In his latest racially motivated march, Al Sharpton took to the streets of Hartford, Conn., after that city saw a recent uptick in violent crime. Flanked by local church leaders, Sharpton concluded his appearance with a speech at Shiloh Baptist Church.
It soon became clear, however, that the divisive figure did not have unanimous support among Hartford’s black pastors. One critic, Pastor Marcus Mosiah Jarvis, interrupted Sharpton’s address with a fiery tirade.
Jarvis accused Sharpton of being interested solely in money, calling him “nothing but a pimp.”
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He wondered how a fundraiser for Sharpton’s organization, National Action Network, would actually help those living in Hartford.
“Don’t you come up in here asking us for money,” he said.
Sharpton responded by pledging $1,000 of his own money to a community project planned as a tribute to those killed in the streets of Hartford.
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“Let’s bring kids and say, ‘Look at that. This kid died this way. This kid died that way,’” Sharpton said of the proposed memorial. “And if we tell that story, maybe you can get to some kid. If it saves two lives, it’s worth it.”
Some of the city’s faith leaders were obviously glad Sharpton brought the media spotlight to their community.
“He’s a national figure and we’re glad he came,” said Rev. Henry Brown.
Brown did have some concern that Sharpton’s visit will have a lasting impact, though.
“The question remains,” he concluded, “when he leaves, where do we go then?”
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