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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Always Controversial Rev. AL....and Remember You Too Can Purchase Civil Rights Insurance......For a Fee!

This next story has been bandied about for the last couple of weeks regarding allegations stemming from the NY Post that Reverend Al Sharpton has not only threatened boycotts against popular rap artists but also major corporations in hopes of obtaining funding for his National Action Network organization. At first glance, boycotts levied against the minstrel music industry and unscrupulous corporate entities seems like an admirable endeavor but if the threats are veiled and are only to achieve personal financial gain well.....perhaps radio host/Guardian Angel leader, Curtis Sliwa is correct in referring to the Reverend as Slim Shady Sharpton-I'm just sayin'. Check out this snippet, courtesy of Eurweb.com:

*The New York Post is reporting that Al Sharpton and his National Action Network group squeeze money out of corporations by threatening to march on their businesses and boycott their services if they don't pay up.

A rep for General Motors said it had been turning down NAN's repeated requests for contributions for the past six years, beginning in August 2000. Then, in December 2006, Sharpton threatened to call a boycott of the carmaker over the closing of an African-American-owned GM dealership in The Bronx, and he picketed outside GM headquarters on Fifth Avenue. Last year, General Motors gave NAN a $5,000 donation. It gave $5,000 more this year, a spokesman said, calling NAN a "worthy" organization.

In November 2003, Sharpton marched on DaimlerChrysler's Chicago car show and threatened a boycott over alleged racial bias in car loans. "This is institutional racism," he said at the time. In May 2004, Chrysler began supporting NAN's conferences, which include panels on corporate responsibility and civil rights and a black-tie awards dinner to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Last year, Sharpton gave Chrysler an award for corporate excellence.

Also in 2003, Sharpton targeted American Honda for not hiring enough African-Americans in management. "We support those that support us," wrote Sharpton and the Rev. Horace Sheffield III, president of NAN's Michigan chapter, in a letter to American Honda. "We cannot be silent while African-Americans spend hard-earned dollars with a company that does not hire, promote or do business with us in a statistically significant manner."

Two months after American Honda execs met with Sharpton, the carmaker began to sponsor NAN's events - and continues to pay "a modest amount" each year, a spokesman said.

Almost 50 companies - including PepsiCo, General Motors, Wal-Mart, FedEx, Continental Airlines, Johnson & Johnson and Chase - and some labor unions sponsored Sharpton's National Action Network annual conference in April, according to the Post.

Sharpton says none of them were pressured for cash.

For more on the original Slim Shady via Eurweb.com, click on the link below:


And while were speaking of controversy-time for a vintage Prince vid:

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