by David L. Goetsch
Every time the news programs show Michael Brown’s parents and attorney at the podium with that king of the race hustlers, Al Sharpton, I wonder at the sanity of these parents. Surely they must know that being associated with Sharpton does not help them. They are not doing too well in the credibility department in the first place. After all they are blaming the Ferguson Police, racism, and white privilege for their son’s death when in point of fact someone should ask them what they were doing when their son was growing up to become a violent thug who beat up store owners and attacked policemen. Someone needs to ask them: What kind of parents were you anyway? The truth is, if they want to know who is to blame for their son’s death all they have to do is look in the mirror. But that’s another story. In this column I concern myself with Al Sharpton and why he is not in federal prison where he belongs, sharing a cell with other tax evaders.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights warriors must roll over in their graves every time Al Sharpton pulls another of his self-aggrandizing, race-baiting publicity stunts. Those true leaders who put their lives on the line fighting for an America in which all people will be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin must shake their heads in disgust whenever Al Sharpton is portrayed in the media as a black leader. A true black leader would do what he does for the good of all black Americans. Al Sharpton seems to do everything he does for the good of just one black American: Al Sharpton. Sharpton is not a black leader, he is a race hustler.
Leaders are people who can establish a worthy vision and then inspire others to fully commit to achieving that vision. Sharpton is certainly able to convince people to commit to supporting his vision, but that is the problem. Sharpton’s vision is one of an entitled America in which wealth is taken from those who have earned it and given to those who have not earned it. His vision requires black Americans to be permanently dependent; to live off of the entitlement crumbs thrown to them by exploitive politicians who care nothing for their real welfare. Sharpton’s vision for black Americans is a not in any sense a worthy vision. In fact, the man should be ashamed of himself, but as the so-called reverend has shown many times, he has no shame.
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