July 18, 2013
The Sun Journal
Letter to the Editor
Al Sharpton revisited
It’s interesting, if not a little sickening, to watch the Rev. Al Sharpton address the NAACP convention the other day. A true civil rights defender, Sharpton never fails to inspire his audience with his fiery rhetoric. He’s come a long way from where he began back in November of 1987.
Today’s generation know little about this man since the incident that propelled him to center stage took place before many of you were born; they only know the Sharpton of today.
On November 28, 1987, a fifteen-year-old African American, Tawana Brawley was found inside of a large trash bag outside of her family’s former apartment in Wappingers Falls, New York, a town of about 5,000 people in Duchess County. Ms. Brawley was in a fetal position, seemingly incoherent. Her clothing had been torn and burned, her weave had been cut out, dog feces was smeared all over her and racial slurs were written on her body.
The infamous case of Tawana Brawley and Al Sharpton, now a MSNBC host , falsely accused a prosecutor, a New York police officer and a state trooper of a racist attack and rape. The media went wild; the cameras could not get enough of the Rev. Al and his protégé. A Grand Jury was convened; the time had come to punish those responsible.
Taken from the Grand Jury report:
In the decision, the grand jury noted many problems with Brawley's story. Among these were that the rape kit results did not indicate sexual assault. Additionally, despite her claim of having been held captive for days, Brawley was not suffering from exposure, was well-nourished, and appeared to have brushed her teeth recently. Despite her clothing being charred, there were no burns on her body. Although a shoe she was wearing was cut through, Brawley had no injuries to her foot. The racial epithets written on her were upside down, which led to suspicion that Brawley had written the words. Testimony from her schoolmates indicated she had attended a local party during the time of her supposed abduction. One witness claimed to have observed Brawley's climbing into the garbage bag. Brawley never testified.
Even the uber liberal New York Times had this to say: After seven months, 6,000 pages of testimony and 180 witnesses, a grand jury found Ms. Brawley’s story to be a lie. Neither the police officer nor the district attorney accused by Ms. Brawley and Mr. Sharpton had been involved in any way, the report concluded.
But this article is not about Tawana Brawley; it’s about a black racist who has never been punished for his involvement in the death of one of the accused.
Maybe you knew or maybe you forgot, but a 28-year-old Fishkill Police Officer, Harry Crist Jr., committed suicide a week after the false charges were made against him. The rest of the accused were demonized in the relentless press conferences and marches by Sharpton and others.
This is the America that rogues like Sharpton and Holder envision; a Nation, not of one people but a Nation divided. Was the death of Officer Harry Crist Jr. the result of black racism? You be the judge. But when you watch the ring master, Al Sharpton, remember this story because it shows his true colors. The same colors that are displayed when Eric Holder speaks or Jesse Jackson marches; they do this to divide, not unite.
New Bern, NC