We assume that Obama “didn’t know” about Freddy’s Fashion Mart, just like Bill Ayers’ Pentagon bombing.
Al Sharpton did not set the fire that killed seven innocent people in 1995, while Obama’s friend Bill Ayers wishes his bombs had caused more damage. The bottom line is, however, that Al Sharpton’s malicious actions have, at least indirectly, killed more people than the Weathermen’s bombs (including their own members). This is the individual whom Barack Obama endorsed unequivocally in April 2007. Per Al Sharpton’s own Web site,
- Reverend Sharpton is a voice for the voiceless, and a voice for the dispossessed. What National Action Network has done is so important to change America, and it must be changed from the bottom up.
Let’s take a look at the manner in which Al Sharpton and his National Action Network changed America from the bottom up: chanting racial and anti-Semitic epithets at a Jewish-owned store, along with arson threats that were soon put into effect.
Let’s see how Al Sharpton and his National Action Network “changed America from the bottom up.”
- “Democrats Embrace ‘Impresario of Hatred’” by Fred Siegel, Wall Street Journal
The press has been appropriately vigilant in examining Mr. Bush’s willingness to pander to Southern white identity politics. It would have taken no great effort for the reporters covering the Apollo debate to have walked across 125th Street from the theater to visit Freddy’s Fashion Mart, where in 1995 eight people died in a murderous rampage inspired by Mr. Sharpton.
…But at Freddy’s, Mr. Sharpton was even more malevolent. He turned a landlord-tenant dispute between the Jewish owner of Freddy’s and a black subtenant into a theater of hatred. Picketers from Mr. Sharpton’s National Action Network, sometimes joined by “the Rev.” himself, marched daily outside the store, screaming about “bloodsucking Jews” and “Jew bastards” and threatening to burn the building down.
After weeks of increasingly violent rhetoric, one of the protesters, Roland Smith, took Mr. Sharpton’s words about ousting the “white interloper” to heart. He ran into the store shouting, “It’s on!” He shot and wounded three whites and a Pakistani, whom he apparently mistook for a Jew. Then he set the fire, which killed five Hispanics, one Guyanese and one African-American–a security guard whom protesters had taunted as a “cracker lover.” Smith then fatally shot himself.
William Ayers said he wished his bomb had caused more harm. Perhaps Al Sharpton did not wish for his inflammatory words to inspire a deranged individual to murder seven people before he took his own life, but the bottom line is that the fatal arson would almost certainly not have happened had Sharpton and his people not conducted themselves the way the Ku Klux Klan once conducted itself outside Black-owned homes and businesses.
- “Al Sharpton: the Democrat’s David Duke” by Jeff Jacoby (Google cache)
1995: When the United House of Prayer, a large black landlord in Harlem, raises the rent on Freddy’s Fashion Mart, Freddy’s white Jewish owner is forced to raise the rent on his subtenant, a black-owned music store. A landlord-tenant dispute ensues; Sharpton uses it to incite racial hatred. “We will not stand by,” he warns malignantly, “and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business.” Sharpton’s National Action Network sets up picket lines; customers going into Freddy’s are spat on and cursed as “traitors” and “Uncle Toms.” Some protesters shout, “Burn down the Jew store!” and simulate striking a match. “We’re going to see that this cracker suffers,” says Sharpton’s colleague Morris Powell. On Dec. 8, one of the protesters bursts into Freddy’s, shoots four employees point-blank, then sets the store on fire. Seven employees die in the inferno.
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- “Power Dem” by Jay Nordlinger
But the torching, so to speak, continued. In 1995-four years into the putative New Sharpton-there was another, fatal case in which Sharpton had a guilty hand: Freddy’s Fashion Mart. In Harlem, a white store owner — no, worse: a Jewish one — was accused of driving a black store owner out of business. At one of the many rallies meant to scare the Jewish owner away, Sharpton charged that “there is a systemic and methodical strategy to eliminate our people from doing business off 125th Street. I want to make it clear . . . that we will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business.” Sharpton’s colleague, Morris Powell, said of the Jewish owner — Sharpton’s “white interloper” — “We’re going to see that this cracker suffers. Reverend Sharpton is on it.” Three months later, one of the protesters, Roland Smith, stormed Freddy’s with a pistol, screaming, “It’s on now: All blacks out!” In addition to shooting, he burned the place down. Eight people died.
The above body count includes the arsonist himself, who took his own life, but he murdered seven innocent people before he did so.