As police and National Guard troops guarded an uneasy Baltimore after rioters looted and burned buildings that prompted a city-wide curfew, Al Sharpton announced he will go to the city, vowing to “get answers.”

But Sharpton’s announcement was met with an instantaneous and vehement response from Bishop E.W. Jackson, the founder of Stay True to America’s National Destiny and a resident of Baltimore, who said self-styled activist “needs to march right back to New York or MSNBC to espouse his demagoguery.”

Sharpton said he plans to organize a march to Washington to demand that newly installed Attorney General Loretta Lynch “intervene” in the ongoing investigation into the death of a 25-year-old black man while in the custody of Baltimore police.

Jackson, who is a former Marine, pointed out what he called “the irony of these events happening in America at a time when we have the first black president, the second black Attorney General, a city in which there is a black mayor and a black governing structure. It tells you that there is something wrong with the leadership and Al Sharpton represents that leadership.”

The bishop went on with his message to Obama and Sharpton, “The good people in Baltimore need to stand up and tell Al Sharpton you don’t represent us. We will solve our own problems working together with our elected leadership. Right now what you have now is chaos and I lay that at the feet of these leaders who have demagoged the issue of race.”

Sharpton, whose more than 80 visits to the White House have made him President Obama’s “go-to man on race” according to Politico, has made a practice of putting himself at the center of high-profile situations following racially sensitive events. His trips to Missouri, New York, and Florida to appear on camera with grieving families have drawn criticism as opportunistic and exploitive.

Dr. Alveda King, niece of civil rights leader, The Rev. Martin Luther King, noted to a reporter, “He doesn’t go into the cities to meet with the leadership, to pray with the pastors and speak to the young people. He only shows up at the funerals.”

 

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