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Many are “pissed” with Al Sharpton

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March 6, 2015 by The ReadyWriter


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And one of them is his former Chief of Staff, Mr. Carl S. Redding (pictured with him above). In another article written by Redding and circling the internet, the man who was once considered a mentor; is now being chastised and blasted by Redding for failing to uphold his loyalty to ‘the cause’ he was once so passionate about.

In Redding’s article, he mentions the lawsuit Sharpton is named in by media mogul Byron Allen. He also recalls when Obama ran in 2008, how Sharpton failed to endorse the democratic candidate in favor of Hilary Clinton instead. Yet Sharpton has managed to rise in Obama’s good graces with access to the oval office.

Redding’s article is entitled “The Epic Failure of Al Sharpton towards the African American Community” By Carl Redding…If you recall Redding penned an “open letter” to Sharpton a couple of months back.

The recent lawsuit filed by media mogul Byron Allen against Comcast and the Reverend Al Sharpton, is telling for a number of critical reasons. Allen correctly asserts that Sharpton has done very little to use his visible platform as host of the MSNBC prime-time show Politics Nation, to advocate for African-Americans as a whole. Nor has Sharpton advocated for the hiring of other African-American hosts to join him on the popular network. This was the main criticism of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) in 2011, who publicly protested when it was announced that Sharpton had taken the job that a respected Black journalist should have gotten in the first place.

That’s a shame, because for years, Sharpton has argued that more Blacks should have access to the public airwaves. I believe that Allen’s lawsuit will finally expose Sharpton for the whole world to see.

As mainstream media continues to hail Sharpton’s rise to prominence as a metamorphosis or reinvention, it’s clear that he operates as a one-man show whose focus is squarely on Al Sharpton. I should know. I spent eight plus years as the chief of staff for National Action Network, the organization that I helped him to create in 1991. I traveled the country and the world with him and was a trusted advisor. In the beginning, I was a believer who was firmly committed to his cause and the cause for civil rights. But over time, it became obviously clear to me that Sharpton was no Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who used his public platform to advocate for a change in the laws.

Just name one case over the past two decades where Sharpton’s activism has brought about systemic change? In fact, on most of the police brutality cases in recent years where African Americans were senselessly gunned down by overzealous officers, Sharpton’s involvement has resulted in a grand jury refusing to indict the officers.

In the case of Akai Gurley in New York, where the family deliberately requested that Sharpton stay away, a grand jury swiftly indicted the police officer who shot the young, unarmed Black man. It appears that Sharpton’s absence brought about a victory for this grieving family. This example alone shows that among Black folks, Sharpton’s support, which was once strong in the 1980s and 1990s, has since diminished greatly.

Though his public persona has been strengthened by his access to President Obama and the White House, he has not properly leveraged this relationship to benefit Blacks as a whole. Can you imagine Dr. King gloating over visiting Lyndon B. Johnson in the White House? Or rejoicing over the opportunity to be invited to the White House to watch a Super bowl game? Absolutely not! King went to the White House with one focus in mind: to push Johnson to pass the Civil Rights Bill and the Voting Rights Act.

That’s why we march in Selma on the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and it’s why Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay rightly produced Selma, which accurately chronicles King’s fight for racial equality. Sharpton, who claims to be in the King tradition, has been grossly ineffective in helping to groom a generation of activists who will come after he and the likes of Reverend Jesse Jackson, to continue the long and important fight for social justice.

With Obama in the White House and Eric Holder in the Justice Department, Sharpton has squandered the opportunity to push the White House and Congress to enact any meaningful legislation. In fact, I recall that during the 2008 election, his support for the President came during the last days of the campaign. Although I and a number of prominent politicians backed Obama, Sharpton refused to endorse him and suggested that his chances for winning the White House were slim to none. “Rev, I’m going with Obama,” I explicitly told Sharpton in 2008. His response was deeply frustrating. “You gotta be out of your fucking mind if you think Black folks and people in America are going to vote for a nigger with a Muslim name Barack Obama. You need to support Hillary Clinton, who is your sitting U.S. Senator from New York because you’ve got to work with her when she becomes President.”

Today, Sharpton claims to have been with Obama from the beginning, but if you check the record, his criticism of the former Illinois Senator was harsh and demeaning.

Black folks deserve more from those who claim to be public servants. At a time when the prison industrial system continues to incarcerate young Black men, it’s sad that neither Sharpton, Holder nor Obama have addressed this very issue. This crisis is very personal for me because my very own brother currently sits in a Utah prison cell, for up to five years, for a non-violent crime. Sadly, Obama uses Sharpton as his personal pit bull to silence any Black criticism directed his way.

With the lack of Black and Browns on television—as anchors, producers, writers and owners—Allen’s grievance is all the more important because he is speaking truth to power.

In a multi-billion dollar industry, Allen is shedding light on the viciousness of white supremacy, where Blacks are handpicked to remain silent for a few pieces of silver. For Sharpton, this has become a regular trend.

Last October, he sold out the Black community yet again when he published a book with Cash Money Records which promotes senseless violence and misogyny against African Americans in general, and Black women in particular.

At the time, I urged Sharpton to give back the blood money and apologize for his wrongdoing. He didn’t listen to me, but maybe he’s listening now that he has to answer to a lawsuit filed by a credible and respected Black entrepreneur.

What do you think? Is Redding’s gripe legit? Sound off here and feel free to share.

 

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114 thoughts on “Many are “pissed” with Al Sharpton

  1. QTip says:

    Oh shit!
    I didn’t read all that yet but,,….Oh shit!

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  2. Bobby says:

    DAYUM!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Acquitta says:

    Dang he really spilling the tea.

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  4. Anthony says:

    Trace u blogged about the Byron Allen lawsuit. link that to this O_o damn this is gangsta

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  5. Zenna says:

    Sharpton is a sell-out no doubt but my question is…..Is Redding bitter?

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    • quincyr2010 says:

      Sharpton is a sell-out no doubt but my question is…..Is Redding bitter?
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      Zenna did u read the whole thing? He made some eye popping points.

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      • Lexy says:

        Is Redding bitter?
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        He might have an AX to grind….Tra would know 😛

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      • Val says:

        Is Redding bitter?
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        He might be disappointed

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      • Sane says:

        Is Redding bitter?
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        Nah he just wanna BITCH!

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      • Xmen says:

        Is Redding bitter?
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        Article don’t sound bitter to me. He’s blasting Sharpton for advancing himself and not the people he supposedly rep. AND Redding’s right…None of the cases Sharpton was involved brought about an indictment. That shit is something to THINK about people.

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      • gia says:

        Article don’t sound bitter to me. He’s blasting Sharpton for advancing himself and not the people he supposedly rep. AND Redding’s right…None of the cases Sharpton was involved brought about an indictment. That shit is something to THINK about people.
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        CoSign!!!!!!

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      • Nicole says:

        Sharpton is a sell-out no doubt but my question is…..Is Redding bitter?
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        Seems that way

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      • Starr says:

        Is Redding bitter?
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        Sounds that way

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      • bballen says:

        Is Redding bitter?
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        who gives a fuck? his gripe ain’t goin no further than the internet. Ain’t like Sharpton gon see this shit.

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      • Civil says:

        Sharpton is a sell-out no doubt but my question is…..Is Redding bitter?
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        He might not be bitter but he’s pretty damn close 😆

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      • soldierboy says:

        Is Redding bitter?
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        Bitter? GTFOH I call it holding him accountable. He’s suppose too. Sharpton has proven that he is not the keeper of the dream. Like Redding said: “Can you imagine Dr. King gloating over visiting Lyndon B. Johnson in the White House? Or rejoicing over the opportunity to be invited to the White House to watch a Super bowl game? Absolutely not! King went to the White House with one focus in mind: to push Johnson to pass the Civil Rights Bill and the Voting Rights Act.”

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      • Katman says:

        Sharpton has proven that he is not the keeper of the dream.
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        Please!!! MLK been rolled over in his grave behind the bullshit they selling concerning his dream. Smh O_o

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      • Princess says:

        Is Redding bitter?
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        I believe he’s disappointed and it sounds like Sharpton ‘cut all ties’

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      • Sue says:

        Is Redding bitter?
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        what makes y’all think the man is bitter?

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  6. alscream says:

    WTF is up wit this midnite gossip?
    And WTF????????? dude’s bowtie purple and big as hail.

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  7. Lexy says:

    Sharpton is playing out and his time will be UP when Obama leave that white house.

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  8. Val says:

    “In a multi-billion dollar industry, Allen is shedding light on the viciousness of white Supremacy, where Blacks are handpicked to remain silent for a few pieces of silver. For Sharpton, this has become a regular trend.”

    Mm I believe it…Money big money is tempting to maintain a high lifestyle and I’m sure the REV just can’t resist.

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  9. Miss Ang says:

    Sounds like he speaking from the heart. a lot of emotion. Redding sounds hurt IMO But Al Sharpton is hated anyway. O_o

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  10. HarlemGirl says:

    O_o not surprised O_o now do we believe him just because he use to or once worked with him? Mm

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  11. Ashanti says:

    “I urged Sharpton to give back the blood money and apologize for his wrongdoing. He didn’t listen to me” —-> WHY DA FUCK would he listen to U Carl? LMAO 😆 REALLY?

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  12. BillyBoy says:

    Ain’t this like his 5th open letter to Sharpton? He need to give this shit a rest! Sharpton gon get his regardless.

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  13. Tamala says:

    I THINK REDDING MAD CAUSE HE AIN’T ON THE SHARPTON MONEY TRAIN RIDING ON HIS COAT TAIL….WHO GIVES A FUCK THAT SHARPTON IS A SELL OUT HE AIN’T TELLIN US SOMETHIN WE DON’T ALREADY KNOW.

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  14. Omar says:

    So many questions. So may things to wonder? like why he leave/exit Sharptons administration in the 1st place? Did Sharpton fire him? Did he leave on bad terms? What happen to the relationship that he can’t call Sharpton and be honest with him. Why he gotta keep airing his grievances with his former boss via the internet? Why these articles and open letters? WTF is up with that? This is some real bitch azz move right here. Dude might have a legitimate gripe Tra but he hounding this shit in the ground. Real men discuss and air shit out between them not take this BS online. That’s like Nick Gordon wit Bobby Brown. FOH

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    • Bird says:

      What happen to the relationship that he can’t call Sharpton and be honest with him.
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      It’s obvious he don’t have access to Sharpton anymore if he did we wouldn’t be reading his articles and open letters n shit.

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      • CeoDawg says:

        What happen to the relationship that he can’t call Sharpton and be honest with him.
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        It’s obvious the relationship is severed, if it wasn’t we wouldn’t be reading such rhetoric.

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      • Katman says:

        What happen to the relationship that he can’t call Sharpton and be honest with him.
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        I’m willing to bet…Sharpton cut dude off. if he didn’t he wouldn’t be talkin shit about him on the blogs/internet.

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  15. Yvonne says:

    Sharpton showing him that he’s a non-mutherfckin factor 😆 right about now.

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  16. Pointmen says:

    He mad cause he can’t set Sharpton’s perm no more. 😆 LOL!!

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  17. Xmen says:

    His article make some really good points. If y’all would take the time to read it.

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  18. gia says:

    Wow!!!!! That’s all I got. O_o

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  19. Adam says:

    Dude better stand in line Sharpton been hated. And just because he’s connected to Obama don’t change a damn thing. Just a wider range to advance his agenda. Smh

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  20. Bird says:

    Such a nice picture 😆 now he hate em. DAMN!

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  21. Nicole says:

    He blasted his ass but damn is he being messy?

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  22. Ionna says:

    And he writes this for what? Sharpton won’t see it? Is this for his own therapy?

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  23. RandomChick says:

    I don’t think Sharpton give 2 fucks. really.

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  24. 2thick4you says:

    What do you think? Is Redding’s gripe legit?
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    It’s time for dude to build a bridge and get over it!

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    • Starr says:

      What do you think? Is Redding’s gripe legit?
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      It’s time for dude to build a bridge and get over it! <<– HELLO!!!

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      • AnnaB says:

        What do you think? Is Redding’s gripe legit?
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        YUP SURE DO…ION THINK IT’S A GRIPE EITHER THE BOY JUST TOLD THE TRUTH!!

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  25. Felicia says:

    Oh wow this is not good. What a shame cause that’s such a nice picture of the 2.

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  26. SlickRick says:

    So what he want Sharpton to do? Whatz the point of this article? The Rev flying high right about now.

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  27. Angelhair says:

    He might make good points in his article but apart of it, is HATE……point.blank.period.

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  28. yes says:

    Many are “pissed” with Al Sharpton —> Yup cause he left them in da hood on his way up.

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  29. Lisa says:

    Yet Sharpton has managed to rise in Obama’s good graces with access to the oval office.
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    They are both getting something out of the relationship. Obama is using The good ole Rev to hush his critics and the Rev is advancing his pockets as a result. It’s that simple.

    As for the article it’s baseless.

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  30. Browngirl says:

    Tracy this is not news. O_o

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  31. Jamilla says:

    What do you think? Is Redding’s gripe legit?
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    Yawns O_o as I try to give 2 fucks about Redding or his words.

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  32. Pamela says:

    Tracy seriously on a Friday night this is what u give us.??? *_*

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  33. Browngirl says:

    Y’all have a good weekend.

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  34. Applebottom says:

    That article is way too long to read.

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  35. Cameo1 says:

    They look like 2 jolly mutherfuckers in that pic 😆 LOL!!!!!

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  36. Donte says:

    Smh

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  37. Mrs. Hawthorne says:

    “The recent lawsuit filed by media mogul Byron Allen against Comcast and the Reverend Al Sharpton, is telling for a number of critical reasons. Allen correctly asserts that Sharpton has done very little to use his visible platform as host of the MSNBC prime-time show Politics Nation, to advocate for African-Americans as a whole.”

    Well I disagree, he’s highlighted people who have been victimized by police. Sharpton has covered some very critical issues in the past so I beg to differ with this statement right here. Sharpton has polished his image a great deal but people, his critics and his haters will never be satisfied because he has access to people/places that they don’t.

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  38. Starr says:

    What you want Carl? You want Sharpton to call u? You want him to offer you a job? What u want baby? U wanna be his confidant? What U want Cleetus? What u want??? Cuss U ain’t gon be satisfied until Sharpton acknowledges ya gripe. If that man answered to all his critics he’d be talking all damn year.

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  39. Rezzie says:

    I pray that this man will find peace to leave whatever gripe he has to GOD. I pray he will allow God to fight his battle instead of airing his feelings about Sharpton all over the internet. Makes me wonder what his intentions are? Cause quite frankly, nobody cares that he once worked with Sharpton or how he help him build NAN….It’s all in the past. Whateva Sharpton’s issues are that’s God’s bittness and not his. 😡

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  40. bballen says:

    Trace please don’t post/blog about not nan nother letter/article or note diss nigga don penned to al Sharpton. O_o tell him to talk it out wit Sharpton over a chicken samwich.

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  41. Pookie~Nem says:

    Awesome article !!

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  42. BigBelly says:

    I know damn well Trace ain’t still fuckin with this fool.

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  43. Natasha says:

    Are many really pissed or just Redding? 🙂

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  44. Coco says:

    “Black folks deserve more from those who claim to be public servants. At a time when the prison industrial system continues to incarcerate young Black men, it’s sad that neither Sharpton, Holder nor Obama have addressed this very issue.”

    I’m confused didn’t Holder over turn petty sentences for African Americans who were targeted and had excessive drug sentences unjustly? Didn’t Tracy blog about the girl who was released after so many years because Holder over turned her sentence.

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  45. UncleEd says:

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dude threw Sharpton under the bus then ran his azz ova

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  46. Civil says:

    “At the time, I urged Sharpton to give back the blood money and apologize for his wrongdoing.” –>> LMMFAO 😆 Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiid – Like he was really gonna listen.

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  47. CeoDawg says:

    Smh….Sharpton got mad shit with him. Wonder if this lawsuit will stand?

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  48. CorporateBitch says:

    “At the time, I urged Sharpton to give back the blood money and apologize for his wrongdoing. He didn’t listen to me”
    My thing is why would Sharpton listen to you Carl? For him you’re a NOBODY. He wasn’t tryna hear from you because he felt like you are/were irrelevant.

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  49. Henrietta says:

    “What do you think? Is Redding’s gripe legit? Sound off here and feel free to share.”

    I think Redding is str8 trippin. why does he think he’s in a position to call Sharpton out? Is it because he once upon a time worked for him? He gotta stop livin in the past. Sharpton is riding high leave em be.

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  50. Floridagirl says:

    Ooh Ooh Carl Redding is going “IN” on his former BOY with this articles and these open letters to Sharpton 😆 I betchu he know some real shit on the good right Rev. Sounds like he talkin from some broken promises Sharpton made. O_o Mm scandalous!

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  51. Danny says:

    Good piece wow.

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  52. Olivijah says:

    Go Carl Redding. You ain’t never lied.

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  53. AnnaB says:

    OMG this article hit the nail on the head! Redding makes all the right points about Sharpton’s twisted money ties. I LOVE IT!!

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  54. DHood says:

    Po Al….shit ain’t been right since he gave up that perm.

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  55. soldierboy says:

    Sorry I beg to differ wit y’all….Brotha spit this piece with the truth. Sharpton’s goal 1st n foremost has always been to align his pockets. Big Corporations pay him not to boycott them. Byron Allen’s lawsuit will prove this. Keep us informed Mz. Bell. 🙂

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  56. Joanne says:

    “In the case of Akai Gurley in New York, where the family deliberately requested that Sharpton stay away, a grand jury swiftly indicted the police officer who shot the young, unarmed Black man. It appears that Sharpton’s absence brought about a victory for this grieving family. This example alone shows that among Black folks, Sharpton’s support, which was once strong in the 1980s and 1990s, has since diminished greatly.”

    I agree with this whole heartedly!!!

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  57. Gabriella says:

    Nice picture of he and Sharpton. I guess this was taken in happier times 😛 as in when they were on “speaking terms” Didn’t read the article yet, it’s way too long. wonder if so much was written because of his passion of being pissed with him. Mm?

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  58. Kayla says:

    “What do you think? Is Redding’s gripe legit?”

    I don’t think it’s a gripe? I think he’s just bashing the man because he’s turned away from the vision and mission he first started. He’s putting Sharpton on blast for allowing fame, power greed and the Obama cool-aid consumption cloud and deter him from his original path. He worked closely with Sharpton therefore you gotta give him credit for knowing a truth that only one would know only by once being in his company.

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  59. Katman says:

    Redding may be hatin but he damn sure telling da TRUFF!!! Sharpton has lost credibility. He’s too watered down with money. White folk don found out his weakness $$$ and use that to buy his ass out! And his racist rhetoric as well. And when he take the cash he sell out on the very things he once fought for.

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  60. Princess says:

    Lawd….lawd times are way too serious for articles and open letters. Sharpton does not represent the black race, the black movement or the black community. He is a self-appointed activist who found a way to profit off of his own hyped up rhetoric and noise. Obama gave him an open door with opportunity and he walked in. His success will be but for a season.

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  61. ManUp says:

    Damn…. when Trace post this story? And dat nigga in that big ass bow-tie?
    WTF!!
    Look like a neck brace.

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    • Keisha says:

      And dat nigga in that big ass bow-tie?
      Look like a neck brace.
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      OMG I’m LOL 😆 You are such an exaggerator!! 😛 That mans bow-tie is not that big.

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  62. QueenC says:

    “Last October, he sold out the Black community yet again when he published a book with Cash Money Records which promotes senseless violence and misogyny against African Americans in general, and Black women in particular.”

    Mm…really? He sold out those black folk who acknowledge him as a black leader. But those who know better is seeking their own justice.

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  63. Sue says:

    “I traveled the country and the world with him and was a trusted advisor. In the beginning, I was a believer who was firmly committed to his cause and the cause for civil rights. But over time, it became obviously clear to me that Sharpton was no Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who used his public platform to advocate for a change in the laws.”

    Now this is the TRUTH!!!

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  64. Adriane says:

    Well alrighty then. Still won’t change a thing though.

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  65. Daisy says:

    Good afternoon……..No shade here. I like Rev. Al and his former aide, C.O.S. or whoever he was……should NOT be taking his “SHADE” for his former mentor/boss to the internet. God does things decently and in order Mr. Redding O_o so please “STOP” with the articles and open letters cause quite frankly no one cares.

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  66. Civil says:

    Sharpton was RIGHT BEHIND his meal ticket when they showed that Selma 50 march across the bridge. Sharpton in dem white house pockets deep.

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  67. mittseybean says:

    Great read. Awesome article but this might be a little personal.

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  68. Aceman says:

    Naw “NOT READING” THIS B.S. I’m good

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  69. yes says:

    Go home, Redding!

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  70. Pinky says:

    Wayment O_o say what naw.

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  71. Natasha says:

    Lord be a bridge so this man can GET OVER IT!!!!

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  72. Crystal says:

    Dis nucca. O_o

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    • Felicia says:

      Dis nucca.
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      WHO? And why he gotts to be a NUCCA? Did anyone use the word Cracka. Dude is entitled to his say. You don’t like it stress that but don’t be calling nobody a nucca.

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  73. Rezzie says:

    I got nothing 😛

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