Harlem pastors rise up to oust Rev. Al Sharpton

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“(left to right) Carl Washington, Pastor New Mt Zion Baptist Church, Kris Erskine, Pastor Bethany Baptist Church and Patrick Young, Pastor 1st Baptist Church Elmhurst, Queens and Johnnie Green, Pastor Mt Neboh Church.”

There’s a shuffle underway in Harlem as a coalition of local church leaders attempt to edge out the Rev. Al Sharpton who they feel is too wrapped up in his celebrity and fame and neglecting the local black community.

Four clergymen with Speak Out and Say It Loud, “a new coalition of black ministers determined to create a unified African-American power base with citywide clout,” believe Sharpton should “stick to national issues” and allow the coalition to “take the lead on local problems,” according to the New York Daily News.

“While (Sharpton) is jet-setting around the country, people are going to our churches saying they don’t have money to eat,” one of the clergymen, pastor Johnnie Green, told the News. “People need somebody to fight for them.”

The pastors, who said they “are not hating on Al,” all feel Sharpton has not attended to the concerns of the local community because he’s too busy with his MSNBC show “PoliticsNation,” promoting his new book, “The Rejected Stone,” and otherwise “pursuing national fame and acclaim,” the article said.

But Sharpton fired back saying he does help the local black community and cited his help fighting New York’s “stop-and-frisk.”

“We need to attack the issues, not each other,” the News reported Sharpton said. “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.”

“I run a civil rights organization,” Sharpton said of his National Action Network. “They’re not going to do what I do. … I don’t run a church organization.”

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  • 4swain4

    Al “baby” Sharpton long over due for scrutiny. He has hurt the black cause more than helped and free loads off their devotion.

  • Fuller Moore

    Al Sharpton, one word: “Pimp…”

  • Afi Keita James

    About time they kick his ass out.

  • Afi Keita James

    Replace that scum with rev. manning.

    • Tammy Sides


  • Al Hartman

    If Al Sharpton were a true minister, he’d stop everything he’s doing, climb into a pulpit and preach to his people to:

    – Stay in school and work hard.
    – Don’t use or deal drugs.
    – Don’t have children outside of marriage.
    – If you made a baby, marry the mother and support your family.
    – Get a job, work hard, learn skills, get a better job. Rinse, repeat.
    – Speak English well.
    – Pull your pants up.

    • Guest

      Stay e skoo ant wok hot
      Don’t haf chiln wit out marriage
      If you a baby daddy, marry da baby mama
      Git a job, wok hot, lewn skews, git betta job. Wince, wepeat
      Speak English….he said that?
      Pu yo pant sup.

  • cumiadom

    Al is an hybrid between a snake and a rat

  • David Johnson

    he just plain crazy is like a black panther claims to care about his people while he set them up to be murdered in enslaved

  • Don Sebold

    You reap what you sow..Rev

  • Isabella1709

    They are only about 2 1/2 decades late!

  • ferrum

    Look at it like this…. Sharpton and the blacks in the community have supported the democrat party since the 60’s. Sharpton has made millions off the “race” issue. He is financially invested in continuing the race debate, not in healing any divide. He has demonstrated clear racism, hating on whites while supporting blacks that have done wrong, and only because it would hurt HIS cause.

    He has never cared about blacks.

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