Al Sharpton
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"Alfred Charles "Al" Sharpton, Jr." is an United States/American American Baptist Churches USA/Baptist minister, African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955-1968)/civil rights activist, television/Talk radio/radio talk show host and a trusted White House adviser who, according to 60 Minutes, has become President Barack Obama/Barack Obama's "go-to black leader." In 2004, he was a candidate for the Democratic Party (United States)/Democratic nomination for the United States presidential election, 2004/U.S. presidential election. He hosts his own radio talk show, Keepin It Real with Al Sharpton/Keepin' It Real, and he makes regular guest appearances on Fox News (such as on The O'Reilly Factor), CNN, and MSNBC. In 2011, he was named the host of MSNBC's PoliticsNation, a nightly talk show.

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I can't see how an unarmed man rejecting a drug deal ended up dead.

This is not about what party you're part of. This is about right and wrong, ... the conscience of this nation.

What made the 1963 march is that we passed the 1964 civil rights bills, ... The success of this march will be that we take charge of our communities and make a difference in the [2006] elections.

We're going to use this Amadou Diallo case to stop this in these United States once and for all. Just like we needed the federal government to come into Alabama and Mississippi 30 years ago, we need the federal government to come into New York to deal with the police today.

Many in our community have to live in fear of both the cops and the robbers. What concrete steps would you take to end police brutality and racial profiling?

I wrestled with this, even over the last few days, as I sat and stood and walked in Louisiana, where I saw people ravaged, lives torn. I thought about the fact that we need a man that's strong enough to bring us through 9/11 but compassionate enough that if Katrina hits, will make sure that poor people are not the scapegoats of a natural disaster.

I do believe the Democratic party has moved far to the right. I do believe that the party has a bunch of elephants running around in donkey clothes.

We blacks had problems in the '60s and we solved them by marching. We've still got problems - let's march.

At the Apollo, he asked me to come and stand in for him. He's like my father.