Thursday, November 20th, 2014
The Rev. Al Sharpton has always been keen to maintain his reputation as the least plausible cleric since Elmer Gantry.
The racial tension and riots in Ferguson, Mo. have proved to be the perfect vehicle to do just that.
Not just satisfied with creating unrest in one beleaguered Missouri city, though, the “Reverend” is looking to go national with his “peaceful protests” that worked out so well in Ferguson.
With that, Sharpton’s group, the National Action Network (NAN) has put out a list of national protest sites, because apparently just one city experiencing hellish violence and racial strife just isn’t enough. [H/T Gateway Pundit.]
“In anticipation of the impending grand jury decision in Ferguson, MO, National Action Network (NAN) Chapters are encouraging community members to join them when it is announced,” the statement reads.
“Regardless of what the decision is, NAN chapters in over 20 cities around the country will gather.” So you lose either way.
If Officer Wilson is indicted, the release says, the protests “will focus on what would be a teaching moment on how to deal with national legislation for policing.”
I had personally thought the unctuous, condescending, leaden idiom “teaching moment” had been retired, but apparently it still lives on in the lexicon of the professionally-offended.
“If the Ferguson grand jury decision clears him of criminal charges then NAN will call for protests to remain peaceful and for the federal government to come in with a federal grand jury to move for civil rights charges on excessive force,” it continues.
Yes, just like the “peaceful” protests that Sharpton and other leaders have led in Ferguson up until now..
Given their previous success at keeping their civil disobedience peaceful in Ferguson, you might think that Sharpton and his compatriots might have decided to forego these mass gatherings this time, but no, they’re going to keep right at it.
We all know that when Al Sharpton uses the phrase “peaceful protest,” it’s done with a nudge and a wink.
It’s an meaningless blanket get-out-of-jail-free card meant to keep him out of trouble when these race baiting spectacles inevitably spiral out of control.
It seems that Sharpton seems to sense the writing on the wall as to how the grand jury will go.
This week, Sharpton wrote a piece in the New York Times, suggesting that we do away with the grand jury process (at least in cases like Officer Wilson’s), and merely take the person to jury trial.
Because if the facts don’t work out in your favor, change the rules. And if that doesn’t work, break stuff.
Here are the venues for Sharpton’s Magical Misery Tour:
ATLANTA, GA: 75 Spring St, SW, 2211 U.S. Courthouse
BIRMINGHAM, AL: 1729 5th Avenue North #140
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ: 2715 Atlantic Ave
BROOKLYN, NY: 225 Cadman Plaza E. Brooklyn, NY
CHARLESTON, NC: 200 East Bay Street City of Charleston Police Department, 180 Lockwood Blvd
CHARLOTTE, NC: 401 West Trade Street
CHICAGO, IL: 219 S Dearborn St #74
CINCINNATI, OH: 550 Main Street
PHILADELPHIA, PA: 601 Market Street
CLEVELAND, OH: 801 West Superior Avenue
DETROIT, MI: 231 W Lafayette Blvd
FERGUSON, MO: (Police Department), 222 S. Florissant Road
LOS ANGELES, CA COURT HOUSE: 255 East Temple
NATCHEZ, MS: 109 North Pearl Street
NEWARK, NJ: 970 Broad St. (Broad/Walnut Sts.)
OAKLAND, CA: 1225 Fallon Street
ORLANDO, FL: 401 West Central Boulevard
PATERSON, NJ: 401 Grand Street
PHOENIX, AZ: 400 West Washington
SANFORD, FL: 1300 Park Avenue
TALLAHASSEE, FL: 111 South Adams Street