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Al on America
Sharpton, Al.
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New York : Kensington Pub. Co., [2002]

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xix, 283 pages ; 24 cm
The controversial founder and President of the National Action Network, who has dedicated his life to battling injustice and discrimination, from the Million Man March to protesting Navy bombing exercises in Puerto Rico, offers a groundbreaking, thought-provoking, and rousing vision of the "New" America--a place where everyone is equal.
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"Dafina Books."

Includes index.
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JK275 .S53 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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Reverend Al Sharpton, who has just announced his intention to run for President of the United States in 2004, here delivers his manifesto for change and puts forth a powerful, often controversial, and inspiring vision of a new America - one that is inclusive of all Americans, not just a chosen few. A long-time civil rights activist and one of the most charismatic black speakers in America, Sharpton here presents his positions on the key issues that will form his campaign platform, in a bid for the presidency that will garner massive media attention.

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Booklist Review

With journalist and coauthor Hunter, Sharpton, a man generally viewed as politically radical, seeks to reposition himself for a possible presidential candidacy in 2004. On hot-button topics and issues, Sharpton postures himself as a statesman and liberal. His peace efforts in the Middle East with Ariel Sharon and Yassir Arafat have been balanced. Yet his involvement with the controversial Louis Farrakhan at the Million Man March reflects a reality for many blacks that defies easy political definition and the perception of a balanced approach. While in Vieques, Puerto Rico, protesting the navy bombing exercise, and eventually serving an unanticipated 90-day prison sentence, Sharpton found himself leaning toward a more inclusive approach to politics. Given the events of September 11, Sharpton raises some basic concerns regarding partisan politics and national loyalty. And given the racial and ethnic tensions that continue to prevail in the U.S., Sharpton questions the propriety of extending our national insensitivities to international arenas. Readers interested in politics and this controversial figure will enjoy reading Sharpton's own views on his platform. --Vernon Ford

Publisher's Weekly Review

"I am running to take out the DLC, which I call the Democratic Leisure Class, because that's who it serves-the leisure class and the wealthy," professes the ubiquitous and controversial reverend. In keeping with this theme, Sharpton's 2004 presidential campaign platform is an uneven political manifesto that concentrates more on race relations than on the complexities of foreign policy. Unfocused sections on the Middle East and Cuba lapse into repetitive highlights of the effects of racism within many of our domestic institutions without seriously addressing the issues at hand. Egocentric stories about lunches with Castro and Arafat result in grandiose statements claiming that only Al Sharpton has the ability to bring the moral leadership and religious aptitude necessary to resolve world crises. Foreign policy aside, what Sharpton does offer (aided by newspaper columnist and Queen Latifah co-author Hunter) is a glimpse of the driving factors, inspirational voices and career highlights that have helped create the man once known as "Alfred Sharpton, boy preacher from Brooklyn." The latter half of Sharpton's book seems more inspired, offering insight into the lack of integrity in hip-hop, his admiration for mentor James Brown and his personal reflections about the infamous Tawana Brawley fiasco. On the Brawley case, Sharpton is unapologetic and goes so far as to claim: "to me there is still reasonable doubt in that case." Overall, despite a lack of focus, Sharpton proves he is one of America's most passionate and controversial thinkers: "I had to be me, regardless of what anyone else felt or thought about me. That's true power." (Oct.) Forecast: Sharpton has a large following in New York City, where this will do well. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introduction: Al on Americap. vii
Part I. America, the Beautiful
Chapter 1. Mr. Presidentp. 3
Chapter 2. Why They Hate Usp. 27
Foreign Policyp. 39
Chapter 3. The Middle Eastp. 41
Chapter 4. Viequesp. 57
Chapter 5. Cubap. 65
Chapter 6. Africap. 75
Domestic Policiesp. 85
Chapter 7. Church and Statep. 87
Chapter 8. Racep. 91
Chapter 9. Economic Stimulationp. 101
Chapter 10. National Health Care and AIDSp. 113
Chapter 11. Voting and Campaign Reformp. 119
Chapter 12. The War on Drugs & Criminal Justice Reformp. 129
Chapter 13. Educationp. 137
Chapter 14. The Militaryp. 145
Part II. My People, My People
Chapter 15. Kingmaker? New York's 2001 Mayor's Racep. 153
Chapter 16. Leadership: Black Powerp. 179
Chapter 17. Jesse Jacksonp. 191
Chapter 18. I'm Black and I'm Proudp. 203
Chapter 19. Freddy's and the Anti-Semitism Questionp. 213
Chapter 20. The Movementp. 225
Chapter 21. Tawana Brawleyp. 229
Chapter 22. Amadou Diallo and Racial Profilingp. 241
Chapter 23. Hip-Hop Generationp. 249
Chapter 24. Is Black America Worthy?p. 259
Indexp. 273