Al Sharpton (born 1954) is an American liberal news personality, Christian minister, and highly controversial African American Democratic politician based in New York City with a penchant for baiting conservatives and embarrassing liberals. Searching for opportunities to inflame racial tensions, he became a national celebrity in the 1980s by resorting to racial demagoguery. Indeed, he has even been called a 'racial arsonist', who has led to the deaths of innocent people[Citation Needed].
He currently hosts his own show on MSNBC.
Sharpton was licensed as a minister at the age of 9 as a Pentecostal and again as an adult as a Baptist. He has no formal religious training. As Sharpon's notoriety has increased he has spread out, running for President as a Democrat in 2004. Part of the joke of the late night talk show circuit was that Sharpton wanted his very first job to be President of the United States. Today he is a radio talk show host, guest TV speaker and liberal activist focused almost exclusively on racial issues.
Tawana Brawley hoax
In 1987, Sharpton spreads incendiary hate claiming Ms. Brawley, then a 15-year-old black girl was abducted, raped, and smeared with feces by a group of white men. Sharpton got the defendants to refuse to cooperate with the police that could have led to quick indictments and justice and instead called for grand jury investigations. The Tawana Brawley case was later determined to be a fraud, 7 months into a grand jury investigation and after a waste of taxpayer money and bitter racial strife.
Gavin Cato riots
In 1991, a Hasidic Jewish driver in Brooklyn's Crown Heights section accidentally kills Gavin Cato, a 7-year-old black child. Anti-semetic riots emerged with Sharpton leading demonstrators to march through the Jewish neighborhood, chanting, "No justice, no peace." An angry mob surrounds rabbi student Yankel Rosenbaum yelling "Kill the Jews!". Rosenbaum was stabbed to death.
Freddy's Fashion Mart
In 1995, in a dispute regarding a Jewish landlord raising the price of rent, Sharpton once again incites racial hatred. "We will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business." Picketers are protesting the store spitting on customers. On Dec. 8, one of the protesters bursts into Freddy's, shoots four employees point-blank, then sets the store on fire. Seven employees die in the inferno. 
The events where somebody died after protesting, Sharpton claims he wasn't present. Though he was present to incite the crowds, shout for justice and flame the fan of hate.  He ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2004. Sharpton has owed the IRS back taxes for many years. Counting penalties it is currently 1.5 million dollars.
Michael Bloomberg said, "[He] doesn’t seem to focus on the kids who just don’t have the education that they need to compete and don’t have a structured family at home that can help." 
Debates against Christopher Hitchens
"George Bush giving tax cuts is like Jim Jones giving Kool-Aid. It tastes good but it'll kill you."
On unequal results:
When you see the racial disparities in the country that still exist. I`m talking about 2005 in terms of health care, in terms of economics, in terms of median income level, in terms of how we get bank loans or the criminal justice system. To not talk about it doesn`t mean we`re going to close the gap.
On 2004 Democratic candidate Howard Dean:
I wanted to say to Governor Dean, don't be hard on yourself about hooting and hollering. If I had spent the money you did and got 18 percent, I'd still be in Iowa hooting and hollering.
In regards to universal health care legislation:
"America Overwhelmingly Voted For Socialism When They Elected Obama" 
- The Sharpton hypocrisy Jewish World Review, January 17, 2003
- [http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,568281,00.html?test=latestnews Sharpton Threatens to Sue Limbaugh Over His WSJ Column, FoxNews, October 17, 2009
- Shin, Paul. "THE TAO OF REV. AL Adds spice to Dems' bland stew"; New York Daily News, January 27, 2004
- CNN Transcript December 19, 2005
- CNN Transcript January 23, 2004
- Sharpton: America 'Overwhelmingly Voted For Socialism When They Elected Obama, NewsMax, March 22, 2010