Al Sharpton is social activist who chooses his battles wisely – that is he protects the people who pay him and he calls those who don’t pay him "racists". Social Justice and equality is for sale from Al Sharpton and his National Action Network (NAN). For the last ten years, numerous American corporations have bought protection from racism claims and the support of the black community from Sharpton.

After leaked emails at Sony Pictures revealed that co-chair Amy Pascal made racist comments about President Obama, the Sony team were said to be "shaking in their boots" and "afraid of the Rev." And they had every reason to be. Racism directed at the President is all Al Sharpton needs to hear to start booking non-stop appearances on news programs and talk shows.

After dealing with North Korea's threats over "The Interview" movie, Sony didn’t want to deal with anymore backlash, so they called up Al Sharpton. Since Sharpton’s participation in a racial bias "working group" at Sony, there have been no pubic attacks or admonishment.

While there is no direct evidence that Sony paid Sharpton, there’s a long history of major corporations funneling generous sums of money to the National Action Network to stay off Sharpton’s radar. AT&T, McDonad’s, Verizon, Walmart, Macy’s, Honda, Chrysler, and Pfizer have donated thousands of dollars. It’s the cost of doing business in Al Sharpton's America.

If you don’t pay up, you’ll find yourself threatened by Sharpton and NAN. After six unsuccessful years of lobbying for money from General Motors, Sharpton picketed outside GM’s Fifth Avenue headquarters and suggested that boycotts would happen next. GM gave in and paid NAN $10,000. The pickets stopped and the boycott never happened. Pepsi has a similar tale to tell. Their payment was a $25,000 per-year adviser fee to Sharpton, ensuring he wouldn’t publicly denounce Pepsi ads as racist.

The Al Sharpton playbook of mob-like tactics were revealed by the National Legal & Policy Center. The center’s chairman, Ken Boehm said, "Al Sharpton has enriched himself and NAN for years by threatening companies…he plays the race card all the way through [and] he just keeps asking for more and more money."

Sharpton’s bargaining power is better than ever, thanks to close ties with President Obama.

 

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