by Yvette Carnell
Everything I know about history teaches me that blacks broke their backs working for free in this country as slaves, then fought for decades to become first class citizens. Rev. Al Sharpton, however, recently demeaned that legacy by saying it’s time for us to stop having “ghetto pity parties.”
In Sharpton’s eulogy for Michael Brown on Monday, he had more than a few words to say about Ferguson, but he also pointed the finger at African-Americans.
“Blackness has never been about being a gangster or thug,” Sharpton said in the eulogy for Brown, who was gunned down by Officer Darren Wilson. “Blackness was no matter how low we was pushed down, we rose up anyhow.”
He then went on to imply that it’s time for black people to get their act together and stop having “ghetto pity parties.”
“We’ve got to clean up our community so we can clean up the United States of America! Rev. Al, you don’t understand what they doin’ to us. I understand. But I understand that nobody gonna help us if we don’t help ourselves. Sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves won’t solve our problems. Sitting around having ghetto pity parties rather than organizing and strategizing and putting our differences aside. Yes, we got young and old. Yes, we got things that we don’t like about each other, but it’s bigger than our egos. It’s bigger than everybody. We need everybody because I’m gonna tell you, I don’t care how much money you got, I don’t care what position you hold. I don’t care how much education you got. If we can’t protect a child walking down the street in Ferguson, and protect him, and bring justice, all you got don’t matter to nobody but you!”