• Al Sharpton Calls Emergency Meeting About Oscars, Ignores Black Social Ills

    Race hustler emeritus Al Sharpton is calling an emergency meeting, and it’s for all the wrong reasons.

    Sharpton could be calling attention to the fact that some 70 percent of unwed black women (typically teenaged) have children, which remains the driving force behind much of black America’s many social maladies that prevent social progress.

    But he won’t.

    Sharpton could be having an emergency meeting to shed light on how fatherlessness in black communities has created cohorts of unruly youths who perpetuate the same self-defeating behavior: delinquency, dropouts and drug abuse. Sharpton could address how America’s major inner cities–most of them run by Democrats–have been transformed into impoverished islands of lawlessness.

    But he won’t.

    Sharpton’s emergency meeting could also address Obama’s legacy to black America: chronically high unemployment. The black joblessness rate is now a miserable 10.4 percent, which is nearly double the overall unemployment rate. Shaprton could address this.

    But he won’t.

    No. Sharpton is urging an “emergency” meeting to protest the fact that no blacks were nominated for a best actor or actress award at this year’s Oscars, even though Selma, the film that focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s role in the civil rights movement, was nominated for best picture.

    “The movie industry is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher you get, the whiter it gets,” Sharpton maintains.

    There’s just one problem. The president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which grants those gold-covered statuettes, is a black women. Cheryl Boone Isaacs is her name. And she is as black as Obama.

    What’s more, less than 12 months ago another black-oriented movie, 12 Years A Slave, was a runaway hit at the Academy Awards. 12 Years was directed by a black man (Steve McQueen, who won Best Director), starred black actors (Lupita Nyong’o, who won Best Supporting Actress), and was even written by the very black John Ridley–who was also awarded Best Adapted Screenplay by that racist Oscar academy.

    How dare those bastards?

    It’s going to be hard for Sharpton to make the case that Hollywood went from handing out Oscars to all the black people, to shunning them in less than 12 months.

    But Al Sharpton could not care less about making a meaningful case. Al Shaprton wants to make money, gain power, and expand his influence in Hollywood.

    Last month Sharpton and Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal agreed to forming a “working group,” according to the New York Post, “to focus on racial bias in Hollywood” after “leaked emails showed her making racially charged comments about President Obama.”

    “Sharpton should arrange an emergency meeting to demand a right-to-work law in Hollywood,” writes Deroy Murdock. “One way to see more black people nominated for Academy Awards is for more black people to work in the movies. That is harder to do when unions make it needlessly difficult to land jobs in sound, lighting, set design, editing, cinematography, acting, writing, and direction.”

    That would bring about real change, resulting in greater equality and opportunity in Hollywood. But we all know Al Sharpton wants no part of that. Better to keep the racially oppressive status quo set in place than to actually work toward solving problems.

    For Al Sharpton, there’s no money in racial harmony or solving problems.

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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