WHERE IS THE REVEREND?

Four years ago, a horrific incident at a far-right rally in Charlottesville, VA left one person dead and nineteen injured. In August of 2017, Heather Heyer, an anti-racist protester, was killed by the car driven by James Alex Fields while she was demonstrating against a “Unite the Right” rally to protest the removal of Confederate statues. Mr. Fields was a self-described neo-Nazi and White supremacist.

The Reverend Al Sharpton and his National Action Network sidekicks were promptly on the scene to lead a National movement to call attention to the atrocity that had occurred. Last week another group of marchers and attendees were run down on the street. This time in Waukesha, WI. and, to date, six have died and another sixty have been hospitalized. Four of the five victims who were killed, after a red SUV plowed into a Christmas parade, were members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies club and an eight year old boy died in the hospital soon after.

The two tragedies are eerily similar … but I’ve heard no mention of prospective travel plans to Wisconsin by Mr. Sharpton. The slaughter of six innocents in the Nation’s heartland came at the hand of a career criminal with multiple priors. 39-year-old Darrell Brooks, Jr. has a record of resisting arrest, obstruction, assault, battery, statutory sexual enticement, strangulation and suffocation, destruction of property, illegal possession of firearms, bail jumping, domestic violence, drug related charges and is a registered sex offender. As he was crashing his vehicle through the crowd, he was out of jail on a politically motivated, and unrealistically low, $1,000 bail.

Just last week, a federal jury in Virginia awarded more than $25 million in damages to plaintiffs in a lawsuit against James Fields and the organizers and participants in the 2017 Unite the Right white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. The decision from the jury “sent a clear message: violent hate won’t go unanswered,” said Amy Spitalnick, executive director of the group, including the Reverend Al Sharpton, supporting the plaintiffs in the case.

None of these litigants have shown any interest in holding Derrell Brooks, or his enablers, accountable. One can only assume that the slaughter of four grandmothers, a bystander, and a small child in Wisconsin pales into insignificance, at least in the Reverend Sharpton’s estimation, when compared to the death of a single woman in Virginia when certain criteria come into play. Could it have anything to do with skin color?

 

James Alex Fields
Reverend Al Sharpton
Derrell Brooks, Jr.

2 thoughts on “WHERE IS THE REVEREND?

  1. Al Sharpton only shows up at events that provide him with a “‘photo op opportunity.” He does nothing constructive and promotes nothing but racial discord. He and Jackson don’t deserve the title Reverend.

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  2. Because I can’t ask him, I’m going to assume that Al Sharpton was unhappy about the mass murder in the Waukesha atrocity not just because of the tragic deaths of so many, but obviously because the perpetrator was a man of color. Of course the reverend’s silence in this case had to do with color. And of course his efforts to call attention to the Charlottesville death—even though the dead person, Heather Heyer, was white. You weren’t really asking a question, were you? It was your opportunity to highlight the fact that things aren’t fair any more in your little world. Poor Jim. Too many black faces on T.V. Check. A higher percentage of mixed race couples in the media than is representative of ‘real life’. Check. This changing life isn’t fair for a white boy anymore, is it? I’m not about to defend—or condemn—Rev. Sharpton. I’d just like to remind you that it hasn’t been that long since a crime committed against a person of color wasn’t even a crime. Public lynchings were a thing as recently as 1950. Many African Americans who were never accused of any crime were tortured and murdered in front of picnicking spectators, including elected officials and prominent citizens for bumping in a white person or not using the appropriate title when addressing a white person. Who was there to protest that? There have been so many injustices against Blacks at the hands of Caucasians—many, if not most of them unpunished, and I’m not going all the way back to slavery, but I could. Give me a freaking break, Powell. So what? You have way too much time on your hands if you are going to nit-pick Al Sharpton’s responses to hate crimes and use a tragedy of such proportions to call out an activist for Blacks. Derrell Brooks Jr. is batshit crazy in addition to being … sort of black. Sharpton sounds off when ‘his people’ are demonized. People protect their tribe. For better or worse, that’s the way we’re wired—you, too, apparently.

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