17 Dec 2014 Sharpton March Didn’t Address Major Problems Facing Black Community
As Al Sharpton rallied marchers in Washington, D.C. this past Saturday to call for more federal prosecutorial authority against local police, Project 21 co-chairman Cherylyn Harley LeBon lamented that the energies of the marchers were being squandered when they could be demanding more important policy innovations that the black community desperately needs.
Echoing her comments and the comments of other Project 21 members from a press release that was published prior to the Sharpton march, Cherylyn said in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that was aired on 12/13/14 while the march was actually happening:
What we’d really prefer to see is a march on Washington for jobs, for improved education for kids in the inner cities and just a revitalization of these urban areas…
The other thing I think this march is missing the mark on is the fact that 93 percent of… all deaths of young black men are being committed by other blacks. So, really, it’s a genocide on black youth, but it’s being committed by other black men.
Along with this CBC interview and coverage of it on The Huffington Post web site, 20 other interviews on the march have this far been conducted by members of the National Center’s Project black leadership network.