NASCAR Funding Al Sharpton Group? Wut?
Watchdog group calls on NASCAR to cut ties.
I would imagine the toughest thing about doing business with Al Sharpton is asking him for a lost receipt, but the National Legal and Policy Center is asking NASCAR to end its relationship with him over Ferguson.
Alana Goodman of the Washington Free Beacon has the story:
Watchdog Calls on NASCAR to End Funding to Al Sharpton
A government watchdog group is calling on NASCAR to cut ties with Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in response to the cable news host’s comments about police in the wake of the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the questionable financial activities at his nonprofit groups.
The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) asked NASCAR to “end its financial support of Al Sharpton and his organization” in a letter to CEO Brian France on Monday. NASCAR has previously been a sponsor of NAN’s annual conference, a key fundraising event for Sharpton’s group, according to the NLPC.
“The cold-blooded murder of two New York City police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, followed weeks of Sharpton’s vilification of law enforcement personnel. Now two police officers have been gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri,” wrote NLPC president Peter Flaherty in the letter. “Mr. France, police lives matter. You can demonstrate your support for law enforcement by ending your support for Sharpton without delay.”
Sharpton has been a regular presence in Ferguson.
He even held a press conference after the grand jury decision in November.
Now that we know “hands up, don’t shoot” was a lie, Al Sharpton won’t be the only person called to task.
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Sharpton The Destroyer is what he should be called.
He has done more to destroy the lives of people of all colors than anyone in the U.S. who isn’t now in prison.
Not even close, Rags. Nobody has destroyed more lives than Barack Obama.
I’ll give you that. You have to hold a position in government to REALLY screw people over.
Al Sharpton – fraud, huckster, race-baiter, tax scofflaw, tax cheat, liar; and those are his good qualities. Why would anyone want to be associated with him?
Why is this surprising?
Al Sharpton’s group is entirely funded by blackmail — threatening to spur racial protests against a company or industry if donations are not forthcoming.
NASCAR is a flyover-country sport with almost exclusively white drivers.
Paying Sharpton off isn’t all that crazy — however much you and I might wish to see them make a stand.
It takes real courage to stand up to a protection racket, and large corporations are designed for prudence and caution, not courage.
Acquiessing to miscreants only encourages them.
NASCAR morphed from being about racing long ago. It’s all about manufacturing ever-growing piles of cash now.
But funding Al Sharpton is just stupid. It would be cheaper and more useful as a public service just to have him whacked.
I was thinking about having him run back and forth across the track during a race. Think of the money that could be made betting on how many round trips he will make before he becomes road kill.
Sarcasm gets 2 down votes? Lighten up Francis.
Good grief! Why on earth would NASCAR be supporting this slimeball in the first place?
“That’s a nice little sport you got there. Be a shame if anything should happen to it…”
Alternate Headline: “NLPC Requests NASCAR to Cease Paying NAN Protection Money”
Look, everybody knows that NASCAR is about the whitest sport there is (although there are many fans of color). Name the last Black NASCAR driver without using Google. See what I mean?
Bill France made a deal with the devil years ago to pay off Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) and to let lily white NASCAR continue the generally Southern sport of racing without demands for “diversity.”
Hey. I’m a redneck. I know what I’m talkin bout.
As soon as the fan base realizes Nascar is paying off Sharpton, it will end.
NASCAR is more than drivers. For every driver are a large number of mechanics, technicians, etc. NASCAR is far from the whitest sport. The whitest sport is curling.
If NASCAR thinks it a good idea to align itself with scum like this, you know what: do something else on the weekends besides waste your time watching NASCAR brats drive around in circles.