The Rev. Al Sharpton who helped popularize the 1980s cry, "No justice, no peace," is putting himself at the center of a new wave of activism in a new millennium. (Aug. 26)
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AL SHARPTON: I think the job of an activist is to expose the ills and to bring into people's consciousness the inequities. And I think that our greatest success is in terms of Northern, urban bigotry. We were a large part of bringing that home.
- What matters?
- Black lives!
- Who speaks?
- I speak.
AL SHARPTON: What people forget is the slogan that became the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter started the night Zimmerman was acquitted. That's when those three brilliant sisters said, Black Lives Matter. We were the-- part of the front guard of making Zimmerman even get arrested. You remember, when I went down to Florida, they wouldn't even arrest Zimmerman.
So we were part of it seeing it from its inception on. Then in law, we never stopped fighting.
This was the first time as this season has shifted toward all this productivity with some gallant young people that I give credit. It's also been intergenerational. And I think that it is very invigorating, but again, challenging, 'cause if we do not make federal legislation out of this, what will happen?
- --Oprah Winfrey, and you mess with her, 'cause you just can't take your knee.
AL SHARPTON: Eric Garner to George Floyd ought to lead to the George Floyd Policing Justice Act and the John Lewis Voter Act. Otherwise, it will be just like talking about when we had the South Central uprisings-- or the-- or, no, uprising. And it was a summer of expression, rather than leading to change. That's where we're trying to go.
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