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[AL SHARPTON BLASTS JEFFERSON MEMORIAL] | National Review

Asked by Charlie Rose (at the 15:30 mark) should they take down the Jefferson Memorial? Al Sharptonreflected on the nature of slavery then answered a different question: whether the federal government should support the memorial. Sharpton said it should not. When you look at the fact thatpublic monuments are supported by public funds youre asking me to subsidize the insult of my family. I would repeat that the public should not be paying to uphold somebody who has had that kind of background. You have private museums, you have other things that you may want to do there.

The Jefferson Memorial obviously cant be placed in a museum. Im not sure how privatizing it would work but I doubt the protesters whoare surely coming to it will much worry about that detail.

Sharpton also said(at the 11:55 mark),in the course of criticizing President Trumps reaction to Charlottesville,Ivein my own career wrestled, youve got to deal openly and say, no, Im not gonna be with those elements, Im not going to deal with violence. Ive had to deal with that.Im not saying anything that a lot of public officials havent had to struggle with, which is why Im saying, he knows better. Every one of us knows when youre around extremists that you need to say, Wait a minute, Im going topart company.

After Sharptonplayed a key role in the 1991 riots in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, ittook him 20 years to issue what The Forward called the closest he will probably ever come to an apology (our language and tone sometimes exacerbated tensions and played to the extremists) though heclaimed he saw brick-throwing on all sidesduring the unrest, which he helped instigate. Aftera black youth was accidentally killed by a car driven by a Jew, Sharptonsaid these words at a service for the deceased: Talk about howOppenheimerinSouth Africasends diamonds straight toTel Avivand deals with the diamond merchants right here in Crown Heights. The issue is not anti-Semitism; the issue is apartheid. . . . All we want to say is what Jesus said: If you offend one of these little ones, you got to pay for it. No compromise, no meetings, no coffee klatsch, no skinnin and grinnin. A mob responded by murdering a rabbinical student and rioting for three days.

Sharptonin 1995 damned the Jewish owner of a sneaker store in Harlem at an angry rallybroadcast on local radioduring which he called the stores ownera white interloper and added, We are asking the buy blackcommittee to go down there, and Im going to go down there and do what is necessary to let them know that we are not turning 125th Street back over to the outsiders that was done in the early part of this century. . . .This is a sin and a shame and a disgrace, and we should not under any circumstances sit by and allow this to happen without a major reaction and major protest from us. One of the demonstrators who besieged the store shouting racist and anti-Semitic epithetslater killed seven people and himself in an arson attack on it.

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Rev. Al Sharpton: The Fight Is Still On | Black America Web

Alabama came out and voted yesterday, specifically the Black residents. So many people have said that Black people wouldnt show up to vote like they did for Barack Obama, but they did.

We vote our interest and we came out in numbers that were over those in 08, explained Sharpton.

But he urgesus not to take a break.We forget wejust won a round, we have not won the fight. With the tax bill still happening and the coming 2018 year theres still work to be done.

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Al Sharpton is hellbent on getting Meek Mill another shot at freedom, and says there’s proof he can do it because he also came through forTupac … when he was doing hard time.

Al tells TMZ his Monday visit with Meek — and Meek’s attorneyJoe Tacopina– will be just the beginning of his work on the case. Al’s hoping to get Judge Genece Brinkley replaced, and pressure Pennsylvania authorities on what he thinks is too stiff a punishment for Meek.

Al says he helped negotiate with the warden at NY’s Clinton Correctional Facility in the 90s …. to get Tupac released from solitary confinement. He believes that experience will be key to helping Meek in PA.

The Philly rapper had been in solitary due to his celebrity status, but as TMZ first reported … he wasremoved at his request.

Al says job one will be making it clear to PA authorities Meek’s2-4 year prison sentence is harsh and unjust … considering the cases behind his probation violation.

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Al Sharpton wants to see a black City Council speaker | New …

The Rev. Al Sharpton wants race to weigh heavily in who becomes the next leader of the City Council.

The civil-rights activist complained that a black member has never been elected council speaker, and he plans to raise the issue during a forum hell be hosting Tuesday at the National Action Networks House of Justice headquarters in Harlem.

The city has an open sore because theres never been a black council speaker, Sharpton told The Post. I would like to see a black speaker, but Im not going to take any black.

Of the eight council members vying for speaker, Brooklyn Councilman Robert Cornegy, Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams and Queens Councilman Donovan Richards are black, while Bronx Councilman Ritchie Torres is black and Latino.

The remaining field includes Manhattan Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who was born in the Dominican Republic, and three white men: Manhattan Councilmen Corey Johnson and Mark Levine and Queens Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.

Sharpton said he has spoken already to the three front-runners Levine, Cornegy and Johnson but wants to do a real evaluation.

Although the speaker is selected by securing a majority of votes in the 51-member council, outside influence such as party leaders and union bosses play a key role in who is chosen.

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Sharpton: ‘Any Match Could Lead to an Explosion’ – POLITICO Magazine

NEW YORK America’s reality TV president has made America face its reality, on TV.

Now, civil rights leaders across the country worry what will come from Donald Trump’s equivocation on racism and hatredand the countrys struggle in the week and a half since Charlottesville to deal with a problem much bigger than a few hundred wannabe Nazis with Tiki torches. Civil rights leaders talk about deep, visceral fear about where this could lead, and not in the usual political concern or objections. They see a searing landscape of possibilities ahead: Riots. Violence at protests and counterprotests. Deep psychological and emotional damage, especially among children.

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Were in a poisonous atmosphere that is being increased by the president of the United States. Its like turning on the gas in a room, the Rev. Al Sharpton told me, speaking for the latest episode of POLITICOs Off Message podcast.

Any match could lead to an explosion, and were getting that kind of atmosphere from this president.

Into the cauldron: Trumps rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night, which White House aides reportedly worry will stoke more tension even before he opens his mouth for a speech that few expect will do anything to change course or apologize.

Sharpton would like Trump to say hes sorry, to turn down the temperature. But he acknowledges that would probably be meaningless to him at this point.

Hes getting further and further and further away from being able to change his own narrative, Sharpton said.

Sharpton knows about protests, and he knows about Trump. He sat for the interview right after finishing his regular Saturday morning rally at National Action Network headquarters here in New York, just off Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem, where Korey Wiseone of the wrongly accused Central Park Five for whom Trump called for the death penaltywas in the crowd applauding vintage Sharpton lines like, Maybe the pope needs to send it back, a dig at Trumps giving Pope Francis a copy of Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech.

Sharpton isnt the only veteran of decades of fighting with Trump who sees last week as a new frontierand now looking for new ways to take him on. Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), who made the future presidents enemies list 30 years ago while he was still in the New York Assembly for holding up a development on the Upper West Side, said he was still shocked to see anti-Semitism encouraged from this White House, and thats why hes written a resolution that would make Trump the first president since Andrew Jackson to be censured.

If someone has no personal anti-Semitic or anti-black or racist feelings, but is willing to exploit those feelings for political advantageis that morally superior? Nadler said in a separate conversation for the Off Message podcast. I think its terrible. (The censure resolution is not going anywhere: During a CNN town hall Monday night, House Speaker Paul Ryan said censuring Trump would be the absolutely worst thing we should do, reasoning that Republicans joining with Democrats on this would be some partisan hackfest.)

New York Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler (pictured) has authored a resolution to censure President Donald Trump for his comments about neo-Nazis. | Bridget Mulcahy/POLITICO

Both men see this as a critical, but not surprising, moment for American history.

Sharpton is holding a rally next week, a march from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Aug. 28. Its an annual event he organizes, but this year it seems to be taking on special significanceand hes now stepping up both the number of expected participants and the amount of security accordingly.

In 2012, Sharpton accused Trump of peddling racism throughout his birther phase. They met in Trump Tower that Novemberto apologize for calling me a racistvery nice, apology accepted! was the @realDonaldTrump tweet, though the reverend himself said then and says now that he didnt call Trump himself a racist, and that he didnt apologize.

Sharpton still deliberately isnt calling Trump a racist, or an anti-Semite. I dont want to reduce this to that. His policies are there. That speaks for itself. If we make it personal, he wins, Sharpton said. I used to call people names. Dont give people the easy way out. But, Sharpton added: I think he has empowered anti-Semites and racists. I think he has brought them from the shadows into the mainstream and I think hes emboldened them, and I think thats a dangerous course for the country.

Nadler thinks Trump should quit (though he points out, hes not technically calling for that), and hes authored a resolution to censure the president for his comments about neo-Nazis that he believes his Republican colleagues in Congress have a moral obligation to join.

Consequences are about to arrive in the form of other legislation, he warned: The presidents reaction to Charlottesville has hardened Democrats even further against providing votes to pass a budget or raise the debt ceiling, as they did when Republican infighting kept them from getting a majority on their own during the last few rounds. Put in a provision to defund Planned Parenthood, like in the 2013 shutdown, or to fund the border wall, Nadler says, and Democrats will walk away and not look back, even if that means not helping stop a potential economic collapse.

We cant give in to that kind of blackmail, Nadler said. Were the minority. We have no leverage. When one party has control of both houses of Congress and the president, its their responsibility. We will certainly help in any way we can, up to the point of doing terrible things.

As for the Jewish aides to the administration who defend Trump, including his daughter and son-in-law Jared Kushnerwhos repeatedly knocked back charges of anti-Semitism against Trump by invoking his own grandparents survival of the HolocaustNadler says they need to get real.

I dont care what Jared Kushner said about the fact that Donald Trump loves, loves him and Ivanka and other people, Nadler said. He was willing to traffic in anti-Semitism. He was willing to use anti-Semitic imagery. And then, when caught up in it, refused to repudiate it, and denied that it was what it clearly was.

Despite his long history with Trump, Nadler said he can remember meeting the future president only once, just after the first plans were finalized for that Manhattan development they fought over. Sitting in his office in Trump Tower, Nadler recalled, Trump showed off how many buildings there were, and how the highest one was to be 150 stories.

Whats the highest floor people live on in New York? Nadler asked him. Trump said it was right there in Trump Tower, on the 68th floor, where his apartment is.

Oh, and I assume youd live on the 150th floor? Nadler remembers asking him. And he says, Yes. And I concluded [that] this was all about his wanting to be the tallest man in the world, or the highest man in the world.

But a story more painful for Nadler to discuss is his own history with anti-Semitism, including being threatened physically, as a college freshman, by a fellow student because he was Jewish. It shocked him, even in 1965, that he was being threatened at Columbia University in New York. I think when I was growing up we really thought a lot of it was gone, he said.

Sharpton also told a story he rarely shares, about his own first encounter with racism. Like Nadler, he grew up in New York. He was riding with his family to see his grandparents in Alabama for Christmas. He was about 4 years old. In North Carolina, his fatheran amateur boxer who claimed to have once sparred with Sugar Ray Robinsonstopped to buy them hamburgers.

He came back with his head down and my sister, and I said, What happened to the hamburgers? He said, They wont serve us here. And I never saw anybody humiliate or insult my father until then. I never saw my father the same, Sharpton said.

In 1991, Sharpton was stabbed while leading a protest in Brooklyn in 1991, and he looks at that scar every morning getting dressedand it reminds him of his father.

What I most remember is my invincible father couldnt make a guy sell us a hamburger in the middle of the night in North Carolina, Sharpton said. So I know and I feel the scars of disempowerment based on race.

Sharpton has his own checkered history full of accusations of anti-Semitism. He bristles when those are brought up, saying that its usually willful misinterpretation by others seeking division, though some is reflective of his own learning curve.

To him, the imperative now is for people who are offended to stand united against Trump and refuse to play into the violence or debates like the one over the Confederate monuments, because he says thats what Trump wants.

Hes feeling a mix of emotions.

Concerned because you wanted to think we were beyond that. Challenged because you cant give up because had we given up before, we would have never made the progress weve got, Sharpton said. Youve got to remember that that kid that watched his daddy couldnt buy a hamburger was sitting on the platform watching Barack Obama be sworn in as president. So Ive seen too much to give up.

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Rev. Al Sharpton And His Selfie Taking Self Stopped By ‘The Breakfast Club’ – Vibe

Rev. Al Sharpton and his selfie-taking self stopped by The Breakfast Club Wednesday morning (Aug. 23) equipped with an iPhone full of memory and perfect lighting to take as many pics as his tireless activist heart desires. The Power 105.1 talking heads kicked off the 30 minute conversation asking Sharpton how he felt about Jay Zs light jab on Family Feud from his latest album 4:44,and taking a cue from Hov himself, the reverend dusted the remark off his shoulder.

He shouldnt be jealous. For me at 62-years-old to show I can work out and be in shape, you know, I mean cmon. Jay-Zs almost 50? He better get with it. I aint mad at him, Sharpton said. Jay-Zs had me in a few songs every time he does thats cool. Ill slip in a sermon or two and we keep it even.

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Having endured much criticism throughout his career, Charlamagne tha God asked Sharpton if it hurts him to know many still question exactly hows helping the fight for equality, to which Sharpton basically responded he isnt knew to this.

Ive never seen a leader, whether it was in our tradition, whether it was Dr. King, Andy Young, Jesse Jackson who I grew up under or in other traditions Minister Farrakhan, Ive never seen, Malcolm, Ive never seen a leader they didnt think did enough until they died. You never get credit. Sharpton responded

The Power 105.1 hosts covered a lot of ground during the sit down, but it was only when Angela Yee asked about the recent removal of Confederate monuments viewers learned Sharpton has a personal stake in one of them. About six or seven years ago, The New York Daily News did an investigative piece on South Carolina Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond and while tracing the lineage learned the Thurmond, a proponent for segregation, owned Sharptons great-grandfather.

I never knew it until they came out with, my great-grandfather was named Coleman Sharpton who was a slave at the plantation of Alexander Sharpton who married Anna Thurmond who was with Strom Thurmond. So this is personal to me, so Ive got a problem with any tax dollars Im spending paying for a memorial for any slave holder.

The conversation then turned to the events of Charlottesville in which Sharpton admitted he wasnt shocked KKK members, neo-nazis and white supremacist marched to preserve their confederate history, but that theyd show no remorse in the killing of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

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I was shocked that there were so vicious that they killed a young white woman and not even care, and what was so shocking though to me was the president of the United States would stand up there and say there were fine people on both sides.

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Samantha Bee’s Most Awkward On-Camera Moment Involves Al Sharpton and a Breast Pump – PEOPLE.com

For the comedic genius behind Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, you might think picking out her most awkward moment on camera would be tricky but the Emmy-nominated writer/host was able to pick it out in an instant.

Sitting down with PEOPLEs editor-in-chief Jess Cagle for the rapid-fire Cagle Exercise, Samantha Bee opened up about her fears, loves and everyday life.

The one thing I wish I was allowed to do on television is

I literally get to do everything I want on television and I dont know why, the formerDaily Showcorrespondent said. I feel that there is no terrain left for me to conquer in terms of how hard I have pushed it. But anyway, still employ me TBS!

I am beyond grateful that ___ is open 24 hours

I am beyond grateful that New York City is open 24 hours! I need it to be open Its not important for you to know why Im on the street at 5 oclock in the morning, but sometimes I am and there so many people all around. Im always very happy to greet the world.

My recurring nightmare is

Its so stupid! But its true. Its that Im waitering and I have a table of people who ordered different-flavored milkshakes and Im working at a restaurant with no milkshake maker. Its horrible! I wake up in a cold sweat.

If I had to kiss one celebrity right now it would be

I dont like celebrities, the actress, who was named one of TIMEs 100 Most Influential people in 2017, quipped. They pretty much all have trench mouth.

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What keeps me up at night is

If you watch my show, I think you know what keeps me up at night, Bee said of her famously funny criticisms of the president. Also, last night before I went to bed I ate a massive bag of dill pickle chips and thats what kept me up.

The funniest person Ive ever known is

My husband! she added of her partner in love and work, Jason Jones. Hes amazingly funny and thats why I married him. Thats what keeps our marriage sexual!

The most awkward moment Ive ever had on camera is

I once interviewed Al Sharpton while an electric breast pump pumped my breasts under a blanket. He was answering questions like a proper human being and all you could hear was this like slurp, slurp, slurp. It was really loud and amazing.

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Al Sharpton is angry his taxes pay for Jefferson Memorial then Twitter hits him with brutal fact check – TheBlaze.com

In the debate on the place of confederate statues in American society, liberal political commentator Al Sharpton is firmly on the side of: absolutely nowhere.

He made that abundantly clear during a recent interview with PBS Charlie Rose.

During his interview with Rose, Sharpton said that he doesnt want his tax dollars to support monuments honoring even men who owned slaves. Specifically, he mentioned the monstrous Thomas Jefferson memorial in Washington D.C.

This is personal to us. My great grandfather was a slave in South Carolina, Sharpton said. People need to understand that people were enslaved.

Because his family was a victim of slavery, Sharpton said his tax dollars shouldnt be forced to support an image of what he feels is oppression.

Public monuments [to people like Jefferson] are supported by public funds, Sharpton said. Youre asking me to subsidize the insult to my family.

Instead of placing them prominently in society, Sharpton suggested the monuments be placed in private museums.

After the interview aired, people were quick to point out the hypocrisy of Sharptons comments. He doesnt want his money to go to these monuments, yet he is notoriously known for owing millions to the Internal Revenue Service.

How can he complain when he doesnt pay his taxes?

Its understandable to not want your hard-earned money to support things that you dont agree with or support. But its a bit rich coming from Sharpton who, after all, advocates the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, the nations largest provider of abortions.

Double standard much, Al?

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Rev. Al Sharpton’s thousand-minister march gains steam after … – Religion News Service

Q&A By Adelle M. Banks | August 17, 2017

The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks with local African-American clergy members on Aug. 8, 2017, in Woodlawn, Md. Sharpton addressed Baltimore’s upswing in violence and urged clergy in attendance to participate in the Thousand Ministers March from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., which will take place Aug. 28. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(RNS) The Rev. Al Sharpton says his thousand-minister march is all the more urgent now than when he began planning it months ago.

The Pentecostal-turned-Baptist minister says the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va., has sparked more interest and a greater need for clergy of many faiths to speak up at the march set for Aug. 28, the 54th anniversary of the March on Washington.

The march will begin at the Washington memorial honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and end at Justice Department offices to protest increased hate crimes, discrimination and mass incarceration.

The 62-year-old president of the National Action Network, a predominantly black, Christian organization, talked with RNS about his plans. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Charlottesville was a very startling and repulsive reminder to us of the issue of hate and the issue of racism and anti-Semitism that is still alive and practiced in the country. It seems now to have been revived and, in many ways, given moral equivalency with those that protested by the president of the United States. We need a president thats clear that anti-Semitism and hatred and the kind of public display of bigotry that we saw is unacceptable.

We had already called for 1,000 ministers of all faiths Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim to meet at Kings memorial and march to the Justice Department, saying we do not want to see the moral authority of Dr. Kings dream undermined no matter who the president. And weve had several hundred ministers already sign. After Charlottesville happened and then the presidents reaction it has intensified and were getting calls from all kinds of ministers from all faiths saying we must make a statement.

Our hope is that when you looked at those Nazis carrying torches talking aboutYou will not replace us, we can contrast that with rabbis linking arms with Baptist ministers and Muslims marching in the spirit of Dr. King. They went to Robert E. Lees monument. Were going to Kings monument and marching to the Justice Department. I heard growing up that the best way to expose a dirty glass is put a clean glass next to it. Faith leaders must stand up and show a dignified, nonviolent way.

Our security concerns have grown cause we always now have to be concerned about whether some people will try and do a counter thing Im talking about from the right. I get up every day facing death threats. Thats normal when youre high-profile. So our security concerns increase although weve had no direct threats.

As Ive talked to a lot of the ministers that have called and joined in now, a lot of them said that, yes, we always agreed with the idea of a march but I think we didnt understand the urgency until we saw that footage on Saturday night. I think what that has done is brought back, into everyones living room, why we need to keep marching. This is much worse than we thought in terms of a spirit of hate and immorality.

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This one is for faith leaders. Weve only asked for ministers. Now, others might come but it will be led by and the program will be rabbis, clergy members of the various parts of Christendom, Muslims and Hindus. Because we want to make a statement that hundreds of faith leaders came to Washington on the day of Dr. Kings dream. That is a big difference from us bringing tens of thousands of people we want to make a clear statement from the moral and the faith leaders of this country.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, center, founder of the National Action Network, joins other civil rights leaders at the front of the We Shall Not Be Moved march in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 14, 2017, ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Dont forget Dr. Kings organization was named the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He was very specific that it was religious-based and National Action Network is that as well. Weve not heard from the faith community in a very public, united way and thats the difference this march is.

It gives hope that there are people that are willing to stand up. Weve gone through rough periods in our history before and faith leaders leadus through. What do we remember about the 60s? We remember when Rabbi (Abraham Joshua) Heschel joined Dr. King in Selma. We remember how it was a rabbi that was the speaker right before Dr. King at the March on Washington. When we all started coming together and raised the high moral questions, it set the climate for change. And you will always have other things going on, but when people know that those whom they go to on their Sabbath to get guidance are standing up, it brings it to another dimension. And I think it is extremely important that we do this, particularly at this time.

I think that theyve got to get into the community. Theyve got to get into the schools. Theyve got to get into the local gatherings, the town halls, the planning board meetings. And weve got to beat back this spirit of hate. Weve got to go and do the work. Faith without works is a dead thing, the Bible says. And I want to lay that challenge out at the march: Weve got to come off our pulpits and out of our cathedrals and save the soul of this nation.

Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.

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Asked by Charlie Rose (at the 15:30 mark) should they take down the Jefferson Memorial? Al Sharptonreflected on the nature of slavery then answered a different question: whether the federal government should support the memorial. Sharpton said it should not. When you look at the fact thatpublic monuments are supported by public funds youre asking me to subsidize the insult of my family. I would repeat that the public should not be paying to uphold somebody who has had that kind of background. You have private museums, you have other things that you may want to do there. The Jefferson Memorial obviously cant be placed in a museum. Im not sure how privatizing it would work but I doubt the protesters whoare surely coming to it will much worry about that detail. Sharpton also said(at the 11:55 mark),in the course of criticizing President Trumps reaction to Charlottesville,Ivein my own career wrestled, youve got to deal openly and say, no, Im not gonna be with those elements, Im not going to deal with violence. Ive had to deal with that.Im not saying anything that a lot of public officials havent had to struggle with, which is why Im saying, he knows better. Every one of us knows when youre around extremists that you need to say, Wait a minute, Im going topart company. After Sharptonplayed a key role in the 1991 riots in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, ittook him 20 years to issue what The Forward called the closest he will probably ever come to an apology (our language and tone sometimes exacerbated tensions and played to the extremists) though heclaimed he saw brick-throwing on all sidesduring the unrest, which he helped instigate. Aftera black youth was accidentally killed by a car driven by a Jew, Sharptonsaid these words at a service for the deceased: Talk about howOppenheimerinSouth Africasends diamonds straight toTel Avivand deals with the diamond merchants right here in Crown Heights. The issue is not anti-Semitism; the issue is apartheid. . . . All we want to say is what Jesus said: If you offend one of these little ones, you got to pay for it. No compromise, no meetings, no coffee klatsch, no skinnin and grinnin. A mob responded by murdering a rabbinical student and rioting for three days. Sharptonin 1995 damned the Jewish owner of a sneaker store in Harlem at an angry rallybroadcast on local radioduring which he called the stores ownera white interloper and added, We are asking the buy blackcommittee to go down there, and Im going to go down there and do what is necessary to let them know that we are not turning 125th Street back over to the outsiders that was done in the early part of this century. . . .This is a sin and a shame and a disgrace, and we should not under any circumstances sit by and allow this to happen without a major reaction and major protest from us. One of the demonstrators who besieged the store shouting racist and anti-Semitic epithetslater killed seven people and himself in an arson attack on it.

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Alabama came out and voted yesterday, specifically the Black residents. So many people have said that Black people wouldnt show up to vote like they did for Barack Obama, but they did. We vote our interest and we came out in numbers that were over those in 08, explained Sharpton. But he urgesus not to take a break.We forget wejust won a round, we have not won the fight. With the tax bill still happening and the coming 2018 year theres still work to be done. Like BlackAmericaWeb.com onFacebook. Follow us onTwitterandInstagram Sign Up For Our Newsletter! Also On Black America Web:

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Al Sharpton Says He Can Help Meek Mill Like He Helped Tupac …

11/26/2017 4:58 PM PST Exclusive Details Al Sharpton is hellbent on getting Meek Mill another shot at freedom, and says there’s proof he can do it because he also came through forTupac … when he was doing hard time. Al tells TMZ his Monday visit with Meek — and Meek’s attorneyJoe Tacopina– will be just the beginning of his work on the case. Al’s hoping to get Judge Genece Brinkley replaced, and pressure Pennsylvania authorities on what he thinks is too stiff a punishment for Meek. Al says he helped negotiate with the warden at NY’s Clinton Correctional Facility in the 90s …. to get Tupac released from solitary confinement. He believes that experience will be key to helping Meek in PA. The Philly rapper had been in solitary due to his celebrity status, but as TMZ first reported … he wasremoved at his request. Al says job one will be making it clear to PA authorities Meek’s2-4 year prison sentence is harsh and unjust … considering the cases behind his probation violation.

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Al Sharpton wants to see a black City Council speaker | New …

The Rev. Al Sharpton wants race to weigh heavily in who becomes the next leader of the City Council. The civil-rights activist complained that a black member has never been elected council speaker, and he plans to raise the issue during a forum hell be hosting Tuesday at the National Action Networks House of Justice headquarters in Harlem. The city has an open sore because theres never been a black council speaker, Sharpton told The Post. I would like to see a black speaker, but Im not going to take any black. Of the eight council members vying for speaker, Brooklyn Councilman Robert Cornegy, Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams and Queens Councilman Donovan Richards are black, while Bronx Councilman Ritchie Torres is black and Latino. The remaining field includes Manhattan Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who was born in the Dominican Republic, and three white men: Manhattan Councilmen Corey Johnson and Mark Levine and Queens Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. Sharpton said he has spoken already to the three front-runners Levine, Cornegy and Johnson but wants to do a real evaluation. Although the speaker is selected by securing a majority of votes in the 51-member council, outside influence such as party leaders and union bosses play a key role in who is chosen.

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Sharpton: ‘Any Match Could Lead to an Explosion’ – POLITICO Magazine

NEW YORK America’s reality TV president has made America face its reality, on TV. Now, civil rights leaders across the country worry what will come from Donald Trump’s equivocation on racism and hatredand the countrys struggle in the week and a half since Charlottesville to deal with a problem much bigger than a few hundred wannabe Nazis with Tiki torches. Civil rights leaders talk about deep, visceral fear about where this could lead, and not in the usual political concern or objections. They see a searing landscape of possibilities ahead: Riots. Violence at protests and counterprotests. Deep psychological and emotional damage, especially among children. Story Continued Below Were in a poisonous atmosphere that is being increased by the president of the United States. Its like turning on the gas in a room, the Rev. Al Sharpton told me, speaking for the latest episode of POLITICOs Off Message podcast. Any match could lead to an explosion, and were getting that kind of atmosphere from this president. Into the cauldron: Trumps rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night, which White House aides reportedly worry will stoke more tension even before he opens his mouth for a speech that few expect will do anything to change course or apologize. Sharpton would like Trump to say hes sorry, to turn down the temperature. But he acknowledges that would probably be meaningless to him at this point. Hes getting further and further and further away from being able to change his own narrative, Sharpton said. Sharpton knows about protests, and he knows about Trump. He sat for the interview right after finishing his regular Saturday morning rally at National Action Network headquarters here in New York, just off Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem, where Korey Wiseone of the wrongly accused Central Park Five for whom Trump called for the death penaltywas in the crowd applauding vintage Sharpton lines like, Maybe the pope needs to send it back, a dig at Trumps giving Pope Francis a copy of Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech. Sharpton isnt the only veteran of decades of fighting with Trump who sees last week as a new frontierand now looking for new ways to take him on. Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), who made the future presidents enemies list 30 years ago while he was still in the New York Assembly for holding up a development on the Upper West Side, said he was still shocked to see anti-Semitism encouraged from this White House, and thats why hes written a resolution that would make Trump the first president since Andrew Jackson to be censured. If someone has no personal anti-Semitic or anti-black or racist feelings, but is willing to exploit those feelings for political advantageis that morally superior? Nadler said in a separate conversation for the Off Message podcast. I think its terrible. (The censure resolution is not going anywhere: During a CNN town hall Monday night, House Speaker Paul Ryan said censuring Trump would be the absolutely worst thing we should do, reasoning that Republicans joining with Democrats on this would be some partisan hackfest.) New York Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler (pictured) has authored a resolution to censure President Donald Trump for his comments about neo-Nazis. | Bridget Mulcahy/POLITICO Both men see this as a critical, but not surprising, moment for American history. Sharpton is holding a rally next week, a march from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Aug. 28. Its an annual event he organizes, but this year it seems to be taking on special significanceand hes now stepping up both the number of expected participants and the amount of security accordingly. In 2012, Sharpton accused Trump of peddling racism throughout his birther phase. They met in Trump Tower that Novemberto apologize for calling me a racistvery nice, apology accepted! was the @realDonaldTrump tweet, though the reverend himself said then and says now that he didnt call Trump himself a racist, and that he didnt apologize. Sharpton still deliberately isnt calling Trump a racist, or an anti-Semite. I dont want to reduce this to that. His policies are there. That speaks for itself. If we make it personal, he wins, Sharpton said. I used to call people names. Dont give people the easy way out. But, Sharpton added: I think he has empowered anti-Semites and racists. I think he has brought them from the shadows into the mainstream and I think hes emboldened them, and I think thats a dangerous course for the country. Nadler thinks Trump should quit (though he points out, hes not technically calling for that), and hes authored a resolution to censure the president for his comments about neo-Nazis that he believes his Republican colleagues in Congress have a moral obligation to join. Consequences are about to arrive in the form of other legislation, he warned: The presidents reaction to Charlottesville has hardened Democrats even further against providing votes to pass a budget or raise the debt ceiling, as they did when Republican infighting kept them from getting a majority on their own during the last few rounds. Put in a provision to defund Planned Parenthood, like in the 2013 shutdown, or to fund the border wall, Nadler says, and Democrats will walk away and not look back, even if that means not helping stop a potential economic collapse. We cant give in to that kind of blackmail, Nadler said. Were the minority. We have no leverage. When one party has control of both houses of Congress and the president, its their responsibility. We will certainly help in any way we can, up to the point of doing terrible things. As for the Jewish aides to the administration who defend Trump, including his daughter and son-in-law Jared Kushnerwhos repeatedly knocked back charges of anti-Semitism against Trump by invoking his own grandparents survival of the HolocaustNadler says they need to get real. I dont care what Jared Kushner said about the fact that Donald Trump loves, loves him and Ivanka and other people, Nadler said. He was willing to traffic in anti-Semitism. He was willing to use anti-Semitic imagery. And then, when caught up in it, refused to repudiate it, and denied that it was what it clearly was. Despite his long history with Trump, Nadler said he can remember meeting the future president only once, just after the first plans were finalized for that Manhattan development they fought over. Sitting in his office in Trump Tower, Nadler recalled, Trump showed off how many buildings there were, and how the highest one was to be 150 stories. Whats the highest floor people live on in New York? Nadler asked him. Trump said it was right there in Trump Tower, on the 68th floor, where his apartment is. Oh, and I assume youd live on the 150th floor? Nadler remembers asking him. And he says, Yes. And I concluded [that] this was all about his wanting to be the tallest man in the world, or the highest man in the world. But a story more painful for Nadler to discuss is his own history with anti-Semitism, including being threatened physically, as a college freshman, by a fellow student because he was Jewish. It shocked him, even in 1965, that he was being threatened at Columbia University in New York. I think when I was growing up we really thought a lot of it was gone, he said. Sharpton also told a story he rarely shares, about his own first encounter with racism. Like Nadler, he grew up in New York. He was riding with his family to see his grandparents in Alabama for Christmas. He was about 4 years old. In North Carolina, his fatheran amateur boxer who claimed to have once sparred with Sugar Ray Robinsonstopped to buy them hamburgers. He came back with his head down and my sister, and I said, What happened to the hamburgers? He said, They wont serve us here. And I never saw anybody humiliate or insult my father until then. I never saw my father the same, Sharpton said. In 1991, Sharpton was stabbed while leading a protest in Brooklyn in 1991, and he looks at that scar every morning getting dressedand it reminds him of his father. What I most remember is my invincible father couldnt make a guy sell us a hamburger in the middle of the night in North Carolina, Sharpton said. So I know and I feel the scars of disempowerment based on race. Sharpton has his own checkered history full of accusations of anti-Semitism. He bristles when those are brought up, saying that its usually willful misinterpretation by others seeking division, though some is reflective of his own learning curve. To him, the imperative now is for people who are offended to stand united against Trump and refuse to play into the violence or debates like the one over the Confederate monuments, because he says thats what Trump wants. Hes feeling a mix of emotions. Concerned because you wanted to think we were beyond that. Challenged because you cant give up because had we given up before, we would have never made the progress weve got, Sharpton said. Youve got to remember that that kid that watched his daddy couldnt buy a hamburger was sitting on the platform watching Barack Obama be sworn in as president. So Ive seen too much to give up.

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Rev. Al Sharpton And His Selfie Taking Self Stopped By ‘The Breakfast Club’ – Vibe

Rev. Al Sharpton and his selfie-taking self stopped by The Breakfast Club Wednesday morning (Aug. 23) equipped with an iPhone full of memory and perfect lighting to take as many pics as his tireless activist heart desires. The Power 105.1 talking heads kicked off the 30 minute conversation asking Sharpton how he felt about Jay Zs light jab on Family Feud from his latest album 4:44,and taking a cue from Hov himself, the reverend dusted the remark off his shoulder. He shouldnt be jealous. For me at 62-years-old to show I can work out and be in shape, you know, I mean cmon. Jay-Zs almost 50? He better get with it. I aint mad at him, Sharpton said. Jay-Zs had me in a few songs every time he does thats cool. Ill slip in a sermon or two and we keep it even. READ Rev. Al Sharpton Says If Trump Can Tweet Then He Can Take His Selfies Having endured much criticism throughout his career, Charlamagne tha God asked Sharpton if it hurts him to know many still question exactly hows helping the fight for equality, to which Sharpton basically responded he isnt knew to this. Ive never seen a leader, whether it was in our tradition, whether it was Dr. King, Andy Young, Jesse Jackson who I grew up under or in other traditions Minister Farrakhan, Ive never seen, Malcolm, Ive never seen a leader they didnt think did enough until they died. You never get credit. Sharpton responded The Power 105.1 hosts covered a lot of ground during the sit down, but it was only when Angela Yee asked about the recent removal of Confederate monuments viewers learned Sharpton has a personal stake in one of them. About six or seven years ago, The New York Daily News did an investigative piece on South Carolina Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond and while tracing the lineage learned the Thurmond, a proponent for segregation, owned Sharptons great-grandfather. I never knew it until they came out with, my great-grandfather was named Coleman Sharpton who was a slave at the plantation of Alexander Sharpton who married Anna Thurmond who was with Strom Thurmond. So this is personal to me, so Ive got a problem with any tax dollars Im spending paying for a memorial for any slave holder. The conversation then turned to the events of Charlottesville in which Sharpton admitted he wasnt shocked KKK members, neo-nazis and white supremacist marched to preserve their confederate history, but that theyd show no remorse in the killing of 32-year-old Heather Heyer. READ Al Sharptons Fathers Day Mirror Selfie Has The Internet Cracking Jokes I was shocked that there were so vicious that they killed a young white woman and not even care, and what was so shocking though to me was the president of the United States would stand up there and say there were fine people on both sides. It was a rich conversation indeed. Check out the full interview below.

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Samantha Bee’s Most Awkward On-Camera Moment Involves Al Sharpton and a Breast Pump – PEOPLE.com

For the comedic genius behind Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, you might think picking out her most awkward moment on camera would be tricky but the Emmy-nominated writer/host was able to pick it out in an instant. Sitting down with PEOPLEs editor-in-chief Jess Cagle for the rapid-fire Cagle Exercise, Samantha Bee opened up about her fears, loves and everyday life. The one thing I wish I was allowed to do on television is I literally get to do everything I want on television and I dont know why, the formerDaily Showcorrespondent said. I feel that there is no terrain left for me to conquer in terms of how hard I have pushed it. But anyway, still employ me TBS! I am beyond grateful that ___ is open 24 hours I am beyond grateful that New York City is open 24 hours! I need it to be open Its not important for you to know why Im on the street at 5 oclock in the morning, but sometimes I am and there so many people all around. Im always very happy to greet the world. My recurring nightmare is Its so stupid! But its true. Its that Im waitering and I have a table of people who ordered different-flavored milkshakes and Im working at a restaurant with no milkshake maker. Its horrible! I wake up in a cold sweat. If I had to kiss one celebrity right now it would be I dont like celebrities, the actress, who was named one of TIMEs 100 Most Influential people in 2017, quipped. They pretty much all have trench mouth. FROM PEN:Dear White People Handles the Transition from Movie to TV Beautifully What keeps me up at night is If you watch my show, I think you know what keeps me up at night, Bee said of her famously funny criticisms of the president. Also, last night before I went to bed I ate a massive bag of dill pickle chips and thats what kept me up. The funniest person Ive ever known is My husband! she added of her partner in love and work, Jason Jones. Hes amazingly funny and thats why I married him. Thats what keeps our marriage sexual! The most awkward moment Ive ever had on camera is I once interviewed Al Sharpton while an electric breast pump pumped my breasts under a blanket. He was answering questions like a proper human being and all you could hear was this like slurp, slurp, slurp. It was really loud and amazing. Full Frontal with Samantha Beeairs Wednesdays (10:30 p.m. ET) on TBS. With LIAM BERRY

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Al Sharpton is angry his taxes pay for Jefferson Memorial then Twitter hits him with brutal fact check – TheBlaze.com

In the debate on the place of confederate statues in American society, liberal political commentator Al Sharpton is firmly on the side of: absolutely nowhere. He made that abundantly clear during a recent interview with PBS Charlie Rose. During his interview with Rose, Sharpton said that he doesnt want his tax dollars to support monuments honoring even men who owned slaves. Specifically, he mentioned the monstrous Thomas Jefferson memorial in Washington D.C. This is personal to us. My great grandfather was a slave in South Carolina, Sharpton said. People need to understand that people were enslaved. Because his family was a victim of slavery, Sharpton said his tax dollars shouldnt be forced to support an image of what he feels is oppression. Public monuments [to people like Jefferson] are supported by public funds, Sharpton said. Youre asking me to subsidize the insult to my family. Instead of placing them prominently in society, Sharpton suggested the monuments be placed in private museums. After the interview aired, people were quick to point out the hypocrisy of Sharptons comments. He doesnt want his money to go to these monuments, yet he is notoriously known for owing millions to the Internal Revenue Service. How can he complain when he doesnt pay his taxes? Its understandable to not want your hard-earned money to support things that you dont agree with or support. But its a bit rich coming from Sharpton who, after all, advocates the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, the nations largest provider of abortions. Double standard much, Al?

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Rev. Al Sharpton’s thousand-minister march gains steam after … – Religion News Service

Q&A By Adelle M. Banks | August 17, 2017 The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks with local African-American clergy members on Aug. 8, 2017, in Woodlawn, Md. Sharpton addressed Baltimore’s upswing in violence and urged clergy in attendance to participate in the Thousand Ministers March from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., which will take place Aug. 28. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (RNS) The Rev. Al Sharpton says his thousand-minister march is all the more urgent now than when he began planning it months ago. The Pentecostal-turned-Baptist minister says the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va., has sparked more interest and a greater need for clergy of many faiths to speak up at the march set for Aug. 28, the 54th anniversary of the March on Washington. The march will begin at the Washington memorial honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and end at Justice Department offices to protest increased hate crimes, discrimination and mass incarceration. The 62-year-old president of the National Action Network, a predominantly black, Christian organization, talked with RNS about his plans. The interview has been edited for length and clarity. Charlottesville was a very startling and repulsive reminder to us of the issue of hate and the issue of racism and anti-Semitism that is still alive and practiced in the country. It seems now to have been revived and, in many ways, given moral equivalency with those that protested by the president of the United States. We need a president thats clear that anti-Semitism and hatred and the kind of public display of bigotry that we saw is unacceptable. We had already called for 1,000 ministers of all faiths Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim to meet at Kings memorial and march to the Justice Department, saying we do not want to see the moral authority of Dr. Kings dream undermined no matter who the president. And weve had several hundred ministers already sign. After Charlottesville happened and then the presidents reaction it has intensified and were getting calls from all kinds of ministers from all faiths saying we must make a statement. Our hope is that when you looked at those Nazis carrying torches talking aboutYou will not replace us, we can contrast that with rabbis linking arms with Baptist ministers and Muslims marching in the spirit of Dr. King. They went to Robert E. Lees monument. Were going to Kings monument and marching to the Justice Department. I heard growing up that the best way to expose a dirty glass is put a clean glass next to it. Faith leaders must stand up and show a dignified, nonviolent way. Our security concerns have grown cause we always now have to be concerned about whether some people will try and do a counter thing Im talking about from the right. I get up every day facing death threats. Thats normal when youre high-profile. So our security concerns increase although weve had no direct threats. As Ive talked to a lot of the ministers that have called and joined in now, a lot of them said that, yes, we always agreed with the idea of a march but I think we didnt understand the urgency until we saw that footage on Saturday night. I think what that has done is brought back, into everyones living room, why we need to keep marching. This is much worse than we thought in terms of a spirit of hate and immorality. RELATED: We Shall Not Be Moved marchers honor King, fight fear of Trump This one is for faith leaders. Weve only asked for ministers. Now, others might come but it will be led by and the program will be rabbis, clergy members of the various parts of Christendom, Muslims and Hindus. Because we want to make a statement that hundreds of faith leaders came to Washington on the day of Dr. Kings dream. That is a big difference from us bringing tens of thousands of people we want to make a clear statement from the moral and the faith leaders of this country. The Rev. Al Sharpton, center, founder of the National Action Network, joins other civil rights leaders at the front of the We Shall Not Be Moved march in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 14, 2017, ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks Dont forget Dr. Kings organization was named the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He was very specific that it was religious-based and National Action Network is that as well. Weve not heard from the faith community in a very public, united way and thats the difference this march is. It gives hope that there are people that are willing to stand up. Weve gone through rough periods in our history before and faith leaders leadus through. What do we remember about the 60s? We remember when Rabbi (Abraham Joshua) Heschel joined Dr. King in Selma. We remember how it was a rabbi that was the speaker right before Dr. King at the March on Washington. When we all started coming together and raised the high moral questions, it set the climate for change. And you will always have other things going on, but when people know that those whom they go to on their Sabbath to get guidance are standing up, it brings it to another dimension. And I think it is extremely important that we do this, particularly at this time. I think that theyve got to get into the community. Theyve got to get into the schools. Theyve got to get into the local gatherings, the town halls, the planning board meetings. And weve got to beat back this spirit of hate. Weve got to go and do the work. Faith without works is a dead thing, the Bible says. And I want to lay that challenge out at the march: Weve got to come off our pulpits and out of our cathedrals and save the soul of this nation. Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.

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