Monday, April 2, 2012

Shut Up, Al!

The Reverend Al Sharpton should just go dig a big hole and jump in, lie down, fold his hands over his now-too-skinny self and wait for the hordes of people who will surely come forward to throw the dirt on top and silence him once and for all. The so-called activist does nothing but make things worse for his people, and by that I mean people of color, and by that I mean black folks, and by that I mean African Americans or whatever term is considered okay to use this very minute to make sure nobody thinks you are a racist.

Just what do we mean by the word reverend? Something that is revered, something we stand in awe of, something worthy of adoration. Really? Al Sharpton? The college dropout and former tax scofflaw who told Michael Jackson's children, "Wasn't nothing strange about your daddy. It was strange what your daddy had to deal with." Well Al, here's a news flash: there was something strange about their daddy-- just check the old photos. And there's something strange about you. Claiming to stand for equality, you hate whitey and spend your waking hours scouring the planet for proof of racial discrimination. (Maybe if you would just shut your big mouth, decent people of all colors could figure out how to get along.)

Beginning in 1984, when Bernhard Goetz felt threatened on a New York City subway and shot his four black assailants, Al has been there--fanning the flames of racial hatred. He was there fanning the flames in 1987 when 15-year-old Tawana Brawley told her wild tale about rape and abuse by six whites who turned out to be imaginary. Since then he's been riding the coattails of every situation in which a black person is involved in a crime, as long as the perp is white. In the current case involving murdered teenager Trayvon Martin ("Justice for Trayvon" hooded sweatshirts available in sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL), Al is playing judge, jury and policeman all in one, having convicted shooter George Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, so I guess Al is widening his net. In that spirit, he has now decided that the entire town of Sanford, Florida, the site of the incident, is culpable, and is calling for "economic sanctions" against the town's merchants until, one supposes, George Zimmerman hangs from a tree.

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