The classic image of the Hollywood movie set features a gruff director — wearing a beret and chomping a cigar — bellowing, “Lights, camera, action!” The actors then perform their roles. In Sanford, Florida the director might shout, “Lights, camera, Sharpton!”

Although Al Sharpton is a devout blowhard, let’s give the devil his due. Whenever there’s race to hustle or cameras to hog, he never misses his cue. In the wake of Trayvon Martin’s untimely demise, Sharpton delivered a timeless line to the teen’s parents: “they will try to make your son a junkie, thief, assaulter, everything else before this is over.”

It’s theatrical history, Mr. Sharpton starring in a role for which he’s uniquely qualified, dividing public opinion. His concern over that fateful night when one life ended and another was forever altered is purely professional. Sharpton is an actor, a caped civil rights crusader manipulating Trayvon’s death to build his own street cred. It’s a role he’s played many times over.

Remember the Duke Lacrosse case, when white lacrosse players were accused of raping Crystal Mangum, a black stripper? Al Sharpton declared the accused guilty without a shred of substantiating evidence. Rich, powerful, white men had abused a vulnerable black woman, as if the scene had played out on an 18th Century southern plantation. Anyone who questioned Mangum’s story was racist, sexist, and probably a few other things.

There was only one problem. Mangum wasn’t a victim; she was a lying fraud. Ensuing scenes found her convicted of child abuse and charged with the stabbing death of her boyfriend. But before Mangum’s story reached its ugly climax Sharpton had long since left the stage.

Sharpton played a similar role in Louisiana’s Jena Six case. The script reverberated with racial injustice when Mychal Bell was arrested for beating a white classmate. The cameras rolled and Al delivered in all his demagogic glory. Sharpton’s dramatic monologues declared Bell the victim of blatant racism at a racist high school in a racist southern town. However, Mychal Bell turned out to be everything his critics had said, and Jena’s systemic racism was pure hype. When the scene ended and the set fell dark, Bell remained in jail and Sharpton had disappeared quicker than September snow.

Since Al Sharpton claims the title of reverend, it’s fitting for his marquee to come directly from biblical text, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” Al plays the role of the sympathetic civil rights crusader. Inwardly he’s a publicity hog, Kim Kardashian without the buxom figure. 

Evidence to date can neither exonerate nor convict George Zimmerman for Trayvon’s death. Jumping to either conclusion is foolishly immature. But identifying Al Sharpton as a race-hustler is verifiable. He flawlessly performs the black leader’s role, only to vanish without a trace just prior to the scene’s climax. Keep a close eye on Sanford, Florida. Al Sharpton’s latest performance is can’t-miss theatre.

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16 Responses to “Lights, camera, Sharpton!”

  1. Whodat says:

     It is also shameful that our conservative leaders do not stand up and publicly respond to demagogues like Sharpton and Jackson in reminding them that violent deaths from other African Americans is the #1 killer of young African Americans.  This shrill righteous indignation over one death might be justified, but what of the other hundreds and thousands of young blacks who are killed by other blacks or by dope dealers’ products every year.  Were they, are they not worthy of all this vitriol? Where are our leaders demanding that the self-righteous, self-servers keep things in perspective?

    • Anonymous says:

      No need to demand it as their self-righteousness is all too obvious to see. It would not be a smart move for any “conservative” leader to take sides and get into a mud fight with the demagogues, that is what they would like to happen as they would further politicize what should be a local law enforcement issue. 

      No. Their shrill indignations are better left unchallenged as the more they do it the more they completely discredit themselves, their news organizations, and their communities.

      No need to verbalize what is obvious for all to see. I feel your frustrations and am sympathetic to your view on this matter. I just do not believe engaging them would be wise.

      • Whodat says:

         You are right, of course.  Most of the audience of these clowns still believe OJ was innocent and that welfare is a job.  There is nothing that can be done.

  2. Whodat says:

     It is also shameful that our conservative leaders do not stand up and publicly respond to demagogues like Sharpton and Jackson in reminding them that violent deaths from other African Americans is the #1 killer of young African Americans.  This shrill righteous indignation over one death might be justified, but what of the other hundreds and thousands of young blacks who are killed by other blacks or by dope dealers’ products every year.  Were they, are they not worthy of all this vitriol? Where are our leaders demanding that the self-righteous, self-servers keep things in perspective?

    • Anonymous says:

      No need to demand it as their self-righteousness is all too obvious to see. It would not be a smart move for any “conservative” leader to take sides and get into a mud fight with the demagogues, that is what they would like to happen as they would further politicize what should be a local law enforcement issue. 

      No. Their shrill indignations are better left unchallenged as the more they do it the more they completely discredit themselves, their news organizations, and their communities.

      No need to verbalize what is obvious for all to see. I feel your frustrations and am sympathetic to your view on this matter. I just do not believe engaging them would be wise.

      • Whodat says:

         You are right, of course.  Most of the audience of these clowns still believe OJ was innocent and that welfare is a job.  There is nothing that can be done.

  3. Talamana says:

    The radical Left and NBC blatantly lied to the American public and refuse to apologize.

    The Today show played this edit of the 911 tape:Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.But the actual conversation on the 911 tape went like this:Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?Zimmerman: He looks black.Then, after Fox and Newsbusters breaks the story MSNBC.com, in an unbylined piece did the exact same thing in text form, stripping out vital information which made Zimmerman appear to be racially motivated against Martin, who is black.After being criticized, MSNBC.com restored the proper context but never posted a retraction, correction notice, or an apology for doing so.

    • Anonymous says:

      In other words, this is yet another Tawana Brawley case and the MSN is just going to sweep it under the rug.

      • Anonymous says:

        Not sure one can say this is another Tawana Brawley case. There is a dead kid in this case, let us not forget.  The facts are too unknown at this point. 

        However, the news media has been incredibly irresponsible in this case.

        • Anonymous says:

          Granted.  I’m not trying to minimize his death, just the racist circus that the left is performing.

          • Anonymous says:

            Much agreed.

            The media claim Treyvon was targeted as a criminal for being black by people who are targeting Zimmermann as a racist for being white..er…hispanic…er….white-hispanic.

  4. Talamana says:

    The radical Left and NBC blatantly lied to the American public and refuse to apologize.

    The Today show played this edit of the 911 tape:Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.But the actual conversation on the 911 tape went like this:Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?Zimmerman: He looks black.Then, after Fox and Newsbusters breaks the story MSNBC.com, in an unbylined piece did the exact same thing in text form, stripping out vital information which made Zimmerman appear to be racially motivated against Martin, who is black.After being criticized, MSNBC.com restored the proper context but never posted a retraction, correction notice, or an apology for doing so.

    • Anonymous says:

      In other words, this is yet another Tawana Brawley case and the MSN is just going to sweep it under the rug.

      • Anonymous says:

        Not sure one can say this is another Tawana Brawley case. There is a dead kid in this case, let us not forget.  The facts are too unknown at this point. 

        However, the news media has been incredibly irresponsible in this case.

        • Anonymous says:

          Granted.  I’m not trying to minimize his death, just the racist circus that the left is performing.

          • Anonymous says:

            Much agreed.

            The media claim Treyvon was targeted as a criminal for being black by people who are targeting Zimmermann as a racist for being white..er…hispanic…er….white-hispanic.

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