Following the lead of his Attorney General Eric Holder this week, President Barack Obama came to New York City on Friday to be with one of his loyal, albeit suspicious, supporters, Rev. Al Sharpton, and to speak to the Rev. Al's organization, the National Action Network (NAN). However, a number of observers believe this was once again an opportunity to divide Americans, this time driving a wedge between races and between Democrats and Republicans, according to media reports.
Sharpton and his followers are holding their annual convention in Manhattan's Sheraton Hotel in Times Square. Earlier in the week, Attorney General Eric Holder dropped by just to gripe about his treatment by lawmakers who dared to ask him important and pertinent questions, as reported in the Examiner.
"This was Obama's chance to be among 'friends' who depend on racial disharmony to eke out a comfortable living, while Obama depends on them to do whatever is necessary to vote in left-wing Democrats," said former New York cop, Iris Aquino, a mixed-race Republican.
"On more than one occasion, [President Obama] has angered cops by his statements and his actions," she added.
During Obama's speech, he warned the predominately African American attendee about the dangers posed to the 40-year-old Voting Rights Act and then took a swipe at Republicans by claiming the GOP wish to do away with the protection of VRA.
"Unfortunately, Obama neglected to tell the crowd, as they cheered his shopworn rhetoric, that it was the Republican Party in 1964 that assured passage of the Voting Rights Act. Many of the Democrats in the House and Senate were against its passage and not all of them were from southern states," notes political consultant and strategist Mike Baker.
Obama also attacked the states that are attempting to pass voter identification laws in order to stop voter fraud, as was recently discovered in North Carolina, as described in an Examiner news story.
“In some places, women could be turned away from polls just because they’re registered under their maiden name but their driver’s license has their married name," Obama told the crowd.
"I noticed that in his example of someone being denied their right to vote, he used hypothetical women, which is another Democrat Party strategy: drive a wedge between the races as well as between the sexes," said Baker.
Besides the infamous Tawana Brawley hoax that brought Sharpton to prominence nationwide, he also led a 1990 boycott of Korean grocery stores in Brooklyn that revealed how Sharpton and his then-partner, convicted felon Sonny Carson, could use racist language and hate-speech to gain media attention and escape any condemnation for their actions, according to Meredith Johnson, who worked on the re-elect Dinkins campaign.
Sharpton actually helped drive Mayor David Dinkins -- New York City's first black mayor -- from office, she claimed.
In one of his best known syndicated newspaper columns, Professor of Economics Walter Williams, an African American, wrote:
"Black people could benefit from an honest examination of the bill of goods they've been sold. Such an examination would not come from black politicians, civil rights leaders or the black and white liberal elite. Those people have benefited politically and financially from keeping black Americans in a constant state of grievance based on alleged racial discrimination. The long-term solution for the problems that many black Americans face begins with an absolute rejection of the self-serving agenda of hustlers and poverty pimps."