It seems that that there may be a bit of erosion of Sharpton's popularity happening in Harlem, where four upstart clergymen have invited more than 100 churches to join them in knocking Sharpton off his Harlem pedestal.
Speak Out Say It Loud, headquartered at Mount Neboh Baptist Church on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., is a new coalition of black ministers determined to create a unified African-American power base with citywide clout.
The official notice says
We are the church and our voice will be heard to the benefit of our community. Join more than 50 pastors and congregations assembling at the Mount Neboh Baptist Church to Speak Out about the deplorable conditions of our community, the injustice against our people and the corrupt dealings of self-elected officials. The church is still the church and with God we have miraculous power.But when interviewed by the NY Daily News:
Mount Neboh pastor Johnnie Green, 51, said Sharpton has neglected black New York while pursuing national fame and acclaim.Of course "Rev" Al disagrees:
“While (Sharpton) is jet-setting around the country, people are going to our churches saying they don’t have money to eat,” the Dallas native said. “People need somebody to fight for them.”
The group expects more than 1,500 supporters to attend.
Green and his allies argue that Sharpton has spent too much time plugging his new book, “The Rejected Stone,” and tending to his MSNBC show.
“Sharpton isn’t a community organizer. He’s a personality,” scoffed Raymond Blanchette, head bishop of the United Churches for Kingdom Building.
“We need to attack the issues, not each other,” Sharpton shot back. “If you want to be the big guy, be the big guy, be that. Don’t act like I’m not doing anything local. I am.”
Sharpton acts the role of a power broker and he ‘holds audience” for candidates who see him as their ticket to minority communities. Just last month Joe Lhota the GOP candidate for NYC Mayor made the pilgrimage to kiss Sharpton’s ring, an act that offended Reverend Green
Sharpton's falsehoods have lead to ruined lives, riots and even deaths. It's nice to see that at least some preachers in the African American community are beginning to see him for what he is..a professional bigot.
“Lhota is running to Al Sharpton like he is the leader of the black community. He’s not,” he fumed.
Sharpton said he continues to advocate for black New Yorkers on issues such as the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy.