Al Sharpton and his daughter Dominique Sharpton have had their names in the news in a controversial way quite a bit lately. Dominique has been criticized, as reported by the Inquisitr, for potentially deleting Instagram photos that New York City has ordered Sharpton’s daughter not to delete. Those photos could provide powerful proof that contradicts Dominique’s $5 million lawsuit claims against the city.
Now comes a controversial video showing Rev. Al speaking in Hartford, Connecticut. Sharpton’s presence was felt in the city on Saturday, June 6 as part of a rally to come against the violence that claimed the lives of five African-American men in Hartford during the most recent two weeks.
As reported by WFSB, Sharpton came to Shiloh Baptist Church after the march and proclaimed to a large group of churchgoers that Rev. Al wanted a memorial for those who’d lost their lives. Before Sharpton’s speech even began at the crowded church, however, a man named Reverend Marcus Mosiah Jarvis made his anger known about Sharpton taking 10 minutes to plead for donations.
“I want to be here to see a memorial for the young people that have died. I want the names and their stories up so children can see they don’t want to be on that wall.”
That logic didn’t sit well with Jarvis, who took issue with Rev. Al asking every black preacher present to give at least $100 each.
“How dare you ask the people of Hartford to give you their money! You’re nothing but a pimp!”
Sharpton had his own logic to emit.
“In the 21st century, when we are riding in first class, staying in five-star hotels, with a black president… if you can’t preach now, sit down and shut up.”
When the unexpected outburst from Jarvis came about, featuring the man of the cloth marching down the aisle and pointing at Sharpton, that’s when Rev. Al decided to pull his own money out of his pockets. Sharpton then pledged that the money collected would help build a memorial to the kids who lost their lives.
Jarvis, however, questioned the timing of Sharpton’s pledge — and that it came only after his outburst.
“I don’t think a man like Rev. Sharpton should come here talking about jobs and violence and then ask those same people for money or he won’t speak.”
Along with Sharpton, Pastor Creflo Dollar has received his fair share of criticism for claiming he needs a $65 million Gulfstream jet for ministry work.
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