How 19 Years Ago Today Al Sharpton Got Blood on His Hands

Many thanks to Jeff Dunetz at Yid With Lid for his diligence in reminding the world about the truth of the shameful career of Al Sharpton, the baby boomer generation’s most effective and notorious radical activist:


Nineteen years ago, December 8, 1995,  Al Sharpton incited the violent firebombing of Freddy’s Fashion Mart in Harlem, causing the the deaths of Angelina Marrero . . . Cynthia Martinez . . . Luz Ramos . . . Mayra Rentas . . . Olga Garcia . . . Garnette Ramautar . . . Kareem Brunner…. names forever linked together as the seven victims of the Sharpton-caused massacre at Freddy’s Fashion Mart.

It all started as a rent dispute in the summer of 1995…  As he has done so often in his life, Al Sharpton turned this non-racial economic dispute into a racial conflict. …

Soon after the massacre, the Jewish Action Alliance, a New York-based civil-rights group, released audiotapes and transcripts of several of Sharpton’s weekly radio show in which Morris Powell, leader of the 125th Street Vendor’s Association, can be heard using racial and anti-Semitic language to encourage Harlem residents to boycott Freddy’s. Learning from his Crown Heights experience Sharpton let others push the anti-Semitic hatred but it was all done on his show.


In court papers filed the day before the fire, Harari and two employees described weeks of protests outside the clothing store. Sharpton’s National Action Network sets up picket lines; customers going into Freddy’s were spat on and cursed as “traitors” and “Uncle Toms.” Some protesters shouted, “Burn down the Jew store!” and simulate striking a match. “We’re going to see that this cracker suffers,” says Sharpton’s colleague Morris Powell.


Read the whole thing.

I think it’s very important to be cognizant of the facts and details of Sharpton’s numerous controversies. His acceptance (and prominence) — on MSNBC, embraced by Obama and Holder — is one of the most irrefutable symbols of the Democratic Party and Progressivism’s moral vacuum. This isn’t a political party that tolerates criminality, it’s a political party run by criminals dedicated to helping and promoting other criminals.

I bring Sharpton up regularly in my exchanges with those still under the spell of so-called liberalism today:

Is there a figure today who more obviously symbolizes the criminality, racism, antisemitism and malevolence beating in the heart of the Democratic Party? Because the Democrats don’t have the moral clarity to cast Al Sharpton from their midst, they likewise can’t understand how Iran, Putin, the Muslim Brotherhood, or ISIS could be a serious threat either. Global warming is a serious threat. Racist white cops targeting black teenagers in hoodies is a serious threat. Three out of four women getting gang-raped by centaurs on campus (or whatever the stat has been inflated to these days…) — that’s a serious threat that Rolling Stone needs to devote serious journalistic resources to covering.


My exchanges with those who remain trapped in the hive mind of the Obama-worshipping Left always tend to move toward the same conclusion, with an acknowledgement that we just have different moral value systems. It’s not just that we disagree about the facts or policy goals, we analyze the world in contradictory ways:

The Left-Right divide and the Establishment Corporatist RINO vs Tea Party Activist divides aren’t so much at their root political disputes about policy, but moral disputes in which politics is just the tool expressing the deeper underlying value conflicts. And whether Al Sharpton should be embraced as a respectable figure worthy of advising presidents or marginalized as morally comparable to David Duke expresses the depth of the divide clearly.



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