30 Most Famous Al Sharpton Quotes

30 Most Famous Al Sharpton Quotes

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Alfred “Al” Sharpton is a Baptist minister, talk show host, and civil rights activist. His work in civil rights have earned him some very prestigious positions, including becoming a White House adviser for President Barack Obama. In 2004 he was also named the Democratic nomination for President. Along with his social justice work he hosts his own radio talk show, Keepin’ It Real and is a regular guest on major news networks.

“At the Apollo, he asked me to come and stand in for him. He’s like my father.”

“But we believed if we kept on working, if we kept on marching, if we kept on voting, if we kept on believing, we would make America beautiful for everybody.”

“Crime is going down everywhere but in the New York City Police Department.”

“Don’t be hard on yourself about hooting and hollering. If I had spent the money you did and got 18 percent, I’d still be in Iowa hooting and hollering.”

“If I were president, I would go in and say, ‘We were wrong.’ Tony Blair and George Bush had a meeting, acted as though it was a world summit. Two guys in a phone booth acted like the whole
world had met.”

“I cannot imagine where we would have been without BET. Many like me who operate in black America can only get our balanced story told nationally on BET talk shows.”

“I can’t see how an unarmed man rejecting a drug deal ended up dead.”

“I do believe the [Democratic] party has moved far to the right. I do believe that the party has a bunch of elephants running around in donkey clothes.”

“I feel that it is our moral obligation to stand and to be courageous with these families, and particularly Cindy, that have become the conscience of this nation.”

“I haven’t done the things I’ve done to be in a sitcom.”

“I suggest to you tonight that if George Bush had selected the court in ’54, Clarence Thomas would have never got to law school.”

“I understand deficit spending. I was born in deficit spending.”

“I want his children to know: wasn’t anything strange about your daddy. It was strange what your daddy had to deal with.”

“I want to welcome him to our list of candidates. And don’t be defensive about just joining the party. It’s better to be a new Democrat that’s a real Democrat than a lot of old Democrats up
here that have been acting like Republicans all along.”

“I wanted to say to Governor Dean, don’t be hard on yourself about hooting and hollering. If I had spent the money you did and got 18 percent, I’d still be in Iowa hooting and hollering.”

“I was very impressed with how mature he was for his age.”

“I’m projected as an ambulance chaser, but I’m more the ambulance. People call me because they know I will come.… I have never fought a case where they didn’t ask me to come. People have
this picture like I’m sitting up in bed at night with a walkie-talkie. “You hear anything? Oh, let’s run! It’s Virginia today!”… Every victim calls us.… “Who put Sharpton in charge?” The

“Mr. President, read our lips. Our votes are not for sale.”

“Mr. President, you said would we have more leverage if both parties got our votes, but we didn’t come this far playing political games. It was those that earned our vote that got our vote.
We got the Civil Rights Act under a Democrat. We got the Voting Rights Act under a Democrat. We got the right to organize under Democrats. Mr. President, the reason we are fighting so hard,
the reason we took Florida so seriously, is our right to vote wasn’t gained because of our age. Our vote was soaked in the blood of martyrs, soaked in the blood of good men, soaked in the
blood of four little girls in Birmingham. This vote is sacred to us. This vote can’t be bargained away. This vote can’t be given away. Mr. President, in all due respect, Mr. President, read
my lips: Our vote is not for sale.”

“Now that they have achieved the capture of Hussein, they should appeal to the UN to come in with a multilateral redevelopment plan. This is all the more reason this war should come to an
immediate end.”

“Somebody had to bring the truth to the doorstep of this president.”

“They tried to say that being gay is a sin, and I said that adultery is a sin. Adultery is responsible for breaking up more marriages, but do we put that in the Constitution? It’s absurd.”

“This is not about what party you’re part of. This is about right and wrong, … the conscience of this nation.”

“This is outright slaughter. If he was facing a firing squad, he would not have been shot 41 times.”

“We blacks had problems in the ’60s and we solved them by marching. We’ve still got problems — let’s march.”

“We want all of these policeman to face justice.”

“We’re going to show up and turn around this country. This is not the end of the day, this is the beginning of a regeneration of a movement.”

“What’s wrong with denouncing white interlopers?”

“White folks was [sic] in caves while we were building empires…. We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and those Greek homos ever got around to it.
“Who defines terrorists? Today’s terrorist is tomorrow’s friend.”