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Former NAACP leader accuses Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton of exploiting Trayvon Martin’s death

April 2, 2012

I am not sure what to say about this… He accuses Jackson and Sharpton of dividing but his comments don’t seem to inclusive to me. How can we get where we need to be? Read below…

Former NAACP leader C.L. Bryant is accusing Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton of “exploiting” the Trayvon Martin tragedy to “racially divide this country.”

“His family should be outraged at the fact that they’re using this child as the bait to inflame racial passions,” Rev. C.L. Bryant said in a Monday interview with The Daily Caller.

The conservative black pastor who was once the chapter president of the Garland, Texas NAACP called Jackson and Sharpton “race hustlers” and said they are “acting as though they are buzzards circling the carcass of this young boy.”

Jackson, for example, recently said Martin’s death shows how “blacks are under attack” and “targeting, arresting, convicting blacks and ultimately killing us is big business.”

George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, killed Martin, a 17-year-old black man who was unarmed at the time of his death, last month. Zimmerman has claimed to have shot Martin in self-defense and has not been charged with a crime.

But Bryant, who explores the topic of black-on-black crime in his new film “Runaway Slave,” said people like Jackson and Sharpton are being misleading to suggest there is an epidemic of “white men killing black young men.”

“The epidemic is truly black on black crime,” Bryant said. “The greatest danger to the lives of young black men are young black men.”

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  1. Chandra permalink
    April 2, 2012 12:37 pm

    It would be nice if the Martin family could get some justice before our men in leadership begin to disagree so loudly about what is done to help a case like this. Sharpton and Jackson attack institutional racism from the external. Bryant is apparently more focused on the growing epidemic within black communities, probably more of an internal focal point than Sharpton and Jacksons’ position. Both legitimate points but Bryant’s timing is poor.

    I think both sides want to see change but they come to the problem from different angles. If Zimmerman was black, and Trayvon was Tommy this case would be handled differently.

    Yes, this case has been exploited for some negative like so many other cases in the media. For me, the biggest exploitation is from the KKK and not from Sharpton or Jackson.

    More and more, I realize I don’t want to live in a “colorless” nation. I just want to live in a nation where there is enough room to celebrate the uniqueness and similarities we share beyond those lines where I NEVER have to mute by blackness to be relevant.

    One person said it best to me, America does not need to be a melting pot, but a hearty stew.

  2. Diva permalink
    April 2, 2012 3:23 pm

    I’m sorry but I read this and I’m convinced ‘us” folks have some sort of cognitive deficiency. Why can we not comprehend structure? Can we not see while you can be correct, 100% bull eyes on the mark still there has to be order! Or is it just the need for this individual ( Bryant) to exploit the moment and advance his own personal project?

    IF IF, IF, IF his words were so, ( Bryant) how is his coming forth under the present circumstances productive?

    How can his interjections bring remedy to the Trayvon matter, is the Trayvon tragedy a black on black crime then why in the heck bring that suggestion into this picture.

    Fact: Zimmerman is not black, he killed an innocent young man who was black and justice has not been served, Period! Can this matter be addressed and resolved based on its own merits without muddying the waters and clouding the issues with subject matter that doesn’t aide the cause.

    Does a mortician deliver babies, no he/she handle the affairs of the dead. Yes, the only time Jesse & Al show up is under these circumstances and yes, with the same rhetoric and are people weary with this yes!

    However that is within their job description, these skilled cats have been in the game a minute; that is what they do. To desire Jesse or Al to do something different is understandable, hoping they would do or say something else is understandable; however, to expect them to do something different is unrealistic.

    Would it be effective to have a leader of the magnitude of MLK Jr. Leading the reform for change concerning black on black crime, would it not be great to have an outlined plan and monies to back up reform in black communties addressing the ills therein; yes that would be epic but guess what neither Jesse nor AL is that him/her!

    So, why openly rebuke Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton for doing what they do and why interject that criticism in light of the current situation and whom exactly is it that is causing divide?

    Jesse nor Al no nothing bout birthing no babies they are straight up morticians; and in this particular situation there has been a death.

  3. April 4, 2012 6:58 pm

    Sounds to me he needs publicity…It seems to me (I could be wrong) that he himself is guilty of using Trayvon’s situation for his own use. He’s playing the game to promote his agenda. Publicly attacking other brothers is just another form of black on black crime.

    • April 12, 2012 7:40 pm

      Another form of black on black crime- true that!

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