Top Quotes by Al Sharpton

By | February 10, 2017

As I often say, we have come a long way from the days of slavery, but in 2014, discrimination and inequality still saturate our society in modern ways. Though racism may be less blatant now in many cases, its existence is undeniable.

Al Sharpton

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

There’s no reason why children in inner cities or rural areas do not receive the same quality education or opportunities as those in suburbs or wealthy neighborhoods. If we truly believe in giving all citizens a chance to pursue happiness and pursue their goals, then we cannot continue to marginalize entire groups of people.

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

We’re not anti-police… we’re anti-police brutality.

Al Sharpton

The horrific cases in Ferguson, in Staten Island with the death of Eric Garner, and all across the country serve as stark reminders that we must have a say in who polices us, and how that policing is done. We must, we must, let our voices be heard on Election Day.

Al Sharpton

I very rarely read any fiction. I love biographies; I read about all kinds of people. I love theology and some philosophy.

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

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

The dream was not to put one black family in the White House, the dream was to make everything equal in everybody’s house.

Al Sharpton

My message to everyone: the next time you hear about migrant children near the border, just picture them as your own. Then think what you would want our government to do.

Al Sharpton

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

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

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

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.

Al Sharpton

If the black vote does not come out in big numbers in the age of Ferguson and voter ID, it will empower our adversaries and enhance our marginalization.

Al Sharpton

From racial profiling and being pulled over just for ‘driving while black’ to this new phenomenon of killing unarmed people out of some preconceived idea of fear, our lives and our children’s lives are not being valued.

Al Sharpton

We have defeated Jim Crow, but now we have to deal with his son, James Crow Jr., esquire.

Al Sharpton

In 1999, I was in St. Louis with Martin Luther King III as we led protests against the state’s failure to hire minority contractors for highway construction projects. We went at dawn on a summer day with over a thousand people and performed acts of civil disobedience.

Al Sharpton

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

Al Sharpton

In order to establish peace, you must have fair justice for everyone.

Al Sharpton

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

My organization, National Action Network (NAN), was on the ground talking and meeting with people in Ferguson, just as we did in Staten Island following Eric Garner’s death.

Al Sharpton

We’re not willing to give black leaders second chances because, in most cases, we’re not willing to give them first chances.

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

Either we need to redefine what probable cause means and say that police are not subject to it, or we arrest officers right away just as we would with any other person accused of committing a crime. Either we write new laws or enforce existing ones; we cannot have it both ways.

Al Sharpton

Either we need to redefine what probable cause means and say that police are not subject to it, or we arrest officers right away just as we would with any other person accused of committing a crime. Either we write new laws or enforce existing ones; we cannot have it both ways.

Al Sharpton

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

Al Sharpton

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

Al Sharpton

I could take all the cartoons in the tabloid newspapers, but I couldn’t take my daughter punching me in the belly and asking why I was so fat. That was my inspiration to lose the weight. And probably the last time anyone hurt my feelings.

Al Sharpton

How do you make things fair?

Al Sharpton

You don’t need any indictment in order to arrest someone; probable cause is sufficient to arrest civilians, so it must be enough to arrest police.

Al Sharpton

I could have easily been a statistic. Growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., it was easy – a little too easy – to get into trouble. Surrounded by poor schools, lack of resources, high unemployment rates, poverty, gangs and more, I watched as many of my peers fell victim to a vicious cycle of diminished opportunities and imprisonment.

Al Sharpton

The boxing world is full of all kinds of corruption.

Al Sharpton

It is up to us to change laws on the books like ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws and push elected officials to enact regulations that hold police officers to the same standards as the rest of society. This is why we vote.

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

My ordination in the Church of God in Christ was at age 9, and I later became a Baptist minister, which I am today.

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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.

Al Sharpton

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

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

Dr. King used Gandhi’s commitment to non-violence and to passive resistance.

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Dr. King’s general principles are universal. But the things he confronted took place in another era.

Al Sharpton

During my 2004 presidential campaign, I was fond of saying that it was high time for the Christian right to meet the right Christians.

Al Sharpton

Evangelicals catapulted George W. Bush back to the White House.

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I grew up in the 1950s and ’60s, when it was almost a holiday when a black act would go on Ed Sullivan.

Al Sharpton

I was the first candidate to come out against this war, spoke at every anti-war march.

Al Sharpton

I won vice president of my student body in high school. That doesn’t mean anything.

Al Sharpton

I’m a patriot in the truest sense of the word.

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 enough things to know that if you just keep on going, if you turn the corner, the sun will be shining.

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.

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