Al Sharpton has pushed back hard against recent allegations that in the mid-1980s he was a mob associate who only became a mob rat after the FBI seemingly captured him on surveillance video claiming to know a potential purchaser for multiple kilos of pure cocaine.
There could be multiple reasons for the vociferous denials by Reverand Al. Maybe he doesn't want a criminal past to sully his reputation now that he's rubbing elbows with the power elite. Or maybe he doesn't want the snitch label to undermine his street cred. Heck, maybe Al Sharpton is innocent as he claims, and he went to the FBI after receiving threats from the wise guys for his activism in the music industry.
Of course, if the allegations are true that Al Sharpton once was a mob associate, then he was an Uncle Tom who betrayed his own people for personal gain, and perhaps that's the reason the good Reverend insists he never worked for the Mafia. After all, it's hard to claim that you're working as a civil rights activitist for the downtrodden black community when you're a mobbed-up parasite feasting upon your own people.
The Mafia long has exploited the black community, and in big cities in the Midwest and the Northeast it has done as much harm as the KKK in the South.
How many black lives were destroyed by the drugs peddled by the Mafia? How much black wealth was stolen through the numbers game which was called the Italian lottery by some and the "n***** pool" by others? How many black workers were denied good jobs because of racist mobsters who controlled the unions?
And allegedly Al Sharpton was a willing participant in the mob's black exploitation as reported by The Smoking Gun:
At one point before he was "flipped," Sharpton participated in a mob scheme to create a business front that would seek a share of lucrative Con Edison set-asides intended for minority-owned businesses. That deal, which involved garbage collection contracts, cratered when the power company determined that Sharpton's silent partner was Genovese captain Matthew "Matty the Horse" Ianniello.
Moreover, it's not simply that the Mafia criminally exploited the black community but many mobsters are vile racists.
For example, Nicholas "Nicky Skins" Stefanelli, the Gambino soldier who wore a wire for the G-men until committing suicide two years ago, once was charged by federal prosecutors for his alleged role in beating a black man in a landmark civil rights case.
On September 30, 1972 the victim, Robert L. Chavers, was eating at Ed's Diner in the white North Ward section of Newark, NJ, and Stefanelli and two other reputed Gambino mobsters allegedly beat him because they did not want black people at the eatery as reported in a March 8, 1975 article ("2 Are Guilty of Violating Civil Rights of a Black") for The Associated Press.
Stefanelli and the two others, Robert Bisaccia and Louis Fulco, were charged by the United States Task Force Against Organized Crime with violating the victim's civil rights under the public accomodations statute, and the case represented the first time that the Task Force had used the law against reputed mobsters in New Jersey. A hung jury resulted in a mistrial against the trio, and the charge later was dismissed against Stefanelli although his co-defendants Bisaccia and Fulco pled guilty during a second trial against them.
Frankly, it's unfathomable how President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder could stand by their man Al Sharpton if the allegations are confirmed. Indeed, Holder knows first hand the racist blood that often runs through the Italian Mafia. During his early years as an assistant prosecutor Holder convicted reputed Bufalino mobster James Osticco, and upon first learning that Holder was black Osticco allegedly uttered a racist slur.
Of course, Al Sharpton and his political cronies today maintain power and make money from race hustling, and the last thing to which they can admit is that the good Reverend once may have been a mobbed-up Uncle Tom. After all, that kind of talk might kill the goose that lays the golden egg. It all sounds like just another racket.