Trayvon Martin — And Sharpton’s Latest Racist Lying Game

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.


Pages: 1 2

Al Sharpton remains one of the driving forces behind the effort to turn the Trayvon Martin case into an indictment of America itself. To earn his daily bread, Sharpton is well aware that he must continuously convince black Americans that they live in a hopelessly racist nation, not because it’s true, but because any genuine progress made by blacks themselves is inimical to his own interests. Forgotten in the controversy surrounding the Martin case are the dark levels Sharpton has stooped to in order to ensure the survival of his public persona, which are worth recalling here.

Sharpton’s involvement in the Martin controversy hews to a familiar tune. Earlier this week, he held a protest with Rev. Jesse Jackson attended by thousands in Sanford, Florida, the town where Martin was shot. Sharpton has been working over-time instigating racial hatred, whipping up frenzied crowds with a false narrative. Presenting a petition demanding the immediate arrest of George Zimmerman, Martin’s alleged shooter, Sharpton warned that if the board does not act swiftly, the town could become “the Birmingham of the 21st century, as a place of racial intolerance and double standards.” He later asserted, “This is America on trial.”

By any reasonable standard, Sharpton’s first brush with national prominence should have been his last. In 1987, Sharpton involved himself with a 15-year-old black girl named Tawana Brawley, who claimed that she had been abducted and raped in Dutchess County, New York. She had been missing for four days, and was found covered in dog feces with racial slurs written on her body. Ms. Brawley claimed that as many as six white men, one of whom carried a badge, had participated in the crime. Brawley refused to cooperate with prosecutors, which Sharpton characterized as “asking someone who watched someone killed in the gas chamber to sit down with Mr. Hitler.”

Absent a shred of evidence, Sharpton then went on to claim that a local prosecutor named Steven Pagones “had kidnapped, abused and raped” Brawley on “33 separate occasions.” After Pagones was quickly cleared, Sharpton claimed a local police cult with ties to the Irish Republican Army had perpetrated the crime. When a security guard for Sharpton and the rest of his legal team testified that Sharpton, et al., knew Brawley was lying, the case fell apart. In 1988, a grand jury concluded the entire case was a hoax.

Pagones successfully sued Sharpton and his two accomplices in 1997, winning $345,000. Sharpton’s share came to $65,000, all of which was paid off by a group of supporters, including lawyer Johnnie Cochran of O.J. Simpson fame. During testimony in the case, Sharpton claimed he “couldn’t recall” any of the slanderous statements he made against Pagones. Sharpton remains unrepentant. Asked on a segment of “60 Minutes” why he never apologized for false accusations, Sharpton said, “I don’t know that. I have thought about that a million times. I just don’t believe they treated that case fair,” he added.

Fairness and Al Sharpton are mutually exclusive. 1991, after 7-year-old black boy Gavin Cato was run over and killed by a driver in a Hasidic Jewish rabbi’s entourage in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, Sharpton once again fanned the flames of racial animosity. In a eulogy given at Cato’s funeral, Sharpton, in an anti-Semitic rant, compared Crown Heights to segregationist South Africa. “The world will tell us he was killed by accident. 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.”

During three nights of black riots targeting Jewish homes and businesses, Jewish rabbinical student Yankel Rosenbaum was killed after being surrounded by a gang of youths and stabbed, while shouts of “kill the Jew” filled the air. Since Rosenbaum was killed the night before the eulogy, Sharpton bears no direct responsibility for his death. Yet there is no doubt about his determination to stoke violence. He took marchers along Eastern Parkway, leading the now-familiar chants, “Whose Streets? Our Streets,” and “No Justice, No Peace.”

In 1992, Sharpton blew off an accusation by the Anti-Defamation League that he helped to incite anti-Semitism during the riots. “You don’t even have a direct quote from me that anyone can call anti-Semitic,” he contended, in yet another apparent memory lapse similar to the one he had during the Tawana Brawley hoax.

This was not Sharpton’s final attempt to immunize himself from accountability. When Fred Harari, the Jewish owner of Freddie’s Fashion Mart, a clothing store located on 125th Street in Harlem, terminated a sublease agreement he had with a black tenant, Sikhulu Shange, who owned The Record Shack, Sharpton once again showed up to foment rage. It was an effort made irrespective of an inconvenient reality: Harari himself was a tenant who leased the space from the real landlord, the United House of Prayer for All People, a black Pentecostal church. The church used Harari to evict Shange instead of doing it themselves.

Pages: 1 2

  • Ken

    Professional race-baiter!!! That is the only reason he is even somewhat prominent today.

    • johnnywoods

      If he was not a professional "race pimp" he would have to go get a real job or marry a rich widow.

    • jim liv

      I just watched this dude who claims to be a man of God, he I the bighest racist off all,.he just interview a congressman and would not let him get a word.in, he was extremly rude. Black people.shild be embarrassed the way he carries himself,whitey has to have every rock overgurned before they can "lync" holder, I got two wordz for this pathetic msnbc idiot he is soooo not qualified to be a tv anchor….." Tiwanna Brawly" nobody manipsminstes me or rev al…..lmao!!!

  • Steve Chavez

    MARTIN HAD JEWELRY IN HIS BACKPACK and an empty bag of marijuana that the smoked himself or sold. Zimmerman started his 911 call saying there had been many break-ins in the neighborhood. The gated community found it necessary to have a "Neighborhood Watch" and Zimmerman took it upon himself to be in that position. HEROIC since any person doing this is putting their life in danger and if he snitches on someone, he is then a target.

    CAN JEWELRY BE TRACED TO ANY PERSON AND HOME IN THAT GATED COMMUNITY? This would show that Martin was in the area to TARGET A HOME to break-in AGAIN! He told the Principal that it was "a friends." Really? Which friend? Maybe that friend is the person who stole it? RIGHT! What are his parents saying about the jewelry?

    Question students about Martin's drug use, possible dealing in school and on school property, and if he was a thief that broke into homes. This would show that Zimmerman had good reason to suspect him even though Zimmerman had never seen Martin in the area. Were there "No Trespassing" signs at the gated community entrances?

    • wsk

      Knew about the drugs. I hadn't heard the jewelry angle. Is that 100% confirmed? and what is the source?

    • knightmese

      The jewelry you are referring to was from a previous incident in October. Your post suggests he had a backpack on him which he did not. According to police that caught him with the backpack (again in October) the jewelry didn't match any that had been reported stolen. Not saying he didn't steal it but don't try to cloud the issue with misleading facts. The marijuana was from another incident of which he was serving a 10 day suspension from school.

    • Guest

      Excellent suggestions Steve! I'd like to see the toxicology report from Trayvon's autopsy as well.

  • tagalog

    "Asked on a segment of “60 Minutes” why he never apologized for false accusations (in the Tawana Brawley case), Sharpton said, “I don’t know that. I have thought about that a million times. I just don’t believe they treated that case fair,” he added."

    An outstanding example of Derrick Bell's Critical Race Theory, basing treatment of black Americans on the "black narrative."

  • http://apollospaeks.blogtownhall.com/ ApolloSpeaks

    TRAYVON MARTIN: GANGSTA WANNA BE

    With his several large tatoos, gold capped teeth, drug use and numerous school suspensions for bad behavior Trayvon Martin was likely an out of control, wise a$$ little punk-a rude wanna be degenerate gang banger, a rebel thumbing his nose at authority and society-who copped a bad attitude and flew into a rage when George Zimmerman was doing his job and watching him the night he unfortunately died. He was probably the type of thuggish, troubled, insecure kid who thinks he's being belittled, disrespected and wronged when someone looks at him funny, and then reacts aggressively with violent words or deeds to prove his manhood and win respect and honor.

    continued

  • http://apollospaeks.blogtownhall.com/ ApolloSpeaks

    If, on the night of his death, Tray was doing nothing wrong it is understandable that he might feel offended at Zimmerman for watching him suspiciously; but instead, unprovoked, Tray went ballistic and viciously attacked him as if he were being threatened, molestered or slapped down. In short, Tray wasn't going to let Zimmerman get away with that sh*t; his crude gangsta street code wouldn't allow it; and now he's dead blown away by his victim in self-defense. The lesson here is this: when someone looks at you funny be cool, be a man, keep your head on your shoulders and ignore it. It might save your life.

    • Vermont Yid

      Apollo, you're a fool. You are assuming facts not in evidence.

    • dennis metz

      you r 100 percent right, if someone is watching you and you are not doing anything wrong then you have options, if you are not afraid of the other person then approach them and ask them why they are following you, if your are afraid of them then by all means hide and avoid them and get away. this punk obviously was not afraid and did not approach the person to find out what he was up to. instead he attacked them. any smart person would have done what ever possible to avoid the situation, UNLESs of course he was out looking to make a statement

  • UCSPanther

    Too bad no one in Crown Heights riots shot back at the street trash who attacked their neighborhood…

    • johnnywoods

      Many of them are so stupid that they don`t even own guns. Smith& Wesson make very good companions during "troubled times".

  • BS77

    Who pays Al Sharpton? Does he fly coach or first class? Where did he get his "Reverend" title…from a diploma mill in one of the tabloid classified sections? I can't believe anyone listens to this guy. He's incites trouble with his false accusations.

    • Questions

      Sharpton has been an ordained Penetcostal minister since age 9, though later on he became a Baptist. When he was a kid, he was known as the "Boy Wonder" preacher, astounding black church audiences across New York City. He even opened up for the Mahalia Jackson gospel singers at the 1964 World's Fair in New York. I can't stand the man either, but, yes, his credentials are for real.

      • UCSPanther

        It's a shame that someone with such talents is using them to create societal problems.

  • Schlomotion

    Al Sharpton is a race huckster, however black people for the most part do not support him, they vilify him. And the rant Mr. Ahlert included about Oppenheimer diamond dealers is true. 80% of the world's diamonds pass through the Israeli Diamond District in Ramat Gan to the Antwerp diamond district, to the New York Diamond District through companies founded by Hasidim. Many of those diamonds were in fact South African Apartheid Slavery diamonds. It is true that Hasidic Jews profited from dealing in apartheid South Africa diamonds. The recent embargo on "blood diamonds" is mainly an attack on their production and use by independent African paramilitaries in violation of the World Diamond Cartel also called the World Diamond Council which is chaired by Eli Izakoff.

    • Zionista

      Only a deranged Jew hater like you connects everything to Jews, Judaism or Israel. If you can't get yourself laid, I guess that's the fault of Jews too.

      • Schlomotion

        Thank you for your concern. I'm all set.

        • Zionista

          to finally lose your virginity??

          • wsk

            The man thinks bisexual is when you use both hands!

    • UCSPanther

      Let me get this straight: You are justifying rioting and lawless behavior because the black version of David Duke hollered some conspiracy theory combining a big corporation, stones made of interlocking carbon atoms and Jews?

      Pathetic. Maybe if the victims actually started shooting back and hitting the rioters, maybe people will learn that conspiracy theories are not worth rioting and attacking innocent people over.

      • Schlomotion

        You love pretending that there is this cache of angry guys with guns waiting on standby for just the right moment to "retaliate" against everything using guns that they have been stockpiling for just that occasion. You go on and on about rifles and bore sizes. You beg people to ship banned Wolf ordinance into Canada for you. Really, you go on and on and on about guns and how guns will be used one day to kill people that you disagree with politically, that is, when you are not roleplaying, when you are not pretending to know so much about Eastern European weapons or the NYPD, or Occupy Wall Street. You and your several western canadian selves should get your multiple personality disorder fixed and stop announcing your English Defense League attitudes to everyone. You're probably on a watchlist.

        • Western Canadian

          You are probably on several rather potent drugs (prescribed, no doubt), and have yet to attain an even basic level of coherence. You are ignorant, dishonest, pompous, and very hate filled.

    • Ghostwriter

      Schlomotion,has anyone ever told you that you're a disgusting sewer of anti-semitism? Well,let me be the first.

  • Martel64

    The biggest question remains unanswered: Who are this devil's Friends-In-High-Places, that have given it ,and Jesse, the Mafia-like protection in every area – politically, in the media,and financially, to allow them to pursue their Matthew Hopkins/John Sturges-like campaigns of Racist-Hunting, and get away with them, even when they fail badly?

    • Jeamar

      Who pays these two hate mongers is a good question. However, FOX news used to have Sharpton on the O'Reilly Factor so often, I wrote to ask if Sharpton had a contract with FOX. Obviously, there was no reply. Actually, they probably never even read my query, but there is no doubt that the media, both mainstream and conservative, give these two con artists both a public platform and a pay check. I hope that if this Martin/lZimmerman thing goes bad, that Sharpton et. al. will be held accountable for inciting to riot! Don't hold your breath.

  • DogsHateRomney

    Tawana Brawley
    .
    Tawana Brawley
    .
    Tawana Brawley

    Sharpton's Tawana Brawley Hoax

    • Zionista

      Freddy's Fashion Mart where al not so sharp led anti-Jewish riots that led to several deaths – and how's jesse the jerk jackson's 'love child' doing? –

      • DogsHateRomney

        Replying to Zionista ….like. I don't have enough Romney-Dingers in my hood. – har.

        Eric Holder's mama is so ugly;

        ……….She looks like she fell off the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.

  • DogsHateRomney

    Sharpton's mama so ugly dat when she joined an ugly contest, they said "Sorry, no professionals."

  • Ghostwriter

    I wish that MSNBC would cancel "Politics Nation." It's one of THE worst shows I've ever seen. And "Rev." Al is so obnoxious,I wish he'd disappear too.

    • johnnywoods

      May I suggest that you quit watch that "moonbat"? Then maybe he will go away.

    • BS77

      Of all the cable news networks, MSNBC has the lowest ratings. Who can stand the garbage they peddle?

  • jacob

    People of this kind exist because good people refuse to put a stop to his actions.

    So the TAWANA BARWLEY wasn't enough for putting him out of circulation or the "Political Correctness"
    hoof in mouth disease affecting our so called "elites" or pseudo-intellectuals refuse to see the kind of
    cancer they are allowing to grow in our midst ??

    I call an ace an ace and a spade a spade and I say he has to be demolished and shown to everybody
    whether they want to listen to or else, the kind of evil this so called "Reverend" actually is…
    A Reverend of Hell….

  • Whatsinaname

    Blackk people love Al Sharpton — he convinces them that they're victims and deserve compen$ation.

  • BS77

    Al Sharpton incites violence, mob anger and possibly riots…..with his false witness, false allegations, lies and hysterical emotionalism. This Martin case will work its way through an investigation and the courts. Having Al Sharpton venting his ignorance and anger does not help anyone….in fact, should his behavior and hate speech incite violence, perhaps he should be prosecuted .

  • Whitehunter2

    To put it succinctly (pron. "sucksinktly," not "sussinctly"–look it up), wherever you see Sharpman shouting with a bullhorn, shaking his fist and firing up the mob, you'll hear the opposite of reality and truth.

    Any question, at all–at least by anyone who still bothers to read, or who, for that matter, even still knows how to–who it was that Tom Wolfe caricatured as "the Reverend Bacon" in "The Bonfire of the Vanities"?

    The "Rev." should return to his church, and to his flock, if he has one. He should instead, personally, live modestly and quietly, inspiring by his own example a life of humble goodness, honest work, and devotion to the decency of family life and Faith.

    But I'm not holding my breath that he will.

  • DogsHateRomney

    Sharpton's LIARS Poke-Her.

    Tawana Brawley
    .
    Tawana Brawley
    .
    Tawana Brawley

    Sharpton's Tawana Brawley Hoax

    .NBC Investigating Edited 911 Call From Night Trayvon Martin Died:

    Two weeks later…….

    The truth begins to surface:

    Fox News aired the segment that excoriated NBC for its editing of the call. as an attempt to inflame racial tensions in an already controversial case.
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/trayvon-mar

  • Marti

    We have so many Black role models in our country!
    Dr. Sowell, Starr Parker, Deneen Borelli, Walter Williams, on and on I could go.
    Instead the younger Blacks choose to listen to Race Baiters like Jesse Jackson, Al,(The Liar Sharpton), Van Jones and even our Class warfare, food stamp President.
    How sad for our once great nation!
    Hang on to your hats folks, it's going to get down right dangerous this coming summer!!!!

  • crypticguise

    Al Sharpton is a despicable race-baiting jackass. MSNBC should fire him, but won't? Why? He's black, they "suck"… and have no ratings. Slimeballs all.

  • doofus

    JJ and Sharpie are the NBC media link to Obama.

    Sharpie was "ordained " at age 9 but has no education .He worked as James Brown's roadie and manager before becoming an activist.

    If JJ,Sharpone,Jealous,Van et al actually cared about the black community they would work on reducing crime,violence ,single parenthood ,welfare dependency ,education ……….an average of 17 blacks per day are killed in the US,90% of which are killed by blacks.Cato Institute .

    black averages
    average age of 1st drug usage 13
    average age of 1st sex 12
    average age of 1st illegal gun possession 15

    trevyon is being victimized after death by politicians and race baiters.

    In the meantime rev wright is marching on Israel .

  • dead-on

    Zimmerman doesn't have a chance, there is no way them stupid liberals are going to find him not guilty. A-hole sharpen will make sure of that. he has got the whole black world going nuts, and if he he was found not guilty every city in the united states would be rioted and burnt. just like r. king in LA

  • tagalog

    "Police have legal right to kill fleeing (innocent) suspect in car: http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/06/09/us.scotus.car…. "

    That's not what the news report, or the case, says at all. In the case reported, the person attempting to flee was guilty of several felonies, by the way, he wasn't an "innocent suspect." He also wasn't shot or otherwise killed by the police or anyone else. He was sentenced to a longer term in prison because he attempted to flee the police in a car.

    What the news report says is that the Supreme Court, looking at the high potential for injury or death in high-speed police chases of suspects, held that if a state has a law that says a police chase of a suspect is a violent aggravator that can enhance a sentence, that law passes constitutional muster.

  • Rifleman

    Don't run from the cops.