We already thought that Al Sharpton was a hypocritical, money-grubbing windbag who has done more harm than good in our world… but now we know for certain that he is.
A shocking new report from the New York Post details how companies often pay Al Sharpton and his people to avoid the possibility of running afoul of the race-baiter.
Want to influence a casino bid? Polish your corporate image? Not be labeled a racist?
Then you need to pay Al Sharpton.
For more than a decade, corporations have shelled out thousands of dollars in donations and consulting fees to Sharpton’s National Action Network. What they get in return is the reverend’s supposed sway in the black community or, more often, his silence.
The NY Post outlined several different examples (among many others that they found) showing just how Sharpton operates in the business world.
In 2008, Plainfield Asset Management, a Greenwich, Conn.-based hedge fund, made a $500,000 contribution to New York nonprofit Education Reform Now. That money was immediately funneled to the National Action Network.
The donation raised eyebrows. Although the money was ostensibly to support NAN’s efforts to bring “educational equality,” it also came at a time that Plainfield was trying to get a lucrative gambling deal in New York.
The Post continues on to explain how Sharpton worked his contacts in the New York state government (including his pal former Governor David Paterson) in an effort to support Plainfield’s important gambling deal. They also show how he moved against Plainfield’s rivals at the very same time.
Throughout the story, the Post shows how companies inevitably give to support Sharpton and his projects in an effort to avoid bad publicity in the black community. Sharpton uses the threat of racial animosity to force these deep pockets to bend to his will and cough up some major dollars.
Another example cited by the Post is the recent trouble at Sony. One of the embarrassing email exchanges that was leaked after Sony was hacked showed executives making racially inappropriate jokes at the President’s expense. Sony is now moving forward in partnership with Al Sharpton and his National Action Network (NAN) in an effort to recover from the bad publicity. With all of the other problems facing Sony, their decision to partner with Sharpton and NAN seems questionable… but such is the sway that Sharpton holds in the black community. If Sony chooses to gloss over the racially insensitive emails and deal primarily with their other problems, Sharpton could become a very uncomfortable thorn in their side. Better to pay him now and not worry about the race emails at all.
Which is what makes this all so very … dirty.
If Sony didn’t pay, Sharpton might turn his race-baiting demagoguery towards them, costing them millions and turning them into the face of evil corporate racism. However, since they are willing to pay him, Sony will now instead be viewed as a victim who displayed poor taste in telling a joke.
With this kind of underhanded bribery occurring, shouldn’t the black community be intensely concerned that they’ve been attacking the wrong culprits for years?
Shouldn’t this revelation throw all of the racial divisiveness of the last several years into question?
Black America has essentially been getting mad at whomever won’t bribe Al Sharpton fast enough.
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