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One of the reasons I get so much joy out of my own children’s childhoods is that I’m having my first childhood myself.
Al Sharpton

If you can get the proper definition of trouble, then we can find out who the real troublemakers are.
Al Sharpton

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.
Al Sharpton

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.
Al Sharpton

Demonstrations must be dignified and nonviolent, as the overwhelming protests in Ferguson and Staten Island have been. Do not confuse anarchists who don’t want the system to work and thugs who want to exploit a situation with the majority who from day one have operated with impeccable nonviolence and clear goals.
Al Sharpton
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We cannot reform institutional racism or systemic policies if we are not actively engaged. It’s not enough to simply complain about injustice; the only way to prevent future injustice is to create the society we would like to see, one where we are all equal under the law.
Al Sharpton

All women, regardless of her economic status or racial background, have a right to vote, and no politician or regressive law should prevent her from doing so.
Al Sharpton

As I stood and gave the eulogy for young Michael Brown last week, I kept thinking about the fact that this child should have been in college instead of laying in a coffin.
Al Sharpton

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.
Al Sharpton

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.
Al Sharpton

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.
Al Sharpton

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

Who defines terrorists? Today’s terrorist is tomorrow’s friend.
Al Sharpton

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.
Al Sharpton

Bill Clinton strikes me as the kind of guy who goes wherever the polls lead him, rather than leading the polls.
Al Sharpton

How do you make things fair?
Al Sharpton

I was there during the first elections in South Africa. I watched them take down the apartheid flag and raise the new flag.
Al Sharpton

I’ve never done anything else in my life other than preach and be an activist. Way before I was known.
Al Sharpton

I’ve seen too much in life to give up.
Al Sharpton

If Charlton Heston can have a constitutional right carry a rifle, why can’t grandma have a constitutional right to health care?
Al Sharpton

If O.J. had been accused of killing his black wife, you would not have seen the same passion stirred up.
Al Sharpton

National Action Network, the group I founded, has affiliates or chapters in over 40 cities around the country.
Al Sharpton

The boxing world is full of all kinds of corruption.
Al Sharpton

The right wing always mobilizes around constitutional amendments: the right to bear arms, school prayer.
Al Sharpton

The United States government has the obligation to educate all young people in this country.
Al Sharpton

The United States has got to adopt a policy of befriending and creating allies around the world.
Al Sharpton

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