July 28, 2004

Crazy Al bitter over 40 acres & a mule

Al Sharpton veered away from the "approved" version of his speech before the Democratic National Convention tonight, and according to an interveiw he gave to ABC News Now after his speech, Sharpton claimed that he was trying to respond to the challenge that President Bush made to black voters last week.

In last week's speech, President Bush asked if the Democratic Party took black votes for granted. Sharpton delivered a stinging rebuke to the GOP in general and the President in particular.

"Our vote is not for sale," Sharpton exclaimed.

Sharpton told ABC News Now, ABC News' digital cable and Internet service, he wanted Bush to know the Democratic Party "has actually earned" African-American votes.

"Mr. President, I heard you say you had questions for voters, particularly African-American voters. And you said the Democratic Party takes us for granted. You said the Republican Party was the party of Lincoln and Frederick Douglass," he said.

"It is true that Mr. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. We were promised 40 acres and a mule. We never got the 40 acres. … We didn't get the mule. So we decided we would ride this donkey as far as it would take us."

Crazy Al was supposed to speak for six minutes, but he sermonized for 23 minutes, throwing the Dems schedule off for what was suppsoed to be John Kerry-running mate John Edwards' "coming out party"

Hey, Al! I don't need, nor do I want your 40 acres!

Posted by mhking at July 28, 2004 11:16 PM

mhking, Al Sharpton is doing just what I want him to do, sabotage the DNC. I'm shocked they let him speak. I like Al. Always like his passion (though wrong-headed at times).

Posted by: S-Train at July 29, 2004 12:43 AM

AL has nerve to called himself answering for afro americans. Al is only speaking for himself. Where do Jesse and he get the idea that black america has put them in charge or represent us. They have outlived their usefulness to the democrats and can help black america by shutting up.

Posted by: michael chadwell at July 29, 2004 05:08 AM

Hmmph. What would I do with a mule these days? I demand a Rolls Royce! And these 40 acres better have rich, fertile soil . . .

Posted by: Lola Lee at July 29, 2004 05:19 AM

I responded to this in detail on my blog. Pass it on:


Posted by: Expertise at July 29, 2004 10:28 AM

To extend Sharpton's analogy a bit, he may not have gotten the mule, but he did settle for being quite the jackass.

Just a thought.

Posted by: Tony at July 30, 2004 04:26 PM

Al is crazy and black.

Posted by: Brittney at November 4, 2004 02:14 PM
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