“For a person living in an urban area, there aren’t many options. Either they live in fear of some punk with a gun, or they fear the police that terrorize us with policies that do nothing to cease violence. But instead of giving NYPD Police Commissioner Kelly an excuse to stop & frisk every young person of color in this city repeatedly, let US take control of ourselves. Enough is enough. Please take a stand and do something today regardless of where you live.  We need everyone to take action.” – Tamika Mallory, National Executive Director of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network

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29 Responses to Quote of the Day: Self-Reliance Edition

  1. You had me until Al Sharpton…F**K him. Oh wait…maybe they are now beginning to realize……………..nawwww…fly-in community organizers.

  2. From the link: “And most importantly, we have a duty to not be afraid of our kids and instead reclaim our streets.”

    When George Zimmerman stood up it wasn’t long for Sharpton’s network to start their whooping and wailing. And George is a “person of color”– but apparently not enough to be counted by the Reverend and his fold.

    • Your comment is irrelevant..trayvon martin is doing nothing criminal at all he was walking home from the store. You call what george zimmerman did standing up for the community?

      • Wasn’t Zimmerman assaulted? Sharpton said he wasn’t–that alone practically confirms that he was, based on Sharpton’s history. And Zimmerman does have a reputation of standing up for his community.

        To be fair, Tamika made good points. Too bad her association with Sharpton will invalidate, to many who would otherwise listen, anything of value she has to say.

  3. Police are 10x scarier than non-unionized criminals. That’s coming from a thoroughly Caucasian man.

  4. *…….National Executive Director of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network*

    So the enemy of my enemy….is not my friend.

  5. Personal responsibility and self reliance…

    That’s an interesting attitude for someone associated with the Revrum.

  6. This is her idea of doing something from the link:
    “We call on everyone to mentor a young person, to volunteer at a soup kitchen, to read to the elderly, to help eliminate guns on our streets and to further the importance of education…”

    blackplanet appears to be the parent web site and features or shares linked stories from their individual sites. The below taken off their site today written by blackplanet staff writer Shamika Sanders:

    “Chris Brown Debuts New Snake Tattoo With Illuminati Symbol?
    Chris Brown is the latest artist to inadvertently associate himself with the infamous group. His most recent addition to his ink family, a portrait of a slithering serpent with a tail made of a red pyramid and eye, clearly places Brown in the center of the Illuminati territory.
    The all-seeing eye is the most prevalent image affiliated with the Illuminati. It can also be found on the back of the dollar bill.
    If Chris isn’t down with the “cult,” he sure wants us to believe he’s a member!”

    Apparently anti-Semitism is alive and vibrant within certain American communities. Shamika does need to look up the definition of a cult.

  7. Signs of brain activity at Tawana Brawley HQ?

    I would have lost that bet.

    Thanks for the follow up quotes to put things back into proper perspective.

  8. As a black man that grew up in the public housing projects, I cannot stress how important self reliance is. So even though I am not a fan of Rev. Sharpton, he is correct about this. Bill Cosby has been saying this for years. Mentoring is very important, and I was fortunate to have strong parents, teachers and coaches to help us move up and out of public housing. Now I split my time between my job in a northeastern suburb and my home in the southwest so I traverse the country several times each year.( Reciprocity Please! ) Increasingly I see communities rise up and take back their streets and towns. This is self reliance at its core and the kind of grass roots movement we need to see in the inner cities. Proper understanding of gun safety and the responsibility of gun ownership should be included in this mentoring. The fact that so many of our leaders preach to get guns taken away from the communities that arguably need guns most is ludicrous. The thugs that seem to prey on the poor in their own neighborhoods need to know that the law abiding citizens don’t just want protection from the police. The thugs need to know folks are legally armed, well trained, organized and motivated to protect our homes and families.
    Poor doesn’t mean helpless.

    • “Increasingly I see communities rise up and take back their streets and towns.”

      Leon,

      I’m glad to read that. Thanks.

    • “Increasingly I see communities rise up and take back their streets and towns”

      Really? Can you provide an example?

      • Firstly, please don’t ever say blacks don’t like Jews. It just isn’t true. Yes their was strife in Crown Heights years ago. I was there. But things are much better now and even then there were plenty of friendships between Jews and blacks. Remember the Civil Rights movement. Secondly, speaking of Brooklyn. It contains two neighborhoods that have come back from the crack wars of the 80’s. Fort Greene and much of Bedford – Stuyvesant . That is not to say they are crime free but the civic pride is evident and block by block communities are organizing, mentoring, restoring homes and trying to do right by their children. Perhaps I am just an optimist and try to see the bright or good side in tough situations. I only hope community leaders realize that the 2A can help their cause. Because otherwise only the thugs have guns.
        Best to us all.

        • The strife in Crown Heights was not the fault of one ethnic group. One of my former housemates was Jewish. Had relatives in Crown Heights. From what he said there was no love lost between either group.

  9. Context is everything, and the quote is misleading. She and the other tools in her network don’t want action, it’s all just rhetoric. The “we need everyone to take action” is just another way of saying “give money to Sharpton.”

    • Silver,

      The quote being reported here is indeed out of context, misleading, and something that I associate more with the likes of the misleading mass medias such as MSNBC, CNN, NYT, etc. I would ground Dan from shooting for a few weeks if I could.

  10. Leon you hit the nail on the head. We need to take back the streets from the thugs. and go for a limited government.

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