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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19 thoughts on “Harlem pastors rise up to oust Rev. Al Sharpton

  1. Michael Lee says:

    Sharpton has been lying to the black community for 40 years….if he was effective, would he at least have something to show for all the talking he does? He Pimps racism and it has served him well. If racism goes away, so does Al and Jesse

  2. Rose Adkins says:

    Then drop the rev before your name and be what we all know you are..a glory hound…

  3. Doug says:

    Sharpton’s moving on. He’s signed on for Hangover IV and the sequel to Gravity.

  4. Tim Cavanaugh says:

    I am not sure why anyone outside of NYC especially white people would stick their noses in here, so I did just to say, let them handle their business!

  5. Michael Rhodes Autry says:

    he would turn MLK’s stomach

  6. oldandgrey2013 says:

    The few times that I have seen Al Sharpton speak he clearly is not trying to bring the races of America together but trying to divide them. Good for you Harlem Pastors that are looking to care for the people in your community that need help, and having the courage to speak out against Al Sharpton.

  7. disenwit says:

    Sharpton, Jackson and the like have done huge damage to minorities… and all just to benefit themselves…. blacks and other minorities are not incapable of success, they are just told they are because of discrimination… discrimination does not hold back those who use their own talents and efforts, but it does those who are told that they cannot succeed without the government and without protesting against other races etc. etc. which are the Sharpton, Jackson messages. We wish this new group success in changing the approach of leaders, which can have a huge positive effect.

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