UPDATE: AL SHARPTON SPEAKS - criticizes local leaders for not aligning with Shabazz. Sharpton calls local ministers cowards gives Megan $1,000 for Christmas. It is still all about the men and not Megan Williams.
I previously posted about the circus-like atmosphere surrounding Megan Williams, the victim of a brutal rape and torture in West Virginia being surrounded by a bunch of leeches involved in a peeing competition. Well today they reached a new low.
In case y'all didn't know, since Rev. Sharpton didn't show up at their first rally, Megan's handlers decided to throw an encore. Small problem, the local black leaders are non too fond of of Megan's chief handler, Malik Shabazz. Seems Mr. Shabazz is fond of making anti Semitic statements and his organization has been designated a hate group:
On Monday, the Rev. Paul Dunn made a plea to other pastors in the community, asking them to support Williams through the rally. Dunn was the only member of the Charleston Black Ministerial Alliance to support the November rally for Williams. Other ministers cited past ant-Semitic remarks by Shabazz as the reason for not supporting the march. “We want this young lady to know that the community cares about her,” Dunn said. “We want to keep this focused on the issues.” SOURCEIf you want to keep things focussed on the issues Rev. then get rid of the distraction! Stay strong local pastors! You can care about Megan without standing side by side with Shabazz.
“We have invited everybody,” said Kenneth Glasgow, brother of the Rev. Al Sharpton. “We are here to bring about unity.” SOURCEThen get rid of the folks causing the disunity. Sidebar - Al Sharpton has a brother? I guess he is Sharpton's lieutenant. Bout time he appointed one.
So basically they are saying that if you elect not to stand beside an anti Semite and associate your church with a hate group then you are not supporting Megan. If they are so concerned about "unity" then perhaps the prudent thing to do is to have the source of their reticence step aside. If the ultimate goal is to support Megan , which it is not, and the litmus test of supporting Megan is showing up at yet another march, which it should not be, then have Shabazz step aside, which he won't do.
How did this become about which church is going to show up to whose march? This girl was brutally attacked. Her mama didn't even know she was missing. She's been forced to retell her story over and over again. Shes got dozens of new strange men crowding in around her. She's being taken all over the place. New York, DC and if reports about her injuries are accurate, she still has wounds physical wounds that have not healed let alone the psychological ones and y'all having a press conference to call out folks for not going to your parade?
Since we are focusing on good news this week, the good news is that Megan will not be attending this rally, Carmen will be standing in for her, as Carmen should have done from the very beginning. I guess the DA put the fear of God in them.
FYI, y'all need to be reading these West Virginia papers and the reader comments. This DA has been sending out signals from the beginning that he had some concerns about his jury pool. I think he was right. This may not be a slam dunk case. Prepare yourselves and pray for Megan.