Al Sharpton profit$ from racial division, dodges taxe$

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It’s no secret that race hustler Al Sharpton’s visibility has increased during the Obama administration. Thanks to being in close proximity to the president, Sharpton’s visibility- and his transition from a notorious New York City rabble rouser to mainstream political prominence- has been extremely lucrative for him and his not-for-profit organization, the National Action Network.

But according to the New York Times, Al Sharpton’s influence and his tax debt continue to soar.

From the Times-

““I’ve been able to reach from the streets to the suites,” [Sharpton] said that night.

Indeed, Mr. Sharpton’s influence and visibility have reached new heights this year, fueled by his close relationships with the mayor and the president. 

Obscured in his ascent, however, has been his troubling financial past, which continues to shadow his present. 

Mr. Sharpton has regularly sidestepped the sorts of obligations most people see as inevitable, like taxes, rent and other bills. Records reviewed by The New York Times show more than $4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses.

And though he said in recent interviews that he was paying both down, his balance with the state, at least, has actually grown in recent years. His National Action Network appears to have been sustained for years by not paying federal payroll taxes on its employees.

With the tax liability outstanding, Mr. Sharpton traveled first class and collected a sizable salary, the kind of practice by nonprofit groups that the United States Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration recently characterized as “abusive,” or “potentially criminal” if the failure to turn over or collect taxes is willful.

Mr. Sharpton and the National Action Network have repeatedly failed to pay travel agencies, hotels and landlords. He has leaned on the generosity of friends and sometimes even the organization, intermingling its finances with his own to cover his daughters’ private school tuition.”

Over four million in back taxes?

Also from the Times-

“Mr. Sharpton’s newly found insider status represents a potential financial boon for him, furnishing him with new credibility and a surge in donations. His politician-heavy birthday party, at one of New York City’s most expensive restaurants, was billed as a fund-raiser to help his organization. Mr. Obama also spoke at the organization’s convention in April, its primary fund-raising event.”

Read the full Times article, here.

That Al Sharpton has been able to make the kind of money to owe more than $4.5 million in taxes shows exactly how profitable racial division and manipulation has been to one of the most visible members of the Racial and Black Grievance industries. That President Obama and Eric Holder have both supported Sharpton- giving his racially inflammatory tactics credibility indicts their characters and seemingly identifies both as members of the grievance industries as well.

It’s really no surprise that scam artists like Al Sharpton and his ilk continually find racism where it doesn’t exist. Racism- or more specifically, charges of racism- pays well.

Very well.

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The Stigma of Bad Black Behavior Hurts our Race

By Derryck Green

Rather than waiting until specifics about the Michael Brown case are known — such as autopsy results, detailed officer reports, toxicology or other details regarding his death — some Ferguson residents, Brown supporters and various hangers-on decided to act.

Learning nothing from the Trayvon Martin case, people took to the street with demands for “justice” and homemade protest signs. They were aided by a media seemingly excited about exploiting the narrative that Brown’s death was at the hands of a brutal and possibly racist cop in a militarized police force that cares little about black residents.

Ensuing nights after the shooting brought out the worst in people — including looting and burning businesses, vandalizing property and the likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson seeking to “organize” the masses.

Regardless of one’s feelings about the Brown case, there’s a need for honest reflection about the behavior of people assembling in Ferguson, Missouri.

The self-destructive and self-defeating behavior on display in Ferguson was inexcusable. It’s a disservice to residents because it takes a sympathetic, accommodating view of the anti-social, regressive behaviors present during the riots, most of which were, unfortunately, committed by blacks.

Sympathizing with looting, vandalizing, personal violence and confrontation with law enforcement essentially excuses it, which emboldens perpetrators. Furthermore, this bad behavior is at the expense of law-abiding local residents whose lives were disrupted by this turmoil — the majority of whom are black.

Aside from being disgraceful, this dysfunction has severe economic consequences for the residents of Ferguson. While vandals reveled in self-created chaos, they made the case that opening businesses there may not be worth the risk.

All this stems from moral decay. There is a noticeable absence of moral values and ethical virtues in the nation as a whole these days, but it seems more concentrated in the inner cities, which are disproportionately populated by blacks. Churches have flunked their mission. The optics are devastating as the stigma associated with these incidents of violence and unrest are projected onto blacks as a whole, unfairly defining an entire race by the misdeeds of a relative few.

Whether the disruptive behaviors witnessed in Ferguson are from locals or self-seeking opportunists from other areas is really of no consequence. Regardless of race, class or residency, people shouldn’t hesitate to condemn bad behavior. But it seems too many whites won’t publicly condemn this condemnable behavior, even though they may earnestly desire to do so. Whites appear culturally conditioned these days to withhold honest commentary and astute observations on race, particularly about blacks. Common sense has been labeled “racist” by the racial grievance industry.

Compounding the problem is that the stigmas of these disgraceful activities and inverted morality behind them are projected onto blacks as a whole and are extremely difficult to overcome. To use a sports metaphor, blacks swallowed their whistle. We’ve forfeited our obligation of self-policing and society seems far too hesitant to publicly confront the conduct undermining the reputation of a race. This stunts our socio-economic progress.

A “soft bigotry of low expectations” is created when we refuse to denounce disruptive behaviors within our own community.

We too often excuse and remove the stigma of detrimental behavior, minimizing the shame that once accompanied dysfunctional, destructive activity. Counterproductive behavior is justified as the legacy of slavery and discrimination. We act as if we are a standard unto ourselves, separate and unaccountable from what society should expect — and actually demands — from other races.

Excusing inexcusable behavior has sullied our reputation and proved to many that we’ve spent our currency as a moral, cultural and political force. The bar is set so low that many aren’t shocked by what happened in Ferguson (or in Chicago, Detroit or other places).

And on the occasions bad behavior is called out, the predictable and reflexive reaction is that such critique is racist.  Once again, the behaviors of a disproportionate few define blacks as a whole. The radicals perpetuate the very stereotypes that make them cringe.

Blacks aren’t done any favors when behaviors we’ve seen in Ferguson are excused by white enablers or black defenders. Racial solidarity and racial empathy unfortunately seem more important to these people than dealing with the overwhelming responsibility of overcoming the stigma associated with undistinguished behavior.

Blacks have a moral obligation to reclaim values and dignity worthy of respect and admiration.  It is likewise incumbent upon blacks, particularly the black middle class, to forthrightly and aggressively condemn attitudes and behaviors that thwart our progress and impugn our collective character.

This begins with public and consistent condemnation of these stigma-creating behaviors.

Project 21 New Visions Commentary

Black Racial Solidarity On Display At Michael Brown’s Funeral

If there was any doubt that blacks have chosen their racial and cultural expressions of black identity and racial solidarity over- and at the expense of- their religious identity, one needs to look no further than the televised funeral of Michael Brown.

The attendees of this funeral- some of which include Snoop Dog, P Diddy, Al Sharpton, TD Jakes, Spike Lee, members of the Congressional Black Caucus and several representatives from the White House- are speaking and acting in ways that are counter to the gospel of Christ. Not only were they performing (black expressions of religiosity like ‘catching the Holy Ghost’) and exaggerating for the cameras, but those chosen to speak at the funeral are continuing to repeat the lies and distortions about Brown the media helped perpetuated like Brown being a “gentle giant”; that he was simply, “walking down the street”; that he was shot while his “hands were up”- even though mounting evidence contradicts these disputed claims.  This canard was preached and cheered because for the funeral attendees, racial solidarity with one another for the cause of Michael Brown means more than, truth.

Speaking of lies, a friend of the Brown family stood in the pulpit and said with a straight face, that Michael Brown was a gentle guy, and on the day he died, Brown was out ‘spreading the word of Christ’. This was an absurd and embarrassing lie if there ever was one. Unfortunately for the speaker- and the speaker no doubt knows this- there’s video surveillance showing Brown using his height, weight and strength to bully a convenience store owner while he stole a box of cigarillos. Not sure if this qualifies as the peaceful evangelism, or ‘spreading the word of Christ’ normally associated with Christian missionaries.

The speakers are also continuing to talk about “justice” for Brown, even though some evidence suggests that Brown may have been culpable in his own death. I’m not suggesting that Brown deserved to die, but I am suggesting that if some of the hearsay turns out to be true- specifically that Brown did assault the police officer prior to his shooting, then it’s no surprise that he ended up shot, which resulted in his death. But this is of no matter for black supporters of Brown because black racial solidarity takes precedence.

But more to the point, what exactly does ‘justice’ mean when used in reference to- and demanded– for Brown? And what about ‘justice’ for officer Darren Wilson, the man who shot Brown? Again, if the evidence confirms the justifiable use of force of Wilson, against Brown, what about ‘justice’ then? That this is never asked by people purporting to be Christian, is very problematic.

Justice, particularly biblical justice that’s connected to righteousness– the justice that is required of- and characterized- by God, is not and cannot be compartmentalized. Justice is a disposition that permeates the entire being and an entire way of life. It’s not characterized by deceit, slander or falsified information. Thus, by definition, there cannot be “justice for Brown” in the way it’s demanded from his supporters, while at the same time ensuring justice for officer Darren Wilson who may have been… justified… for using force. Or in other words, there can’t be ‘justice’ for Michael Brown apart from or at the expense of justice being meted out for the situation in its entirety. If these people, these so-called Christians, truly sought justice, they wouldn’t attempt to partition it, or pervert it, in the manner in which they have done and continue to do.

For example, one of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:16) clearly says that one should not give false testimony against one’s neighbor, which is juxtaposed with Jesus’ warning in Matthew 12: 36 that everyone will have to account for what they’ve said come the day of reckoning. It seems that many of Brown’s supporters- because they repeat what increasingly appears to be untrue- are in direct and continued violation of this directive.

Further, Exodus 23: 1-3 and 7-8, shows that God clearly warns against spreading false reports in addition to resisting the pressure of following the crowd in doing wrong in perverting justice. This verse directly and immediately applies to all the rabble-rousers, “community activists/organizers,” “preachers,” celebrities and other Brown supporters in Ferguson and across the country. Every time the claim is repeated that Brown was “walking with his hands up,” when he was shot, which contradicts the autopsy report- until we have more detailed evidence, is false. Again, blacks standing pretentiously and sanctimoniously in racial solidarity is more important than truth. More specifically, for many blacks, racial solidarity is truth.

Lastly, Deuteronomy 16:19-20 teaches that people should not pervert justice by showing partiality; we are to follow justice and justice alone. In my opinion, based on the rhetoric heard during Brown’s funeral and the events that have taken place since Brown was shot, we’ve seen and heard nothing but partiality. This partiality is in favor of Brown, regardless of- and prior to- evidence released in relation to the investigation of Brown being killed. To be fair, many supporters of officer Wilson also show partiality in his favor, but it does not appear to be as transparent and egregious as what’s been witnessed from the sympathizers of Brown’s family.

To be blunt, it should be clear that the rhetoric from the Brown family supporters is proof that what they want isn’t justice; they want vengeance. Now one can argue that in some situations, vengeance is justice- or at the very least, justice and vengeance are two sides of the same coin. And one might have a point; but not here. These people want vengeance and from what has been said and demanded in the name of ‘justice’ (calling for Wilson’s firing and being indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with murder- regardless of evidence), is really not justice at all. It’s vengeance saturated with black racial solidarity.

The funeral attendees also heard Sharpton preach about ‘blackness’- what it is and what it’s not. His sermon aside- this is the schizophrenia which afflicts black Christians. This schizophrenia is characterized by attempting to personify dual identities held in tension with one another, that inevitably brings both identities into competition with one another. Once those identities come into conflict, the holder of these competing identities must chose which identity takes preference and which identity must be subjugated. Jesus taught that one cannot serve two masters. For the black Christian, his Christian identity is generally subjugated to his black identity, which goes against the admonition of Paul’s teaching- aside from not regarding anyone from a worldly point of view- that those who’re in Christ are new creations, with new perspectives.

Blacks continued cultic practice of racial empathy and solidarity, worshiping at the altar of race, has had devastating consequences, many of which have been on display during the last two weeks in Ferguson Missouri. Any hope of spiritual redemption of black Americans must be predicated on their black identity being subjected to their Christian identity. They must eschew racial solidarity in favor of familial solidarity in Christ. Then and only then can blacks have a chance to overcome self-inflicted pathologies, which have negatively characterized their communities across the country for far too long.