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Rev. Al Sharpton Says He's Not a Rat

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

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Rev. Al Sharpton speaking at his National Action Network headquarters in East Harlem about reports that he was an FBI informant in the 1980s. Rev. Al Sharpton speaking at his National Action Network headquarters in East Harlem about reports that he was an FBI informant in the 1980s. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The Rev. Al Sharpton said a report indicating that he was a paid FBI informant in the 1980s is old news, but acknowledged he worked with the FBI while he was in the music business to protect himself from the mob. 

"I was not, and am not a rat," Sharpton said Tuesday. "I'm a cat, I chase rats, and whether it's a rat in racial profiling or police brutality, or mobsters exploiting black artists, don't get it confused." He calls critics of his choice to work with law enforcement hypocrites.

His comments came in response to an article by Bill Pastone of The Smoking Gun that claims Sharpton provided information that helped convict several high-profile mobsters. Sharpton denied this.

"If I had talked about a corrupt assemblyman in East Harlem that's good government, but if I'm talking about mobsters I'm 'Reverend Rat'? Give me a break," he said.

Sharpton's lawyers are looking at the documents posted by The Smoking Gun.

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Yes, his current campaigns seem, more or less, aimed at correcting injustices, though always with full-scale press coverage.
However, are we supposed to just forget his earlier, sleazy and self-promoting campains? Should we just put aside his promotion of the idea that certain shop-keepers labeled by him as "blood suckers," on 125th street, needed to be taught a lesson. Then there was his unbending backing of the reckless, reputation-ruining Tawana Brawley. Are we supposed to just forget his standing by her by saying that her flagrant lying and slandering didn't matter since she represents what has happened to other women of color?
I do believe in redemption of sinners. But the sinner has to show he has truly changed his ways and regrets past, hurtful wrongs.

Apr. 09 2014 11:56 AM

I HOPE BILL BASTONE AND ALL OF YOU DON'T GET REVEREND SHARPTON KILLED BY 'WISE GUYS' LOOKING TO REVENGE DEAD OR IMPRISONED FELLOW BAD GUYS. I JUST HEARD MR. BASTONE'S SANCTIMONIOUS REASONS FOR 'EXPOSING' THIS STORY ABOUT HOW SHARPTON SHOULDN'T BE MEETING WITH OBAMA AND HOLDER. HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING AND LISTENING TO THE REVEREND'S GREAT WORK WITH THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE NETWORK, HIS MSNBC SHOW, HIS REVEALING INTERVIEW IN WHICH HE REALIZED HIS OUTSIZE PERSONALITY WAS GETTING IN THE WAY OF HIS MESSAGE AND ISSUES?

Apr. 08 2014 05:36 PM

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