Originally appeared on CBN News
August 28, 2020
Bishop Aubrey Shines Condemns Rev Al Sharpton, ‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks March’
Crowds streamed into Washington, DC on Friday for a march on the National Mall commemorating the original march on Washington led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 57 years ago.
This one was different though. Sparked by the killing of George Floyd, it was billed as the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks March.”
“It’s time we have a conversation with America,” said Rev. Al Sharpton, event organizer and founder of the National Action Network. “We need to have a conversation about your bigotry, about your racism, about your hate.”
Sharpton had that conversation at the Lincoln Memorial flanked by family members who’ve personally experienced loss, including Jacob Blake, Sr. Kenosha, Wisconsin police shot his son in the back seven times during an arrest last weekend.
“We’re going to hold court on systematic racism. We’re going to have court right now,” the father said. “Guilty, guilty!”
“You act like it’s no trouble to shoot us in the back. You act like it’s no trouble to put a chokehold on us while we scream we can’t breathe 11 times,” Sharpton said.
“We are going to be the generation that dismantles systemic racism once and for all now and forever,” Yolanda Renee King told the crowd. She is the only grandchild of Martin Luther King, Jr.
“So, if you’re looking for a savior, get up and find a mirror,” Martin Luther King III said. “We must become the heroes of the history we are making.”
While thousands gathered for the protest, Bishop Aubrey Shines, chair of Conservative Clergy of Color, condemned it and Sharpton.
“Men like him don’t desire any cure because it keeps them prominent and it keeps them with a job,” Shines said. “He doesn’t represent Judeo-Christian ethos. If he did you would think he’d be marching in the name of not just George Floyd, but 20 million people who are black who’ve been murdered in the womb.”
“I challenge every single one of your viewers to name one single law that Al Sharpton and his ilk are trying to change,” Shines said. “There are none.”