Former NAACP Leader Takes On the Race Hustlers

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


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In an interview with the Daily Caller, former NAACP leader C.L. Bryant challenged the credibility of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, whom he accused of “exploiting” the Trayvon Martin tragedy to “racially divide this country.” He further accused the duo of being “race hustlers” and said they are “acting as though they are buzzards circling the carcass of this young boy.”

On Monday, Jackson and Sharpton held a protest attended by thousands in Sanford, Florida, the town where Martin was shot. Al Sharpton took the opportunity to work up a racist angle in a case where, at this juncture, such an angle is as tenuous as it gets. “We are here with two million signatures of people petitioning you to execute the immediate arrest of the killer of Trayvon Martin,” said Sharpton. If the board does not act swiftly, he added, the town could become “the Birmingham of the 21st century, as a place of racial intolerance and double standards.”

No one epitomizes racial intolerance or exploits double standards more than Al Sharpton. It was Sharpton who referred to Orthodox Jews in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY as “diamond merchants” during a eulogy at the funeral of Gavin Cato, a black boy killed when a car in a rabbi’s motorcade accidentally struck him. “The world will tell us he was killed by accident,” said Sharpton. “Yes, it was a social accident…It’s an accident to allow an apartheid ambulance service in the middle of Crown Heights…Talk about how Oppenheimer in South Africa sends diamonds straight to Tel Aviv and deals with the diamond merchants right here in Crown Heights. The issue is not anti-Semitism; the issue is apartheid…All we want to say is what Jesus said: If you offend one of these little ones, you got to pay for it. No compromise, no meetings, no kaffe klatsch, no skinnin’ and grinnin’. Pay for your deeds.”

Someone did indeed pay. The accident precipitated three nights of black rioting during which Jewish houses were set on fire and vandalized, and rabbinical student Yankel Rosenbaum was stabbed to death by a gang of black youths who surrounded him.

Sharpton wasn’t through. In 1995, after a black Pentecostal church asked the Jewish owner of a clothing store to evict a black sub-tenant who owned a record store on the property, Sharpton set up a picket line. “We will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business,” he said. Roland James Smith, Jr., who had participated in the picketing, took Sharpton’s words to heart. He walked into the clothing store on December 9, ordered all the black customers to leave, and set the store on fire. Eight people were killed, including Smith.

In the former incident, Sharpton dismissed an accusation by the Anti-Defamation League of helping to incite anti-Semitism that led to the riots. In the latter incident, he criticized investigators for linking the fire to the picketing. Yet Sharpton is more than willing to use the Trayvon Martin case to indict an entire town — as well as the rest of the nation by implication.

Jesse Jackson is, of course, also know to be more than willing to take an individual case and turn it into an indictment of America in general. At a Sanford town hall meeting on Sunday, he told the crowd that Martin was a “martyr.” “Now we must illuminate the darkness with the light that comes from the martyr,” he added. Monday was no different. “The whole world is watching Sanford today,” he said. “The whole world is watching Florida today. This is America on trial,” he told the crowd, igniting applause and chants of “we want justice.”

Jackson’s views were also on display last Friday during an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “Blacks are under attack,” he said, further noting that “targeting, arresting, convicting blacks and ultimately killing us is big business.”

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  • UCSPanther

    This is a hopeful sign. Hopefully Jackson and Sharpton get forcibly shunted into the same dark corner inhabited by the likes of David Duke.

    • jpeg50

      Jackson and Sharpton doesnt give any fact to the scene , they were in Durham NC protesting a they say gang rape by the Duke lacrosse team to a black girl and thay marched . The team was exonerated of all charges, never happen and the girl filing charges that night is in jail now for manslaughter .No apologies from JJ or AS

  • Jim

    Consider the Reverend Beacon in" Bonfire of the Vanities"

  • Tziona

    Being on the "wrong" side of the Atlantic, I didn't catch the beginning of this story, but didn't Sharpton and Jackson get involved because when the story first broke they jumped to the conclusion that Zimmerman was Jewish (because of his name), and by the time they realised he wasn't they were already in too deep to back out. Now they've got to keep pushing the case until Zimmerman is lynched just to save face.

    • kafir4life

      Then they found out he was Hispanic, but still needed to make their money off of the tragedy, so they figured that a "white Hispanic" could be gone after. I wonder what our white African president will say if Zimmerman isn't charged?

      • kafir4life

        oops….sorry bout that post.

  • kafir4life

    Look at all the Black leaders coming out to make a fortune off Trevor's death. Starting with President B-Rock Insane NoBama selling hoodies. That moron sharpton is going to look as foolish as he did at the end of the false rape of Tawana Brawley if it's determined that Zimmerman acted in self-defense. I'll bet that if that were to happen, B-Rock will tell us that the investigation was handled stupidly.

    • kafir4life

      Then they found out he was Hispanic, but still needed to make their money off of the tragedy, so they figured that a "white Hispanic" could be gone after. I wonder what our white African president will say if Zimmerman isn't charged?

  • Steve Chavez

    "DOUSE THE FLAMES Mr. President!"

    Two BLACK boys set a Kansas City WHITE BOY ON FIRE by pouring gasoline on him causing first degree burns to the boy's face and body as they screamed "white boy." Where's the outrage? Hate crime? One of the sixteen year olds wore a hoodie. FUMING YET?

    I EAGERLY AWAIT "the buzzards" Al and Jesse's press conference, a CALL from Obama, a TWEET by Farrakkan, and an investigation by Eric Holder! Maybe the KKK hoodies will be the ones putting out a bounty on these boys heads! I wonder what the Black Panthers, and the above list, would say about that! What would the media say about the KKK lynch mob? We know what that would turn out to be but they are so blind to see the hypocrisy!

    Will LA RAZA defend Zimmerman or let him HANG LIKE A PINATA? What a DILEMMA for these La Raza vs. their racist teammates, racist pimps/buzzards, the Panthers, and all of who support THEIR MAN, OBAMA!

    WHEN these two boys get caught, then these race pimps will show up to say "See, you arrested blacks while Zimmerman is still on the loose!"

    "FAN THE FLAMES, MR. PRESIDENT!" YOUR RE-ELECTION DEPENDS ON IT! Remember, you are "The Uniter." But many of those who voted for you are realizing that they're the ones that GOT BURNED!

  • Tony

    To show fair play, Sharpton and Jackson must take to the streets over that young black man that killed two white British tourists, without mercy. If they dont do this then race-baiting is all they are after.

  • Sound&Fury

    Sharpton & Jackson are as predictable as flies on a corpse.

    • john

      AMEN

    • Tim N

      I was thinking flies on……. something else…

  • Juddea

    The natural truth here of course is these race whores saw the name "George Zimmerman" and instantly thought, JOO.

  • John C. Davidson

    I think most Americans are tired of these rebel rouser. The sad thing is they're being supported by Taxpayers. They engage in Blackmail. (Not a racist term, but…)

  • Zundfolge

    Thank You Mr. Bryant.

    You have restored a glimmer of hope that Dr. King's dream may actually survive.

  • June

    I will be so glad when "Blacks" say they are Americans first and black second. We all have different nationalities in us and its time for them to step up and be American, and stop using the system for special privileges the rest of us pay for and we don't receive. Maybe you think it's alright to take and benefit from for being black, but I don't.

    • Dennis X

      It's not going to happen, you assume all Black People benifit from thier color, thats a bigoted assumption , some Black People are on welfare , food stamps etc. some white people are on those same programs, but for those Black People aren't we are labeled with that blanket sterotype that you don't apply to others/ white people. .

      • BLJ

        You are correct Dennis X. What has people in an uproar is how the so-called Black Leaders of this nation (included BHO) come out of the woodwork and whip up hysteria before having all the facts.

        These same people then ignore the biggest problem facing blacks which is black on black crime. I guess there is no money or politcial points to be gained so why concern themselves.

        My business has quite a few black customers and the vast majority of them are good, hard working people. I cannot tell you how many times I hear them tell me of the fears they face from some of their own people in the neighborhoods where they live. It is truly a sad story.

        • Dennis X

          The President hardly " whip up hysteria" . He was asked to comment , which he really couldn't regarding the facts because of the DOJ involement . The facts on the face of this incident is what whip the hysteria. Black on Black crime, there is NONE in my neigborhood, which is 95% Black. Its all about money and where you can or can not afford to live.

  • http://www.GodsSabbathRest.us Gary McAleer

    For any man to claim Christ as Savior and then take the name of "Reverend" for himself (whether of Falwell, Sharpton, Jackson, or Graham) they usurp the authority of the Bible they claim to obey. This is evident by the simple fact that the word "Reverend" in Scripture applies only to God and NEVER to man! "Reverend is His Name" (Psalms 11). If professed Christians will not honor the simple teachings that uplift the dignity of the God they claim to serve how can they be entrusted with the weighty matters of justice, mercy and love? All these men do is sow discord and foster hatred in total defiance of the religion they claim to honor. Said Jesus, "Blessed are the peacemakers." And John wrote, "Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him." And Peter summed up their disgrace, "But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters." My summation: these men are unfit to lead their own lives let alone yours or mine.

  • tagalog

    The Trayvon Martin story has not created a racial divide; the divide between the white vision of society and the black vision of society has existed for a very long time. The Trayvon Martin case is just another of many, many examples of that division. White people are calling for justice while black people are calling white people racist for doing so while they clamor for lynch law and call it justice.

  • BLJ

    Sort of ironic how two Chicago "Men of the Cloth" like Jackson and Farrakhan are nowhere to be found when black males are killed on a daily basis by other black males here in Chicago. I guess there is no money to be made for them in these cases.

  • DogsHateRomney

    Great interview on Michael Barry!

    Islam is not a "religion of peace" despite desperate insistence by President Barack HOODIE Obama (D).

    Black Liberation Theologists, "New" Black Panthers, & Muslims (Black, or otherwise) , by their belief and practices, are the most offensively conspicuous violators of human rights.

    ~ Whirrled Peas with KFC & Couscous, anyone?

  • Ghostwriter

    When my mother was visiting my aunt some months ago,I heard Al Sharpton's show on MSNBC. I found him to be the most obnoxious person I've ever had the misfortune to listen to. I'm glad someone in the Black community has finally said "Enough is enough!" Rev. Bryant should be thanked by all people of goodwill for going after Rev. Sharpton. I'm glad there are black people who are finally tired of Sharpton's continued idiocy.

  • mrbean

    You will comtinue to hear more and more about poor Trayvon Martin and the wicked Zimmerman in the next six months than you care to. But there will be a several hundred whites brutally murdered by black thugs and each will be a one day report if even that. The Miami Herald in its Tuesday editions reported that it had obtained a Miami-Dade Schools Police Department report that showed the slain teenager was suspended in October for writing obscene graffiti on a door at his high school. During a search of his backpack, the report said, campus security officers found 12 pieces of women's jewelry, a watch and a screwdriver that they felt could be used as a burglary tool. Yassah, sum white cracka dun puts dem dar!

  • Ghostwriter

    mrbean,when will you ever learn? You were doing just fine,until once again,you whip out your tired "Amos n' Andy" routine,which is stupid,idiotic,and not helpful to ANYONE. I wish someone would tell you it's 2012,not 1912. It's disgusting and unneeded. Please stop it.

  • Jeff Blankfort

    It seems that what we can learn from what happened to Treyvon Martin by reading the ugly, hate-filled comments Front Page is that white racism is as alive in Amerikkka as ever.

  • Supreme_Galooty

    Sharpton & Jackson are base race maggots, and no doubt about it, but the vilest, most despicable race poofter of all is our esteemed president. Both he and his lady are zero-class buffoons. I am embarrassed for America.