Why Sharpton has continued to be given a media spotlight, especially after he started his demagoguery with the false rape allegations of Tawana Brawley in the late 1980s, has been mystifying.
But while he speaks out on racial issues, Sharpton has had a history of using racially insensitive language over the years.
Here's some examples.
Sharpton seized upon protests in the Jewish Crown Heights section of New York, after a black youth was accidentally run over by a Hasidic Jew. Sharpton led protesters and was overheard using anti-Semetic rhetoric, saying: "Talk about how Oppenheimer in South Africa sends diamonds straight to Tel Aviv and deals with the diamond merchants right here in Crown Heights." and "If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house."
In a 1994 speech at Kean College, Sharpton said:
“White folks was [sic] in caves while we was building empires…. We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.”
In the late 1980s, when Sharpton appeared on the Morton Downey Jr. TV show, he called an audience member "punk faggot." This clip was found and used in the movie on Downey's TV show and life, called Evocateur.
In recent years, Sharpton has been one who has called for the "n-word" to be banned. But here he is calling New York's first black Mayor, David Dinkins, that word.
David Dinkins! You wanna be the only nigger on television. The only nigger in the newspapers. The only nigger that can talk. Don't cover them, don't talk to them, cause you got the only nigger problem. Cause you know, if a black man stood up next to you, they would see you for the whore that you really are.
In this clip, also at the Blaze, Sharpton goes after the "Chinamen" who sell fried chicken to blacks, as well as Korean greengrocers who sell watermelons.
Meanwhile, as Sharpton has used this tragedy in Sanford, FL to inflame more racial resentment and division, he is given a pass that people like Paula Deen or others don't get, all while wrapping himself in the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.