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Go and Tell Pharaoh Hardcover – March 1, 1996
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It seems to me he's gotten a bad rap. His fame comes mainly out of the Howard Beach and Bensonhurst murders and the Tawana Brawley affair. In the Brawley affair he apparently was duped. In Howard Beach and Bensonhurst his actions were, in my view, exemplary and necessary.
Compare the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict in LA to the aftermath of Howard Beach. In LA they had a massive riot. In Howard Beach Reverend Sharpton led a series of peaceful protest marches. It's not farfetched to suggest that a riot could have occurred after Howard Beach. Instead, Sharpton organized marches in the best tradition of nonviolent protest.
Even if Michael Griffith had not been chased out onto the Belt Parkway and struck by a car and killed, the protest marches would have been justified. The reason he was chased was that his car broke down in a neighborhood where the inhabitants had the peculiar idea that they were entitled to decide who could come into their neighborhood, and who could not. It was "their turf ". The same was true of Bensonhurst. The people of Bensonhurst had the idea, supported by years of official acquiescence, that they were entitled to keep blacks out of their neighborhood.
In the South forty years ago that was known as segregation, and people deliberately marched and rode in the front of busses and drank from water fountains to put a stop to it.Read more ›
"I didn't have time in those years to explain the beliefs that fueled my actions, and, if the truth be told, few were asking: the media seemed to enjoy portraying me as a substanceless gadfly." (Pg. 4)
"The church was the place where you could be more than a boy." (Pg. 23)
"But strange as it may sound, I don't totally blame those whites. Their rage came from years of white politicians, Nixon into Reagan on through Bush, telling white folks that the reason the country doesn't work is blacks. This led to the reenergizing of racism and race scapegoating." (Pg. 118)
"Farrakhan marched with us, which was unique because he had never before been on a march; the Nation of Islam disapproved of them." (Pg. 122)
"The natural ties that have bound us together in the past must be reestablished. Jewish spokespersons must speak out more forcefully whenever black rights are trampled, just as blacks must protest every instance of anti-Semitism. Whether blacks and Jews on both sides realize it, our civil and human rights are intertwined." (Pg. 204)
"Black Americans are the most stable Africans in the world, but we do not use out $400-billion consumer market wisely, for either ourselves or others, and we squander what could become enormous political power. If we took our $400 billion and consolidated it in economic institutions, undergirded black banks and businesses, there's so much we could do in our own self-contained world that could become a platform of freedom for blacks in America and around the world." (Pg. 248)
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Fascinating background to this reluctant Icon's adventures: a Preacher at four; Community Organzier at 16; James Brown accompanist in the recording studio, on stage.... Read morePublished on October 25, 2008 by P. Silverman
As a Christian, a person who thinks of himself as a humane and compassionate individual and a true Democrat, I think that Sharpton is, pardon me, full of it. Read morePublished on May 20, 1999