Miami New Times. This week, Luke takes on the FBI's most famous rat.
No one should be surprised that Al Sharpton was a major snitch for the federal government. Last week, the Smoking Gun unearthed damning evidence of the good reverend's onetime role as a mob rat during the '80s. The blockbuster exposé detailed how Sharpton became the FBI's "CI-7," toting around a special briefcase outfitted with a secret recording device that caught several wiseguys from the Genovese crime family on tape multiple times. The Smoking Gun says he flipped when FBI agents showed Sharpton a videotape of him talking about doing a cocaine deal with an undercover agent posing as a South American kingpin.
Initially, Sharpton denied it. Now he's claiming he cooperated with the FBI only because his life had been threatened by gangsters. Yeah, right. Sharpton has been bamboozling African-Americans ever since he joined the civil rights movement. He's always been a government double agent, pretending to help black people when he really does nothing for them. Sharpton is a great showman who can get cameras to follow him around. His job is to fool African-Americans into thinking someone is fighting for them.
When he came to Florida following the murder of Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin, Sharpton vowed he would lead the fight to repeal the state's Stand Your Ground law. Two years after the boy's death, the law is still on the books and Sharpton hasn't done anything about it. He promised to move to Chicago's worst neighborhoods to fight the gun violence killing so many black people in the Windy City. According to a recent article, Sharpton leased an apartment in an affluent part of town and stays there only once a week.
I've been dealing with two-faced activists like Sharpton since I was an underground DJ in the early '80s. I recall an incident when I was throwing a party at a park in Liberty City. A riot broke out after a white police officer yelled "niggers" at us because we were playing music too loudly. A few days later, Rev. Willie Sims came by, acting like he wanted to help us resolve the situation. He was really a flunky, sent by the City of Miami to keep the black people in check.
That's what Sharpton does. He's the "political activist" who goes to whichever city or state is having a "black" disturbance to tell African-Americans what they want to hear. But he never really does anything except talk.
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For being a government stool pigeon, Sharpton has gotten two book deals, a host spot on a national news talk show, and fame. He's the greatest snitch ever.
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