Nineteen Years Ago, Al Sharpton Incited the Massacre at Freddy’s Fashion Mart

Yid with Lid, December 7, 2014

Nineteen years ago, December 8, 1995,  Al Sharpton incited the violent firebombing of Freddy’s Fashion Mart in Harlem, causing the the deaths of Angelina Marrero . . . Cynthia Martinez . . . Luz Ramos . . . Mayra Rentas . . . Olga Garcia . . . Garnette Ramautar . . . Kareem Brunner. . . . names forever linked together as the seven victims of the Sharpton-caused massacre at Freddy’s Fashion Mart.

It all started as a rent dispute in the summer of 1995:

The United House of Prayer, a large African-American church was also a major landlord in Harlem. They raised the rent Freddy’s Fashion Mart, a Jewish-owned clothing store which had operated from the same Harlem location for over 40 years. In turn Freddy’s had to raise the rent on its sub-tenant, a black-owned record store. A landlord-tenant dispute ensued. As he has done so often in his life, Al Sharpton turned this non-racial economic dispute into a racial conflict.

As reported in the Jewish Post:

The church also owns 272 West 125th Street, site of the fire. It recently began a $4.5 million renovation of the building. Mr. Katz said “They were looking to kick out any businesses that were in the way of the renovation, that looked crummy, or that weren’t paying as much rent as they felt could be earned. Kentucky Fried Chicken–a high-rent-payer–was forced out so they could build an entrance facing 125th Street. The Jewish-owned meat market lost their lease, and their space was given to Freddy’s.”…. the “real villain here was the church’s real-estate broker, Malcolm Barksdale [who is black]. I can imagine how he must have pressured Shange. I was a good tenant. I paid my rent on the first of the month, every month for 30 years. Yet, when Barksdale came to see me about terminating my lease, he was very arrogant and rude. He treated me like ape-s—, and you can quote me on that.”

The Sharpton-led protests began in August and came to a head on the morning of Friday, December 8th when Roland James Smith, Jr., who had been part of the Sharpton’s protests, walked into Freddy’s Fashion Mart, 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 7 people plus Smith. The only African American left in the story was Freddy’s security guard Kareem Brunner, 22-years-old, who was ordered to stay by the mass murderer Smith.

At the time the faux-preacher claimed he wasn’t involved in the protests, he was only there to mediate. He also claimed there was no Antisemitism involved in the protests, but he has been proven to be a liar.

Soon after the massacre, the Jewish Action Alliance, a New York-based civil-rights group, released audiotapes and transcripts of several of Sharpton’s weekly radio show in which Morris Powell, leader of the 125th Street Vendor’s Association, can be heard using racial and anti-Semitic language to encourage Harlem residents to boycott Freddy’s. Learning from his Crown Heights experience Sharpton let others push the anti-Semitic hatred but it was all done on his show.

“We are going to see that this cracker suffers,”  Powell is heard telling a crowd in one broadcast on  Aug. 19.

“Reverend Sharpton is on it. We have made contact with these crackers. We don’t expect a lot out of them. They haven’t seen how we feel about anything yet. We are going to show them.”

He also said

They think they gonna drive this man out of business, they gotta be out of their minds. We are not gonna stand idly by and let a Jewish person come in Black Harlem and methodically drive black people out of business up and down 125th Street. If we stand for that, we’ll stand for anything. Which we’ve been doing.

At a rally recorded on Sept. 9, Sharpton is heard telling a crowd:

“I want to make it clear to the radio audience and to you here that we will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business on 125th Street.

Ironically Sharpton was the interloper, he was living in Hollis Queens around the time Freddy’s opened in Harlem and living in New Jersey when Freddy’s was burned down. When other white-owned businesses fled the neighborhood as the population became more African-American, Fred Harari the owner of Freddy’s continued to serve the neighborhood.

On an October 21st Sharpton broadcast Norman “Granddad” Reide said:

I am saying to the Jewish community and specifically to Abraham Foxman, that you come out and utter a word, accusatory remark against Reverend Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Donna Wilson, Reverend Shields, or Gary Byrd, we will boycott you and nobody loves money any more than the Jewish people. Thank you.

In court papers filed the day before the fire, Harari and two employees described weeks of protests outside the clothing store. Sharpton’s National Action Network sets up picket lines; customers going into Freddy’s were spat on and cursed as “traitors” and “Uncle Toms.” Some protesters shouted, “Burn down the Jew store!” and simulate striking a match. “We’re going to see that this cracker suffers,” says Sharpton’s colleague Morris Powell.

An affidavit by Kareem Brunner, a black security guard killed in the blaze, said that he had been called a “cracker lover” and “would get mine as a traitor [to the black race].” Brunner, was the only black that Smith did not order out of the store before setting it afire.

Store manager, Steve Brodsky, described how a particularly vicious demonstrator called Shabazz would force his way into the store, pushing Brodsky aside and shout “I will be back to burn the Jew store down–burn, burn, burn.”

On Dec. 8, one of the protesters , Roland James Smith, Jr listened. He burst into Freddy’s, shot four employees point-blank, then set the store on fire. Seven employees died in the inferno.

When the tragedy occurred, Al Sharpton denied all responsibility and said “People are trying to put me in the middle of this. I only came one time. I met with the people from the church. . . . I was only there a matter of minutes. I was not the leader of this. I was only in support of Shange.”

He criticized NYPD investigators for quickly linking the fire to the protesters. But the police evidence and the tapes from the Jewish Alliance proved him to be a liar. Not only were the protesters involved they did it right in front of him at Freddy’s or on his radio show.

After first telling the press “What’s wrong with calling someone a white interloper?” he apologized for using that term. He never apologized for the Jew-hatred broadcast on his radio shows and spoken at the rallies he helped to organize. He continues to deny that the rallies had anything to do with the firebombing.

Al Sharpton cannot be forgiven for his role in the pogrom at Freddy’s or any of his other bigotry because he has never acknowledged his role, nor has he ever apologized (even though his actions/speeches, etc. were caught on tape).

But today Al Sharpton is a media darling with his own show on MSNBC, an adviser to President Obama and friend to AG Eric Holder. And he still makes excuses for hatred:

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  • MannyR

    The fact that Sharpton is known to visit the President with regularity should be all the proof that one needs in regards to how Obama views whites. He hates them with a passion.

    • HE2

      A matter of thug loyalty=not very Sharp and Ozero.

  • IstvanIN

    Access to the White House, radio and TV shows, millionaire lifestyle, gets to order the murder fo Whites, getting guys like O’Reilly and Mark Simone saying what a nice guy he is, Sharpy Sharp is livin the high life.

    • SlizzardAjeosshi

      De facto all on Joe Whitey tax penny

    • redfeathers

      Joe Scarborough is a big fan of Sharpton’s too and calls him a friend. Geraldo Rivera is a friend and supporter also, but who is surprised at that?

    • Bryce Armstrong

      What about all those Conservatives like Gengrich who did that global warming commercial with climatology expert Sharpton.

      Everybody remembers him doing it the couch with Pelosi and conveniently forgets he was doing it with Sharpton to.

      • IstvanIN

        Gingrich is a low-life. Never trust a man who cheats on multiple wives while they are dying of cancer.

        • Reynardine

          …while pushing for the prosecution of a president also on a cheating spree…

    • Laura Dilworth

      Not oreilly

    • WR_the_realist

      Meanwhile, if you can show that a white person used the N word 20 years ago, that person is destroyed for life.

    • ElComadreja

      He’s in N***er Heaven.

  • TruthBeTold

    Al Sharptons’ beauty regiment:

    • SlizzardAjeosshi

      Intelligence, integrity worldly education and class literally oozing out of every pore…with leaders like this on the side of the Free World, i am sure Vlad and Jinping are crawling in bed terrorized every night

    • Ghost

      That’s hilarious!! Niqqer looks like a women.

    • Anon Emus

      I guess that helmet isn’t for augmenting brain power.

  • Lewis33

    Do we not owe the Rev.’s Sharpton and Jackson so much for opening so many white people’s eyes to race realism? As many white people that support blacks and black causes today, can we imagine how great the number would be if blacks had competent, non clownish leadership?

  • Thirty-three years ago this morning (December 9), Wesley Cook aka Mumia Abu Jamal murdered Philadelphia P.D. Officer Daniel Faulkner.

    • Puggg

      Was just a few days short of his 26th birthday

      • Put glasses and a different uniform on Mr. Faulkner, and he’d look like me at the same age. That hits pretty close to home.

    • Michael Whalen

      QD: Thanks for printing that dirt bag’s real name (Wesley Cook). There are too many people in this world that pay homage to the cop killer and refer to him by his stage name (Mumia A Hole Jamal).

    • phillyguy

      I remember it like it was yesterday, he should have been fried 30 years ago but leftist Hollywood and the white libatards still rally around his lying rhetoric.

      • none of your business

        There is a street in Paris named after mumbo jumbo.

    • Laura Dilworth

      Made him a cause celebre

  • MekongDelta69

    Only a race with an IQ level of a frozen meat locker would allow themselves to have ‘leaders’ like Al Sharp-Tonnage, Jesse Hi-Jackson, Calypso Louie, Eric Hold ‘Em Up, NoBama, and ALL the rest of the race hustlers, too numerous to mention here, who lead them around by their noses.

    • SlizzardAjeosshi

      In an average Tom Wolfe novel they might be mildly entertaining, in real life not much so .

    • SlizzardAjeosshi


      I know the list is too long and crowded but we definitely cannot pass the chance for a honorable mention of the late and already sorely missed Marion

  • RHG

    Actually it is the blacks who are the “interlopers” as these places were previously dominated by whites. But, once again we get to see that if any race of people in this country is benefitting from a racial privilege it is blacks, Can you image if a white had instigated all this against a Jewish owned business?

  • Luca

    And yet, liberal Jews continue to encourage and support these useless black idiots.

    • Sick of it

      In order to terrorize whites.

      • Juggernaut3000

        What do they care? They have a homeland waiting for them reserve for their people and ONLY their people, and you’d better have the correct DNA if you hope to settle there.

        It’s also black-free and soon to be muslim-free as a bonus.

        • WR_the_realist

          Actually, it’s not black free. At the insistence of liberal Jews in America, Israel brought in thousands of Ethiopian Jews. The Jews in Israel like that about as much as we like our government importing Somalis.

          • Katherine McChesney

            G.H.W. Bush helped Israel import Ethiopian Jews in Operation Solomon, Operation Joshua and Operation Moses.

          • WR_the_realist

            Is it any surprise George W. Bush would do what liberal American Jews want him to do?

          • Juggernaut3000

            Those Ethiopians were brought into Israel mostly in 1984 and 1991, 30 and 23 years ago before DNA testing, DNA testing which later proved the Ethiopians had DNA consistent with sub-saharan Africans and not Jews. The females were given Depo-Provera while awaiting transport to Israel.

            I suggest you read the following article about Israel deporting its black population to Sweden:

            Israel has started shipping African “refugees” out of the Jewish state and dumping them in Sweden—saying that Israel “cannot afford to absorb tens of thousands of Africans because it will affect the Jewish nature of the state.”

            http //newobserveronline com/racist-jewish-hypocrites-start-shipping-african-refugees-from-israel-to-sweden/

            To Australia:

            Australian MP Michael Danby proposed in parliament in Canberra, sending African migrants from Israel to Australia.

            “The arrival of thousands of Muslim infiltrators to Israeli territory is a clear threat to the state’s Jewish identity,” Danon told The Jerusalem Post.

            “The refugees’ place is not among us, and the initiative to transfer them to Australia is the right and just solution.

            Where’s the outrage?

            Imagine the fallout if White countries did the same to their black populations?

            Life for the Ethiopians in Israel?

            “Ethiopian Jews Find Israel To Be A Racist State”

            “The gap between black and white Israelis seems, with some exceptions, to be growing. For Ethiopians, it is visible in impoverished neighborhoods, soaring unemployment, and the highest high-school dropout rate of any Jewish group in Israel.”

            –Christian Science Monitor

            The Israelis need to spend more on its Ethiopian blacks, stop immediate deportations and tear down the wall they’ve built to keep out blacks and other non-Jews. If it’s good for Israel, it is good for White countries too.

    • none of your business

      You should have been around in the 1950’s and 60’s when Jewish big city neighborhoods were just destroyed by black terrorists. Jews just harangued and harangued that black crime and slums were caused by Whites fleeing the invasions. Not a word of sympathy even for their own people terrorized by blacks.

  • Yves Vannes

    Maybe Sharpton managed to avoid prosecution because he was an FBI rat?

    • Rhialto

      FBI protection may have meant his avoiding prosecution, but is it the reason for Sharpton’s veneration?

      • Yves Vannes

        Primitive Tribal Bombast.

  • Steve_in_Vermont

    What black people need more than ever are intelligent, articulate, educated, responsible spokesmen and women to present their stories to the American people and engage in a dialog to reduce hostilities on both sides. Unfortunately for them Al Sharpton is none of the above and is actually an impediment to progress. To make matters worse, a host of liberal whites have hung their coats on his coat rack and cannot now disassociate themselves from him. Their stuck with him, as are the blacks.

    • Who Me?

      But intelligent, articulate, educated, responsible spokesmen and women to present their stories to the American people and engage in a dialog to reduce hostilities on both sides are “acting white” and will therefore blacks will not listen to them.

      • Tooth Barkington

        Moreover, if “intelligent, articulate, educated, and responsible” blacks present their own stories, those stories can be of no relevance to the vast majority of blacks, who are unintelligent, inarticulate, uneducated, and irresponsible. The most that those in that infinitesimal group can do is provide white fence-sitters with an opportunity to say, “I know a good one.”

      • Steve_in_Vermont

        I wish I could disagree with you, but what you say goes a long way to explain the likes of Al Sharpton.

  • NoMosqueHere

    Store manager, Steve Brodsky, described how a particularly vicious demonstrator called Shabazz would force his way into the store, pushing Brodsky aside and shout “I will be back to burn the Jew store down–burn, burn, burn.”

    Blacks love abusing whites in general and jews in particular. And the jews seem to love them unconditionally. Sick.

    • Rhialto

      Perhaps they value them as allies, and are therefore willing to accept this abuse as a necessary cost.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The United House of Prayer, a large African-American church was also a major landlord in Harlem. They raised the rent Freddy’s Fashion Mart, a Jewish-owned clothing store which had operated from the same Harlem location for over 40 years.

    The irony: the building was owned by blacks.

    Eight months after Al Sharpton signed a pivotal agreement that helped Comcast and NBC secure Federal Communications Commission approval for their $30 billion merger, MSNBC rewarded him with a prime-time news show.

    Must have been easier and far less expensive to throw this bone to Sharpton – than to have their building burned to the ground.

  • iberianpride

    If jews are so all-powerfu, how did Sharpton get away with this??Something to think about.

    • IstvanIN

      Very powerful is undeniable but not omnipotent. Turning the US into a turd-world nation will backfire on them.

      • none of your business

        I think they are already planning their next big jump; to China. I read the Jewish Journal and other Jewish publications all the time. They are big on Jewish guy Chinese woman marriage and full of articles about how much Jews and Chinese have in common.

        • Reynardine

          That outta be an interesting fight. Was Charlie Chan just really ahead of his time?

    • none of your business

      Because jews back Sharpton. They don’t care if a few Jews get hurt by friendly fire as long as it harms Whites.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    And yet the leftist MSM has to bring up David Duke’s background every interview he does, even though he was involved in no violence, no deaths, no riots, no looting and no fires. Al Charlatan was involved in all of these things but he gets a pass. Tell me about this “white privilege” again.

  • LHathaway

    You have to show you’re down with the cause, and on the peoples side. You have to sound like one of them. You have to sound offensive, to defuse hatred – you have to be more offensive than whatever is the injustice folks are upset about. Perhaps Even the guy who set the fire did it, for the people. You just can’t win.

  • Bryce Armstrong

    Glenn Beck runs around gloating about “destroying” him on Fox News.

    How’s that working out for you pansy?

    • none of your business

      I only saw Glenn Beck once. I was at the house of a neighbor who is one of those television Christians. Beck was actually sobbing and weeping about Israel.

  • none of your business

    Jews rejoice when blacks do to Christian Whites what they did to freddy’s fashion mart so why is this posted? Better post the Twanna Brawley story when Sharpton and a jew commie attorney Knustler destroyed the lives of several Christian White men.

  • Paleoconn

    Sharpton’s racism is not news unless it is directed at the ‘right’ group. Ditto knockout game. When the knockout kings hit one of the you-know-whos, it became news.

  • Augustus3709

    I feel this article is ‘testing the waters’ with the message that says: “see, Jews are victims of black violence too.” Yes and no. Most official Jewish organizations are pro-minority, and pro-black, so it’s hard to take seriously the sudden “buyer’s remorse.”

    But I will say this, the line at the bottom, “Al Sharpton cannot be forgiven for his role in the pogrom…” strikes me for two reasons. First, the over-the-top use of words like “pogrom”, but more significantly those words; he “cannot be forgiven”.

    Very interesting sentiment. It gives a glimpse into their mindset. The exact opposite of what Whites and Christians express.

  • Ohmy!

    Al Sharpton creates chaos, talking out of both sides of his mouth, saying whatever works (for himself). People have died because of his chaos-making ways, but of course, Al’s not responsible (in any way, shape, or form) for anything that’s happened (in our past) as a result of running his big mouth.

  • Almost all of the family names listed above are Spanish: Angelina Marrero, Cynthia Martinez, Luz Ramos, Mayra Rentas, Olga Garcia. Given that this was in Harlem, the safe bet is that these arson victims were Puerto Ricans. Murdering a bunch of PR women seems a peculiar way for even the Al $harpton crowd to get back at Jews.

    This sentiment continues in Harlem: local preacher James Manning has called for a boycott on all shops, restaurants and other businesses there – except for his own church – in order to cause an economic crash that will drive out whites.

    • SlizzardAjeosshi

      Correct me if I’m wrong but i think Puerto Ricans boast the highest amount of negro blood among the Spanish-speaking peoples of the Americas *

      So basically this guy in order to save the black race from the Joos offed a bunch of mulattoes.

      I guess it would kinda be like me killing some Argentinians employed by Huawei because i wanna get back at China for the damages inflicted to the Italian economy.

      Makes fantastic, super-awesome, shiny sterling sense… a Bantu syllogism on display in all its glory

      * or maybe the Cubans do ?

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    See Here:

    http //newsbusters org/blogs/jack-coleman/2011/08/01/sharpton-pushed-comcastnbc-merger-and-now-line-show-msnbc

    Cenk Uygar wasn’t too happy.

    All of which makes former MSNBC anchor Cenk Uygur’s claim that he was eased out to make way for a more Obama-friendly Sharpton

    • Flanders21

      I thought MSNBC fired Pat Buchanan to make way for Sharpton.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Pat Buchanan was fired for too many “inconvenient truths” – like saying the US is a colony of Israel.

        • WR_the_realist

          Pat Buchanan was fired for what he wrote in “Suicide of a Superpower”. In that book he said the same sorts of things that he had in his previous books (good, sound, common sense, in other words). But apparently our betters at MSNBC hadn’t read Pat’s previous books, but did read Suicide of a Superpower.

          • I think the only reason MSNBC ever hired PJB was to have an anti-Republican voice from the right, for much the same but opposite reason Fox has Pat Caddell. Why did they dump him? (When, as you say, their purported reason is stupid.) The best and most plausible theory is that Media Matters (George Soros) complained about “Suicide of a Superpower,” and they needed a scalp for fund raising purposes, so they leveraged relationships they had with NBC/MSNBC and had PJB fired.

            For much the same reason Disney cut loose Hank Williams Jr from singing the MNF theme song. Their official reason (“he cut a pro-South song”) is dumb because he cut that song three years before he was hired to do the MNF theme song. It’s just that another left wing fund raising goober group needed a scalp and they had friends at Disney who would do them the favor.

          • Bon, From the Land of Babble

            Pat Buchanan was under fire far before he wrote “Suicide of a Superpower.”

            Buchanan appeared as a regular columnist in major American newspapers. He used to have a regular column in theLATimes—inconceivable now. It’s been a steady slide from the mainstream.

            “A Closer Look at What Happened to Pat Buchanan Part I”

            http //www theoccidentalobserver net/2012/03/a-closer-look-at-what-happened-to-pat-buchanan-part-1/

            Glen Beck was subjected to the same forces.

            Part II

          • Flanders21

            I just got done reading this one by Kevin MacDonald titled Pat Buchanan fired from MSNBC

            http //www thoccidentalobserver net/2012/02/pat-buchanan-fired-from-msnbc/

            but this will give you Pat’s own take why he was fired that was shown at Vdare link…

            The New Blacklist

            http //www update com/articles/the-new-blacklist

            excerpt from Kevin MacDonald’s article of 2012-02…
            We should all he outraged that Pat Buchanan has been fired by MSNBC. As he notes (“The New Blacklisting“), his firing came after “after an incessant clamor from the left” resulting from the release of his book, Suicide of a Superpower. The problem is that Buchanan doesn’t accept the dogma that our multiracial/multicultural future is going to be just a wonderful place to live. As quoted by one of the clamorers, Media Matters, Buchanan describes the America of 2041 this way:

            America’s gonna look very much like California right now. And what does that mean?

            California is bankrupt. It’s bond rating is the lowest of any place. Los Angeles, half the people there don’t speak English as — in their own homes — 5 million people. And you’ve got all the problems of crimes. You’ve got a black-brown war among the underclass, as one sheriff described it, in the prisons and in the gangs. And people are leaving California. And it’s the old tax consumers are coming in.

            Now, these are not bad or evil people. Even the ones who are illegal. They’re coming to work, many of them. They’re coming for a better life. But the truth is they are bankrupting the state of California because of that divide you mentioned between taxpayers and tax consumers. And what happens when all of America is like that, when every American city is like LA?

          • Flanders21

            you can also simply type in your search engine– The New Blacklist by Pat Buchanan and you can read it on his official website.

        • Flanders21

          ha! Perhaps i am mistaken then. I do know Pat Buchanan was suspended for 4 months for his book Suicide of a SuperPower which contained chapters titled “The End of White America” and “The Death of Christian America.” He personally put much of the blame on his critics such as ADL–Media Matters–African-American advocacy group Color of Change–LGBT advocate “Human Rights Campaign.” Whether or not Al Sharpton was hired during his 4 month suspension i am unable to say with any certainty but i think that was the case. After his 4 month suspension he was terminated.


          “I know these blacklisters. They operate behind closed doors, with phone calls, mailed threats, and off-the-record meetings,” Buchanan wrote. “They work in the dark because, as Al Smith said, nothing un-American can live in the sunlight.”…Pat Buchanan

          • Flanders21

            yep,i was mistaken…according to the American Observer…Pat Buchanan,adding insult to injury, was replaced with the hiring of Michael Steele, an African-American who became the first black chairman of the Republican National Committee…2009-2011.

        • jayvbellis

          Pat B was never going to last at MSNBc.

          He had a short time gig there because PC Leftists wanted a Conservative voice who was always against George W Bush, against US wars in ME.

          Lots of Liberal Leftist simply hate all things American military, Whites with guns so they will sort of tolerate a Pat Buchanan or Ron Paul type for a short bit if they just preach about cutting the military.

          I would go with the idea that we should treat the likes of MSNBC like the worst forms of hard core porn.

          Just find the way to formally block MSNBc from your home.

  • Ghost

    Sharpton+Holder+Obama=THUG LIFE. fo real yo

  • jayvbellis

    Sharpton’s role in the Black riot, pogrom against Jews in Crown Heights Brooklyn was worse than this incident, and it had huge repercussions , even Liberal Jews voted in Guliani over Dinkins because of that pogrom.

    I’m always hoping some crazed swarthy Muslim illegal alien immigrants will do something very negative exclusively targeting American Jews and that act will finally push American Jews to give up their messianic support for open borders immigration to the USA, the West.

  • Anon Emus

    I know, this comment is “awaiting moderation”

  • Anon Emus

    You want to know about hypocrisy, I’ll tell you about it: Al Sharton was hired by members of “a certain tribe” that runs Comcast NBC. That’s all you need to know.

  • Anon Emus