Al Sharpton: Go Away

BRAWLEY REDUX

I like Al Sharpton, and that probably makes no real sense. He’s a largely unlikeable guy, and his tactics over the years (especially involving Tawana Brawley) make him pretty worthless as a political ally. He’s never shown much love for the Jews or, for that matter, anyone who doesn’t serve as a prop for Al Sharpton. If you can get him somewhere, he’ll love you. If not, he’ll ignore you. He also n-e-v-e-r apologizes or admits being wrong. Which, again, in relation to Brawley has killed him. Absolutely killed him.

I’m not sure the point here, except I hated that Sharpton held a rally in Washington to counter Glenn Beck’s so-called “civil rights” moment. Sharpton doesn’t see this and has never seen this, but he (and Jesse Jackson) are the wrong dudes to be speaking out for liberals and minorities. They’ve simply uttered too many divisive things over the decades, and serve as conservative tools in an effort to show we Dems are out of touch or overly radical. Wanna raise GOP funds? Have Sharpton speak out.

So, while I do like ol’ Al, it’s time to go away.

6 thoughts on “Al Sharpton: Go Away”

  1. Al’s rally was planned eons before Beck’s. Does that matter? And I don’t think any of us get to say who speaks out on behalf of anyone… I mean, we can not like it, but… not meaning you particularly, but I’d like to see anyone who doesn’t like Al or Jesse start a better movement and devote their lives to that. AND THEN, come talk to me about what Al or Jesse should do. As someone who has totally lost any life-volunteer work balance starting a race relations initiative, I bristle at criticisms of those who are trying (and maybe even failing). You try this work. Then, get back to me.

    1. Fair points, Wendi. But I just think Al and Jesse—both of whom I REALLY used to like—have become cartoons. Something happens, they run to the nearest TV cameras. Jackson, for example, used to be the man. The Man. But like Starbucks, he popped up in too many places, and now I see him and yawn. Same with Al.

  2. I don’t like Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson either. They’re opportunists, jokes, and I felt ashamed that they were speaking out for ‘my side’. It doesn’t help. At all. They’re ‘our’ version of Sarah Palin.
    But compared to Glenn Beck? They’re nothing to complain about.

    I like Jason Whitlock’s nickname for Palin: Gal Sharpton.

  3. Gal Sharpton! Love it.

    Jeff I agree with what you said except that part about liking Sharpton.
    Sharpton, Palin, Jackson, Beck, these clowns are in it for one reason……….Money and Fame……..thought that was two reasons didn’t ya?
    Self Gratification. One reason.

  4. Ms Thomas,

    You criticize Pearlman for criticizing Sharpton because he has not been active in any “race relations initiative.” I wonder if you’re willing to then reject all criticism of the president by people who do not attempt to become president. I wonder if you would reject criticism of athletes by people who are not athletes themselves. I wonder whether or not you would allow criticism of people like Bill O’Reilly or Keith Olbermann just because the people doing the criticizing do not aspire to be political commentators. Your rationale is shallow and incomplete. Criticism of a particular tactic is not relegated to people who are professionals in the same realm as those being criticized.

    I am not a radio personality, but I can tear down Glenn Beck whenever I want with valid criticism. I am not a politician, but I can write clearly and effectively about Charlie Rangel’s ethical inadequacies. I am not someone who is involved in a “race relations initiative,” but I am still able to look at those who are and judge or criticize their legitimacy and effectiveness.

    So, Jeff writes a short piece about how Al Sharpton isn’t helping as much as he can, and you claim that because he (Pearlman) is not involved in the movement, therefore he cannot criticize it. You’re wrong. I am not a professional in the national political scene when it comes to Glenn Beck’s legitimacy, but yesterday I spent two or three hours writing around a thousand words, linking to various media, and proofreading a piece I wrote about his “Restoring Honor” rally. Does this mean that my opinion is illegitimate? Because I could not get a couple of hundred thousand people to come listen to me? No. We are all voices in the ether. To reject a voice based upon some inane notion of legitimacy—without considering the merits of the arguments—is an ad hominem logical fallacy.

    Just try to keep this in mind.

    Keane.

  5. Being a conservative, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE SHARPTON AND JESSIE!!!!!!!!!
    I hope these race-baiting democratic party morons continue spew hate. Plus the unintentional comedy these two provide is priceless.

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