As the so-call ‘Reverend’ Al Sharpton marched up leading the rally, that followed by a 20-block march down Malcolm X Boulevard and then across 125th Street, Harlem’s main business thoroughfare, where some bystanders yelled out “Kill the police!”
Sharpton urged people to return for a meeting this coming week “to plan the day that we will close this city down” with the kind of “massive civil disobedience” once led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
So here’s my first question: Pursuant to the First Amendment is this behavior representative of the right to ‘assemble peacefully’? Having established that, my next question is obviously, is creating ‘mass civil obedience’ in an attempt to ‘close this city down’ a responsible way of using the notion of freedom of speech? I think not!
And oh….no, no, no, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. never intended for there to be massive civil disobedience. Plain and simple, folks! Dr. King had way to much respect for matters of law, furthermore, the doctrine that espouses peaceful and passive protesting as he’d learned from Mahatma Gandhi.
Moreover, the fact of the matter is that Al Sharpton’s inciting comments are completely different in content; as well as the context, which is entirely altogether different.
Hundreds of angry people marched through Harlem on Saturday after the Rev. Al Sharpton promised to “close this city down” to protest the acquittals of three police detectives in the 50-shot barrage that killed a groom on his wedding day and wounded two friends.
Sharpton asked, his voice roaring with anger. Authorities “have shown now that they will not hold police accountable. Well, guess what? If you won’t, we will!”
This is the very behavior and definition of vigilante justice. With due respect to Mr. Sharpton, what is it with these people who run around looking for causes, moreover, looking to get involved?
Look…it’s not a perfect world, most of us know that. Border Patrol officers were convicted of crimes and sentenced by federal authorities for a plea deal and the man responsible. No….it’s not a perfect world and unfortunately, siht happens all the time.
It wasn’t all that long ago that the this same Rev. Al Sharpton, in collusion with the Reverend Jesse Jackson, the New Black Panthers and several other special interest groups sojourned to Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina to get involved in the Duke Rape trial without having a clue as to what was going on. Hey Sharpton and Jackson, you looked like fools then as you do now!
I will openly admit that I do NOT know all of the facts of this matter. A young 23-year old man lost his life. The answers are not always blatant eye for an eye. However, I will not stand for people getting involved in matters they know very little about and incite riots in the process.