Speaking exclusively with Breitbart News on Friday, Robert Zimmerman, brother of George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of murder in the shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin, ripped into MSNBC’s Al Sharpton and called for advertisers to stop their support for Sharpton. Sharpton forwarded the false racial narrative that Zimmerman shot Martin because of his color. “There is perhaps no one more undeserving of the title ‘Reverend’ in the world than Al Sharpton,” Zimmerman said. “Time after time, in case after case spanning several decades including the Jenna Six, Duke Lacrosse, Tawana Brawley, the Crown Heights riots, and the deadly Freddy’s Fashion Mart fire, Sharpton has shown that nothing in America is quite as profitable as race-baiting while masquerading as a civil rights leader. I don’t see how ‘civil rights’ and ‘Al Sharpton’ can be used in the same sentence.”
Zimmerman said that Sharpton’s conduct in manufacturing “race hoaxes” left him “devoid of any credibility whatsoever, any reasonable person would do well to question not only his motives, but the motives of the television networks and the advertisers that finance his racial demagoguery.”
Zimmerman continued by suggesting that Americans stop backing advertisers who sponsor Sharpton. “Going forward, I see no reason Al Sharpton would suddenly change his ways and adopt integrity and truthfulness as his core values but I do think that we need to change our spending habits to send his show’s sponsors a message. We should not buy products that are advertised on PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton. Period. It is clear to me that inciting and promoting racial discord have proven far too profitable vehicles of wealth for Sharpton to abandon on his own but we can force the hand of his sponsors and send a message that he can’t ignore by hurting him where he’s bound to feel it – his wallet.”
Zimmerman has authored an op-ed at TruthRevolt.org stating, “If we want to defund Sharpton and force a Sharpton-shutdown, we will have to let our dollars do the talking and keep Sharpton’s sponsors on notice.”
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).