Interesting article. I clipped some of it. There's video included in the link for people who will undoubtedly dismiss the source out of hand. [i]While the stated goal for Sharpton was to bring the many different groups together to discuss solutions to the city’s violence epidemic, he may not have gotten the types of responses he was looking for. [b]Calls for more gun control laws and getting guns off the streets were nonexistent and not mentioned by residents throughout the session.[/b] Instead, attendees offered solutions addressing the problems facing their community as a whole rather than just taking on “gun violence” itself. Audience members addressed the need for jobs and solving the foreclosure crisis plaguing Chicago’s south and west sides. Perhaps the loudest message—and one that Reverend Al or the Chicago media have yet to report on—echoed by several different people in attendance as well as panel members was that it is [b]time for the black community to start voting differently.[/b] “The manner in which we have been voting needs to change,” Wendy Pearson, an activist against Chicago school closings, told the room. [b]“I’m here to say to you that we have been trained to vote in a specific manner…[/b] we need to start looking at the manner in which our elected officials have been voting… if they have not voted in a manner that is beneficial to you, yours, and your community, then you need to start voting them out.” McKinley told the room, [b]“Stop blaming just anybody for the violence in the city of Chicago. Blame the right people, not just white people, but the right people.[/b] Because it’s not just white folks a part of this, but it is on the fifth floor. The fifth floor took your schools, the fifth floor just took your jobs that he said that he gave to the ex-offender… and every single alderman was a part of this criminal process.” [b]McKinley called on President Obama to help the grassroots by discontinuing aid and government grants that go through Chicago’s political machine to “name-brand-blue-ribbon-negro-organizations” such as the NAACP and Urban League. McKinley told Breitbart News those groups “are poverty pimps, and are part of the problem and not the solution.”[/i][/b]
Edited by Ad Hoc: 12/23/2013 3:35:49 AMSharpton is an idiot. [quote]“The manner in which we have been voting needs to change,” Wendy Pearson, an activist against Chicago school closings, told the room. “I’m here to say to you that we have been trained to vote in a specific manner…[/quote] [i]Wendy[/i] is also an idiot.