When the story of the Duke lacrosse case first broke, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the NAACP all called for the arrest of the lacrosse players. When the facts came to light (namely, that the students were innocent of rape) neither Sharpton, Jackson, nor the leaders of the NAACP offered an apology or an admission of hasty judgment. Under any circumstances, the rush to wrongfully accuse three students of rape would rightfully be considered slander; when committed by public figures who claim to fight for “racial justice,” it is itself an act of racism.
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident; Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the NAACP have made a practice of using the weapons of racism when it serves their purposes.
In 2000, the NAACP ran attack ads against then-Governor George W. Bush, implying that he bore responsibility for the death of James Byrd, a black man who was dragged to his death by white racists. Bush’s offense? While governor of Texas, he refused to sign a hate crimes bill. Never mind that Byrd’s murderers had convicted and sentenced by a Texas jury.
In 1991, riots erupted in the Crown Heights neighborhood of New York after a Jewish motorist struck a car containing two children, who died from their injuries. Black residents looted and vandalized homes and stores owned by Jewish residents, all the while shouting “Death to the Jews!” After the death of the children, Al Sharpton delivered an inflammatory speech in which he referred to Jewish residents as “diamond merchants” and organized a protest march. During a spike in racially-motivated violence, Sharpton thought nothing of enflaming racial tension as a “leader of the black community.”
More recently, Jesse Jackson has been slamming subprime lenders for “discrimination” against black homeowners. The evidence? Some of the subprime-mortgage holders are minorities. So far, there’s been no word from Jackson on how the shortsightedness of the lenders or the foolishness of the homeowners translates to racism.
The NAACP, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton are known as the leaders of the black community in America. Yet what have they done for their community?
In the book Scam: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America, Jesse Lee Peterson notes “I don’t recall the entire black race in this country taking a national vote to elect Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan, the NAACP…yet they’ve seized the mantle of leadership and claim to speak for all blacks in this nation.”
Though these self-appointed leaders claim to speak for the disenfranchised and profess a desire for “racial justice,” they continually engage in bigotry against their political foes, as well as their own community.