Al Sharpton’s Anniversary: 23 Years Since He Incited Freddy’s Massacre

Lid Blog: It was his second anti-Semitic pogrom in four years. On December 8, 1995,  Al Sharpton incited the violent fire-bombing of the Jewish-owned Freddy’s Fashion Mart in Harlem, causing the deaths of Angelina Marrero, Cynthia Martinez, Luz Ramos, Mayra Rentas, Olga Garcia, Garnette Ramautar, and Kareem Brunner – the seven victims of the massacre. There was an eighth death, Roland James Smith, started the fire that burned down the store. Sharpton didn’t toss the firebomb, but the anti-Semitic and racial bias which came out of his mouth and out of the mouths of others while in his presence, produced the massacre as assuredly as if the fire was set with his hands. Smith’s mistake was listening to and believing Sharpton’s hatred.

Smith had been part of a group of picketers, led by Al Sharpton , head of the National Action Network and Morris Powell , leader of the 125th Street Vendor’s Association, who had been protesting the eviction of Sikhulu Shange, owner of the Record Shack who was subletting from Fred Harari, the Jewish owner of Freddy’s.

It all started as a rent dispute in the summer of 1995:

The United House of Prayer, a large African-American church, was also a major landlord in Harlem. They raised the rent on Freddy’s Fashion Mart, a Jewish-owned clothing store which had operated from the same Harlem location for over 40 years. In turn, Freddy’s had to raise the rent on its sub-tenant, a black-owned record store. A landlord-tenant dispute ensued. As he has done so often in his life, Al Sharpton turned this non-racial economic dispute into a racial conflict.

5 Comments on Al Sharpton’s Anniversary: 23 Years Since He Incited Freddy’s Massacre

  1. The left, in holding such individuals as Sharpton up as Cultural icons, further solidifies the fact that their view of reality has no rational basis in fact. What a sad commentary on the minds of a large number of our nations population. The left’s hero’s and role models are glaring examples of their twisted minds. A great deal has changed since my childhood when our role models reflected goodness, responsibility, respect, decorum and a desire to do good works. May God have mercy on our nation.




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  2. Al will roast in the special recesses of whatever Hell is, reserved for those who claim to be men of God, but live their lives like he has. He should be afraid.
    I’m sure he’ll shuck and jive God….




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  3. Sharpton would be a drunken sidewalk bum if not for his SPONSORS.

    Everyone that promotes, employs, and humors this criminal should be pilloried. And that includes the IRS for selective enforcement of the ‘code’–what a crock of shit.

    I’d like to see legitimate data on the unpaid tax-debt of citizens. Famous or not, my money says ‘people-of-color’ and even non-citizens, skate on their obligations while others are persecuted.

    Prove me wrong, Dept of Treasury, I bet I’m right.




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