Though he has reportedly gotten all sorts of grief from others in the black community of Hartford, Conn., for his outburst and accusation against Al Sharpton, Pastor Marcus Mosiah Jarvis is refusing to back away from his fiery “in your face” comments.
As Western Journalism reported yesterday, Jarvis jumped to his feet and shouted at Sharpton during a speech at a Hartford church by the race activist and MSNBC host. Sharpton had just finished leading a march against violence in the city that’s recently seen the homicides of five young people, when he took to the pulpit of a local church and asked the crowd to donate $100 apiece to his National Action Network.
That’s when the black pastor shouted something for which most others in the church denounced him and escorted him out of the sanctuary: “How dare you ask the people of Hartford to give you their money? You’re nothing but a pimp!”
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Those words from Jarvis prompted Sharpton to do something that proved he was far different from most of those gathered in Shiloh Baptist Church — he reached into his pocket and pulled out $1,000 in cash, pledging it to a community memorial supposedly aimed at discouraging youngsters from getting involved in a life of crime and violence.
On her Fox News show On the Record, Greta Van Susteren asked Pastor Jarvis about his public denunciation of Al Sharpton’s motives and tactics. When given the chance to walk back his accusatory comments, the black pastor chose instead to double down, saying Sharpton’s actions were “pimpism at its best.”
“We don’t necessarily need outside intervention or marches that really are not going to produce any type of solid results as to fighting crime and creating employment and jobs in a neighborhood that’s rife with poverty,” Jarvis said.
You can watch the segment from On the Record with Greta Van Susteren by clicking on the video above.