The Democratic Embrace of Al Sharpton

Heather Mac Donald, Wall Street Journal, October 24, 2014

The Rev. Al Sharpton once epitomized New York’s bad old days of the 1980s, when the then-corpulent, gold-medallion-bedecked tub thumper inflamed racial hatred and courted violence. Today, against all expectations and at least 100 pounds lighter, he has been rehabilitated into the Democratic Party’s civil-rights leader of choice. Has Mr. Sharpton changed or simply outlasted his critics?

President Obama ’s embrace of Mr. Sharpton has been particularly intense this year. On Monday he called Mr. Sharpton’s radio show to discuss the Nov. 4 elections. In April the president appeared at a political rally organized by Mr. Sharpton’s National Action Network. Mr. Obama’s closest adviser, Valerie Jarrett, conferred with Mr. Sharpton in August about the police killing of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., as Mr. Sharpton led protests against the Ferguson police.

The Democratic establishment is just as obsequious. It turned out in force earlier this month to celebrate Mr. Sharpton’s 60th birthday party at New York’s tony Four Seasons restaurant. Hillary Clinton phoned in with best wishes. Barack and Michelle Obama sent a congratulatory letter. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gushed: “He’s the nation’s Rev. Sharpton–and the nation is better for it.” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and Reps. Charles Rangel and Jerry Nadler rushed to pay their respects.

Worrying as it might be for America to see Mr. Sharpton catapulted into the national limelight, that is nothing compared with the alarm felt by many New Yorkers now witnessing his emergence as a political power in their city.

When New Yorkers elected Bill de Blasio as mayor last year, they knew they were getting a self-styled “progressive” who pledged to soak the rich and shackle the New York Police Department. What they didn’t know was that they were also voting to bring Al Sharpton and his influence into the very heart of City Hall. The mayor’s alliance with the racial provocateur is now creating the biggest crisis of his mayoralty.

So far Mr. de Blasio is pretending not to notice. As the crisis escalated, involving a former Sharpton aide now working for the mayor’s wife, Mr. de Blasio ladled on the praise at the Four Seasons. “Al Sharpton has been a blessing for this city,” the mayor enthused. “He’s been a blessing for this nation. And the more people criticize him, the more I want to hang out with him. Because a lot of times, just look who’s doing the criticizing and the way they’re saying it–it makes you realize the Rev must be doing something right. You know, sometimes, your enemies are the best endorsers of the righteousness of your actions.”


{snip} Mr. Sharpton believes that New York’s mayor owes him his job–a belief shared, it seems, by Mr. de Blasio himself. Mr. Sharpton pointedly declined to endorse the sole black candidate in the Democratic primary last year. That left the field open for a late-surging Mr. de Blasio, who had run a demagogic campaign against the New York Police Department, denouncing its stop-question-and-frisk policies as racist. Candidate de Blasio also pandered to black voters by prominently featuring his biracial son in campaign ads. “We won the election,” Mr. Sharpton later told CBS New York.

Mr. de Blasio’s first offering of thanks was to hire Mr. Sharpton’s longtime public-relations adviser as his wife’s $170,000-a-year chief of staff. Such a position was unprecedented, but the choice of Rachel Noerdlinger to fill it was even more startling. It put an Al Sharpton confidante at the center of city power.

Next, Mayor de Blasio implied that Mr. Sharpton was a major player in police affairs. In late July the mayor convened a meeting of “community advocates” to discuss the death of a black man following the man’s arrest for selling untaxed loose cigarettes. Mr. Sharpton’s inevitable protests against the NYPD had blamed the death on the enforcement of public-order laws, including the ban on selling loose cigarettes. Such enforcement is key to “broken windows” policing–stopping minor crimes as a way of preventing major ones.

Mr. Sharpton was led in to the mayor’s community meeting by his former aide, Ms. Noerdlinger, and seated on Mr. de Blasio’s left, with Police Commissioner William Bratton, serving his second tour as New York’s top law officer, on the mayor’s right. The symbolism was lost on no one, least of all police officers. The next day, a mock NYPD identification card circulated through police headquarters showing Mr. Sharpton as commissioner.

By the time of the Four Seasons birthday blowout, the mayor’s Noerdlinger-Sharpton connection was turning toxic. As the local press reported, the 43-year-old single mother had failed to disclose in her City Hall background check that she was living with an unemployed ex-convict who had served time for fatally shooting a man over a jacket and for drug dealing. The boyfriend, Hassaun McFarlan, had referred to the police as “pigs” on his now-vanished Facebook page.

Ms. Noerdlinger had received a waiver of the city’s residency requirement by citing her teenage son’s need to continue a physical-therapy regime in New Jersey following a traffic accident. She didn’t mention that he was fit enough to play linebacker on his high-school football team. Like Mr. McFarlan, that son has referred to the police as “pigs” on social media, and he has tweeted: “I’m convinced all white people are the devil.”


Police morale is plummeting, given the mayor’s stubborn allegiance to a former Sharpton aide and the seeming elevation of Mr. Sharpton to near-parity with Police Commissioner Bratton. Cops in certain high-crime precincts have all but abandoned pedestrian stops, which candidate de Blasio had so fiercely criticized.

As for Mr. Sharpton, he portrays the Noerdlinger fiasco as a conspiracy to bring down the de Blasio mayoralty and Mr. Sharpton’s connection to it. After leading a few rounds of “no justice, no peace” on a recent Saturday at his National Action Network headquarters–still little more than a shabby storefront despite the millions shoveled into it by supplicant corporate donors–Mr. Sharpton told his supporters: “They will keep trying to prevent [the mayor] from transforming this city, whether it’s Rachel”–Ms. Noerdlinger–“or it’s someone else. When Mayor de Blasio and his wife reached out and said they wanted Rachel to come, I said: ‘Don’t think that they won’t put a target on your back. They’ll find something. They gonna think I cut some deal.’ ”

The longer Mayor de Blasio sticks by Ms. Noerdlinger, the more it will appear that the mayor did cut a deal. But firing her would invite Mr. Sharpton’s wrath, jeopardizing Mr. de Blasio’s hopes for a second term. Worse, Mr. Sharpton is demanding an end to broken-windows policing, while Commissioner Bratton has vowed to continue it. Mayor de Blasio cannot satisfy both men.


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  • notaliberal

    Sharpton is only deputy Mayor of NYC? It seems as if he’s the deputy president of the disunited States when he’s not hosting his show on Ms.NBC.

  • Rhialto

    Bad news: Rev. Sharpton has massive influence on the NYC government.

    Good news: It doesn’t matter.

  • TruthBeTold

    Has Mr. Sharpton changed or simply outlasted his critics?

    The lesson for Conservatives is to IGNORE YOUR CRITICS. And certainly don’t sit down for a one on one meeting for the public to watch you squirm.

    Blacks and Democrats know that if you just hold out, another scandal will come along and yours will be forgotten.

    • DD-762

      Like when Imus groveled before him regarding the nappy-haired ‘ho’s joke.

      Absolutely sickening.

      • benvad

        That old bastard loved his income and doesn’t have the courage to fight back.

  • MekongDelta69

    Just another of a thousand reasons why NYC is in the sewer.

    • KyraNelson

      It doesn’t have to be.

      • Petertimber

        NY is now populated by low class mendicants , lots of illegal aliens whose sole purpose is to demand equal sharing of miseries that for them is a step up…..America who? where dat?

  • Four years ago, the Democrat candidate for New York State Attorney General, who wound up winning, promised openly to give Al Sharpton a corner office in the AG’s office.

    • jane johnson

      Think they have room for this guy?

      • SlizzardAjeosshi

        Good Grievance why all these American black supremacists end up looking like central African warlords when they try to dress all snazzy ?

        • Sick of it

          It’s all relative.

        • mikekingjr

          It’s a black thang. You wouldn’t want to understand.

  • AmericanCitizen

    Billy DoucheBaggio forgot a cardinal rule: lie down with dogs, you get the fleas too.

    • benvad

      Why is anyone surprised at the result? You elect a 60s Marxist radical in a suit and this will be the result.

  • E7 sharp 9

    Tawana Brawley

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “President Obama ’s embrace of Mr. Sharpton has been particularly intense this year.”

    Of course Obama’s embrace of Sharpton is particularly strong this year — it’s a midterm election year. Obama needs someone to stir up the blacks to go out in vote because blacks are otherwise not compelled to vote without Obama on the ballot. Obama doesn’t want to alienate whites by appearing to overly stir up blacks so he uses his surrogates, Sharpton and Holder, to do his dirty work. And, of course, the media’s coverage of Ferguson was also meant to stir up blacks to vote.

    • Max

      That sounds right.

      • Petertimber

        it didn’t work though because even American blacks know Obama did them no good save for Rev. Al Sharpton who managed to wiggle his dna into the WH

  • I “heart” NYC bumper stickers are in short supply down in the south. What a clusterfreak of corruption and anti-white racism. The last white person to leave won’t need to turn out the lights because they’ll be vandalized anyway.

  • Luca

    I guess if Whites and Republicans were as crazy as blacks and Liberals we would appoint Charlie Sheen, Ted Nugent, and Lady Gaga to responsible political offices with a straight face.

    • SlizzardAjeosshi

      And unfortunately they would probably make a finer crop than what currently passes for Republican politicians

    • George Costanza

      I think Ted Nugent is alright…

      • Luca

        He’s alright as a celebrity and he says things that make sense but I don’t see him as political leadership material.

      • bilderbuster

        In a child molesting/draft dodging by crapping his pants for a week sort of way.

  • Truthseeker

    Al Sharpton is the embodiment of everything that’s wrong with America.

    • mikekingjr

      Not everything. He isn’t a White libtard, for example.

      • bilderbuster

        He’s not Jewish.

        • mael

          Sure does cry like one….

        • mikekingjr

          Also true, Sir.

  • DD-762

    “Reverend” Al Sharpton has achieved the African-American Dream. From his Affirmative Actioned ordination to his dropping out of college, he has reaped the benefits of what a typical black man can expect in the US. I suppose this is the best the black community can come up with as a leader.

    However, considering the credibility of black “leaders” and the upcoming election, the rug is about to be pulled from beneath Al, et al.

    • benvad

      They’re the only idiots who need leaders.

    • Atheist Realist

      why not have a real leader like Thomas Sowell?

  • John Smith

    For anybody who is interested, check out the comments Uncle Al made about africans building empires while gay neanderthals did you know what to each other in caves.

    With his past history, it is truly amazing he is allowed on TV and to meet/consult with the head mulatto.

    The anti-white media cabal really takes it easy on him.

    • mikekingjr

      The msm cannot criticize the rev. He’s black you see.

      • benvad

        He has his own show on MSNBC for the love of Pete!

        • bilderbuster

          Blacks don’t own and control the MSM.

          • benvad

            I know I know he’s a tool for Marxists and the tribe.

    • bilderbuster

      They have actively promoted him from the start.
      A pro-White media would have crushed that fool by exposing him and his “true believers” from the start.

      • benvad

        He has been exposed as a fraud countless times but whites won’t do a damn thing. They’re gutless pandering weaklings demoralized by Marxists.

  • WR_the_realist

    Good grief. Al Sharpton is responsible not only for defaming prosecutor Pagones in the Tawana Brawley case, causing the break up of his marriage, but also for inspiring a man who shot customers at Freddie’s Fashion Mart and burned the place down, causing seven employees to die of smoke inhalation. This is the man the Democratic Party embraces. I actually voted Democratic as a young man. I did not leave the party, the party left me.

    Compare and contrast: Jared Taylor has never destroyed another man by making false accusations, and has never inspired violence. But no politician in either party would touch him with a ten foot pole. The hypocrisy stinks. Also, one out of four black Americans say that Al Sharpton represents them. Will we ever see one out of four white Americans say that Jared Taylor represents them? I can only dream to see the day.

    As for all those liberal white hipsters in NYC who voted for de Blasio, they’re going to get what’s coming to them as he “transforms the city”. I never thought I’d so quickly become nostalgic for pro-illegal immigrant and anti-gun Michael Bloomberg.

    • B.A_2014

      Jared Taylor may not destroyed another man with false accusations but he did destroy a man with logic and facts. I think his name was Peter March.

      • WR_the_realist

        Oh yes, that was the debate on whether Diversity is a Strength. Peter March didn’t even attempt to show that it was — his whole argument was that diversity is a cross that we wicked, wicked white people must be forced to bear, as penance for our sins.

    • Tim_in_Indiana

      Al Charlatan should be in jail, if anything. Simply being exiled into obscurity after the Freddie’s Fashion Mart tragedy would have been far too good for him. The fawning over this hate-mongering killer is sickening and incomprehensible. At least it would be if we lived in a sane country.

      • benvad

        All you have to remember is that if he’s causing pain and emotional despair to whites that’s all they (blacks) care about.

        They’ll cut of their nose to spite their faces, if they can shove it to the man.

      • Atheist Realist

        he comes across as an arrogant ass in some of the amren videos but I wonder what Michael Levin is up to these days? Maybe he’s thinking “i told you so”

  • IstvanIN

    On a positive note Rev. Al is a Deputy Mayor who isn’t collecting an official NYC paycheck.

    • SlizzardAjeosshi

      HIs wife seems to act as the trustee for that

    • benvad

      Are you really sure about that?

      • IstvanIN

        I said official, as in on the books.

  • NoMosqueHere

    The millions of illegal aliens who will receive amnesty from Hussein Ebola after the November elections won’t all land in NYC. They are everywhere and will destroy the country as we knew it in total, not just the blue states.

    • Alexandra1973

      They’re in the fairly rural areas too. My son has to go to the next city over for school and there are Hispanics there. I wonder if that’s a reason why lice is going around there. I’ve seen people on other forums (health, not race realism) saying that Mexicans are bringing in different kinds of lice.

      Well, I found out I don’t have to use a toxic shampoo…coconut oil, olive oil, and vinegar get rid of ’em!

      • bilderbuster

        Not just fairly rural but in very rural areas too and they have already taken over in some places. Anytime there’s a new Catholic Church being built in the countryside you can expect to find the New Brown Occupiers.

      • none of your business

        Mouthwash works too because of the alcohol. You’re lucky he’s a boy and has short hair. Crewcuts are the best.

      • Atheist Realist

        especially in the rural areas of the San Joaquin Valley

  • SlizzardAjeosshi

    Well what can i say ? As an Italian citizen i am kinda ashamed of de Blasio.

    I am also 1/4 Hungarian Ashkenazim of matrilineal descent and all i have to say to all the NYC Jews who voted for this mondo bizzarro ticket is basically a big giant serves you right

    • George Costanza

      His real name is actually Warren Wilhelm Jr, His father was of German American Descent and a hero during WW2…But that wasn’t good enough for mayor De Commieo

      • bilderbuster

        A total disgrace to his ancestors, but he’s exactly the type of German the Allies wanted to create.

    • NoMosqueHere

      As a right wing, white NYC resident, I can tell you the city has always been nutty liberal. But the white population in NYC, as in the US as a whole, is shrinking, so things are getting worse. Just 20 years ago we voted in Rudy Giuliani. That won’t happen again given demographic trends.

    • John

      “I am also 1/4 Hungarian Ashkenazim of matrilineal descent”. I offer my condolences.

      • SlizzardAjeosshi

        Meh i don’t know about that, grandma was actually the whitest member of the family: green eyes, strawberry blonde hair and freckled milky skin.

  • George Costanza

    The black population is an incredible thorn in the side of NYC…INCREDIBLE!!

    • none of your business

      They are a thorn in every city even if their population is only 5 percent.

      • bilderbuster

        Even then they are a constant pain in the neck.

  • none of your business

    “Cops in certain high-crime precincts have all but abandoned pedestrian stops, ” Since almost no Whites live in the high crime areas, let the blacks and browns kill each other. NYC voted for de Blasio, let the citizens reap what they sowed.

    • benvad

      Vigilante whites like Goetz will arise for self preservation and they’ll be skewered for this over the liberal coals.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Sharpton is a loud-mouthed, degenerate reject whose been elevated to a position of power, just like so many in this corrupt regime.

    The Jews, LGBT, and blacks should have taken him down a long time ago:

    Roland James Smith, Jr., 51, a Harlem resident with a criminal record going back 30 years, walked into Freddy’s Fashion Mart, a Jewish-owned clothing store at 272 West 125th Street, pulled out a gun, ordered all the black customers to leave, spilled paint thinner on several bins of clothing and set them on fire — a fire that resulted in killing 8 people including Smith.

    Smith had been part of a group of picketers, led by Al Sharpton , head of the National Action Network and Morris Powell , leader of the 125th Street Vendor’s Association, who had been protesting the eviction of Sikhulu Shange, owner of the Record Shack who was subletting from Fred Harari, the Jewish owner of Freddy’s.

    “…Before those Greek Homos ever got around to it..”

    —Al Sharpton

    He was also a snitch for the FBI.

    • Michael Whalen

      Where is your grammar, Mr. Sharpton? (and don’t tell me that she died.) White folks WERE in caves while we WERE building empires. And it should be THOSE Greek homos, not THEM Greek homos. And one more thing. I think you mean “Astronomy”, not “Astrology.” Let me know if this helps.

    • bilderbuster

      Sharpton has always operated with the US government’s blessing and support.
      Only now he’s not undercover.

  • Blackhawk

    Ms. Mac Donald, thank you for referring to him as Mr. Sharpton after the first reference. It did not go unnoticed.

    This grifter has not spent one minute inside a divinity school.

  • MannyR

    New York/San Francisco/Seattle= cities full to the brim with idiots that blindly vote Democrat in every city wide election. You get what you vote for. Screw em.

    • none of your business

      Add Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, DC, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and virtually every city in the country.

  • DavidLAlbert

    Al Sharpton – dumb ass evil in the flesh! To listen to this guy is to be stupid! The problems of our world come from his perverted and deranged nightmare!

  • shmo123

    My first reaction to this article was something completely unprintable, but I will say this:
    I’ve never read anything so nauseating in my life. To treat that little pos with deference and obsequiously go around kissing his ring is something only a politician would do. The dirty whores have no conscience, scruples, or standards of any kind. I wouldn’t be caught dead in the same room with the little rat, let alone offer him good wishes. Unbelievable doesn’t begin to describe it.

    • mikekingjr

      You described my reaction more articulately than I could have. A hundred thumbs up!

      • shmo123

        Thanks Mike. Al brings out the best in me.

        • mikekingjr

          Me too.

    • Ohmy!

      Al Sharpton actually looks like a “rat.” He’s creepy looking.

  • WR_the_realist

    “Hillary Clinton phoned in with best wishes,” for Al Sharpton’s 60th birthday. Michael Christopher Scott, do you still plan to vote for Shrillary?

  • dave

    Sharptounge is not only the Mayor, he is also the police commissioner and the President of the US.

  • mobilebay

    How in the world did this cartoon figure (Sharpton) get where he is? And does anyone aside from me wonder what he’s saying when he opens his mouth?

  • Al is a discussing man who profits from peoples plight and hardship, he is an leach and done well for him self on the misery of all races. It sickens me to see that he had a few millions in back taxes, and it was forgiven by this administration, as well during his campaign for prez a few yrs back was a joke and left many people holding his bills for his campaign.
    To me he is the poster child why black America is have issues in the world. He has no accountability for his words and actions, and one of the biggest frauds in U.S history.
    Nice thing is, black American I do know, very well educated, can’t stand him either.

    • benvad

      Don’t let him full you with his words against Sharpton, he’ll pretend and pander to you to your face but in back of you he’s flipping you the bird.

  • Petertimber

    what goes around comes around and if it is immoral it comes around with a wallop!