The article that sparked my thoughts is included below – but Al Sharpton finally spoke out about the Christopher Lane murder. Are you ready? He said, “Nothing to protest.”
Here’s my question – who cares if there is anything to protest? An innocent young man who was a visitor to our country was gunned down by three teens who did it because they were bored and for the fun of it? Isn’t that enough to “protest” and to speak out about? For a man who claims to want to improve the situation for black Americans – he should want to speak out about the problems that lead to this senseless and horrible murder.
Of course – if “Reverend” Sharpton speaks out, someone in a responsible position in a news agency might ask him if he feels the hate and revenge mentality that was spawned by his over the top assault during and after the George Zimmerman trial could be a contributing factor to any of the black on white murders and attacks that are taking place lately. Just one of many questions I’d like to ask Sharpton.
I feel the 99% of the things Sharpton does, are to create a show and cause a reaction. If that reaction and show continue to make a lot of money for him – then all the better in his mind. But at some point this man should have the decency to consider what his antics and hatred do to the people who listen to his rants. There is far too much hate in this country – and there are plenty of contributing factors, but as far as I’m concerned, Sharpton is one of the people and factors that have increased the hatred and violence we see on the increase.
One other example – when did you hear Al Sharpton say anything that could help the horrible situation in Chicago where people are dying every week and many people are living in very substandard conditions? But from reports I’ve heard, the people who are being hit the hardest in Chicago are standing up and taking control in very interesting ways. We still need to find ways to help them “take back their city” – but it is so encouraging to see people working to help themselves and improve their situation. Hmmm… sounds like a Conservative point of view to me….
Sharpton speaks: ‘Nothing to protest’ about white man’s murder by black teen
That’s why he wouldn’t lower himself to the level of a race-baiting demagogue who hypes up just any old crime to push himself into the headlines.
For starters, all the perpetrators have to be the same race. Then, it has to be racially motivated – and only Al Sharpton gets to decide whether it is or not. Finally, “the system” has to show to Sharpton’s satisfaction that it’s not working as intended.
That’s why he has nothing to say about the brutal killing of an Australian baseball player shot to death Aug. 16 in Duncan, Okla., apparently by a black teenager who tweeted things like”90% of white ppl are nasty. #HATE THEM.”
On Thursday, Sharpton was asked on his “PoliticsNation” show on MSNBC why he hadn’t addressed the shooting of22-year-old Chris Lane.
Not my problem, the reverend replied.
“I protest when I’m called in and when there’s an injustice,” he said. “The three were arrested, there was nothing to protest. The system worked there.
“And racial? Not only did the police not say it was racial, one of the three were white.”
That’s in contrast to the Trayvon Martin killing, Sharpton implied, where he saw fit to insert himself into a neighborhood tragedy, fan the flames of racial antagonism in the United States, and post another entry in the Al Sharpton race-baiting hall of fame.
Except for a couple of things.
No one called Sharpton in to the Martin killing. He sniffed out a chance to take his hustle on the road and took it – getting some prime media coverage for himself and pushing a narrative that his Democrat accomplices will ride, to their everlasting shame, into the next election – especially in Florida.
The police didn’t say the Martin killing was racial either, but a lot of people did, Sharpton among the loudest and most unavoidable of them, simply on the basis that the shot teen was black and gunman George Zimmerman wasn’t. And that storyline was pushed heavily by the media – including NBC, which deliberately doctored 911 calls between Martin killer George Zimmerman and police dispatchers to make it look like Zimmerman was motivated by race.
(And don’t forget the infamous, hitherto unheard of racial category of “white-Hispanic,” which the New York Times invented for Zimmerman when it turned out he wasn’t nearly as white-Teutonic as his name implied.)
And the system worked there, too. Zimmerman was investigated for hours after the shooting and was not arrested at the time — against the recommendation of police — because the local state attorney determined there was not enough evidence to convict him of the killing if he claimed self-defense.
He did and there wasn’t.
So, no one called Sharpton in. The police didn’t say it was racial. And the system worked. But none of that stopped Sharpton’s obscene antics before Zimmerman went to trial, it didn’t stop him while the trial was in progress, and it damn sure hasn’t shut him up since — since “the system” worked again.
And he can’t understand why people think he’s a hypocrite.
“…. My friends over at Fox and Donald Trump and others say, ‘Why isn’t Al Sharpton protesting this?’” Sharpton said. “You have people feeling that I wouldn’t go in because it was three blacks that killed a white and no justice was done.”
Who would think that? Doesn’t everyone know Al Sharpton has standards?