Recently two angry white men (talk show host Don Imus and former Seinfeld actor Michael Richards) who had made racist remarks regarding blacks were forced to apologize. This is appropriate. But the fact that they were forced to apologize to two angry black men, two of the most notorious racists in the nation, is totally inappropriate.
Both "Reverend" Al Sharpton and "Reverend" Jesse Jackson hide behind their ministerial credentials. I have been an ordained minister for well over thirty years, and have met and listened to literally thousands of ministers over that time. One thing is common to all real ministers: They love to talk about Jesus. If you start a conversation they might talk to you about the weather for a few minutes, but if you talk to real ministers for very long, you'll find the discussion turning to the Lord.
On the other hand, I have heard Sharpton and Jackson talk on national television hundreds of times. I have never heard either of them speak Jesus' Name. Occasionally they may say that "God" denounces whatever they are denouncing at the moment. But when someone really loves the Lord, you can hear it in their voice. They talk about Jesus as their friend.
I am not here to say that these two men are not Christians. That is up to the Lord to judge. In Matthew 7:1, He says, "Judge not, that ye be not judged." But in the same chapter, God says, "By their fruits you shall know them (Matthew 7:20)." Their fruits show these two to be racist political opportunists and extortionists. They are as far from being ministers of the Gospel as any two men I have ever seen.
The Internet is a wonderful thing. When I searched for the word Hypocrite connected to Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, I found 96,000 references. When I searched for the word Racist connected with these two terrible people, I got 327,000 hits! That is about the same number of hits as I got when I used the same search for Don Imus and Michael Richards.
The amazing thing to me is that the liberal media keeps running to these two every time the subject of race comes up. I have asked hundreds of black friends and acquaintances over the last two years if they consider these two clowns to be spokesmen for black Americans. Only two answered "Yes."
Black author Trey Ellis (see LINK below) had this advice for Michael Richards after he begged Jackson and Sharpton for forgiveness: "Calling up Jesse and Al as if they were the co-Popes of black folks is almost as dumb as your lame, racist onstage repartee."
So why does the media keep putting their disgusting lies on the news day after day? Remember, the media is controlled by the "Hate America First Coalition." And these two guys definitely hate America. They will do anything they can to cause racial division and strife in America. Jesses Jackson has stated that blacks are not only "despised," but are actually "hunted for sport" (see LINK below). Al Sharpton constantly refers to America as a racist snakepit and characterizes whites as uniformly racist (see LINK below).
No wonder most black people disavow these two idiots! Who would want to be associated with such outrageous lies? No sensible person would deny that there are vestiges of racism still in our country. But to claim that blacks are "hunted for sport" and that all whites are racists? These two belong in a mental institution, not on national TV.
Granted, Sharpton and Jackson started their careers as civil rights activists and did good things in those areas. But along the way they gained power, and in their cases the statement about power corrupting people has ceratinly proved true. Some people can handle power and use it for good purposes, but as we all know, these two have used their power to shake individuals and corporations down and line their pockets.
But let's stick with our theme. Jackson and Sharpton are black supremacists. They feel blacks are superior to everyone else (which is just as stupid as some whites who think they are better than anyone else).
The "co-Popes of black folks" are particularly disdainful of Jews. Both Sharpton and Jackson, along with NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, have embraced notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan (see LINK below). Jesse Jackson has repeatedly referred to New York City as "Hymietown" because of the large numbers of Jews who live there. During the 1991 Crown Heights riots, Al Sharpton referred to Jews as "diamond merchants."
Worse, during Sharpton's 1995 boycott of Jewish merchants, Morris Powell, Sharpton's spokesman, shouted to blacks passing by Freddy's clothing store in Harlem, "Keep [going] right on by Freddy's. He's one of the greedy Jew bas**rds killing our people. Don't give the Jew a dime."
Both of these "reverends" (as the liberal media loves to call them), have been involved in black supremacist actions and inciting riots against whites which resulted in severe injuries.
After African immigrant Amadou Diallo was wrongly gunned down by white officers in 1999, Sharpton organized thousands of protesters in demonstrations denouncing Mayor Giuliani and the supposed rampant police brutality. He led chants referring to Giuliani as a "devil," a "murderer," a "monster," a "bloodsucker," and a "racist."
In 1987, Sharpton and two lawyers involved themselves in what became known as the Tawana Brawley Hoax. Without checking facts, they incited riots and accused two innocent white men of raping a fifteen year old black girl. After hearing hundreds of witnesses, the Grand Jury determined that Brawley had manufactured the whole hoax to cover up the fact that she had sneaked off to visit her boyfriend in jail. In a civil suit, Sharpton (who spent $2,000 a year on hair care at the Prima Donna Beauty Salon in Brooklyn) and the two lawyers were ordered to pay $345,000 for their part in the hoax; Brawley was ordered to pay $185,000. (See the LINK below for details on how Sharpton kept the hoax alive long after he knew that Brawley was lying.)
Sharpton has repeatedly characterized white-on-black violence as "a national epidemic" - when he knows this to be an out-and-out lie. There is far more black-on-black violence in this nation. A quick web search of criminal justice statistics will quickly demonstrate that he is lying (as always, to gain fame for himself, not to help black people as he claims).
I could give dozens of other examples of how this publicity-seeking manipulator has used race to keep himself in the limelight, but we must be fair and save some space for his partner in crime, Jesse. The fact that this "reverend" has an out-of-wedlock daughter is the least of his problems.
There have been so many instances of Jackson shaking down corporations by threatening black boycotts to get "donations" for his "Rainbow/PUSH Coalition," that even the liberal press couldn't ignore them. I won't bother to repeat them, because they have already been widely publicized.
But one particularly egregious abuse of his position was not so well-publicized. In 1998, Jackson's sons Yusef and Jonathan were awarded the largest Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship in Chicago by company head August Busch IV. (Can someone please explain to me what a preacher's sons need with a beer distributorship?) Busch had been introduced to the Jacksons by Beverly Hills billionaire Ron Burkle - who later hired Karin Stanford, mother of Jackson's "love" child, as a "consultant." Earlier, Jesse Jackson had organized a boycott of Anheuser-Busch, complaining about the company's hiring and promotion practices. Just another Jesse blackmail scheme. By the way, the two Jackson sons today refuse to disclose their own minority-hiring practices.
Jackson was so enraged by Ward Connerly's opposition to affirmative action that he called Connerly a "house slave" and a "puppet of the white man." He condemned Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' vote to place limits on affirmative action programs, characterizing Thomas's vote as "a brutally violent act" that "in effect, stabbed Dr. King, paving the way back toward slavery." Along with Al Sharpton, Jackson led an illegal demonstration outside Thomas' home to protest the decision. He compared Thomas to a Klansman, and said, "At night, the enemies of civil rights strike in white sheets, burning crosses. By day, they strike in black robes." This is a man who ran for president! Can you imagine the racial strife that would have ensued in this country had this racist somehow been elected?
One more Jackson story (I wish there were space for the dozens of others I could share) . This concerns his stance on the "Decatur 6," a group of violent gang-bangers who perpetrated violence and mayhem at a high-school football game in Decatur, Illinois. Their violence, which was part of a gang confrontation, endangered innocent people, including women and children. Jackson supported these thugs, called them "our children," and said that the real villains were the white members of the Decatur school board who wanted to punish them. He argued that whites were the problem in the incident. He broke the law and was arrested protesting the thugs' expulsion from school.
These two charlatans are doing more to damage race relations in this country than any two individuals anyone could name. It is time for all of us to simply ignore them. If we turn off the TC every time they come on (and let the networks know we are doing so), they will eventually fade into oblivion.
Although their radio programs are only on a handful of stations each (21 for Sharpton, 36 for Jackson), please take time to check the links below for the stations that broadcast them. Tell the station manager that you don't want to hear their hateful, divisive shows on their stations.
It is also time for blacks to find spokesmen who care about them. The Internet is full of articles by blacks complaining about Sharpton and Jackson. Perhaps it is time to stop complaining and start doing something about them. Find conservative blacks who care about promoting good race relations and promote them!
Dr. Tom Barrett has been an ordained minister for 30 years. He has written for local and national publications for most of his life, and has authored several non-fiction books. He has been interviewed on many TV and radio programs, and speaks at seminars nationwide. Tom is the editor and publisher of Conservative Truth, an email newsletter read by over fifty thousand weekly which focuses on moral and political issues from a Biblical viewpoint.