In his two decades as a race huckster, the “Reverend” Al Sharpton has worked very hard to ensure recognition of his number one political goal: the fame and popularity of the “Reverend” Al Sharpton. Sharpton has made a career of using bigotry to promote his brand. A real minister would build bridges across ethnic divides; Sharpton burns them. And why? Because fanning the flames of hatred helps him market his number one product.
It seems there may be a bit of erosion of Sharpton’s popularity happening in Harlem, where four upstart clergymen have invited more than 100 churches to join them in knocking Sharpton off his Harlem pedestal.
Speak Out Say It Loud, headquartered at Mount Neboh Baptist Church on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., is a new coalition of black ministers determined to create a unified African-American power base with citywide clout.
The official notice reads:
We are the church and our voice will be heard to the benefit of our community. Join more than 50 pastors and congregations assembling at the Mount Neboh Baptist Church to Speak Out about the deplorable conditions of our community, the injustice against our people and the corrupt dealings of self-elected officials. The church is still the church and with God we have miraculous power.
When interviewed by New York’s Daily News, pastor Johnnie Green, 51, said, “Sharpton has neglected black New York while pursuing national fame and acclaim.”
‘While [Sharpton] is jet-setting around the country, people are going to our churches saying they don’t have money to eat,’ the Dallas native said. ‘People need somebody to fight for them.’
The group expects more than 1,500 supporters to attend.
Green and his allies argue that Sharpton has spent too much time plugging his new book, ‘The Rejected Stone,’ and tending to his MSNBC show.
‘Sharpton isn’t a community organizer. He’s a personality,’ scoffed Raymond Blanchette, head bishop of the United Churches for Kingdom Building.
Of course “Rev” Al disagrees:
‘We need to attack the issues, not each other,’ Sharpton shot back. ‘If you want to be the big guy, be the big guy, be that. Don’t act like I’m not doing anything local. I am.’
The Brooklyn firebrand who burst onto the scene in 1986 is now a power broker courted by candidates who see him as a gatekeeper to minority communities.
For instance, Joe Lhota, the Republican mayoral nominee, had a private chat with Sharpton last month.
But Green was offended.
‘Lhota is running to Al Sharpton like he is the leader of the black community. He’s not,’ he fumed.
Sharpton said he continues to advocate for black New Yorkers on issues such as the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy.
Sharpton’s falsehoods have led to ruined lives, riots, and even deaths. It’s nice to see that at least some preachers in the African American community are beginning to see him for what he is: a professional bigot.