Before I start, lemme say that I have no personal grievances against Al Sharpton. I, trying to get my foot in the door of broadcasting, which stresses excellent public speaking, have an appreciation for Sharpton's great public speaking skills. And I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt that he means well.
But while he tore the roof off of the Fleet Center with his speech at the DNC Convention, he wasn't tearing anything up around here. You see, Democrats are easily suckered in with these hustlers that are all talk and no substance. When given a choice between substance and style, they will always choose style.
Don't believe me? They nominated a man to be their presidential candidate simply because of the fact that he spent four months in Vietnam and was rewarded purple hearts, thinking that will stalemate the foreign policy issue of the incumbent president. They nominated a one-term senator who wasn't even popular in his home state (I should know. I live here.) and won't even be able to deliver it to the Democrats in the presidential election simply because he's charismatic and good-looking. For this and this alone they should be beaten by a landslide in this election.
But back to my point. Sharpton can talk all that jive and get people in that convention all whooping and hollering, but then there comes a time where the things you say have to be analyzed and scrutinized.
This is where I come in. Let's start it off in which Sharpton responded to Bush's comments to the Urban League last week (transcript courtesy of CNN
Mr. President, as I close, Mr. President, I heard you say Friday that you had questions for voters, particularly African- American voters. And you asked the question: Did the Democratic Party take us for granted? Well, I have raised questions. But let me answer your question.
You said the Republican Party was the party of Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. It is true that Mr. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, after which there was a commitment to give 40 acres and a mule.
That's where the argument, to this day, of reparations starts. We never got the 40 acres. We went all the way to Herbert Hoover, and we never got the 40 acres.
We didn't get the mule. So we decided we'd ride this donkey as far as it would take us.
Sharpton, as usual, dabs into revisionist history. And it is quite disgusting too. He disparages, knowingly or not, our ancestors that came before us, thinking they only supported the Republican Party for some corrupt, crooked scheme like reparations.
But hey; this is how black leftists have portrayed black people for years! Begging for money and possessions from the white man, and since ONE side didn't give it to us, we'll just go on the other side and squeeze them for whatever they're worth. You know, it's amazing at what depths they will go to try to rationalize such filth.
When I was a child, I was raised in Hyde County, North Carolina
, one of the most rural and poorest counties in North Carolina. There wasn't, and still isn't, a stoplight in the whole county. It wasn't surprising to find someone who lived in a house that didn't have indoor plumbing. But see, at that time I didn't even know what poor was, or I didn't realize what it was. Why? Because noone told me. We were all in the same boat. I thought because I had clothes on my back and food in my stomach and I was able to play with some toys and we had a car that I was okay.
That was the 1980's. Imagine what was going on in the 1930's, when Herbert Hoover was around. Indoor plumbing, electricity, etc...was unheard of. Most of them worked in the fields. Everyone was trying to scrounge for what they could get.
But I tell you what: what little they DID have, they were PROUD of it. They had their own land. The ones that could had their own fields. They had their own schools. They hunted and fished and grew what they ate at dinner that night. And they NEVER had their palms out asking a white man for something they didn't earn.
When it was time to fight for their rights, they were there
When the KKK started spreading leaflets all over Engelhard, and defaced my uncle's barbershop, it was one black woman who picked them all up, went straight to the county Grand Dragon, threw those leaflets in his face, and said "Next time, use the mail."
When they tried to close down our black schools, they marched from Swan Quarter to Raleigh. They faced down police, faced down dogs, were battered, bruised, and arrested. They felt so strongly about it and were so determined, that no black child went to school in Hyde County during the 1968-1969 school year.
When the KKK held a big rally in Middleton, and they shot at a car that had black teenagers in it that were passing by, it was my family, and our community, that took up arms and stood up to the KKK. And they haven't been seen in Middleton or that county ever since.
For Al Sharpton to stand in Boston at that convention and talk about black people switching to the Democratic Party - a party who at that time was CONSUMED by hate, bigotry, racism, oppression, and was at the FOREFRONT of white supremacy - because we didn't get "40 acres and a mule" insults not only my people, but the families and the ancestors of millions of black people.
These were people who had pride for who they were and what they had, and they weren't going to let anyone take it away from them. Sharpton's sorry attempt to get a one-up on President Bush and the Republican Party is nothing more than rewriting history to advance your goals and your aspirations. And I will NOT let him use the memories of not only my people, but millions others that lived during those times, to do so.
Al Sharpton and these other hustlers may go to these public appearances and give these grand speeches and have these naive, ignorant people get off their feet and applaud with vigor, but ignorance is still ignorance, no matter how good you sound saying it.
I think I've said enough. Let's move on:
Mr. President, you said would we have more leverage if both parties got our votes, but we didn't come this far playing political games. It was those that earned our vote that got our vote. We got the Civil Rights Act under a Democrat. We got the Voting Rights Act under a Democrat. We got the right to organize under Democrats.
Mr. President, the reason we are fighting so hard, the reason we took Florida so seriously, is our right to vote wasn't gained because of our age. Our vote was soaked in the blood of martyrs, soaked in the blood of good men (inaudible) soaked in the blood of four little girls in Birmingham. This vote is sacred to us.
Al likes to decide what history he wants to remember at what time. So let me finish the history lesson:
- It wasn't a Republican who stood in front of the doors at the University of Alabama.
- It wasn't Republicans who filibustered the Civil Rights Act in the Senate.
- It wasn't Republicans who set the dogs and the hoses on marchers in Birmingham and Selma.
- It wasn't Republicans who killed those four black girls when they bombed a Birmingham Church.
- It wasn't a Republican president who introduced segregation to the federal government.
- It WAS a Republican president who was in office when Brown v. Board of Ed was argued in front of the Supreme Court.
- It WAS a Republican president who first enforced that decision.
- There were a higher percentage of the Republican Party that passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than the Democrats.
- It WAS a Republican Congress who passed the first 4 Civil Rights Acts.....in 1866, 1870, 1871, and 1875.
- It WAS a Republican, who appointed the only dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court that ruled the Civil Rights Act of 1875 unconstitutional.
- It WAS two Republican presidents who sought Booker Washington as an advisor during the late 1800's
But hey....why get into specifics, right? I mean, this is the man who doesn't even know that the two men who created and helped passed the bill that helped protect and establish organized labor - the Taft-Hartley Act - were both Republicans.
If Al actually took Florida seriously, then he would have called for STATEWIDE recounts. You know...so the black people that live in Northern Florida could make sure THEY had their votes counted? Why didn't you call for Florida Democrats to end that lawsuit trying to get military absentee ballots thrown out, Al? Black people DO join the military, too. I'm sure my stepfather, who did 20 years of active military service would attest to that.
And while you're at it Al, why don't you talk to your brother Jesse, who was exposed when he went on a talk radio show when there was voting errors during their recall election. When asked if then-Governor Gray Davis won the election, would he still file a lawsuit disputing the election on the basis of racial disenfrancisement the good Reverend plainly stated "NO". I guess counting the vote only matters when the person he wants to win is elected.
Like I said, it's all about STYLE over SUBSTANCE for them. It doesn't matter if you get the facts right, as long as you look good when you say it. But to millions of people - black, white, or whatever - these things have a profound effect on how we look at the world and how we react to it. One day I hope that Al and many others realize how powerful their words can be and how carefully they choose their words. I doubt it, but it's always good to hope.
I'll have more about other thoughts about the DNC Convention by tomorrow afternoon. I had to just get that out of my head.