Remember Al Sharpton’s history of racist and anti-Semitic comments? One reporter at The Daily Surge did and asked the civil rights leader and MSNBC host about them in an interview captured on video.
“In the spirit of Donald Sterling do you think you should be banned from TV for all the racist stuff you’ve said over the years?” asked the interviewer, who questioned Sharpton outside of the White House Correspondent’s Dinner held earlier this month.
“What racist stuff?” Sharpton responded.
“When you referred to Jews as white interlopers,” the interviewer said.
Sharpton cautioned the reporter against misquoting him and clarified that he was only talking about one Jewish person.
“You went from one guy who paid people off the books and was wrong,” Sharpton responded.
The remarks that the interviewer referenced were uttered by Sharpton in 1995.
Sharpton had sided with a black record store owner against the Jewish owner of Freddie’s Fashion Mart. The owner of the fashion store was a landlord to the record store owner.
“We will not stand by,” warned Sharpton, “and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business.”
Shortly after Sharpton’s protest of the store, one of the protesters set fire to it before committing suicide. Seven store employees died from smoke inhalation from the fire. Sharpton apologized for the “white interloper” comment at the time but did not take responsibility for the fire.
Sharpton has made other racist, bigoted and anti-Semitic comments in the past. The Daily Surge video aired recordings of Sharpton complaining that ancient “Greek homos” stole civilization from Africans and justifying using the word “cracker” to reference white people.
Sharpton has also made thinly-veiled references to Jewish people by calling them “diamond merchants” during the aftermath of the Crown Heights riots, which took place in Brooklyn in 1991. Sharpton, who led protests that led to the riots, said at the time “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.”