Where’s Sharpton’s Apology for Accusing a White Man of Raping a Black Teen?

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“Meet the Press” host David Gregory asked his panel “where civility has gone in our public discourse.” Incredibly, one panelist urged people to be more “mature” and not “poison the atmosphere.”

I say “incredibly” because this panelist was none other than the race-hustling, anti-Semitic “civil rights activist” and MSNBC talk show host, Al Sharpton. For some reason, Sharpton’s own struggles with civility never came up. Nor did any panelist behave so rudely as to bring up Sharpton’s role in one of the most hideous, disgusting and cynical uses of the race card this side of the O.J. Simpson case. And Sharpton, unlike Rush Limbaugh, refuses to apologize.

While this raises little or no concern to MSNBC or its advertisers, Sharpton became famous by falsely accusing a white man of raping a black teenage girl. Tawana Brawley, then 15, told authorities that white racists abducted, raped and sodomized her — scrawling the initials “KKK” on her in human feces.

A grand jury later found the entire incident a complete hoax. This did not stop the Rev. Al Sharpton, who had accused Steven Pagones, then an assistant district attorney in Duchess County, N.Y., of the crime. After Sharpton’s accusation, Pagones received death threats, and his young daughter was later threatened.

“We stated openly that Steven Pagones did it,” said Sharpton. “If we’re lying, sue us, so we can go into court with you and prove you did it. Sue us — sue us right now.”

Pagones did sue.

A jury unanimously concluded that Sharpton defamed Pagones, ordering Sharpton to pay him $65,000. The Reverend promptly and publicly said he did not intend to pay. Later, when Sharpton decided to run for president, the outstanding defamation debt became a political problem. So Sharpton’s one-percenter buddies passed the hat and paid off his debt, which by then totaled $87,000 with interest and penalties.

Civility, Rev. Al? In 1989, a young white woman, dubbed the “Central Park jogger,” was monstrously raped and nearly beaten to death. Sharpton insisted — despite the defendants’ confessions — that her black attacker-suspects were innocent, modern-day Scottsboro Boys trapped in “a fit of racial hysteria.” Sharpton charged that the jogger’s boyfriend did it and organized protests outside the courthouse, chanting, “The boyfriend did it!” and denouncing the victim as a “whore!”

Sharpton appealed for a psychiatrist to examine the victim, generously saying: “It doesn’t even have to be a black psychiatrist.

… We’re not endorsing the damage to the girl — if there was this damage.” (The convictions of the accused were eventually vacated, despite their taped confessions, after another man — whose DNA matched — confessed to the rape in 2002.)

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  • The Infidel

    Ok al, thats fine, we on the right refuse from here on in to, as you put it, "Once you start compromising, you lose respect for yourself.”

    I am white, Christian, Hetro, and proud, if you don't like that, get stuffed.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

      Looks like he's been working on that for a while.

      I wonder who will be screaming racism if he has a heart attack under Obamacare and has to wait hours in a rationed care setting?

      • Diane

        Look at his face!!! It is furrows of worry and hate. The man is a mental case. What a sick media to hi light him even. Talk about an evil leader for ""his people"…
        Why can't these charlatan's realize FREEDOM IS BASICALLY INTERNAL….People who want to control the inanimate world to please themselves and control others are very neurotic. Their followers are like "slugs".

  • StephenD

    The fact that it's…Al Sharpton. I mean, it's Al Sharpton?!? He is a complete moron. ANYONE that wants him as a spokesperson is just as much a moron as he is. Worse yet, CNN endorses him! LOL
    I say, let those that want to hear him go ahead and hear him. I refuse to, because as he put it, "Once you start compromising, you lose respect for yourself.”

  • jacob

    What burns me up, is the fact that if instead of this rabble rousser it would have been the way around,
    all hell would have broken loose….
    I was one of the hundreds, if not thousands, who sent the white man money to sue the pants off this
    poor excuse for a "Reverend", same rabble rouser and extortionist as his colleague Jesse Jackson.

    Une would have expected the pendulum to have swung back but so far, it is moving further to the left,
    as proven ad nauseam by what is going on…

    So CastroNewsNetwork (CNN) is so short of this kind of "celebrities" it is now scraping the bottom of
    the garbage pail ?????

    • Libertyman

      I don't think Al Sharpton is a moron. Yes he is a racist jew hating leftist. I refer to him as a intelligent Tom Metzger. Sort of from the same mold.

  • joy52

    The sad thing for Steven Pagones, he was completely innocent. He was not involved. Tawana Brawley lied because she did not want to get into trouble for skipping school and not being where she told her mother she was. Al Sharpton inserted himself and ran with the lie. Steven Pagones had to quit his job and then fund his own case to clear his name. Al Sharpton defamed Steven Pagones and then refused to pay the award to Pagones. After Pagones won the defamation suit against Sharpton, the news reports were very small. Not like the coverage day after day when Brawley and Sharpton lied.

    I know this because I lived in the area at the time. To use the term 'race hustler' to describe Sharpton is kind.

  • Zionista

    The fact that this race hustling criminal has any credibility at all is amazing – let alone a gig at low ratings msnbc. I believe he also had something to do with the Central Park jogger's name being revealed to the public – which is not done to most rape victims.

  • Dwight Ash PT

    Al is a race based shakedown artist much like the other minister Jesse Jackson, only worse. After listening to him it is difficult to maintain a fair and even opinion of black folks. All I have to do is look at some of my beautiful mixed race grandkids and it brings me back to reality.

  • Diane L. Crosby

    Oh yeah, AL SHARPTON – seriously……………….
    Have never watched him on MSNBC as quite frankly I have never been a fan of sick comedy…or MSNBC…..
    Besides, I can only catch about every 5th word of his speech pattern – same with Jessee
    Jackson…….. (when seeing clips of them on Youtube etc.,)
    It's quite possible they would have a larger fan club if they would JUST learn to speak English –
    but then again I highly doubt they are capable of doing so…….Meantime, the minority of of viewers that tune
    into the "Al Sharpton Comedy Hour", which in itself is a joke……are certainly more than welcome to listen to
    his lies and propaganda.. BARF!!!!

  • Martel64

    Not only did he "manipsinape" Tawana and her "fambly" – Brawley's infamous words – ,he will always be able to "manipsinape" the entire press and Show Biz.

  • UCSPanther

    If there was justice, Sharpton would be rotting in Prison for the assorted crimes that he incited, and for creating racial tension where there was none during his long career as a professional race hustler.

    This creep, along with Jackson is scum, and he is no different from the likes of William Pierce, David Duke and Tom Metzger.

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  • Stan

    Sharpton is a racist thug, and not merely someone who is "race obsessed" or a "race hustler." Don't soften your words for this despicable, primitive man just because he's black.

  • Brujo Blanco

    It seems that when the wackos on the left do something stupid and cruel they get a major pass. What Sharpton did in the Brawley case was criminal. The least he did was suborned perjury. He made up totally baseless charges to deprive a manor his freedom.

  • BS77

    Sharpton's main problem is stupidity. The next problem is derangement.

  • David

    When I consider Sharpton I remember. As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked.

  • Libertyman

    What also should be noted about the Sharpton Crown Heights Pogrom is that Yankel Rosenbaum wasn’t the only individual murdered by the encouragement of Sharpton. There also was an Italian, Anthony Graziosi who was dress similarly to a Hassidic Jew was also murdered by Sharpton’s encouragement. This incident gave two murders to Sharpton's record.

    What made things worse we had an incompetent Mayor by the name Dinkins and a cowardly slime ball Governor by the name of Coumo refused to deal with the race riots of Al Sharpton. Then the Clinton Administration gave Al Sharpton access to the corrupt Janet Reno actually giving status to Al Sharpton while refusing to see a Senator D’Amato.

    Every Democrat from Dinkins to Clinton (except for Moynihan) gave support to the Al “Tom Metzger” Sharpton Pogrom. The 91 could as well been called the “Clinton-Reno-CuomoDinkins Pogrom”

    From the KKK to the New Black Panther Party, The Democrats have consistently supported racism without their feet being held responsible. And Clinton, I mean Obama won’t be the last Racist to promote a Democrat Party wide hate fest.

    Never forget.

  • Ghostwriter

    Every day,when my mom was visiting my aunt,one of the programs she'd watch was Rev. Al's program. I found this guy very annoying. It's a shame they can't revive "In Living Color." That show often poked fun at this guy. I don't understand why he has a show. He grates on the nerves like nobody's business.

  • guest

    You guys are EXACTLY what's wrong and causing racial tension in America today. He has helped NUMEROUS black people whose cases would otherwise not get publicity, like Yusef Hawkins a 16 yr old black kid who was killed by a mob of 10+ whites on the street of Brooklyn for looking at a car for sale in a white community, or Howard Beach and Susan Smith the white woman in S.C who killed her kids and blamed a black man. Mr. Sharpton helped get the dozens of black men falsely arrested out of prison. He's not perfect, but in an America with folks like you around to capatlize on his faults..HES NECESSARY!