By Jon Dougherty
As the Democratic field for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination appears to swell by the hour, candidates have begun their “pandering tour,” hitting up the usual Left-wing subjects in a bid to further exacerbate identity politics and divide American along racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual lines.
One of the stops on the pandering tour includes race hustler and reputed FBI informant Al Sharpton.
Sharpton’s upcoming National Action Network convention will be attended by former Rep. Beto Oâ€™Rourke of Texas, South Bend, Indiana,Â Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former Colorado Gov.Â John Hickenlooper; former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
Making an appearance at this confab is mandatory for a Democrat, mind you, even though Sharpton — known as “Confidential Informant 7” or “CI-7” to the Feds — is responsible for one of the most egregious acts of race-baiting in modern history. Sharpton first blew onto the national scene in 1987 with the Tawana Brawley rape hoax, where he spearheaded the lie that a black teenager was kidnapped and raped by white men. A grand jury was convened and would eventually rule that Brawley was never kidnapped or raped/assaulted.
The appearance of the leading Democratic candidates at Sharpton’s hate fest drew much condemnation, as it should.
TheÂ New York Post editorial board notes:
Ever since the Tawana Brawley hoax, Sharpton has been all about just one thing: the glorification and enrichment of Al Sharpton. And thatâ€™s what all those candidates are promoting when they show up to kiss his â€¦ ring.
Writer Chris Beck noted:
Amazing that Dem candidates consort with a low life like Al Sharpton, who manufactured the Tawana Brawley racial hoax targeted at one man, stoked the Crown Heights riots against Jews, leading to a death, helped initiate an arson at Freddie's Fashion Mart, etc etc. https://t.co/WFsYP40Zp4
— The real chris beck (@SubBeck) April 4, 2019
Sharpton, who served as Brawleyâ€™s spokesman, emerged as a â€œrace-baiting hustler,â€ according to an editorial inÂ Investors Business Daily.
â€œSharpton has made a career of racial incitement. He once called Jews â€˜diamond merchantsâ€™ and described whites moving businesses into Harlem as â€˜interlopers,’â€ the news site noted.
For his part, Sharpton says society has changed, not him.
â€œA lot of the issues that we have been at the forefront of â€” in terms of criminal justice reform, in terms of voting rights, in terms of racial disparities, in terms of the economy â€” have become mainstream issues,â€ he toldÂ The Hill.
â€œEvery cycle weâ€™ve done them since, more and more (of) our issues have become mainstream,â€ Sharpton said. â€œYou cannot now run without dealing with these issues.â€
Except that our country long ago dealt with “racial disparities” — and not just the Civil War but the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s,Â long ago.
As for “criminal justice reform,” that is Left-wing code language for “stop putting so many minorities in jail, no matter what they do.” That said, the president who has delivered ‘criminal justice reform’ in the modern era happens to be a white guy named Donald Trump, not the country’s first black president who preached a lot of race-baiting stuff but didn’t really do much about ‘reforming’ the criminal justice system.
Whether or not “mainstream” Democratic presidential contenders really believe in the garbage Al Sharpton pushes isn’t important. Just by kissing that ring they give him a legitimacy he hasn’t earned and does not deserve. His presence on the national scene is divisive and polarizing, not unifying. If he were white and named, say, David Duke, and pushed a whites-first agenda, heÂ would be rebuked (and rightfully so).
Sharpton ‘race-hustles’ his own people as well. Democrats run all of the major urban centers throughout where many blacks are still caught up in cycles upon cycles of violence, poverty, lack of opportunity, and abortion — 50 years after the heyday of the civil rights movement. These problems are not going to be fixed with “reparations,” which is a sick political stunt aimed not at solving long-term social and cultural problems endemic in his community but at avoiding those tough issues with platitudes, campaign slogans, and divisive stunts.
Sharpton’s outsized influence in the Democratic Party is just another indicator that it doesn’t really exist to serveÂ all Americans, just some — and only those who are seen as politically advantageous and useful.
If Sharpton and his Democratic suitors really gave a damn about the black community, they would stop doubling and tripling down on big-government policies that destroy families, push dependence over independence, and treat black voters as a commodity to be redeemed only at election time.
- Follow Jon Dougherty on Twitter at @JonDougherty10