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Nappy Headed Death Threats

Life lesson #1: everything you say and do has consequences of one kind or another. Dom Imus found that out last week. Now the backlash begins and others are finding out that rousing the rabble can be dangerous. Al Sharpton is just now learning that stirring his mob to hatred and anger also stirred another mob to anger. I can’t condone death threats but I definitely can say I’m not surprised at this turn of events. This whole sorry affair got way out of hand a long time ago. It’s probably going to get worse before it’s over. Much worse. With any luck, the Sharpton/Jackson blackmail machine is about to be put out of business.

What Imus did and said was wrong. He deserves to be punished. This whole matter could have been handled quietly with a personal apology to the girls, a monetary fine and a suspension without pay until things cool down. That wasn’t enough for the Race War Machine which had to go and get everyone all fired up and angry to the point where the networks and their advertisers were subjected to blackmail while Sharpton and Jackson splashed everything all over the media and fanned the flames of racial tension purely for personal aggrandizement.

I, for one, am really getting sick and tired of idiots with big mouths and small brains - on both sides of this affair ... and everywhere in the media nowadays. The really sad news is that there is an epidemic of this behavior lately with Rosie O’Donnell, Cindy Sheehan and many others running their mouths without any regard for the consequences. Whatever happened to civility and common sense in this country anyway? How did so many people become this mean spirited and angry? More importantly, how do we stop it?

Sharpton Security Increases Amid Death Threats
National Action Network Cites Numerous Calls, E-mails
(CBS) NEW YORK - April 14, 2007

imageimageThe National Action Network has increased the Rev. Al Sharpton’s security due to a number of death threats in the wake of the firing of radio host Don Imus by MSNBC and CBS Radio. There will also be added security at the National Action Network’s headquarters in Harlem.

“We have no way of knowing the seriousness of these threats, but they have intensified greatly in the last two days as Rev. Sharpton was figured prominently in the firing of Don Imus,” Attorney Charlie King said in a statement early Saturday morning.

“Since Rev. Sharpton survived a personal assassination attempt where he was stabbed, we take any and all threats, especially at this volume, very serious. Therefore, all may be comfortable that we will not take the safety of our staff or that of our President lightly.”

Sharpton was stabbed in the chest by Michael Riccardi on Jan. 12, 1991, as the Reverend was leading a protest in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. Sharpton later filed suit against the city accusing the NYPD of failing to protect him. The two sides eventually settled.

Sharpton took up the cause of the members of the Rutgers University women’s basketball team after Imus referred to them as “nappy-headed hos” on his radio show last week.

Sharpton told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer on Friday that just hours after he met with CBS Chairman and CEO Les Moonves on Thursday he got a call that Imus was getting fired. “I remember saying to Mr. Moonves, ‘if you said it, you’d be fired. Does he have more rights than you?’” Sharpton said.

Part of Sharpton’s power and visibility comes from his National Action Network—with its half a million supporters across the country, and his ability to mobilize both opinions and protesters.

Despite toning down his flamboyant and combative style over the years, many still think Sharpton hasn’t done enough to erase his controversial past. His most talked about misstep came two decades ago when he threw much-publicized support behind then-15-year-old Tawana Brawley. The black woman received national attention after claiming she was raped by half a dozen white men, including police officers, near Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

The alleged incident soon became a media sensation, with Sharpton pulling all the strings. However, a grand jury investigated and in October 1988 said there was a lack of evidence that she had been abducted, assaulted, raped or sodomized.

“He could be much more of a formidable force in this country, much more of a leader and respected across the board if he just said I apologize for my past. I did wrong. I’m sorry,” radio host and columnist Armstrong Williams told CBS 2 on Friday.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/14/2007 at 07:18 AM   
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