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Al Sharpton, Racial Arsonist, Not Arbiter


It is unconscionable that Al Sharpton has any stature at all as an arbiter of racial issues in our society today.  Watching him pronounce on Don Imus’s admittedly disgusting and blameworthy remarks about the Rutgers women’s basketball team is infuriating.  Not only did Sharpton perpetrate a hoax and harass an innocent man with fake charges of rape and abusive behavior in the Tawana Brawley episode, but he also made racially incendiary remarks at another juncture about “white interlopers” in Harlem which resulted in an act of arson against a white-owned business that took the lives of several people.  He should be entirely discredited, or at the very least he should never be able to appear without every reporter and interviewer confronting him with the complete list of the outrages and injustices that he has perpetrated.  Anyone who interviews him without doing that is not a journalist but a dupe.  (Unfortunately, even if interviewers do confront him, it is often ineffective, because Sharpton outtalks them and they are too cowed or too slow to come back with more specifics and really nail him down.)    


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