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Black Leader Al Sharpton…What Exactly Does he Lead?

August 9, 2012 9:57 am 18 comments

The "old" Al Sharpton, complete with blue leisure suit and gold medallion

One of the top-ten hits of 70’s folk-rock star, Jim Croce, who went to his tragic death in a small plane crash in 1973, was a catchy little tune called Bad, Bad Leroy Brown. The first line of the song goes as follows: “Well, the south side of Chicago, is the baddest part of town…” These days the south side of Chicago is not only the baddest part of town, it is a free-fire combat zone where the daily body count has become a staple of Chicago news reporting. Since these are almost exclusively black-on-black murders one would expect the current black messiah, the Rev. Al Sharpton, to rise to the occasion and save the day by doing what he does best: calling a press conference. Of course, he is nowhere to be seen and the reason is obvious; there is no percentage in protesting black-on-black crime. No big news coverage, no way to appeal to the neurotic guilt of white liberals, no chance to march through the streets chanting, “No justice, no peace.” The only reason to get involved would be a genuine concern to help his own people.

Sharpton with Tawana Brawley. Sharpton supported her phony rape allegations in order to garner publicity.

In August of 1991, Sharpton was a principal player in the Crown Heights riots that resulted in the murder of Yankel Rosenbaum, the murder of a black man mistaken by the mob as a Jew, several days of blacks rioting and threatening the Hassidic Jewish community of Crown Heights, and the incitement of a black mob to “go in and get” Yosef Lifsh, a 22 year-old Hassid, who was the driver in a tragic car accident that killed a seven year old black child, Gavin Cato. It was this crash that sparked the riots in the first place. As to the question of why an accidental traffic fatality involving a car driven by a law-abiding member of the  community (violent crime is virtually non-existent among Lubavitch Hassidim) should spark black mobs to riot and motivate Al Sharpton and his cohorts to lead marches and protests, is a question that only the noble and wise Sharpton himself (and possibly his alter-ego, Jesse Jackson) could possibly answer…but it would be a good idea not to hold your breath while waiting.

The "new" Al Sharpton

Despite the fact that over the years Al Sharpton has slimmed down, traded in the garish leisure suits and medallions for a GQ-style Brooks Brothers look, and is a news commentator on  MSNBC, in the final  analysis, “say hello to the new boss, same as the old boss.” In February and March of 2012, Sharpton was again the principal player in the incitement of black mobs to direct their righteous anger against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon  Martin shooting. “No justice, no peace!” “We are all Trayvon Martin!” “Hoodies for sale!” “Remember Tawana Brawley!” (Oops!) Has anyone noticed that we don’t hear much from Sharpton these days about the Zimmerman case? Again, the reason is obvious: as the evidence emerges it becomes increasingly clear that Zimmerman is innocent and the tragic drama that resulted in Trayvon Martin’s death played out exactly as Zimmerman claimed. It was a simple case of lethal force used in self-defense.

Trayvon Martin may have been smoking marijuana that night, was a very troubled teenager that belonged to some kind of underground  fight-club, and according to the one eye-witness in the case, “[was] a black male, wearing a dark colored ‘hoodie’ on top of a white or Hispanic male who was yelling for help…[and] was mounted on the white or Hispanic male and throwing punches ‘MMA (mixed martial arts) style.” One thing is absolutely certain: There is zero evidence that the color of Trayvon Martin’s skin had anything at all to do with the events of that night.

The "real" Al Sharpton

Al Sharpton really cut his teeth on the Tawana Brawley case in 1987 (see link above). He again incited black mobs and exacerbated racial tensions by supporting the obviously phony and contrived accusations of a black teenager, Tawana Brawley, that she was raped and abused by a group of white men. It becomes clear then what exactly Sharpton is a leader of. He is a leader of black lynch mobs against white people. He is a race-baiter. He is an opportunist of the lowest order. There are many serious problems facing certain segments of the black community in our country. The violence on the south side of Chicago is only one example. I have a helpful suggestion: How about a swift kick in the butt to Al Sharpton that sends him tumbling back into oblivion where he belongs? That would not only be a great leap forward for the black community, but for decent human beings everywhere.

Rabbi Moshe Averick is an orthodox rabbi, a regular columnist for the Algemeiner Journal, and author of Nonsense of a High Order: The Confused and Illusory World of the Atheist. It is available on and Kindle. Rabbi Averick can be reached via his website. If you wish to be informed when new articles appear, send an email to with the email address and the word “Subscribe” in the subject line.


  • Don’t worry, Phil. G-d doesn’t change his deals or go back on His word or decide that His system doesn’t actually work, after all.

  • You don’t know if Trayvon Martin is guilty or innocent, bad kid or good. We know the man with the gun was told not to pursue Trayvon Martin. Why did Zimmerman pursue? Why? You are just Al Sharpton on the other side.

    • moshe averick


      You’re right, I don’t know with certainty that he is innocent. I only said that as more and more evidence emerges it seems that he is innocent. To the best of my understanding, Zimmerman was walking back to his car when he was attacked. When he called 911 he was walking, he was not sitting in his car. However, the 2nd degree murder charge seems absolutely outrageous to me. It is clear to me that it was done for political reasons and was done to appease demagogues like Sharpton who was threatening the city with black mobs.

    • moshe averick


      I am making an evaluation based on the evidence that is available so far. Al Sharpton is a demagogue who endangers peoples lives by inciting black mobs and raising racial tensions. Sharpton created a situation where we were a hairsbreadth away from rioting. Instead of trying to calm the situation he tried to exacerbate tensions. I am not at all like Sharpton. I think you were exaggerating quite a bit.

  • Sorry but you don’t know whether Trayvon Martin was innocent or guilty. You are just doing what Al Sharpton is doing but on the other side. The man who had the gun was told to stay in his car and not follow Trayvon Martin. Why didnt he do that? Why not let the case get tried in court?

  • Empress Trudy

    First and foremost Sharpton is on MSNBC which, the last time I checked no longer carries straight news. It’s simply one Pro Obama soapbox after another around the clock. As long as he devotes most of his show to that, they let him rant and rave about any other subject he likes.

  • Rev Al has done well for himself considering the total lack of substance. He accepted that Jewish guy as his “lord and saviour” and continues life as a rabble rouser as well as a preacher. So I guess that according to Phil he is “saved” despite all the trouble he’s caused.

  • BRILLIANT article! So true! Thank you for saying it like it is. Sharpton and Jackson are both race baiters and opportunists. A swift kick in the butt won’t help much. Old age, G-d’s divine and wise hand and people like you who stop being afraid to speak out are what we need.

  • Moshe:

    I invariably disagree with your views about science and the origins of life, but I couldn’t agree more with you in this case. Sharpton is old wine in new bottles, a slick hustler who has changed his clothes, traded in his wife,and adopted a more “temperate” posture for the sake of PR (and to get exposure and deals with white world politicians and media). But he hasn’t changed his underlying hustle one bit, as was apparent in his recent behavior vis a vis the Zimmerman case. I find it amazing that people continue to take him seriously. Thanks for being so outspoken.

  • Thanks for calling him out for exactly who and what he is. It’s about time.

  • Great article Moshe. You’re such a nice man. I hope you will accept Jesus as your lord and savior before it is too late.

    • Great article Moshe. I hope Jesus accepts Larry Shimmelfarb as his personal savior too.

    • Phil,
      I appreciate your kind words. When is “too late?”

      • I implore you. Choose eternal life! Please ask Jesus for forgiveness before you stand in judgement.

      • Moshe,

        Great question! My answer would be that too late is when other options are no longer available, but Messiah is still an option for Israel.

        As Jesus said after he presented himself on the 4th of Nissan, the very day that was foretold to Daniel by the Angel Gabriel, “If thou hadst known in this day, even thou, the things which belong unto peace, but now they are hid from thine eyes”.

        As a result of its rejection of Messiah, Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans, as was predicted in Daniel.

        Israel eyes will be blinded. Isaiah 6:9-13

        Israel will turn to Messiah: Hosea 5:15

        I hope this doesn’t appear arrogant. It is not my intention. Christians are only grafted in to the vine. Israel is the apple of G-d’s eye.

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