Can't tell you how many times I've found this kind of deceitful, misleading propaganda in my e-mail inbox. In case you haven't seen this email or one of the many similar to it, I'll present it here in its entirety before I comment further.
Sharpton Blasts Woods for Not Having a Black Mistress!
The Rev. Al Sharpton held a press conference today to blast Tiger Woods for the lack of diversity among his mistresses. Sharpton claims that the lack of African-American women among Woods’ harem will have a negative affect on the black community, specifically poor young black girls.
“Why is it that a man who calls himself black can’t bring himself to cheat on his wife with a black woman?” said Sharpton, speaking to a group of supporters in Harlem . “What does it say to young black girls everywhere, when you pass them over? Shame on you Tiger Woods! What would your daddy say?”
Sharpton, who has long championed taking black women as mistresses, said that today’s black athletes need to stop neglecting black women when it comes to extramarital affairs, and should follow the examples of positive black role models such as Jesse Jackson and Martin Luther King, Jr., both of whom cheated on their wives with black women. Sharpton also stressed that cheating with African-American women would help the black community financially by giving black girls the chance to sell their stories to tabloids and gossip magazines.
(Now if all that wasn't enough ~ wait until you read this next quote.)
Added Sharpton, “I’m not asking you to not cheat on your wives, I’m just asking you to give back to your own community.”
Needless to say this e-mail is a complete and utter fabrication. A Hoax! Oh why am I being so polite? It's a F*cking Lie!!
As near as I can tell, it originated from a spoof website known as Celeb Jihad. Since then it's been picked up by a dozen or more websites. Most of which present it as a joke, but wouldn't you know, there are a few right-wing political websites that try to pass it off as fact. Now of course it's become a viral e-mail. An e-mail that is actually being taken seriously by some. (Granted these are usually people with a Sarah Palen type mentality, but that unfortunately seems to be about 23% of the population ~ scary isn't it?)
The real question here is why are so many people readily embracing and believing this story? Why are some people, always ready to believe anything negative or disparaging they read or hear about the African-American Community? And why do they so eagerly and gleefully send this e-mail to everyone they know?
I can't help but think it's because it reinforces their own prejudices and stereotypes. Perhaps it's a way for them to justify and rationalize the hate they harbor in their hearts.
The irony here, of course, is that so many of these people claim to be Christians and isn't this supposed to be the Christian Season that celebrates Peace on Earth and Goodwill Towards Men?
- Just Thinking...
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