Cynical Synapse

Tue, 11 Oct 2011

The Incredibly Inconsistent, Opportunistic Rev. Al Sharpton

Filed under: Behavior, Candidates, Deceit, Hypocrits, Media, Opportunists, Politics, Racism, Society — cynicalsynapse @ 4:32 am

Rev. Al Sharpton and Russell Simmons in Zuccotti Park

Frankly, I’m amazed Rev. Al sharpton waited 24 days before showing up at Occupy Wall Street. Reminiscent of Underdog, Sharpton’s motto is, “When opportunism knocks, I am not slow. It’s hip, hip, hip, and away I go.” Keepin’ It Real, Sharpton’s radio show, broadcast Monday afternoon from Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan. During his show, Sharpton exclaimed common cause with the causeless protest:

We [Sharpton and his show] are here today because we agree 1% should not be controlling the [nation’s] wealth. These [demonstrators] are regular people trying to feed their families, trying to pay their rent and mortgages, trying to survive.

Can I get a fact check on aisle 1, please? While there’s no question the 1% hold a disproportionate share of wealth, 66.6% of US wealth was held by the remaining 99% of the population in 2004, according to the Federal Reserve. Where do you suppose Rev. Sharpton falls in the net worth band? While he’s surely not in the despicable 1%, Rev. Sharpton’s $5 million net worth puts him in the top 10%, I’m sure. The same Federal Reserve data said the top 10% of the population held 69.5% of 2004 wealth. I’m thinking Rev. Al is not one of us regular people.

Russell Simmons, co-founder of the Def Jam hip-hop record label, joined Rev. Sharpton for his radio broadcast from Zuccotti Park. Simmons, reputedly worth $500 million, is not a regular guy, either. Sharpton has a TV show, too. Why not put Occupy Wall Street on his TV show? As the Gothamist put it, “Is he saying that the protesters have faces for radio?”

Herman Cain

Maybe Gothamist isn’t so far off the mark. Rev. Al Sharpton, and others of his ilk, can’t wrap their heads around Herman Cain not being an angry, race-baiting black liberal like the good Reverend himself. Maybe Sharpton is nervous because Republican Presidential candidate Cain has been steadily rising in the polls. Cain is the epitomy of the American dream, having become successful by will and effort. Cain threatens Sharpton’s powerbase and relevance, which exists largely on the basis of racial devisiveness and a continuing victim meme. And that might be the very reason Cain made the remark about African Americans being brainwashed into voting for Democrats.

From Keepin’ It Real‘s Friday (07 October) show, Rev. Al Sharpton said of Cain:

If Herman Cain were to come on my show radio or TV, I would say to him how could anyone in their right mind that grew up in the South and saw what they saw, or stand up there and act like anybody and that is unemployed and that is not rich did it to themselves starting with your momma. I could have understood someone with Barack Obama’s background having that kind of confusion. So, I would only assume that he is either socially ignorant or playing games to get votes. Cause he couldn’t possibly have grown up and come to that conclusion unless he was one or the other.


  1. Have you heard Herman Cain speak? He is kind of dumb – as in really dumb. Not as dumb as Perry – but dirt dumb never the less. Is the GOP is falling over itself to get the illiterate hillbilly vote.

    Sharpton is actually really clever. I didn’t care for him before his show, but he doesn’t pull any punches and he pounces when he sniffs out yet another lie from the right fringe. Opportunistic, who isn’t, give me a break – however he is no Sarah Palin. I catch myself saying ‘well done, nailed another fucking idiot’, so he must be doing something right.

    Comment by The Centrist Word (@thecentristword) — Tue, 11 Oct 2011 @ 6:43 am

  2. since Sharpless came on the scene with that lying b Twanna Brawley he has stuck his big black nose into everything NYC. If he were a cartoon – he’d be the joker to a hero batman. The man is a race baiter, a cheat (on his wife and to his own black people), he is a self proclaimed Reverent and his kids are now growing up without a father. He made his entire living on the backs of black people and now these dummies on television have given him his own show and he is worth $5 Million dollars – all ill bought. This man is disgusting and I don’t care how many creeps he exposes – he is still one big creep himself.

    Comment by bonju — Tue, 11 Oct 2011 @ 8:33 am

  3. Very good post, CS. You’ve pegged Sharpton and Simmons. Everyone knows Sharpton seizes upon any and every opportunity to get publicity. He’s nothing but a con man. #OWS doesn’t need the likes of Sharpton. He has no credibility.

    Comment by The Old Man — Tue, 11 Oct 2011 @ 9:57 am

  4. @The Centrist Word: Thanks for stopping by and for your thoughts. I haven’t seriously considered Herman Cain, so I can’t address his pros or cons. I do know, however, Al Sharpton owes his very claim to fame by opportunistic race-baiting and the continued victim mentality he needs saddled on the backs of the very people he claims to be trying to help.

    @bonju: Sharpton makes me sick, too. You hit the nail on the head. Thanks for stopping by.

    @The Old Man: Always a pleasure. Thanks for stopping by.

    Comment by cynicalsynapse — Tue, 11 Oct 2011 @ 8:35 pm

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