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Sharpton announces Washington march on hate crime issue
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 10/23/07

Rev. Al Sharpton announced plans Tuesday for a march on the U.S. Justice Department in Washington on Nov. 16.

Sharpton, speaking at Atlanta’s Richard B. Russell federal building, is protesting what he believes is the Justice Department’s failure to prosecute a series of recent hate crimes across the country.

“We feel that the federal government has failed to intervene in the cases of hate crimes — swastikas and nooses,” Sharpton said. “Since the federal government won’t come to the people, we’re going to bring the people to the federal government.”

Sharpton was joined at Tuesday’s news conference by Martin Luther King III. Both noted what appeared to be a string of copycat crimes involving nooses following the well-publicized Jena 6 episode in Louisiana.

So… this the latest Rev. Sharpton Gathering of the Moment?

My thoughts are that two things are going to come out of this:
1. A lot of people are going to show up….Steve Harvey and Tom Joyner are supposed to be in attendance as well (and Michael Baisden will probably weigh in as well, assuming he hasn’t already),
2. Nothing will really get accomplished.

Thankfully, this is out of the way from where I live/work, so it won’t screw up my commute. Though I might pop by and view from a distance, just to see the spectacle.

You know, during the Civil Rights Movement, when black people marched, it was for something that affects us ALL. The right to vote, to sit where we wanted to on the bus, to not have “separate but equal” facilites, that sort of thing. But now, “we’re” marching because a couple of people threw up nooses (or is “noosi” the correct plural?). And, of course, the whole Jena 6 thing. Neither of which I’m particularly concerned about….especially when I’m still trying to find the link between the “Black Power” movement, protesting the war, Jena 6, Hurricane Katrina, and legalizing marijuana (all topics at a protest that I walked through a month or so ago).

Now, I don’t think hanging nooses is particularly smart, and I’m sure if I saw one, it would bother me on some level. Fortunately-or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it-the right to free speech isn’t dependent on whether we like it or not.




Written by Coby Dillard

November 5, 2007 at 7:52 pm

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  1. I feel like they are still trying to fight for the Jena 6 issue. Due to the fact that Mr. Bell ended up back in jail. What they fail to realize is that he violated his probation so of course he is going to do time for that.

    I also agree with you that during the Civil Rights Movement, those marches had purpose. We gained something from it. Racism is always going to be here. We cannot do anything about the hate crimes people are going to continue to do what they want regardless of people coming out to march. I mean really that is just a waste of time. The goverment is going to tell you what you want to hear just to shut you up.

    I could say more but that might take all day and it’s making me angry how we as black people worry so much about what other races think about us or what they do to us(like we used to say back in the day) As long as you don’t touch me I’m aight!!!
    Lets start helping one another and figure out why there are so many, uneducated, jobless,and homeless black people out there… that march money and time could be used to help someone get a home or put a student through school.


    November 5, 2007 at 10:49 pm

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