Race hustler Al Sharpton has been prominent in the Trayvon Martin campaign. Recently though, an unwelcome ghost has returned from his past to haunt him.
The verdict in the George Zimmerman trial has led to the usual suspects making political capital out of the tragic and unnecessary death of a 17-year-old kid, and now they are clearly on a roll. Al Sharpton has been in the forefront of this campaign, as he was with another campaign 25 years ago.
If you do not recognise the name Tawana Brawley, it is probably because of your youth. Back in 1987, this black teenager was at the centre of a bizarre hate crime allegation, presumably as opposed to a love crime.
On November 28, 1987, Brawley, then 15 years old, was found apparently dumped in a garbage bag near her former New York home. She had been burned, smeared with excrement, and three words had been written on her: "KKK" — which is an acroynm rather than a word; "Bitch"; and yes, you guessed it, that word that begins with the letter "N", the one that is too terrible to write in full here.
Unsurprisingly, this was a big story, not the least because those fine upstanding chaps with white sheets over their heads are seldom seen outside of the Deep South, and would certainly have turned a few heads if they'd been seen riding on horseback through Wappingers Falls, New York. Whether or not Tawana Brawley's predicament was down to the Ku Klux Klan, there could be no doubt that racism was behind it. Enter Al Sharpton.
Well, actually there was soon considerable doubt, but in the meantime there was a thousand strong march in support of Brawley. After all, she had been raped, and the perpetrators were white. Wrong again, on both counts.
In addition to being treated for her injuries, she was of course examined for rape trauma. No evidence of sexual violence was found; there were also other inconsistencies with her story, in particular, she showed no sign of having been exposed to the elements as claimed.
Actually, Miss Brawley didn't say a lot, but it was not post traumatic stress disorder or some other psychological block as is often experienced by victims of both sexual and non-sexual violence, rather it was the fact that the entire incident never happened. Alas, she had pointed the finger not simply at those racist white folk but at a district attorney among others. The report of the Grand Jury that investigated the case has been uploaded to a number of websites, including this one, that features an entire Tawana Brawley archive.
The DA concerned brought a defamation action against Miss Brawley and Al Sharpton, and he was awarded an astronomical sum that clearly she couldn't pay, although the judgment against Sharpton is said to have been paid by supporters (read mugs). In spite of this, the good Reverend has not been able to resist opening his big mouth on the subject, unlike Miss Brawley, who broke cover only four years ago to call for the case to be reopened. Heck, she even explained her non-ordeal in a lachrymosal video, with the same paucity of detail. Well, actually she didn't, although she did insist yet again that it happened.
Alas, as supporters of cop-killer Mumia and many other scumbags are fully aware, a case like this is not really one case but two cases. On the one side there is the case that is presented in a court of law which has formal rules of evidence and procedure; then there is the case that is presented in the court of public opinion where there are no rules, and the most outrageous lies are presented as documented fact.
Tawana Brawley during a press conference after the crime that never happened. The dude standing behind her is a young Al Sharpton.
The latest news in this case — the legal one — is that recently, Miss Brawley finally paid her principle non-rapist $3,764 in damages. Not that she did this voluntarily, Steven Pagones had her salary garnisheed. He appears to be a reasonable sort of dude, and according to some reports if she admits she lied, he will not pursue her for the rest of the judgment — which would mean the rest of her life as it is well into six figures.
Poor Tawana, poor Al Sharpton. Especially poor Al, because two decades later he was hoaxed again, by the Duke Lacrosse case.
The last word though belongs to another race hustler, Patricia J. Williams. With the usual caveat aboutWikipedia, according to Professor (yes, Professor) Williams, Tawana Brawley "has been the victim of some unspeakable crime. No matter how she got there. No matter who did it to her and even if she did it to herself."
Yup, you heard right, it was all the fault of racism. And who but a racist would disagree?
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