Racism is worth big bucks and for some greedy activists it is worth millions. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the relationship between Al Sharpton’s, “National Action Network” and America’s biggest retail giant, Walmart. As the protests and racial divide continues to grow, so do the greedy pockets of America’s most notorious race-baiters.
Whoever said that racial bigotry needs to end doesn’t understand the fiscal realities of the great, racial divide. And the reason is simple – if the racism ends so does the hundreds of millions of dollars that are pumped annually into the coffers of racial activism.
Shockingly, it is that steady, stream of unlimited revenue that helps racism to grow, to survive and to thrive. It is also one of the biggest and most corrupt forms of blackmail that exists today and one of the most damaging to our country.
After two NYC police officers were killed last month Walmart came under heavy criticism for its long-standing, financial support of Al Sharpton’s, National Action Network (NAN.) It became so exposed that even the “National and Legal Policy Center” sent a letter to Walmart’s CEO, Douglas McMillion asking him to end Walmart’s long-time support of NAN.
Of course, McMillion refused; it’s much cheaper to pay out a few million bucks than have your company labeled as a racist employer. It also makes more sense to keep America’s biggest, racial huckster at bay by paying for his lavish, 60th birthday celebration.
So, that is the way it goes, and it is not only Walmart that kneels to activists like Al Sharpton. Other major corporations like Anheuser-Bush, Macy’s, Pfizer, Pepsico and General Motors to mention only a few, donate hundreds of millions of dollars each year. And if that wasn’t enough, they also hire Sharpton and other activists as business and social consultants.
While the rest of us argue, protest and debate who is to blame for racism in America, companies like Walmart let themselves remain hostage and feed the frenzy. Their financial support keeps the racial rage alive and keeps their corporations in the safety zone.
It has nothing to do with racism, but a lot to do with money. Activists like Al Sharpton’s, NAN and Jesse Jackson’s “Rainbow Coalition” could not survive without the big bucks from major corporations. Protests cost lots of money and so do Lear Jet rides to and from the White House.
This week, the NY Post ran an electrifying and revealing article about the statistics of community-policing inside NYC. It exposed the hypocrisy of alleged police brutality towards white and black communities.
Until major corporations like Walmart and others see the light and stop letting themselves be blackmailed by racial provocateurs like Al Sharpton, racial unrest will continue to grow. Throwing fuel on the fire by funding those who promote blood and rioting in the streets when a black man is killed by police only casts them off as accomplices.
America has achieved enormous progress in the fight to battle racism. The proof is all around us. Unfortunately, though there are those among us that don’t want that progress to transcend. They would rather see our country dwell on the miseries of the past and take us back to the old, Jim Crow days so they can fill their greedy pockets.
America has had enough of them. It is time for America to wake up and end the racial, blackmail.
Joseph E. Rathjen is a freelance writer and an Opinion Writer at 1World Online – America’s Fastest Growing Social Research Engine