By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
April 12, 2007
The message being sent by Al Sharpton and other supposed “Black Community Leaders” is this: Don Imus has to be fired by the white establishment because he used the language common to the ghetto and the rappers.
What? I can’t say ghetto? You been in the “hood” recently? Does it look like a place of achievement and excellence to you?
In Washington D.C., The State of Adult Literacy Report, delivered to the mayor and D.C. Council members recently, found that nearly 36 percent, or 170,000, of the District’s residents are functionally illiterate, compared with 21 percent nationally.
This is a ghetto.
Jesse and Oprah do not live here.
Are you kidding me? They are on another planet. Not with “their people.”
Listening to Al Sharpton rage on about Imus and his disgraceful behavior made me think: “Now a Black guy gets to lynch a white guy. Good going Al. Congratulations”
But racism cuts both ways and a lynching is a lynching.
Yet the white community, still ashamed over 100 years after Uncle Abe Lincoln freed the slaves and the nation tore it self up in the process, is still so ashamed of the sins of the fathers that we cave in. Every time.
What makes Brother Al Sharpton someone that anyone should listen to? He so castigated (falsely and without evidence) the New York Police, the people securing the law and order for Blacks and Whites alike, during the cocked up Tawana Brawley caper, that he was sued for slander and defamation.
In November of 1987, a 15-year-old girl named Tawana Brawley was found in upstate New York, covered with feces and racial slurs written in charcoal. Brawley, who is black, claimed to have been abducted and raped by six white law enforcement officers.
A decade later, the men who advised Brawley after the alleged incident — Al Sharpton, Alton Maddox, and lawyer C. Vernon Mason — are being sued by one of those six men: Steven Pagones, then a local prosecutor, now an assistant state attorney general.
Brawley’s case was ultimately thrown out in 1988 when a grand jury determined that her story was not credible. On July 13, 1998, after a trial lasting almost eight months, a jury found the three advisors liable for defaming Pagones.
Just over two weeks later, on July 29, the jury awarded Pagones $345,000 in damages.Anyone see an echo of the Duke University rape case? In this one, a Black gal that was certainly a stripper and possibly worse, accused a gang of White Upper Middle Class College guys of rape. No evidence though.
So this case has now crashed and burned. But before it did, the Black community around Duke ran around saying the sky is falling the ruining one of the finest lacrosse programs in the nation.