhood. I live in one, too, near Williamsburg. Please give me my boarding pass.”

Sister Mary acknowledges, obviously, that schmuck, in Yiddish, a language derived from German and Hebrew, refers to what she calls “the dirty male part.” And she recognizes that schmuck serves as a broad-spectrum insult as well, corresponding, more or less, to “idiot” or worse. Not as much, however, in Kentucky. It was idyllic, growing up a Schmuck in Kentucky, Sister Mary said. “It is my understanding that Grandfather Schmuck came from a Lutheran family, but there had been some sort of move to or from the Catholic Church.” She does not know if the Schmucks among her German ancestors were jewelers, though it’s possible, and she’s proud that the cathedral in Cologne is home to the Schmuck Madonna, which many believers have adorned with jewels in gratitude for answered prayers.

Mary Schmuck, who is 72, first came to my attention last summer, when the Los Angeles Jewish Journal published a letter she wrote taking issue with the title of the recent film Dinner for Schmucks, and asked the newspaper’s readers—many of whom she thought (not incorrectly) might be associated in some manner with the film industry—for “awareness and sensitivity to various audiences out here.” I was moved by her pride, and I was also surprised to learn that there are actual Americans named Schmuck.

“At one point, there were 400 Schmucks in America,” she told me. “I’ve done some genealogy research on this.” She does not know the number of Schmucks in America today, however.

She doesn’t know how many schmucks there are in America? Let me help her out… roughly …millions. The Michael Moore crowd, the Moveon.org crowd, Al Sharpton and followers, Jesse Jackson and followers, Reverend Wright, Barack Obama, the list just goes on and on. While we can’t come up with a discreet number, rest assured that it is greater than 400!

And no offense meant to the noble Schmuck family.

- Aggie

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Obama And Al Sharpton: BFF

Disgusting.

I won’t waste much of your time on this:
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This is a recent picture of Barack Obama, and a slimmed-down Al Sharpton, at a campaign event together.

To all of the Obama voters out there who felt comfortable voting for him because he was not in bed with Antisemitic Al, do you feel duped?

It was a warm handshake that made for an image aimed at the 2012 presidential campaign.

President Obama clutched Al Sharpton’s hand and patted him on the back before a speech to the Rev.’s civil rights group – an appearance widely viewed as an effort to shore up African-American support ahead of his reelection bid.

“I am living testament that change is possible,” Obama said to cheers at the minister’s National Action Network annual conference at the Sheraton New York.

“If you stand with me and believe in what we can together, then we can move this country toward the promise of a better day,” said Obama, who spoke to the conference for the first time as President.

“I’m not asking you to…be satisfied with our progress – I know this isn’t the National Satisfaction Network, it’s the National Action Network.”

Sharpton introduced the President by citing a Biblical passage that suggests that “greatness serves others” – and brought Obama to the stage with the title “Servant in Chief.”

Do you remember the Great Schlep to Florida, all those young people going to Florida to convince their grandparents that, despite his long relationship with Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama wasn’t an antisemite, nothing at all like Al Sharpton?

I guess if you believe that, you’ll believe anything.

- Aggie

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“The Most Dangerous Place for an African American is in the Womb”

The offense is not in the heinousness of the fact, but in the speaking of it:

A New York billboard that focused exclusively on African-American abortion rates was taken down because of concerns for public safety, said Hal Kilshaw, spokesperson for Louisiana-based Lamar Advertising, on Thursday. The billboard was erected by group opposed to abortions.

The billboard was attached to a building that houses the restaurant Lupe’s Kitchen. Some of the wait staff, Kilshaw said, were being harassed by patrons who objected to the billboard. In addition, a scheduled protest Friday by people opposed to the billboard prompted public safety concerns, which led to the company’s decision.

“They’re attacking women for choosing abortion while simultaneously destroying family planning,” a spokeswoman Mary Alice Carr of NARAL Pro-Choice America said before the billboard was taken down. “Their hypocrisy is as large and as obnoxious as this billboard.”

But Stephen Broden, a pastor and Life Always board member, told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday that “it’s hard to celebrate Black History Month” with abortion “hanging over our community.”

“Abortion is outpacing life in our community” and he said the billboard’s message is meant to be a “provocative” way to illustrate the problem.

Would it be too strong to suggest that NARAL and Hamass share the same slogan?

“We love death more than you love life.”

You know who had his bullhorn at the ready:

The civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton cancelled a protest at the billboard site that he had planned for Friday.

‘The billboard was offensive, especially during Black History Month,’ Sharpton said in a statement Thursday.

I must disagree with the good Reverend. Shocking, yes, but offensive, no. Surely nowhere near as offensive as the truth:

Almost 60% of all pregnancy outcomes in NYC for African-American mothers were abortions.

Do you know what the leading cause of death in the African American Community since 1973 is? Think about it for a minute. Is it heart disease-2,266,789 deaths since 1973, cancer-1,638,350, or accidents-370,723? Is it AIDS-203,695, or violent crimes-306, 313? There is one possibility that is often overlooked. It happens 1452 times a day in our community. It has taken over 13 million Black lives within the last 30 years. It has taken 1/3 of our present population. What is it? ABORTION!

Don’t believe it? Well, you don’t have to, but you would be a fool not to because the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided the tragic statistics. According to the CDC, since 1973, the year of the Supreme Court Decision Roe vs. Wade, 13 million (13,000,000) African American lives have been lost to abortion. The CDC reports that of the approximately 4000 abortions that are performed daily in the United States, 1452 of them are performed on African American women and their pre-born children. This means that although African Americans represent only 12% of the population of the United States, they account for 35% of the abortions performed in this country.

Rush has been talking about this, and his data shows that abortion kills more black people (as yet unborn) than the next seven causes combined. (This seems consistent with the stats quoted above.)

At least Ruth Bader Ginsburg is happy:

Frankly, I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.

We haven’t printed anything here that is not true (or at least reported to be true—I haven’t personally counted all 13,000,000 abortions). Yet this very post could be see as “offensive”.

I personally am offended on behalf of any group of people who are sold a bill of goods.

Abortion is about choice: that is so. But what is that choice? In the name of a black woman’s choice, or sexual freedom, or reproductive health, or the right to govern her own body—all laudable, poll-tested goals—she is also a willing executioner of the next generation.

Okay, maybe that’s too strong. Accessory to genocide?

Still offensive? Hmm. How about unindicted coconspirator in eugenics?

Look, I give up trying to give it a name. Read about Margaret Sanger’s “enlightened” views on “family planning” and get back to me with an appropriate name for the “killer of more black people (as yet unborn) than the next seven causes combined.”

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Murray’s Tax Preparers and Hair Salon

And, on available evidence, given all the Harlem Hucksters with ridiculous ‘dos and bad tax troubles, a failure at both:

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who has vowed to clean up his fiscal house, has a new tax lien to pay.

Sharpton owes $359,973 to the IRS for 2009 personal income tax, according to documents on file with the city.

Public records show he owes a total of $3.7 million in city, state and federal taxes, including penalties, dating to 2002. But Sharpton’s spokeswoman, Rachel Noerdlinger, said that he had paid back “well over seven figures” as part of agreements with the state and IRS and that the liens remained on the books as “a matter of bureaucracy.”

Hey, even Al Sharpton looks sympathetic compared to the IRS. I’m buying the “bureaucracy” story, at least for the past.

But how do you overlook 360k in the most recent tax year alone? That’s not a rounding error—that’s fraud. Lord knows, there’s a lot of white tax cheats out there too, but Shaprton, Charles Rangel, Jesse Jackson, Marion Barry—even Wesley Snipes and Flavor Flav! There’s a lot of big-earning brothers out there who have no interest in spreading their wealth.

I don’t blame them—taxes are too high—but if they’re not voting with the Tea Party, they are the biggest bunch of hypocrites, as well as tax-cheating schmucks, out there. And that’s about the nicest thing I can think of to say about Al Sharpton, so I’m done.

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Bringing Us Together: Al Sharpton and Rush Limbaugh Speak With One Voice

Well, one of Al’s listeners anyway:

AL SHARPTON (43:13): Let’s go to the phones Jeff, let’s go to December in Cincinnati, December.

DECEMBER IN CINCINNATI: How are you doing? All right. Man this is the craziest thing I ever heard of in my life. We blaming Sarah Palin for this lunatic that went out here and shot up the town, but we going to blame Sarah Palin. This is my two cents man, I’ve been hearing your show and listening to people call in, it’s that same old stuff to me. We got to find someone to blame. But this is the left playing games and I think it’s going to backfire on them man. I seriously do. Sarah Palin shouldn’t, your guest Jeff, whatever his name was, he was way off man. Sarah Palin ain’t got to apologize and take no responsibility for none of this craziness. This dude (Loughner) was going to do something sooner or later and it had nothing to do with Sarah Palin.

JEFF JOHNSON (Sharpton Guest): Brother brother let me ask you this let me ask you this, I don’t think either of us blamed her for the shooting. Here’s the issue, whether it’s Sarah Palin on the right or whether its other folks on the left and I don’t think the left is off the hook on this either, but we were talking about her comment in particular. You don’t believe that both she and people on the left and the media for that matter are responsible for promoting the kind of environment that encourages this kind of stuff to happen. Not that they were responsible for one crazy person in Arizona taking a gun and shooting a Congresswoman, but for creating an environment that increases hostility instead of reduces it.

DECEMBER IN CINCINNATI: No, and I’ll tell you why, cause this environment is way before Sarah Palin. You know people buy into this Republican and Democrat thing too much now and it’s the radio talk show hosts and media stream that’s bringing this out. It ain’t Sarah Palin. It’s the people that host these shows and all this stuff that throw this out here. More people are into politics now than ever. You’ve got people families breaking up fighting each other over Republican and Democrat. You know you was right about one thing. Everybody do have to take some blame if somebody is going to take some blame, but Sarah Palin, no way! I think the reason why Sarah Palin taking all the blame is because they scared of her. There’s a possibility she could be president. Why, she’s public enemy number one to the left. Now for her to get all this attention, she must be top dog. That’s my two cents.

As Rush has said many times, they tell you whom they fear by their words and actions. Sarah Palin was governor of the most remote state in the union, and now she’s not even that. But she scares them [bleep]less. More than Mitt, Huck, Tim, Chiris, Jeb, and the rest of them combined. Now, why do you think that is? And why do you think they were so quick to drag her into the Tucson massacre?

PS: The ultimate in chutzpah (for today, that is):

BOTTOM LINE: Sarah Palin, once again, has found a way to become part of the story. And she may well face further criticism for the timing and scope of her remarks. She is already taking heat for her use of the term “blood libel” (see today’s Tweets). In her video she notes, “President Obama and I may not agree on everything, but I know he would join me in affirming the health of our democratic process.” It remains to be seen exactly what Obama will say tonight, but White House aides say another goal of his address will be to lift the nation up in this moment, not sully it with politics.

To paraphrase Clarence Thomas, she should have accepted her high-tech rape with grace and style.

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Just tell the military brass you’re a punk fa**ot. That’s what the liberal darlings call you anyway:

Saying that he was “tired of them acting big,” Sharpton told the unseen audience member, “You ain’t nothing! You a punk faggot!” Gesturing for the Downey fan to come up to the stage and rumble, Sharpton added, “Now come on and do something.”

What a shame all those burly, surly bodyguards are in the way, huh Al?

Not only was this forgotten in the first place, it will not be brought up in polite society. Rush Limbaugh was blacklisted from the NFL for saying the media was over-hyping a black quarterback solely based on race, and this guy gets to use gay-bashing language without consequence. We are all a nation of punk fa**ots.

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Dr. King Had His Dream, I Have Mine

I used to participate in a fiction writing workshop (some of you might think I still do). The one thing the leader of the workshop could not abide—really explosively, volcanically could not abide—was the claim of a writer that a certain implausible story or passage of dialogue had really happened. If it didn’t persuade the reader, it didn’t matter if it came notarized with witnesses.

That’s kind of how I feel about this story:

Like most Americans, I’ve had enough with this administration’s policies. I was fed up and fired up.

I am even more so in the wake of the most moving gathering I’ve ever been privileged to be a part of.

At one point, some of the people attending the Rev. Al Sharpton’s “counter rally,” coined “Reclaiming King,” stopped me. I guess they must have been judging me by the color of my skin not the content of my character, because they asked if I was going to come join them.

“No, I won’t be there,” I told them. “Why?” one of them asked with a grimace on his face. I looked at him and said, “I want to be where the Lord is and the Lord is in this place.”

One of the older black women in the group asked me if I felt like I was “selling out” for being one of the “tokens” in the Beck rally crowd?

I laughed and said “Ma’am, Al Sharpton is a pretender. He is going to tell you to pretend that the color of your skin matters. He is going to ask you to ignore the now overwhelming proof that 50 years after the Civil Rights movement, blacks are now destroying each other faster than the KKK could have dreamed.”

As I walked away, the group stood frozen, not knowing how to reply.

That is such a beautiful and perfect story (I especially love the line I highlighted), I only hope it’s true. I wouldn’t have the nerve to make it up.

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Gag On This: Sharpton Will Lead Civil Rights Rally On 47th Anniversary of “I Have A Dream” Speech

First the Beck rally, then the Sharpton rally

Tens of thousands of activists are descending on the National Mall Saturday morning for a Glenn Beck rally billed in part as a peaceful commemoration of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the same stage where he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech 47 years ago to the day.

Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally, which begins at 10 a.m. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, is designed as a celebration of the military and American heritage and will feature former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and other heroes of the “tea party” movement. The demonstration has drawn national attention because of Beck’s many comparisons on radio and television this week between his own event and the civil rights movement.

“This is going to be a moment that you’ll never be able to paint people as haters, racists, none of it,” Beck said this week. “This is a moment, quite honestly, that I think we reclaim the civil rights movement.”

Separately, civil rights activists plan to march Saturday with the Rev. Al Sharpton from Dunbar High School in Northwest Washington to the site on the Mall where a memorial to King is being built. Martin Luther King III and other black leaders will join in what Sharpton called a move to “reclaim the dream.”

I wonder what dream Sharpton envisions? The various murderous race riots he set off – Freddie’s Clothing Mart, eight people shot and burnt to death… or the Crown Heights race riot where the yeshiva student was stabbed to death? Sharpton might be the most vile person living in America today.

PS Here’s an article about the murderer who killed yeshiva student, Yankel Rosenbaum. He’s living a happy, healthy life in NJ, untroubled by his murderous history.

New York – The man at the center of the 1991 Crown Heights riot now lives incognito in a New Jersey town, untroubled by memories of his terrible deed.

“Up until today, I left it alone,” Lemrick Nelson Jr., now 34, told The Post. “I don’t even think about it.”

“That was 19 years ago,” he said about fatally stabbing Hasid scholar Yankel Rosenbaum at the height of the notorious race riot. “I was a kid then. I made a mistake. Kids make mistakes. I’m a man now. I’ve never been in or out of trouble. I don’t live that life.”

In his first interview since his 2004 release from prison, Nelson described himself as a sober family man.

“I don’t drink anymore because of what happened in 1991,” he said. Nelson’s legal team had blamed his violent act on drunkenness.

Is he remorseful? You decide:

He repeatedly asked that his whereabouts and current life not be disclosed. “Let bygones be bygones,” he pleaded. “All it will do is bring back people’s memories. You’re just going to create tension for me.”

- Aggie

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All Sharpton: Teddy Bear

Although he’s actually more deadly than than something else abbreviated TB.

I’m really happy for President Obama and Reverend Sharpton that they have found a friend in each other. After all, who else can stand either one of them?

The Rev. Al Sharpton’s brightly colored track suits and gold medallions are a distant memory, long ago replaced by tailored business suits and silk ties. That more-polished image — a strategy known around his headquarters here as “from-the-streets-to-the-suites” — has been completed in the past year with Sharpton’s new role in Washington: partner to the Obama White House.

In the first year and a half of the administration, Sharpton has had a voice in some of the most important policy debates affecting the black community. He was one of three civil rights leaders invited to meet with Obama about black unemployment. He toured the country at Obama’s request discussing education reform. His radio show (broadcast locally on WOL-AM) has been a regular stop for administration officials. And this week, three Cabinet secretaries and a host of lower-level government officials are speaking at Sharpton’s annual National Action Network convention in New York.

The confrontational civil rights activist may seem an unexpected partner for a White House that has tried to steer clear of racial issues, but not to those who have followed the minister’s arc, said political observers and friends.

At 55, he is a much more mellow and slimmer version of the man who lead street protests against racial profiling in the late 1980s. The White House sees Sharpton as useful in reaching out to an important constituency, said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who spoke at Sharpton’s conference Wednesday.

“He’s been an extraordinary partner. The fact that we’re working together has been great, but the level of his engagement, it’s been phenomenal,” said Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

“Confrontational”? “Unexpected”? Porquoi?

Well, the Washington Post does recall one unfortunate memory:

“In the minds of some people, [Sharpton] is always going to be a black man wearing a medallion defending Tawana Brawley,” said Andra Gillespie, an Emory University professor who studies politics and race. She was referring to the 1987 case, later dismissed, in which a teenage Brawley accused six white men of raping her.

Is that all it was? Really?

Wasn’t there just a bit more to it than that?

This from the slanderer who to this day refuses to apologize for his role in the contemptible Tawana Brawley hoax, and for his poisonous libel of an innocent man.

That man was Steven Pagones. In 1988, he was an assistant district attorney in the upstate New York county where Brawley claimed she had been abducted. Her story — that six white men had raped her over four days — was vivid, shocking, and, it turned out, entirely fictitious. But Sharpton swore it was true, and vehemently accused Pagones of being one of the rapists.

“If we’re lying, sue us,” he taunted, “so we can go into court with you and prove you did it.”

The gutsy Pagones did just that. He sued Sharpton (and two of his associates) for defamation. In 1998 he was completely vindicated; the jury awarded $345,000 in damages.

He is unrepentant about having incited the Brawley hoax. Indeed, he doesn’t admit that it was a hoax. When Tim Russert urged him on “Meet the Press” to apologize for his role in the ugly affair, Sharpton replied: “I think all of us need to take women’s claims more seriously.” Russert pressed him a few times, finally asking again: “No apology for Tawana Brawley?” Replied Sharpton: “No apology for standing up for civil rights.”

Hey, anybody’s allowed one mistake, right?

[D]id Howard Dean ever go out of his way to share a stage with the likes of Khalid Muhammad — a gay-bashing, Jew-hating, anti-Catholic racist — or praise him as “an articulate and courageous brother?” Of course not. But Sharpton did.

Nor did Dean — or any other candidate — ever go on the radio to demand that a “white interloper” — the owner of a Harlem clothing store — be forced out of business, or whip up a racial protest that ended with seven people dead in a horrific arson attack. But Sharpton did.

And none of the candidates ever led a vitriolic campaign to vilify the young white woman raped and viciously beaten in the Central Park “wilding” case in 1989 — a campaign in which demonstrators chanted her name in public when most of the media refused to print it and accused her boyfriend of being the real assailant. But Sharpton did.

Okay, okay—but surely that’s it:

1991: A Hasidic Jewish driver in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights section accidentally kills Gavin Cato, a 7-year-old black child, and antisemitic riots erupt. Sharpton races to pour gasoline on the fire. At Gavin’s funeral he rails against the “diamond merchants” — code for Jews — with “the blood of innocent babies” on their hands. He mobilizes hundreds of demonstrators to march through the Jewish neighborhood, chanting, “No justice, no peace.” A rabbinical student, Yankel Rosenbaum, is surrounded by a mob shouting “Kill the Jews!” and stabbed to death.

1995: When the United House of Prayer, a large black landlord in Harlem, raises the rent on Freddy’s Fashion Mart, Freddy’s white Jewish owner is forced to raise the rent on his subtenant, a black-owned music store. A landlord-tenant dispute ensues; Sharpton uses it to incite racial hatred. “We will not stand by,” he warns malignantly, “and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business.” Sharpton’s National Action Network sets up picket lines; customers going into Freddy’s are spat on and cursed as “traitors” and “Uncle Toms.” Some protesters shout, “Burn down the Jew store!” and simulate striking a match. “We’re going to see that this cracker suffers,” says Sharpton’s colleague Morris Powell. On Dec. 8, one of the protesters bursts into Freddy’s, shoots four employees point-blank, then sets the store on fire. Seven employees die in the inferno.

That’s the full record of Al Sharpton. It’s bad enough that this administration feels no shame to work with such a race-baiting bigot.

It is far, far worse—to me—that the Washington Post feels compelled to whitewash his record. “Defend Tawana Brawley?” That’s like saying Hitler came to the aid of the Sudeten Germans. This puff piece isn’t journalism; it’s a crime against journalism.

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