Al Sharpton’s Chicago town hall erupts: People want jobs, not gun control

The Rev. Al Sharpton held a town hall meeting in Chicago’s Hyde Park Thursday to address gun violence, but the discussion quickly turned to linking the problem to the city’s unemployment.

“I have heard that some black folks think I am here to take over,” Sharpton said, according to DNAinfo. “But I say to them, ‘How can I take over when black folks don’t control anything for me to take over?’ I am here to help and bring attention to a matter that is destroying communities across the country, including in New York.”

Sharpton may have expected a discussion on more gun control laws, but instead many in the audience of about 300 said they needed jobs and a solution to the foreclosure problem plaguing the city.

“When you give a person a job, you give them a purpose to stay out of trouble and a goal to work toward,” panelist Diane Latiker — founder and executive director of Kids Off the Block, a nonprofit youth-development group on the South Side — said, according to DNAinfo. “Our young people need this, especially during these hard times. If you wake up in the morning with nothing to do, you will go out and find something to occupy your time, and usually, for youths, it’s violence.”

Several attendees and panelists said it was time for the black community to vote out incumbents, and one 82-year-old preacher called for tea party-type meetings, according to Breitbart News.

“The manner in which we have been voting needs to change,” Wendy Pearson, an activist against Chicago school closings, told the audience. “I’m here to say to you that we have been trained to vote in a specific manner… We need to start looking at the manner in which our elected officials have been voting… If they have not voted in a manner that is beneficial to you, yours, and your community, then you need to start voting them out.”

Voices of the Ex-Offender’s Paul McKinley, once a SecondCongressional District GOP nominee to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr. told Breitbart News that the gathering was a historic event.

“Stop blaming just anybody for the violence in the city of Chicago,” McKinley told the audience. “Blame the right people, not just white people, but the right people. Because it’s not just white folks a part of this, but it is on the fifth floor. The fifth floor took your schools, the fifth floor just took your jobs that he said that he gave to the ex-offender,… and every single alderman was a part of this criminal process.”

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
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217 thoughts on “Al Sharpton’s Chicago town hall erupts: People want jobs, not gun control

  1. Fair and Balanced says:

    Its about time perhaps the lies and slave plantation mentality that the liberals continually push will finally be heard by those who need to hear it in the Black community. I am Black and would never waste one ounce of time on anything the liberals have to say.

    So many in our Black communities across this country have been trained to vote one way and that is for the liberals furthermore, they have been trained to maintain the crab in a bucket slave mentality and to further insure their obedience they have been well schooled in lashing out at other Blacks for thinking or speaking the truth about the liberal party and their antics.

    This is why people like Dr. Carson and others are lashed out at and people like myself on a smaller scale are called degrading names and treated with contempt by other Blacks who believe like them that we should do as we are told and nothing more. I hope and pray that all Blacks who have been and remain a part of the liberal plantation stand up and speak out.

    This country is in trouble all of us, we are losing everything we have ever worked for, we worked hard to build ourselves up and maintain a decent and respectable living and this administration has worked just as hard to destroy us. They should be voted out and the chief should be tried for high treason.

    As for those Blacks who are hung up on the liberal mentality get over it, for years it has kept many of us in poverty, ignorant and 3rd class citizens, it has told you that everyone who is not Black in America and elsewhere is against you and that you should wait on them to take care of you. My question to you have you been taken care of? I think not!

    Stop listening to Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and all the other liberal plantation higher ups they are here to insure that Blacks stay in their place and do as they are told all the while they are getting richer and we are even more poverty stricken than before so this should be a wake up call for the many Blacks who are following these liberal modern day slave overseers.

  2. wtf0804hydroponics says:

    This has to do with the Democrat poverty machine you
    vote for us or we will not help you help us help you with
    Now this is the thing about handout it is not yours so you
    have no motivation to keep it looking nice but you will have
    self pride when you earn what you have and you want it to
    keep looking nice be that your home or city.

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