How easy it must be to live your life as Al Sharpton does. Only the race-baiting NBC News star can look at the tragic events of the Fast and Furious scandal that ended with the death of a border patrol agent and see Attorney General Eric Holder as the real victim.
In the Huffington Post yesterday, Mr. Sharpton likened the House Oversight Committee’s contempt vote on America’s chief law enforcement official to the NYPD practice of “Stop and Frisk” which critics call a racially motivated police state tactic.
As I marched this past Sunday with tens of thousands in New York in opposition to the abhorrent practice of stop & frisk,’ I couldn’t help but think of our attorney general. Tattered down and publicly humiliated, AG Holder has been mishandled just like the young Black and Latino men (and women) who are demonized on our streets everyday. Chris Matthews of Hardball on MSNBC concurred: AG Holder is being profiled, stopped and searched.
Sharpton informs his HuffPo readership that Rep. Darrel Issa’s (R-CA) committee has treated Holder in a snappy and demeaning way:
The highest officer of law and order in this nation has been ridiculed, scapegoated and handled as some sort of criminal throughout this ‘investigation.’ Turning over thousands of documents and overextending himself, AG Holder was spoken to and mistreated as if he were a child, and reminded that despite his esteemed position, he can and would be profiled.
Of course, the good Reverend never provides an example or a link to back up his claim. The reader is merely left to trust Sharpton on his assertion of racist behavior. And why shouldn’t we? After all, his charges of racism in the past have been spot-on and always truthful. When you have a track record like his, you don’t need to provide evidence of your irresponsible charge, your word is as good as gold.
Attorney General Eric Holder famously said that America is a “nation of cowards” when it comes to race. This was his first public pronouncement as the newly-sworn AG. If you tend to agree with Holder on this, can’t we possibly excuse our hesitance to discuss racial issues on the obvious fact that race-peddlers like Sharpton use race as a cudgel to pound political opponents into the ground? In fact, Sharpton has made a lucrative career out of injecting odious racial politics into every single issue of American life for the past twenty years. And he is rewarded not just by a major broadcast news organization and radio network, but also by this President and Holder, himself.
Let’s not forget that weeks ago Holder appeared at Sharpton’s National Action Network fundraiser and helped fill the community organizer’s coffers with big corporate bucks. The racial hush money is part of Sharpton’s business model and the quid pro quo is palpable. Sharpton provides protection and, in this case, runs interference for those who play ball with him. For those who don’t, you are susceptible to his bullhorn, thuggish tactics.
To make his “Stop & Frisk” analogy complete, Sharpton compares Holder to “victims” of racial profiling:
Not only did Issa and his counterparts never go after previous attorneys general or the Bush Administration itself, but they continue to treat AG Holder as if he is indeed guilty of the most egregious crime. It is the same sort of tactic we see utilized against the hundreds of thousands of innocent individuals stopped and searched by police. They have no weapon, haven’t committed an offense, yet somehow ‘appear’ as a culprit.
Ultimately, it is Sharpton’s own racial bias that permeates the article, his show and his entire world view. Unlike most reasonable American’s who see Holder as a man who holds a powerful seat in government but is still accountable to the people, Sharpton sees him first and foremost as a black man. It’s how he views Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain and Condoleeza Rice. The evidence suggests that when it comes to political commentary, Sharpton is the one who judges his opponents by the color of their skin first, and not by the content of their character (or lack there-of).
And as long as NBC News lets him get away with it, they are the cowards.