Quotes by Al Sharpton (Activist/American).

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When people discuss the 1960s and the great Civil Rights Era, they often speak in romantic terms as if there wasn't immense work put in, and as if there wasn't immense sacrifice that took place. But none of those battles were easily fought and won; there were sustained movements behind them.
• Al Sharpton
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Let me be clear: as I have said repeatedly, I do not believe that all police officers are bad, nor do I believe that most are bad. But there must be a transparent, impartial and fair system to judge those that engage in criminal or unethical acts.
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If you play the theatrics too much, you get in the way of your own cause.
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In Ferguson, there are witnesses who say Brown had his hands up when he was shot. That should be enough probable cause to go to trial to then determine if Officer Wilson is guilty or not. It is at trial that he can then defend himself and his attorneys can present their own witnesses and their own defense.
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When you loot or behave violently, you give grounds to those that try to justify illegal police abuse. You become the poster child for them to say, 'See, we have no choice but to shoot and kill, or use a chokehold, because just look at the way they behave.'
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The resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder is met with both pride and disappointment by the Civil Rights community. We are proud that he has been the best Attorney General on Civil Rights in U.S. history and disappointed because he leaves at a critical time when we need his continued diligence most.
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I can call a march, and thousands come out, and I happen to have access to the White House at the same time.
• Al Sharpton
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I've seen enough things to know that if you just keep on going, if you turn the corner, the sun will be shining.
• Al Sharpton
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I'm never going to be fat - never again. I'm going to make it easy on my pallbearers.
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I won vice president of my student body in high school. That doesn't mean anything.
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In Staten Island, when you have video showing the alleged chokehold used on Eric Garner, why not go to trial and have the officer(s) explain the tape, and then this jury can determine guilt or innocence? The tape should guarantee that there should be a trial.
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James Brown became my father. He would talk to me the way a father talked to a son. He became the father I never had.
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If you can get the proper definition of trouble, then we can find out who the real troublemakers are.
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We are engaged in immediate conversations with the White House on deliberations over a successor whom we hope will continue in the general direction of Attorney General Holder.
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In every era going back to Lincoln with Frederick Douglass, presidents talk to those that were leading at that time.
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When the culture of police departments is sometimes infused with bias or preconceived ideas against certain groups, there needs to be reform and retraining throughout. And unfortunately, we cannot rely on local departments to police themselves; we need intervention from the top.
• Al Sharpton
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The United States government has the obligation to educate all young people in this country.
• Al Sharpton
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I'm a patriot in the truest sense of the word.
• Al Sharpton
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Not graduating high school on time leads to fewer chances of attending college and obtaining good paying jobs, and creates instead higher chances of incarceration and unemployment.
• Al Sharpton
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I've gone from, you know, being too close to politicians, to being too close to entertainers, and people's father that I'm not.
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I was there during the first elections in South Africa. I watched them take down the apartheid flag and raise the new flag.
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Countries around the world have their own immigration laws and methods of dealing with a recurring theme: desperate people searching for peace from volatile parts of the world. And nations everywhere thrive and prosper from the contributions of immigrants and the children of immigrants - including right here in the U.S.
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I was raised by a single mother who made a way for me. She used to scrub floors as a domestic worker, put a cleaning rag in her pocketbook and ride the subways in Brooklyn so I would have food on the table. But she taught me as I walked her to the subway that life is about not where you start, but where you're going. That's family values.
• Al Sharpton
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Local prosecutors work alongside local police officers on a regular basis and are therefore conflicted when it comes to prosecuting those same officers. They are under extreme pressure from local police unions and from rank-and-file cops.
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The United States isn't a dictatorship ruling with a brutal army and an iron fist, so our police departments must understand that they are there to serve and protect us - all of us. And when they do commit crimes, they must be arrested and prosecuted like anyone else, bottom line.
• Al Sharpton

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