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Rev. Al is going for a lot more than the glory
NY Daily News ^ | 12/18/03 | Stenley Crouch

Posted on 12/18/2003 10:19:03 AM PST by presidio9

Al Sharpton was absolutely correct when he discounted last week's endorsements of Howard Dean and Wesley Clark by local black politicians. As he has proven in two New York races before - and as he demonstrated at a press conference surrounded by minority public officials on the steps of City Hall Tuesday - Sharpton will take all the local black communities, with or without outsiders' endorsements. If Jesus were to return as a white man, walk on water, raise the dead and then run for office, he might take Sharpton down. None of the other pols has a mouse's chance at a cats' convention.

But Sharpton wants to go beyond being perceived as a New York rabble-rouser with straightened hair and get us accustomed to seeing him hanging out with the big guys.

That is what his presidential campaign is about. Do not be deceived: Sharpton is actually running against Jesse Jackson, in whose shadow he has long lived because the Rev. Al was never involved in anything as serious as the civil rights movement. His initial claim to fame was a starring role in the despicable Tawana Brawley affair.

Sharpton is surely given to what they used to call in the pool halls "the stuff game," but he maintains our interest because he also is capable of bravery, moral gravity, integrity, intelligence and great wit. The humorous gab is why the press loves him, whether or not it takes him seriously on any issue.

Sharpton almost assuredly wants the respect necessary to broker big deals and bring money into the base of his followers, the National Action Network, or to those who support him locally and nationally. In other words, he wants everything that Jesse Jackson has. If he can master what some call the diversity hustle, he might make it into the boardrooms from which much big dough flows.

Ever wily, Sharpton also may aspire to more than becoming the new president of Black America. He may see that there is another set of possibilities that have been proven by national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State Powell and Education Secretary Ron Paige, which is that black Americans can rise above the narrow political reservations of racial issues.

It is time for America to understand that sooner or later, there probably will be a black President, who will arrive as the result of what ought to be, as far as I'm concerned, the reinvigoration of black political ideas.

No matter the self-serving nature of Sharpton's campaign, it is part of the process of black Americans being recognized as more than an alienated special interest group. Black Americans are, first of all, Americans who go back further in this country's history than the ethnic groups that began arriving after 1865 - groups that too often can be counted on to condescend to black Americans or pity them for not being able to get it together. That is the wrong way to look at it.

Black American interests are national interests, and every improvement in black America improves the nation as a whole. Consequently, black so-called leaders need to argue that those on the ship where the hull has been punctured are not being done some special favor when the hole is closed. The ship is made safer and more seaworthy.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: goalgo; runalrun; sharpton; tawanawho

1 posted on 12/18/2003 10:19:04 AM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9
the reinvigoration of black political ideas

I didn't know that everybody with similarly colored skin had similar political ideas. Learn something new every day.

2 posted on 12/18/2003 10:22:33 AM PST by squidly (Although prepared for martyrdom, I prefer that it be postponed.)
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To: presidio9
My political ideas are green and smell like "Irish Spring" soap.
3 posted on 12/18/2003 10:32:54 AM PST by Az Joe
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To: Az Joe
I would like to see a black president. Clarence Thomas, Condeleeza Rice, Jesse Lee Peterson are a few that come to mind.
4 posted on 12/18/2003 11:35:58 AM PST by tom paine 2
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I want to see Reverand Al call Rangel a communist and then tell everyone at a Harlem rally that they are switching parties because the party of the left has desserted them.

I want the good reverand to let everyone know that as "god fearing" people, the party they put their trust in to lead them from poverty, not only has failed miserably, but now they want to remover religion from the home.

Blacks have been free for 138 years. It is time someone finally told them.
5 posted on 12/18/2003 12:37:03 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (GORE LOST. DEAL WITH IT!!!)
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To: tom paine 2
Thomas Sowell is the brightest critical thinker alive today.
6 posted on 12/18/2003 1:31:47 PM PST by presidio9 (protectionism is a false god)
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Sharpton is racist scum and always will be.
7 posted on 12/18/2003 1:34:10 PM PST by FeliciaCat
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To: presidio9
I forgot to mention robots for high volume parts especially high volume bending. The trend in all manufacturing is toward low volume, spec business. Computers, CNC programable lasers, punch presses, and robots make this possible.
8 posted on 12/18/2003 3:03:59 PM PST by tom paine 2
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Thomas and Peterson have virtually zilch chances.Rice is the one who could be elected but the last I heard she isn't interested.
9 posted on 12/18/2003 3:55:19 PM PST by Riverman94610
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To: tom paine 2
I forgot to mention robots for high volume parts especially high volume bending.

10 posted on 12/18/2003 7:03:12 PM PST by StriperSniper (Sending the Ba'thist to the showers! ;-)
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