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  • April 10, 2007

    Al Sharpton on Don Imus

    by Bill Levinson

    In condemning radio show host Don Imus’ use of the term “nappy headed hos” to describe African-American basketball players, Al Sharpton said, “What is any possible reason you could feel that this type of statement should be forgiven and overlooked?” Sharpton also said that Imus’ show should be terminated from CBS and MSNBC. These are indeed questions that should be asked about Sharpton himself, and the Al Sharpton Show. Al Sharpton has as much right to talk about racial and ethnic tolerance as former Klan leader David Duke.

    We will say up front that Don Imus used very poor judgment in his commentary, since ethnic jokes about anybody (Jews, Blacks, Irish people, Poles, Italians, and so on) are usually in bad taste and can go over very poorly with any audience, even if the teller means no real harm. “Means no real harm” will become important shortly, noting how Al Sharpton’s own conduct has caused serious harm to people and communities throughout his career. We wonder, however, why Al Sharpton has a problem only with Don Imus’ description of Black women as “hos.” When a Black rap artist says “ho ho ho,” he is not referring to Santa Claus. When Black rappers are allowed to refer to African-American women in degrading terms without any backlash from so-called Black leaders like Sharpton and Jesse “Hymietown” Jackson, it comes as little suprise that people like Imus think they can take similar liberties. When people don’t respect their own neighborhood, they should not be surprised when visitors toss litter on the sidewalk or fail to clean up after their dogs. This does not make the visitors’ conduct right or acceptable, but it should nonetheless not be surprising.

    Perhaps someone should take Don Imus to task for what he said, but Sharpton is probably the last individual–we won’t call him a “man”–on earth to do it. We still have a letter to the editor we published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on July 19, 1988, when Al Sharpton, Alton Maddox, and C. Vernon Mason were hurling reckless and false accusations of rape in the Tawana Brawley scandal. Louis Farrakhan also was involved, hence the reference to “gutter religions” as he calls Judaism.

    “We are the Demagogogues”

    Do you know who we are? Fear is our sales pitch and hate is our stock in trade. We are here to save you from the heretic, the Jew, the Catholic, the gypsy, the witch, the infidel, the Communist, the Negro, the secular humanist, or the racist. Follow us, give us money, publicity, and votes, and we’ll save you fom the bogeyman. And if the bogeyman doesn’t exist, we’ll invent him.
    …We’re here to hurl reckless accusations and to slander innocent people. We’re here to talk about “crackers,” “gutter religions,” and “Uncle Toms.” …We’ll threaten the public safety if we have to; “Someone may show up with a grenade.”
    …Yesterday we are Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizards. Today we are Sharpton, Maddox, Mason, and Farrakhan.

    With regard to “reckless accusations” and “slandering innocent people,” Sharpton and some of his associates were found civilly liable to a Dutchess County attorney whom they had falsely implicated in the Tawana Brawley non-rape. One of Sharpton’s followers did in fact threaten that “someone might show up with a grenade.” While low-class and totally uncalled-for, Don Imus’ remark did not result in death or injury to any Scarlet Knights basketball players. Al Sharpton’s inflammatory rhetoric has, in comparison, arguably been involved in getting people killed.

    Democrats Embrace ‘Impresario of Hatred’
    BY FRED SIEGEL
    The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 29, 2000

    But at Freddy’s [a Jewish-owned store in Harlem], Mr. Sharpton was even more malevolent. He turned a landlord-tenant dispute between the Jewish owner of Freddy’s and a black subtenant into a theater of hatred. Picketers from Mr. Sharpton’s National Action Network, sometimes joined by “the Rev.” himself, marched daily outside the store, screaming about “bloodsucking Jews” and “Jew bastards” and threatening to burn the building down.

    After weeks of increasingly violent rhetoric, one of the protesters, Roland Smith, took Mr. Sharpton’s words about ousting the “white interloper” to heart. He ran into the store shouting, “It’s on!” He shot and wounded three whites and a Pakistani, whom he apparently mistook for a Jew. Then he set the fire, which killed five Hispanics, one Guyanese and one African-American–a security guard whom protesters had taunted as a “cracker lover.” Smith then fatally shot himself.

    Eight people died, and so evidently did the conscience of liberal Democrats. It was Al Sharpton who had the honor of asking the first question at last week’s debate, held within hailing distance of the Freddy’s massacre.

    Like you said, Sharpton, “What is any possible reason you could feel that this type of statement should be forgiven and overlooked?” While Sharpton’s conduct in this incident and also the Crown Heights riot did not rise to the legal definition of “incitement to riot,” there is no doubt that his behavior encouraged hatred for Jews and so-called “cracker lovers” (to Black supremacists what a “Negro lover” is to the Ku Klux Klan). Rich Lowry says of the Crown Heights riot, in which a Jew named Yankel Rosenbaum was killed,

    Sharpton’s Victory
    The dumbing down of presidential candidates is complete.

    “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.”
    Those were the immortal words of the Rev. Al Sharpton during the Crown Heights crisis in New York City in 1991.

    …Sharpton’s contribution to civic peace was statements like the above, together with such classic anti-Jewish smears as: “Talk about how Oppenheimer in South Africa sends diamonds straight to Tel Aviv and deals with the diamond merchants right here in Crown Heights.”

    Well, Sharpton (we won’t call you “Reverend,” “Mister,” or any other title of respect), we don’t have a yarmulke but we will “get it on” with you in front of any number of cameras and microphones any time, and expose you to the American public for the racist, anti-Semite, and two-bit lying demagogue you are. We have and will go even further by using you to damage any political candidate (e.g. John Kerry, Ned Lamont) who appears in public with you. We guarantee that, if Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama ever appears with you at any public function, we will use the above history to cost them the votes of every decent human being in this country. We believe firmly that, were you to wake up one morning to discover that you had become a Caucasian, you would be cutting holes in your pillowcase by noon and burning a cross by nightfall. Meanwhile,

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/04/09/imus.ap/index.html
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson and about 50 people marched Monday outside Chicago’s NBC tower to protest Imus’ comments. He said MSNBC should abandon Imus and MSNBC should hire more black pundits.

    We are not and have never been interested in hearing what Jesse “Hymietown” Jackson has to say. We meanwhile recommend that Al Sharpton and former Klan leader David Duke combine their radio shows, so the absolute dregs of American society will have one-stop shopping for racism, bigotry, hatred, and demagoguery of the lowest order. We are confident that Duke and Sharpton can share their favorite descriptions of Jews, while agreeing to disagree about their respective terms for Black people and Caucasians.

  • Posted by Bill Levinson @ 2:31 pm | 6 Comments »

    6 Comments to Al Sharpton on Don Imus

    1. Laura says:

      Imus is a degenerate, crude and a racist, but Sharpton has certainly done much worse than Imus by inciting mobs to kill and burn down businesses.

      I don’t know why this should even be a topic for Israpundit anyway.

    2. Laura, “Antisemitism” is a topic for Israpundit. Al Sharpton is one of its foremost practitioners, along with Louis “Judaism is a gutter religion” Farrakhan and Jesse “Hymietown” Jackson. I was truly amazed that Sharpton had the temerity to say anything about Imus. Not that Imus is not degenerate, crude, and possibly a racist in the bargain, but that Sharpton has as much right to criticize people for racism as a pimp has to talk about chastity and respect for women.

    3. Laura says:

      When Black rappers are allowed to refer to African-American women in degrading terms without any backlash from so-called Black leaders like Sharpton and Jesse “Hymietown” Jackson, it comes as little suprise that people like Imus think they can take similar liberties. When people don’t respect their own neighborhood, they should not be surprised when visitors toss litter on the sidewalk or fail to clean up after their dogs. This does not make the visitors’ conduct right or acceptable, but it should nonetheless not be surprising.

      Al Sharpton’s inflammatory rhetoric has, in comparison, arguably been involved in getting people killed.

      All valid points which no one in the media will confront sharpton on, nor even address these issues.

    4. Bill Narvey says:

      Sharpton, like Jackson, Farakhan and I believe a few other black noteworthies have been accorded respect and deference from the media and indeed by a very great many politicians including the Democratic party which unashamedly courted Sharpton and gave him centre stage and all honors thereto attendant, to deliver the address at the Democratic convention during the last election run.

      There is so much fear within white society of saying anything that might give loudmouthed bigots like Sharpton and Jackson any pretext to condemn them as racists, that they simply avoid being critical when criticism is called for. Additionally, white society will gang up on any white person such as Imus who crosses the line into racism and join the black voices that call for Imus’ head. Clearly Imus did step over the line and he has apparently done so before.

      There was a recent book written by a black author (whose name I now forget) who noted this undue fear within white society of any adverse black reaction to things that they might in good conscience and with good reason say about blacks generally or black persons in particular, which fear usually makes them hold their tongues. The premise of the book was that by being cowed into silence, white society is not doing the blacks any favors for that silence empowers blacks in society in the wrong ways, for the wrong reasons and sometimes it reinforces wrong headed black thinking that ultimately harms blacks as well as whites in society.

      To continue to accord respect to the Reverend Al Sharpton, who makes a mockery of the word reverend by his anti-white and anti-Semitic racism as one of the leading well regarded voices of Black America, is just one of a very great many indications of what is wrong in America.

      There are so many other Black Americans of much deserved respect and regard who are far far better qualified to be leading voices, not just of Black America, but of all America that the media and politicians can turn to, then the likes of the Sharptons, the Jacksons and the Farakhans who deserve only to have their limelights extinguished.

    5. Sharpton, like Jackson, Farakhan and I believe a few other black noteworthies have been accorded respect and deference from the media and indeed by a very great many politicians including the Democratic party which unashamedly courted Sharpton and gave him centre stage and all honors thereto attendant, to deliver the address at the Democratic convention during the last election run.

      A strong argument could be made that the Democratic Left’s embrace of Sharpton is almost like calling African-Americans the N word.

      Remember that white supremacist “leaders” like David Duke appeal to the absolute dregs of Caucasian society: poorly-educated individuals who can make themselves feel good only by burning crosses and complaining about Black people. They are often portrayed as alcoholic illiterates who live in cheap and dilapidated trailers. Ku Klux Klansman are often portrayed as wearing cheap shoes because, at the lowest end of the Caucasian socioeconomic spectrum, they cannot afford better. Al Sharpton’s followers are simply the Black counterparts of whisky-swilling semiliterate Kluxers. This is the “Black vote” that Sharpton can deliver.

      This is what people like John Kerry and Ned Lamont mean when they say “Sharpton can deliver the Black vote.” “Most African-Americans are the equivalent of whisky-swilling Caucasian racists who will vote as David Duke tells them, so we need a racist and anti-Semitic rabble-rouser [what does that make his Black followers?] like Al Sharpton as opposed to a respectable and accomplished African-American like Roy Innis or Thomas Sowell.” Thanks for making clear what you really think of Black people, John and Ned. Sorry if my expectations are considerably higher, and that I must therefore denounce Sharpton as the racist and anti-Semitic demagogue he is.

    6. aristotle.az says:

      Interesting irony of the Sharpton, Jackson, Imus episode occurring near the time of the exoneration of the students in the Duke alleged-rape case. An April 14 discussion segment on Fox noted the contrast between the lavishly covered Duke affair and the scant if any coverage of a terrible crime in Tennessee in which a group of African Americans, apparently including one woman, raped, tortured, mutilated, and killed a young white couple, stemming from a carjacking. On that program, Juan Williams — who, to his credit, has called to task the Sharptons, Jacksons, rappers, and assorted rap apologists for their hypocrisy, racial stereotyping or tolerance thereof — was somewhat perturbed by the Fox discussion host (I forget her name) not “telling the whole story” about the Tennessee crime, namely, that the people involved “may” have known each other, and that drugs “may” have been involved, and therefore the crime “might” not have been racially motivated. Of course, the host’s point was that the story was not covered much AT ALL. If it had, then obviously the possible motivations of the perpetrators could be discussed. And as one of the other Fox guests observed, the alleged rape of the African American stripper in the Duke case, IF it had happened, “may” not have been racially motivated either.

      One interesting aspect of all this is that the Duke case followed an envy script — let’s call it an EVNY EPIC. By that I mean the Duke students fit the stereotype of the rich spoiled southern boys’s club, and prompted what social psychologists call an “upward” social comparion, which, when invidious, is just envy. But we should be clear about envy. Envy is often confused with coveting, which is lusting (or wanting excessively) what someone else has, bears, or is. Envy often follows coveting as a natural result, but envy does not need coveting as a precursor. Envy is not me wanting what someone else has (or is). Envy is me wanting him not to have it either.

      Why is this important? Because the legion of journalists, activists, Duke professors, etc., who screeched about the Duke students raping a representative of all three victim categories (black, female, lower class or SES), would hotly deny they are enviers. After all, they would say, we don’t want what those lacross players have, and certainly we don’t want to be who they are. In other words, we don’t covet. Therefore, we are moved only by justice and “social” conscience.

      But coveting and envy are two different things, and envy easily the chameleon of (much) righteous indignation. The politically correct chorus are saturated with envy. So why did the horrendous Tennessee crime not get covered? For many reasons, no doubt, but also because it was not an ENVY EPIC. And the Imus affair? Clearly, Imus brought it upon himself. He received the consequences he probably deserved, if not all from this remark alone, then from a career of the same.

      But also: It is an envy epic.

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