As is typical, Al Sharpton made a highly publicized visit to riot-torn Minneapolis. He did his performance of racial outrage – condemning police culture of racism. And that is where his criticism stopped.
He did not propose a march on City Hall – or call out Governor Tim Walz for presiding over that culture of racism. No. No. No. He will attack the mystical creature of pandemic white racism – with hints of Republican complicity.
That is because the mayor of Minneapolis and the governor of Minnesota are both Democrats (Democrat Farm Labor Party as it is called in Minnesota) -- his political allies. His bread and butter.
As long as the black community allows the east coast white liberal establishment to prop up Al Sharpton as the voice of the black community, there can be no serious national dialogue on race – as so many claim is needed in America. Sharpton is no more an honest broker dedicated to bringing about an end of racial intolerance than is white supremacist David Duke. Both are race-baiters who personally profit from racial tension.
Sharpton is the antithesis of Martin Luther King, who campaigned for racial justice and equality. King believed in an America in which character, not skin color, should be the basis of human interaction. King led a truly peaceful campaign in which any violence was the response of malignant racists.
His target was not white America, but the specific people who impose racist policies and provoke racist violence. Essentially, he was fighting powerful elements in the Democratic Party – from George Wallace in the south to Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley in the north.
Sharpton does not stand up against the racism emanating from Democrat-controlled cities – as did King – because he is part and parcel of the oppressive Democratic Party. He is their House Negro. He is a political Bumpy Johnson -- the black man the Mafia employed to oversee the rackets in Harlem.
Sharpton preaches a gospel of never-ending hatred and hostility between blacks and whites – even though the vast … VAST majority of white folks are not in the least racists. Sharpton proffers a narrative that black oppression is due to some vaguely described “white people.”
Of course, he fails to point out that where institutional racism – segregation, police brutality, poverty, lack of education and high unemployment – exists the white folks in charge are almost exclusively Democrats.
Sharpton does not point out the unfortunate unfairness of life in the segregated communities in our major cities. Rather, he encourages it by protecting his fellow Democrats who are responsible. He is the type of black leader about which Booker T. Washington gave warning when he said:
“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”
Sharpton seems to be one of those people who “do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.” For millionaire Sharpton, it has been a very lucrative job indeed.
Sharpton promotes racial division and hostility for political and personal purposes even as he superficially condemns them. He is like the arsonist who publicly laments the flames he stokes.
It is certainly not my place to say who should voice the concerns of the greater black community. But as long as the east coast limousine liberal Democrats and media provide the platform to impose the likes of Sharpton – and to the exclusion of more honorable and unbiased voices – minority concerns will lack important credibility in the non-black community.
Sharpton seems less concerned over racial oppression – and less sincere about his allegations of white privilege – than this millionaire-minister is about his own personal privilege.
If he leads the conversation on race in America – with the support of like-minded black leaders – there cannot be anything more than superficial one-sided narratives of the kind we have heard for years. Sharpton is the wrong guy to lead or participate in any serious productive dialogue on race.
But here we go again. America’s number one salesman of racial snake oil has found yet another opportunity to peddle his toxic tonic.
Shame on MSNBC for giving this provocateur a national platform to spew his counterproductive racial narratives. There are many better black voices who address the problem in ways that can lead to understanding and resolution.
Sharpton is not that person.
So, there ‘tis.
By Larry Horist