Rev. Al Sharpton Inaccurately Portrayed by New York Daily News

It’s not easy fighting for civil rights and running organizations that stand up for the freedoms of the oppressed. If you’re good at what you do, your enemies will try anything to take you down. On top of that, many of the people you are fighting for, via self-hatred, may be skeptical of your efforts and willing to partner with oppressive forces to undermine your work. Even worse, your constituents may not have the means to help you face the massive financial responsibility that comes with serving your community. Freedom damn sure ain’t free, and most leaders have the receipts to prove it.


Rev. Al Sharpton gets God knows how many calls a day from people requesting his assistance. The problem with receiving all these requests, is that you want to be there for those in need, but how do you pay your bills and travel all over the place. If you were to ask the person or people in need to help pay the cost, they automatically jump to the conclusion that you are out to swindle them. Truth is Rev. Al Sharpton is a man doing a job and like everyone else who works should be compensated for time put in.


The New York Daily News reported Sharpton paid himself $250,000 last year while his organization, The National Action Network, was in a whopping $1.1 million debt.


Now let’s look at this from a different viewpoint. That seems like a lot of money for an average man or an average Reverend. But, Sharpton is neither an average man nor an average reverend. He is a motivational speaker who is constantly on the run to help out in crisis. You could go as far as jokingly say, his name is called out to as much as Jesus.


Jokes aside though, the man has bills like every human being on the planet. Only difference is he also has to pay for travel expenses as well. How can you expect a man who is not funded by the government to magically pull the money out of thin air? He gives more then 70 speeches a year and most of the money he receives goes directly to his organization. He is also funded by private donations but, once you pay for all of his travel expenses how much is truly left to pay things such as taxes.


Seems to me the only thing Rev. Al Sharpton did wrong was accepting checks in his name that has now left him with three outstanding warrants totaling $988,000 in unpaid personal income taxes from 2002 to 2007. Looks like it is time for the good Reverend to get an accountant and if he has one it’s time to get a better one.


So next time you and your community are in crisis take up a collection and pay for his travel expenses. Honestly, it is the least you can do to repay what he does for you.

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Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare. -Voltaire

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