Al Shapton received the James Joyce Award by the Literary and Historical Society of the University College in Dublin, Ireland for his achievements in civil rights.
He joins the ranks of Nobel Prize-winner and anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Irish politician John Hume, poet Seamus Heaney, and far-left theorist Noam Chomsky.
They gave a distinguished award to the granddaddy of tax cheats, Al Sharpton, or should I call him “Reverend” because he is, after all, a man of God (sarcasm).
In 1989 Sharpton was charged with 67 felony counts of tax evasion, larceny and fraud. He was acquitted on all counts and pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of failure to file state income tax for 1986, CNN reported.
Fox News Business reports:
According to a New York Times’ review of government records in 2015, Sharpton personally faces federal tax liens for more than $3 million in back taxes owed, and state tax liens of $777,657. So in total, Sharpton reportedly owes more than $3.7 million in back taxes. His other two for-profit businesses, Raw Talent and Revals Communications, (both now defunct) owe anywhere from $717,000 to more than $800,000, based on state and federal tax liens, reports from the Times and National Review indicate.
As for the distinguished award for his civil rights achievements, he is a race-baiter who feeds off racial discord, and in January 1988, a Newsday article revealed that Sharpton was an FBI informant on organized crime, public figures, and on black civic leaders.
The good Reverend has come a long way.
Sharpton, 62, reportedly used part of his speech Monday to attack President Donald Trump’s criticism of American sports stars for kneeling in protest during the recitation of the national anthem as “the most despicable thing I have seen him do.” Sharpton also said, “for Donald Trump to act like this is a flag issue is to divert attention from how he is dealing with the issues that they are kneeling about.”
— Simon Carswell (@SiCarswell) September 25, 2017
During a rally for defeated U.S. Senate candidate Luther Strange — who lost to Roy Moore — for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ vacated Senate seat earlier this month, Trump said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!”
In addition to this, the Democrat — who worked with the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a youth — said race relations in the United Staes are “in as much peril now as we were when I was a kid joining Dr King,” echoing the majority of his fellow political party members opposed to the commander-in-chief.
Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Nobel Laureate and mathematician John Nash, economist Paul Krugman and author JK Rowling are past James Joyce recipients.
Sharpton also spoke with student leaders at the Trinity Historical Society:
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) September 26, 2017
In an opinion piece, the Irish Central’s Niall O’Dowd wrote, “The UCD Society that invited him should be ashamed of themselves” for awarding Sharpton. O’Dowd also questioned why the presenters of the award did not mention his role in the debunked Tawana Brawley case, in which a 16-year-old black teenager from New York lied about getting raped by six white men and having “KKK” written across her chest and “nigger, nigger” written across her stomach.
Brawley had even claimed one of her assailants was a white police officer.
It came out later that Ms. Brawley’s boyfriend reportedly said that she had faked the attack to avoid a beating from her mother for spending days with the boyfriend.
In a letter to the editor of the Irish Times, an Irish national wrote, “There are many deserving African-American civil-rights leaders that UCD could have chosen for this honour,” instead of Sharpton.
While fielding questions from students, the subject of President Trump’s potential reelection was raised. Asked if this was a possibility, Sharpton reportedly replied, “Yes, if we don’t organize.”
Sharpton appeared to be referring to the left’s so-called “Resistance” movement against Trump.