President Bush spoke today at a Black History Month event and condemned a spate of high-profile, noose-hanging incidents. He is right to condemn bona fide cases of racism. He should have also condemned opportunist race-hustlers and fraudsters.
One of the noose-hanging cases in Baltimore turned out to be a hoax perpetrated by a black firefighter. A Jewish student at GWU, riding the wave of noose-related hate crime publicity, manufactured a hate attack against herself.
And, of course, the most prominent case at Columbia University remains unsolved.
Want to hear something really appalling? The biggest race-hustling fraudster of them all, Al Sharpton, was at the White House and gave President Bush his seal of approval:
The Rev. Al Sharpton, who was at the White House, said he was pleased that Bush addressed the issue.
Sharpton helped organize a massive rally in September in Jena, La., to protest what marchers believed to be the unfair treatment of six black students charged with beating a white student at Jena High School. The beating came months after three other white students were suspended, but not criminally charged, for hanging nooses in a tree at the school.
“I am encouraged that the president addressed the issue that caused me to bring 30,000 marchers to Jena, Louisiana, in September and 50,000 marchers in front of the U.S. Department of Justice on November 16th,” Sharpton said. He said he hoped the president has discussed specific legislation to address the rising tide of hate crimes and increasing displays of nooses.
It was just three years ago that Al Sharpton was calling Bush “evil.” But hey, who’s gonna turn down partying at the White House? Not The Reverend!
Here’s the White House transcript:
3:00 P.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all for coming. Good afternoon, and welcome to the White House. Laura and I are honored that you all came, as we celebrate African American History Month. This is a month in which we recognize the many African Americans who’ve made great contributions to our country. We honor the talent and their courage. We renew our commitment to securing liberty and justice for every American. That’s why we’re here.
I appreciate many of the notables who have joined us: Madam Secretary, appreciate you coming. (Applause.) Mr. Secretary Alphonso Jackson and Marcia. Thanks for coming, Mr. Secretary. Proud you’re here. (Applause.)
If I skip some of the notables, it’s because I’m going to say something about them a little later on. (Laughter.) So, Congressman, I’ll be with you in a minute. (Laughter.)
I appreciate Dr. Leonard Haynes, who’s the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. I am proud — Doc, thanks for coming. I’m proud to welcome all the presidents from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities here today; really appreciate your service to the country.
I want to thank Ron Langston, National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency. Roslyn Brock, Vice Chairman of the NAACP — Roslyn, thank you for coming. Somewhere — there you are. I thank John Fleming, President, Association of the Study of African American Life and History. Reverend Al Sharpton, and his wife Dominique — Reverend, it’s good to see you.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Daughter.
THE PRESIDENT: Daughter. (Laughter.) Daughter. (Laughter.) I don’t get them right all the time. (Laughter.) But thank you for coming. And, Dominique, you’re sure a lot prettier than your father. (Laughter.)
As long as the police-smearing, crime-coddling race demagogue Al Sharpton is welcome in the White House, race relations will never improve.
Just a reminder of who’s welcome at the White House and who’s not:
Al Sharpton: Welcome.
Tom Tancredo: Not welcome.
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