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Rev. Al Sharpton Biography | MSNBC

Rev. Al Sharpton serves as the host of PoliticsNation, which airs from 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET on msnbc.

With over 40 years of experience as a community leader, politician, minister and advocate, the Rev. Al Sharpton is one of Americas most-renownedcivilrights leaders. Sharptons highly visible career began at the tender age of four when he preached his first sermon.

A successful civil rights career soon followed, helping Sharpton hold such notable positions as the Youth Director of New Yorks Operation Breadbasket, Director of Ministers for National Rainbow Push coalition, and founder of his own broad-based progressive civil rights organization, the National Action Network (NAN), one of the leading civil rights organizations in the world. Since its inception in 1991, NAN has expanded to encompass chapters throughout the United States and maintain important regional offices in Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, GA; Detroit, MI; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX;LasVegas, NV; and Los Angeles, CA.

Rev. Sharpton also hosts a nationally syndicated radio show that broadcasts in 40 markets, five days a week.

He resides inNewYorkand has two daughters, Dominique and Ashley.

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Al Sharpton, Reconsidered – The New York Times

Mr. Sharpton is many things to many people a freedom fighter, a boogeyman, a racial opportunist, an aging man just hanging on. But he has used his entire career to tell America a story about itself that it does not want to hear: that racism exists today, and is pervasive outside of the Deep South. And he has worked ceaselessly toward two intertwined, impossible goals. First, the demand for equal rights for all. The second is about securing his legacy as the Martin Luther King of the North.

What I want it to be is I helped urbanize the King movement, Mr. Sharpton said. I was the one that could bring the King movement into the Northern, urban centers. But where Dr. Kings activism led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Mr. Sharptons efforts havent amounted to national reform.

Mr. Sharpton, 63, figured hed be retired by now. He thought hed keep his Sunday-morning MSNBC program, PoliticsNation, and his daily radio show, Keepin It Real. He said he was ready to name a successor to his civil rights organization, the National Action Network, and the marching, strategizing and agitating that came with it. All that was left to do was build a civil rights museum in Harlem. But riding off into a life of punditry isnt an option with Mr. Trump in office. Mr. Sharpton said he and his allies thought they were poised to help a President Hillary Clinton pass national police reform legislation. His mission is now different, and more modest.

Youve got to preserve what youve got done, he said. It will not matter if he revokes the Voting Rights Act, and the Civil Rights Act of Dr. King. You need to preserve the racial profiling laws, and police reform like stop and frisk, he continued. Otherwise, itll be a bygone era.

Now 133 pounds, Mr. Sharpton is less than half the man he was for much of his life. A morning salad and banana serve as his only real sustenance for the day, and in my time with him, he drank nothing but green tea not even water. His flamboyant conk is now steely gray, slicked back over his thinning crown. Hes quick to joke, but he rarely laughs. He has long since replaced his sweats with bespoke suits.

But the new Al Sharpton is the same person he always was.

Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr. was born in 1954 to a middle-class family who had a house in a nice neighborhood in Queens. At 4, before he even knew how to read, young Al began preaching, and often practiced at home in his mothers robe. When he was just a boy, his mother connected Al with two pastors, Bishop F.D. Washington and the Rev. Dr. Bill Jones. They called him Boy Wonder, and he toured the country preaching before he was even a teenager. In 1967, Dr. Jones introduced the young preacher to a 26-year-old civil-rights activist named Jesse Jackson. Mr. Jackson took him under his wing, and Al decided he wanted to spend his life like the men who looked after him, fighting for civil rights in the prophetic tradition of Dr. King, who was assassinated when Mr. Sharpton was 13.

In 1971, when he was 16, Mr. Sharpton founded his first civil rights organization, the National Youth Movement, with money from Bayard Rustin, the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. He met James Brown, who adopted him as his godson in 1973; for most of the next decade, Mr. Sharpton was always at the singers side. If Jesse Jackson taught Mr. Sharpton how to organize, it was James Brown who taught him how to perform.

I would watch what moves and what songs excited people, and I would take notes, Mr. Sharpton told me. Because youve got to keep peoples attention.

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Al Sharpton: Trump ‘Has Proposed Some of the Most Racist …

by Pam Key6 Feb 20180

Tuesday on MSNBCs The Beat, network host Al Sharpton discussed Donald Trump, Jr. saying his father isnt racist because all the rappers, all the this, all his African-American friends, from Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, have pictures with him.

Sharpton responded by ripping Trump and said he had become one who has proposed some of the most racist, bigoted policies.

Sharpton said, I met Donald Trump marching on him about Central Park. Later, he tried to turn Democrat and came to a few of our conventions. Then he went all the way back right with Birtherism.

He added, We havent changed. He changed. And what hes changed to become is one who has proposed some of the most racist, bigoted policies. When he was talking right, we took pictures with him and welcomed to him to our events. When he went left, we stood up for what was right. He is he promoting racism.

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Al Sharpton Wants Keaton Jones to Teach Mom Tolerance | TMZ.com

12/12/2017 1:00 AM PST

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Rev.Al Sharptonsays support for Keaton Jones should come with a big string attached … now that it appears Keaton’s mother has strong views about racism and the confederate flag.

Sharpton was outside NBC Studios in NYC when he told us the celebs who offered support, or even trips, to Keaton and his mom … should demand Keaton teach his mother, Kimberly Jones, a thing or 2 about compassion.

The way Sharpton sees it, Kimberly wants the world to show her 11-year-old son sympathy fordealing with school bullies– even though her confederate flag pics show support for slavery … or as he puts it, “institutional state bullying.”

To be clear, the civil rights leader isn’t calling for celebs and non-celebs to abandon Keaton — but he IS saying Keaton’s mother needs to learn a lesson as much as the kids who bullied her son do.

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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 Says He Can Help Meek Mill Like He Helped Tupac …

11/26/2017 4:58 PM PST

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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 Biography | MSNBC

Rev. Al Sharpton serves as the host of PoliticsNation, which airs from 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET on msnbc. With over 40 years of experience as a community leader, politician, minister and advocate, the Rev. Al Sharpton is one of Americas most-renownedcivilrights leaders. Sharptons highly visible career began at the tender age of four when he preached his first sermon. A successful civil rights career soon followed, helping Sharpton hold such notable positions as the Youth Director of New Yorks Operation Breadbasket, Director of Ministers for National Rainbow Push coalition, and founder of his own broad-based progressive civil rights organization, the National Action Network (NAN), one of the leading civil rights organizations in the world. Since its inception in 1991, NAN has expanded to encompass chapters throughout the United States and maintain important regional offices in Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, GA; Detroit, MI; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX;LasVegas, NV; and Los Angeles, CA. Rev. Sharpton also hosts a nationally syndicated radio show that broadcasts in 40 markets, five days a week. He resides inNewYorkand has two daughters, Dominique and Ashley. Get the latest news from PoliticsNation. Follow Rev. Al Sharptons activity on msnbc.com.

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Al Sharpton, Reconsidered – The New York Times

Mr. Sharpton is many things to many people a freedom fighter, a boogeyman, a racial opportunist, an aging man just hanging on. But he has used his entire career to tell America a story about itself that it does not want to hear: that racism exists today, and is pervasive outside of the Deep South. And he has worked ceaselessly toward two intertwined, impossible goals. First, the demand for equal rights for all. The second is about securing his legacy as the Martin Luther King of the North. What I want it to be is I helped urbanize the King movement, Mr. Sharpton said. I was the one that could bring the King movement into the Northern, urban centers. But where Dr. Kings activism led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Mr. Sharptons efforts havent amounted to national reform. Mr. Sharpton, 63, figured hed be retired by now. He thought hed keep his Sunday-morning MSNBC program, PoliticsNation, and his daily radio show, Keepin It Real. He said he was ready to name a successor to his civil rights organization, the National Action Network, and the marching, strategizing and agitating that came with it. All that was left to do was build a civil rights museum in Harlem. But riding off into a life of punditry isnt an option with Mr. Trump in office. Mr. Sharpton said he and his allies thought they were poised to help a President Hillary Clinton pass national police reform legislation. His mission is now different, and more modest. Youve got to preserve what youve got done, he said. It will not matter if he revokes the Voting Rights Act, and the Civil Rights Act of Dr. King. You need to preserve the racial profiling laws, and police reform like stop and frisk, he continued. Otherwise, itll be a bygone era. Now 133 pounds, Mr. Sharpton is less than half the man he was for much of his life. A morning salad and banana serve as his only real sustenance for the day, and in my time with him, he drank nothing but green tea not even water. His flamboyant conk is now steely gray, slicked back over his thinning crown. Hes quick to joke, but he rarely laughs. He has long since replaced his sweats with bespoke suits. But the new Al Sharpton is the same person he always was. Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr. was born in 1954 to a middle-class family who had a house in a nice neighborhood in Queens. At 4, before he even knew how to read, young Al began preaching, and often practiced at home in his mothers robe. When he was just a boy, his mother connected Al with two pastors, Bishop F.D. Washington and the Rev. Dr. Bill Jones. They called him Boy Wonder, and he toured the country preaching before he was even a teenager. In 1967, Dr. Jones introduced the young preacher to a 26-year-old civil-rights activist named Jesse Jackson. Mr. Jackson took him under his wing, and Al decided he wanted to spend his life like the men who looked after him, fighting for civil rights in the prophetic tradition of Dr. King, who was assassinated when Mr. Sharpton was 13. In 1971, when he was 16, Mr. Sharpton founded his first civil rights organization, the National Youth Movement, with money from Bayard Rustin, the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. He met James Brown, who adopted him as his godson in 1973; for most of the next decade, Mr. Sharpton was always at the singers side. If Jesse Jackson taught Mr. Sharpton how to organize, it was James Brown who taught him how to perform. I would watch what moves and what songs excited people, and I would take notes, Mr. Sharpton told me. Because youve got to keep peoples attention.

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by Pam Key6 Feb 20180 Tuesday on MSNBCs The Beat, network host Al Sharpton discussed Donald Trump, Jr. saying his father isnt racist because all the rappers, all the this, all his African-American friends, from Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, have pictures with him. Sharpton responded by ripping Trump and said he had become one who has proposed some of the most racist, bigoted policies. Sharpton said, I met Donald Trump marching on him about Central Park. Later, he tried to turn Democrat and came to a few of our conventions. Then he went all the way back right with Birtherism. He added, We havent changed. He changed. And what hes changed to become is one who has proposed some of the most racist, bigoted policies. When he was talking right, we took pictures with him and welcomed to him to our events. When he went left, we stood up for what was right. He is he promoting racism. Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN Breitbart TV, Racism, Donald Trump, Rev. Al Sharpton

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Al Sharpton Wants Keaton Jones to Teach Mom Tolerance | TMZ.com

12/12/2017 1:00 AM PST EXCLUSIVE Rev.Al Sharptonsays support for Keaton Jones should come with a big string attached … now that it appears Keaton’s mother has strong views about racism and the confederate flag. Sharpton was outside NBC Studios in NYC when he told us the celebs who offered support, or even trips, to Keaton and his mom … should demand Keaton teach his mother, Kimberly Jones, a thing or 2 about compassion. The way Sharpton sees it, Kimberly wants the world to show her 11-year-old son sympathy fordealing with school bullies– even though her confederate flag pics show support for slavery … or as he puts it, “institutional state bullying.” To be clear, the civil rights leader isn’t calling for celebs and non-celebs to abandon Keaton — but he IS saying Keaton’s mother needs to learn a lesson as much as the kids who bullied her son do.

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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. 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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November 27, 2017   Posted in: Al Sharpton  Comments Closed

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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November 25, 2017   Posted in: Al Sharpton  Comments Closed

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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