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The First Annual Al Sharpton Race-Baiting Awards

December 30, 2012 4:15 am 29 comments

Winners of the coveted awards will receive an autographed copy of this historic People Magazine cover describing one of Sharpton's early foray's into the race-baiting arena, the Tawana Brawley Affair

Whereas the Rev. Al Sharpton has for so many years selflessly and tirelessly devoted his immense talents to exacerbating racial tensions (when there is a good press conference to be had) and promoting the noble ideal that a man should never be judged by the content of his character but rather by the color of his skin, and

Whereas many in this great republic have been inspired by his exemplary behavior and have taken upon themselves to proudly obsess about race and engage in shameless race-baiting when the opportunity presents itself, and

Whereas an old year is ending and a new year is beginning,

We therefore resolve to confer upon the following organizations and individuals our highest honor: The Al Sharpton Master-Baiter Award for the year 2012:

  • ABC and CBS News for completely ignoring the appointment of Tim Scott, a black man, to the U.S. Senate by South Carolina governor Nikki Hailey (herself a daughter of Sikh immigrants.) This appointment was ignored despite the fact that Tim Scott is now the only black man in the Senate and the first from a southern state since 1881. NBC was denied the award because they devoted a 24-second segment to the story. (Could it be perhaps that the only “historic” political achievements of black people are if they have a white mother, were raised by upper middle-class white grandparents, got sweetheart deals on land in Chicago’s upscale Hyde Park neighborhood from white felons like Tony Rezko, were friends with white left-wing radical murderers like Bill Ayers, were heavily influenced by racist demagogues like Jeremiah Wright (I admit it, he’s black), and areDemocrats?)
  • MSNBC contributor Karen Finney, who said about Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain : “I think he makes that white Republican base of the party feel OK, feel like they are not racist because they can like this guy. I think he is giving that base a free pass, and I think they like him because they think he is a black man who knows his place. I know that’s harsh, but that’s how it sure seems to me.” She shares this award with MSNBC commentator Martin Bashir who so eloquently added “Wow, thank you for spelling that out.” (Definition of a black man who “knows his place”: A wealthy, successful, and accomplished businessman who makes a serious run for President of the United States.)

Herman Cain, a wealthy, successful businessman who ran a highly publicized campaign for the Rebublican nomination for President in 2012. Yes, this is one black man who "knows his place."

  • Representative Sheila Jackson Lee for accusing Newt Gingrich of using “coded racial language” when he called Obama the “food stamp president.” She stated that, “these are code words…that generate and signify race.” (The fact that in 3 ½ years under President Obama food stamp users increased more than during the entire 8 years under George W. Bush and that as of 11/2/12, “For Every Person Added to Jobs Rolls Since January 2009, 75 People Added To Food Stamp Rolls,” had absolutely nothing to do with what Gingrich was saying.)
  • ESPN commentator Rob Parker, who has black skin, for calling Washington Red Skin’s rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III a “cornball brother…he’s like kind of black, but not really (is that like being “kind of pregnant, but not really?”)…he’s not one of us…we all know he has a white fiancée. Then there was all this talk about him being a Republican.” White fiancée?! I can just see Barack Obama slipping into his phony black urban accent saying, “Don’t you be talkin’ bout my Daddy!” (According to Parker, a black man who is a Republican with a white fiancée is not quite as bad as a “Nazi” but still worse than a “Klu-Klux-Klansman.”)

"Freedom Riders" John Lewis and James Zwerg after they were beaten by white segregationists in 1961

  • The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for not allowing the Lassiter and Walton high school choruses to perform with them because the choirs were deemed as being not “racially diverse enough.” Atlanta Symphony Orchestra President Stanley Romanstein (presumably he’s male, white, and Jewish), said that one of the goals of the Symphony is to “reflect the diversity of Atlanta.” (The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, of course is very “racially diverse.” They have exactly one black musician out of a total of 95. That is to say, blacks make up .0105% of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Atlanta is 54% black.)
  • Congressman John Lewis, for his speech at the 2012 Democratic Convention where he compared Republican proponents of Voter ID Laws to the white southerners who viciously beat him and his fellow “Freedom Riders” in a bus station and to those who supported “Jim Crow” laws that discriminated against blacks and prevented them from exercising their right to vote. Lewis also receives a special “For Gosh Sakes Grandpa, Quit Living in the Past!” award inasmuch as these events took place over 50 years ago in 1961. Heck, 1961 is so long ago that the Beatles and Rolling Stones were not even around! I haven’t been able to decide if Lewis’ speech was demagoguery or if he actually believed what he was saying, which would mean he’s either delusional or suffering from dementia.

Congressman John Lewis at the 2012 Democratic Convention: Demagoguery or Dementia?

(It’s also strange that Lewis did not accuse the following institutions or services of being racist, all of which require photo ID:  Banks, Airlines, check cashing services, Departments of Motor Vehicles, liquor stores, cigarette purchases, car-rental agencies, hunting licenses, building permits, jury duty, etc.)

  • CBS’s Nancy Giles (who is black) for her comments on a story about the declining number of white Americans: “You know when you just showed that graph of the decline of the numbers, I thought — maybe that’s why they’re trying to eliminate all these abortions and stuff. They’re trying to build up the race.“ Makes perfect sense in light of the fact that 36% of all abortions are performed on black women. That’s a lot of dead black babies missing from the population. If anything, it is more likely that pro-abortion activists are intent on preventing black babies from being born. Not to worry though, Giles later tweeted: “It was a weird joke and I’m sorry if I offended you.” (Maybe the reason so many black men are impregnating as many different black women as possible with no intention of assuming the responsibilities of a father – 70% of black children are born out of wedlock – is because “they are trying to build up the race.”  TWEET from Moshe Averick: Just joking, I hope no one was offended!)
  • Chris Mathews of MSNBC certainly should have won a Master-Baiter award for his rants and tantrums about Republican “dog whistles” and “coded” racist language during the 2012 election campaign. A stellar example of racial paranoia was his reaction to a Facebook  posting by Governor Sarah Palin that read “Obama’s shuck and jive ends with Benghazi lies.” Mathews explained that “shuck and jive” had an “ethnic connection.” He claimed that it was not a “dog whistle” but rather a “trumpet call.” Sadly though, Mr. Mathews was disqualified by our distinguished panel of judges because they found good reasons to: a. doubt his sanity and b. even better reasons to suspect that he “drinks a bit” before going on air. (“Drinks a bit” is another dog whistle with an ethnic connection. It is a statement attributed to a down and out black tap-dancer in the 1971 hit song by Jerry Jeff Walker entitled, “Mr. Bojangles.”)

If Tea Party activists are racist, why do they love Allen West? Sure looks black to me and he also has TWO black parents!

  • All the leftist/liberal/progressives who accused Tea-Party supporters of being racist. The same Tea-Party enthusiasts who vehemently opposed President Obama would have been deliriously happy if Colonel Allen West had been elected President (let’s be honest, West looks and sounds much more “negro” than Obama, was born in the Deep South, and has two – count’em two! – black parents). These same Tea-Party’ers also admire and venerate Thomas Sowell, Condoleeza Rice, Clarence Thomas, Star Parker, Walter Williams, Larry Elder, Mia Love, Tim Scott, Herman Cain, Michael Steele, et al. (The response? “Those aren’t real black people.”)
  • The NBA, for being the most racist industry in the United States. Hey NBA, how about a little affirmative action for us white people? We can’t all play hockey. (Just joking of course. Everyone knows the NBA is not racist. The most talented players are the ones who get to play on the court and get paid the highest salaries. It has nothing to do with race. It is based solely on merit and performance….Holy Cow, are we onto something here?!)

2012 NBA-East All Star starters; Is this racist or what?!

Enjoy the new year.

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.


  • Esteban Harris

    Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson should be put in prison with all of the black males they supposedly go to bat for. Jackson and Sharpton have no desire to calm or create any equal rights for
    African Americans any time soon. This is there job, the way they live their lifestyles.
    These two phony idiots have rode MLK’s gravy train and he would be truly embarrassed
    That Jackson and Sharpton don’t care about the poor black intercity. You never here them
    Mentoring the black community about the power of family or having a father stand up and stick around. They both use the title of Reverend but I have never heard them say anything positive and holy, just negative, hateful, and in denial. The real truth about these two clowns is that they want to live more like white people than even white people. Look at Jessie Jackson Jr.
    Wow!!! What an inspiration and someone we can all look up to for honesty and guidance.
    These people are a waste of good air and need to be set adrift in a leaking raft. Do us all a favor.
    Perhaps if we put that on PPV, the black and White communities could come together and bet on
    Which one out of the two would push the other one overboard for his last sip of rainwater.
    The world needs to get rid of race baiters and harmony haters.

  • Rabbi Averick keeps saying that the supernatural is possible, and I respond by pointing out that it isn’t possible. Rabbi Averick has his “IDOL“ theory, viz., the “Intelligent Designer Of Life” which I don’t accept because it is self-contradictory (just like every “Great Notion of the Divine”).

  • If the Myth of the Almighty God doesn’t qualify as a “pack of lies,” it is certainly a “pack of fantasies.”

  • **
    John L Jordan
    January 8, 2013
    11:38 am

    That is simply what the thesis of theism amounts to: a null set, aka, the supernatural.

    If it amounted to anything, you wouldn’t need faith to believe in it.

  • Rabbi Averick,

    I love your column. Thank you for the wonderful work.

    As a bonus, I find the comments of the militant atheist faction, which seems obsessed with drowning out your voice, most refreshing. It is to your credit that they are so obviously threatened by your logic. My congratulations.

    One can only wonder why they need to scream so loud if they are so sure in their assertions.

    One would think that if they were secure in their belief then they wouldn’t need to strike out so hard at everyone who doesn’t agree.

    One could easily come to the conclusion that deep down perhaps they aren’t as convinced as they would like to be.

    Hopefully, they won’t stop hounding you though. Without them your column wouldn’t be nearly so funny.

    • [][]“One could easily come to the conclusion that deep down perhaps [atheists] aren’t as convinced as they would like to be.”[][]

      You “could easily” conclude that only if you operate in terms of blind (i.e., religious) faith in the supernatural.

      On the other hand, if you took a rational approach to the subject, you wouldn’t have it so easy. You would have to take some facts into account, so you wouldn’t be able to reach your desired conclusion.

      It is very interesting how the process works.

    • > One can only wonder why they need to scream so loud if they are so sure in their assertions.

      It’s the internet, so nobody is “screaming”. But why do I post? Because ignorance and illogic (aka. stupidity) hurt people, and Moshe is promoting both.

  • In the intellectual contest between theism and atheism, theism has nothing to offer — zero — and atheism is merely the recognition of the empty set to which theism points.

  • Theism relies 100% on blind faith in the supernatural.

    Atheism relies 0% on blind faith in anything.

    Notice the 100% difference.

  • Eitan sez: What is important is not that we understand how he it happened, but that it DID happen?

    How do you figure that inconclusive is also irrefutable? Irrefutability requires conclusive proof, doesn’t it?

    Until the problem of infinite regression is solved, your chances of being correct about there-is-no-god are 50/50 at best. And that leaves aside the very skimpy and unconvincing literature for atheism compared to the other side’s literature. If atheism really is an viable alternative it will take more than doggerel like “Invictus” to make the point.

    Bottom line, it takes just as much faith to be an atheist as it does to be a believer. The only difference between the two is where one’s personal power of faith is focused. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.”

    • “very skimpy and unconvincing literature for atheism compared to the other side’s literature”
      Are you saying that the “other side’s literature” is not skimpy? If you think the following statements in Genesis are factual, you are sadly disillushional.
      1-Eve was made from Adam’s rib
      2-Talking snakes
      3-The earth was made in 6 days
      4-Eating an apple dooms Adam & Eve and all future humans

      • Moshe Averick

        We were talking about theism vs. atheism. Not atheism vs. a particular claim of divine revelation.

        • [][]“We were talking about theism vs. atheism.”[][]

          The difference between theism/supernaturalism/unrealism, on the one hand, and atheism/naturalism/realism, on the other hand, is the difference between fantasy and faith vs. observation and logic.

          Theism is irrational and illogical, while atheism is rational and logical.

          The difference is clear. And, naturally, there is no “particular claim of divine revelation” that makes the slightest bit of sense whatsoever.

          In the intellectual contest between theism and atheism, theism has nothing to offer — and atheism is merely the recognition of the nullity of theism.

          • John L Jordan

            “Merely” Steve? Nullity? G-d has it fixed so that I cannot prove that He exists and YOU cannot prove that He doesn’t exist. God proves men, not the other way around.

          • [][]“God has it fixed …”[][]

            In your dreams.

            (And note that if you really believed that “God has it fixed,” then you would feel no need to tell anyone about it.)

  • Moshe writes, “your opinions about God and Religion are delusional and imaginary. One of us is wrong….and it’s not me.”

    I’ve already proven that you’re wrong with the proof below. I know that it is terribly difficult for religious people, especially you, to accept that there is no God who made you the center of the Universe. This type of arrogant attitude is exactly what has held back human progress throughout the centuries. But at some point you need to grow up.


    1. All living things evolved from simpler self-replicating things.
    2. The first bacterium was obviously a living thing.
    3. Therefore, the first bacterium obviously evolved from simpler self-replicating things.

    The assertion that all living things evolved from simpler
    self-replicating things is confirmed by evidence across multiple scientific disciplines. There are zero examples of functional complexity that are not the result of evolution. For obvious reasons, you claim that the one exception is the first bacterium. Therefore, it
    is not a point of contention, it is an empirically established fact, you are free to argue against it, but the burden of proof is on you.


    The question then becomes, where did the first self-replicating molecule come from? Logically, there cannot be an infinite regress of self-replicating molecules. Therefore, the only logical conclusion is
    that a self replicating molecule formed spontaneously through a natural, unguided process, because this conclusion solves the philosophical problem of the infinite regress.

    How did it happen? How could anyone possibly know? What is important is not that we understand how he it happened, but that it DID happen.

    • Moshe Averick


      There are a number of points where your logic is flawed but I don’t see any point in going over them again, however, you have overlooked that there is another solution to the infinite regress dilema; a creator who is not subject to cause and effect in time or space. That would also solve the problem. Even Nobel Prize winners George Wald and Christian DeDuve and the late Dr. Robert Shapiro of NYU understand that a supernatural creator is a reasonable alternative.

      • What evidence do you have that such a Creator exists?

        And btw, you haven’t ONCE presented ONE point where my logic is flawed, so nice try with the hand waving. My argument is air-tight anyway.

        • [][]
          January 2, 2013
          7:15 am
          “1. All living things evolved from simpler self-replicating things.”

          That is an arbitrary premise, so you cannot make a sound argument using it.

        • [][]“There are zero examples of functional complexity that are not the result of evolution.”[][]

          And that notion is clearly not true.

          “Evolution” is a biological process, and there are plenty of non-biological process that function with complexity.

        • > What evidence do you have that such a Creator exists?

          Haven’t you read the rabbi’s articles?

          1. All functionally complex things are designed.
          2. The first bacterium was functionally complex.
          3. Therefore, the first bacterium was designed.

          Now, of course, this leads to an infinite regression of creators. Normally, the rules of logic dictate that a syllogism that leads to an infinite regression is illogical. But in this case, it gives the rabbi license to invent a solution to the infinite regression – an invisible wizard that has existed forever! How did this wizard create life? It doesn’t matter. He did. End of story.

          Unlike your argument which contains “a number of logical flaws”, the rabbi’s argument actually IS irrefutable. Don’t see the difference? Pray on it.

          • [][]“1. All functionally complex things are designed.”[][]

            That is clearly an absurd, self-contradictory premise — since designing is a complex functionality.

            A more sensible premise is that “functional complexity” is perfectly natural — and does not need to be “explained” by appeals to the unreal.

      • [][]“… a creator who is not subject to cause and effect in time or space.”[][]

        You are trying to go beyond nature to the imaginary world of the supernatural. There are, of course, no grounds or logic for trying to go there, since there is no alternative to nature.

        In other words, your “supernatural creator” is entirely a figment of your imagination. Nothing “beyond nature” is actually possible.

        But it is interesting to note that if you are looking for something “not subject to cause and effect in space and time,” then you need look no further than nature, as such — since it is not possible to get something from nothing. In other word, nature cannot be an effect.

  • Congratulations, Mr. Averick. This essay concerning Al Sharpton as well as the succeeding statements were very well written,researched, and accurate. They are right on the mark.

    I only wish that your other articles concerning Atheists, were as rational. Your past conclusions about Atheists have unfortunately been mostly dillusional, imaginary, and devoid of facts and honest conclusions.

    Since your article about race baiting is rational as well as factual, it just proves that you have the ability to be just as rational concerning Atheists. Please try to do so in the future.

    Very Sincerely, Gerry Hirsch

    • Gee Gerry,

      I was just about to say that your comments on this article are so rational and reasonable and yet your opinions about God and Religion are delusional and imaginary. One of us is wrong….and it’s not me. But I do appreciate the fact that you liked my spoof on Sharpton.

  • Becky Blanton

    Hysterical! Loved it! So true. Sad, but the real racists in America are often black. Yes Virginia, blacks can be racists.

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