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Al Sharpton

Al Sharpton is an American “civil rights activist,” Baptist minister, talk show host and failed politician. In July 1991, a controversy erupted when Leonard Jeffries, a professor at New York’s City College accused “rich Jews” of financing the slave trade and of controlling Hollywood so they could “put together a system of destruction for Black people.” Sharpton rushed to defend Jeffries and declared: “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.”

A month later, a Jewish driver accidentally ran over a 7-year-old black boy in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and an antisemitic riot broke out during which a Jewish rabbinical scholar was stabbed to death by an angry mob. Instead of calling for calm, Sharpton incited the rioters, leading streets marches chanting “No Justice, No Peace!” and “Kill the Jews!”

In 1995, Al Sharpton injected himself into a landlord-tenant dispute in Harlem, which soon turned deadly. A black Pentecostal church raised the rent of its Jewish tenant, who owned the store Freddy’s Fashion Mart, so the Jewish owner in turn raised the rent on his black sub-tenant, who ran a record store. Sharpton immediately saw an opening for racial demagoguery, and went on radio, declaring, “We will not stand by and allow them [Jews] to evict our brother so that some white interloper can expand his business.”

Protesters led by Sharpton’s National Action Network picketed outside the store referring to Jews as “bloodsuckers” and threatening, “We’re going to burn and loot the Jews.” The demonstrators also struck matches and threw them into the store’s doorway. Two months into the protest, one of the demonstrators stormed into the store armed with a gun, and burned the place to the ground, killing seven people, and shooting himself.

In 2000, then Republican Representative Joe Scarborough, introduced a Resolution titled “Condemning the racist and anti-Semitic views of the Reverend Al Sharpton” that included some of Sharpton’s statements such as ‘bloodsucking [J]ews’, ‘Jew bastards’, ‘white interlopers‘, and ‘diamond merchants‘. The resolution was never brought to a vote on the floor.

At last week’s Congressional testimony on Police Brutality, Sharpton was confronted with his own statements but chose to deny all of them.

Despite his attempts to deny the truth, it’s clear that Al Sharpton is a Jew Hater. He seeks to leverage hatred towards Jews to advance his own agenda.