The funeral service for Michael Brown, the victim and central figure in the recent issues happening in Ferguson, was held on Monday. Friends, family, and others attended the somber event in support of the slain teenager. One major part of the service was that Al Sharpton – well-known political activist and personality – don his pastoral accolades and gave the eulogy. What is unique about this eulogy is it had some very tough words for the Black Community.
According to an article by Yahoo Finance, Al Sharpton called for a fundamental reform of police forces policies of the United States in light of the Ferguson situation.
“We are required to leave today and change things. There’ve been other times in history that became seminal moments. This is one of those moments.
The policies of this country cannot go unchallenged. We cannot have aggressive policing of low-level crimes and can’t deal with the higher level. Something strange that you can get all these guns into the hood, but you run around chasing folks selling loosie cigarettes and walking in the middle of the street. There’s something crazy about that kind of policing!”
However, it was Al Sharpton’s words towards the Black Community that is getting a lot of attention. Not only does the “bad apples” in American police departments, but the Black Community must also be “straight up” about its own issues, as reported by The Blaze.
“Some of us act like the definition of blackness is how low you can go,” Sharpton said. “Blackness has never been about being a gangster or thug. … Blackness was, no matter how low we were pushed down, we rose up anyhow!
Now you want to be a n***** and call your woman a ho — you’ve lost where you come from! We’ve got to clean up our community so we can clean up the United States of America.”
Along with his harsh words directed for the Black Community, Al Sharpton condemned the looters and violent protesters that have turned Ferguson into a war zone since Michael Brown died on August 9th. He also condemned those who lament police misconduct without taking any action to rectify the problem.
In conclusion, Al Sharpton stated that Michael Brown doesn’t want to be remembered for riots. He would want to be remembered as the one that made America deal with how we’re going to police the United States.
Do you think that Al Sharpton’s words on reformation of the police system is valid and need to be implemented? What about his tough words for the Black Community? Please let us know in the comments below.
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