Hillary's and Bernie's Friend: Al Sharpton Called for Murder of 'Crackers' and 'Pigs'
Al Sharpton's National Action Network (NAN), the same racist and anti-Semitic hate group that played a central role in the 1995 arson of Freddy's Fashion Mart, enjoys touting its association with key figures in the Democratic Party. Here is the NAN's press release from 2008, emphasis mine:
Over 3000 delegates from across the country attended National Action Network's 9th annual convention from April 18-21 as well as five of the major Democratic presidential candidates—Senator (s) Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards, Joe Biden, Governor Bill Richardson, and Congressman Denis Kucinich … and other political leaders including Congressman Charlie Rangel, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, Reverend Jesse Jackson, New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and many more were all on hand as Reverend Sharpton's organization hosted the event at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers.
The press release includes endorsements of Sharpton by the current and prospective Democratic occupants of the White House:
Senator Hillary Clinton (NY): "I have enjoyed a long and positive relationship with Reverend Al Sharpton and National Action Network, and I don't ever remember saying "no" to them and I intend to remain their partner in civil rights as I clean the dirt from under the carpet in the oval office when I am elected President"
Senator Barack Obama (Ill): "Reverend Sharpton is a voice for the voiceless, and a voice for the dispossessed. What National Action Network has done is so important to change America, and it must be changed from the bottom up."
The National Action Network certainly changed Harlem by encouraging a deranged individual to burn a Jewish-owned store while yelling racist and anti-Semitic epithets such as "bloodsucking Jews," "don't give the Jew bastard a dime," "burn the Jew store down," "cracker lover," "make that white cracker suffer," and "white interloper," the last one from Sharpton personally. Perhaps deadly racist violence is part of what Barack Obama calls hope and change, and his promotion of Black Lives Matter ("Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon") reinforces this perception, but I digress.
Sharpton Called Explicitly for the Murder of "Pigs" and "Crackers"
The same National Action Network press release adds, "Join Us As We Protest Sexism, Racism And Homophobia In Music," which is quite a statement from an individual who describes gay people as "Greek homos" and "punk faggots." Another video has recently surfaced in which Al Sharpton incites his audience at Kean University to kill police officers and Caucasians, and "police officers" and "Caucasians" are not the words he uses.
I don't believe in marching! I believe in offing the pigs! Well, they got pigs out here! You ain't offed one of them!
I'll off the man. Well, off him! Plenty of crackers walking around here tonight!
The context of the latter statement appears to be Sharpton's contempt for people in his audience who expressed a desire to kill white people but could not work up enough nerve to do it.
To put this in perspective, even the repugnant Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke never has gone so far as to encourage the murder of black people. "Duke also reformed the organization, promoting nonviolence and legality[.] … Duke told The Daily Telegraph he left the Klan in 1980 because he disliked its associations with violence and could not stop the members of other Klan chapters from doing 'stupid or violent things.'" Sharpton, in contrast to Duke, has been involved in at least two incidents of fatal racist and anti-Semitic violence: the Crown Heights riots and the arson of Freddy's Fashion Mart. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are therefore promoting, legitimizing, and mainstreaming a worse hate-monger than David Duke.
We must also recall Sharpton's central role in the Tawana Brawley scandal, after which he was found guilty of defamation. "The jury found Sharpton liable for making seven defamatory statements about Pagones, Maddox for two and Mason for one." Sharpton's associates Alton Maddox and Vernon Mason also had disciplinary action taken against their licenses to practice law. Let us also recall Sharpton's role in the Duke Lacrosse scandal, which rightly cost Mike Nifong his license to practice law.
Sharpton has also referred to Jews as "diamond merchants," and he defended his remarks ("What racist stuff?") about a "white interloper" by saying it referred to only one Jew. He is also on record as referring to Chinese-Americans as "Chinamen."
Hillary and Bernie Don't Want White, Jewish, Asian, Gay, or Police Votes
The fact that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are openly courting, legitimizing, and mainstreaming this hate-monger shows quite clearly that they do not want the vote of any "cracker," "bloodsucking Jew," "white interloper," "diamond merchant," "Chinaman," "Greek homo," "punk faggot," or "pig." They do not even want the vote of any middle-class black person who is outraged by the implication that somebody like Sharpton can deliver his or her vote – that is, the implication that he or she is the African-American counterpart of the kind of white trash whose votes David Duke can deliver.
It might, in fact, be instructive to edit a Clinton or Sanders ad to alternate between the candidate's statements and Sharpton's "I believe in offing the pigs," "Greek homos," "plenty of crackers walking around here tonight," and "punk faggots." Photos of Clinton or Sanders side by side with Sharpton must be included to ensure that white people, LGBT people, Jews, law enforcement officers, Asians, and self-respecting African-Americans know what the Democratic candidates really think of them. If we want to appreciate the potential destructive power of such a modified ad, we need look only to this gem from 1965. Even though the Democrats aired it only once, it was sufficient to hand the White House to Lyndon B. Johnson.
In the meantime, every reader can do his or her part to deny the November election to whichever candidate the Democrats nominate. Colonel Paul Linebarger warned in Psychological Warfare that bundles of leaflets that fail to disperse make little impression on the Propaganda Man (the person we seek to persuade) unless they land on his head. Information that stays at American Thinker will similarly do little harm to the Obama wing of the Democratic Party because nobody here is going to vote for Clinton or Sanders anyway.
Call Clinton and Sanders out for their association with a prominent racist, anti-Semite, cop hater, and homophobe at every opportunity in letters to the editor, social media, and talk radio.
William A. Levinson is the author of several books on business management including content on organizational psychology, as well as manufacturing productivity and quality.