Strikes me that being a “champion” of the people can become a lucrative career choice – examples being the AIM leadership and individuals like Al Sharpton.
Al’s got it going on though exceeding the success of others who pimp the misery and poverty of their people.
On the other hand life has thrown a twist or turn at Al along the way – sure he’s an “adviser” to Obama, and yeah he’s got that MSNBC hustle going on, but the poor man has also lost his tax records twice by fire when called upon to produce them.
Then there’s that onerous suit he faced related to the cobbled together story he stoked the flames of related to Tawana Brawley.
Depending on who you talk to the verdict is still out whether the Reverend was involved with drug dealers or merely assumed the role of an undercover agent.
Not to worry though, racism is alive and well – Al knows that and works it like a water pump handle. Let the media or anyone point out a few things or ask a few questions and Al will throw himself on the floor crying racism.
Like I said, racism exists, as an indigenous person I know that, but to play that card for personal reasons is a sham, it devalues the reality of the civil rights movement, detracts from the search for justice in Baltimore and elsewhere.
When issues arise, when injustice is perceived and ignored, nothing remains but to take it to the streets, an American and global tradition. The looting that often accompanies it is not only counterproductive but criminal by any reasonable standard.
“Playing politics with death.”. Salon.com. Retrieved June 21, 2007. “In 1989,
after a grand jury found against Tawana Brawley, a defiant Rev. Al Sharpton
brought her to New York to the trial of six young men charged with raping and
nearly killing a jogger in Central Park. He had Brawley shake hands with the
defendants. Soon after, they were convicted of having attacked the jogger.”
A presidential adviser and an anchor….go figure.