Al Sharpton went on MSNBC on Friday morning to claim that the United States is “on the precipice of” eroding the voting rights of minorities.
He went on to warn that he and other protesters will “turn up the street heat” to fight for voting rights because they “cannot sit by and allow them to erode our voting rights.”
“We met with Joe Manchin, eight of us a couple of weeks ago, and he even convened 13 Republicans that met with us by Zoom,” Sharpton said. “I think that a lot of us will be reaching out collectively to meet with people.”
“But more than meeting is there’s going to be a lot of rallying, even in their districts, even in their state,” he added. “Martin Luther King III and the Drum Major Institute, his wife Andrea King, and I called this massive national march August 28.”
“There will be rallies, and there will be state rallies and a lot of movements on the ground from a LaTosha Brown to a Melanie Campbell leading up to that,” Sharpton continued. “So, there has to be how did we get the Voting Rights Act in the first place?”
“There was a combination of what Johnson and others were doing in Washington and what Dr. King and Roy Wilkins and others [were] doing on the streets,” he stated. “That’s what we told the president we were going to do.”
“We’ll turn up the street heat as we hope he and others would do what they do in Washington,” Sharpton concluded. “But we cannot, I repeat, cannot sit by and allow them to erode our voting rights, which we are on the precipice of.”
This came one day after Sharpton visited the White House to talk political strategy with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, according to The New York Post.
The White House said that the MSNBC host joined a small group to discuss “the fight to protect the constitutional right to vote and to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.”
Sharpton said afterwards that the meeting was “very candid, no holds barred.”
”If we don’t put the street heat on it won’t happen,” Sharpton said. “We informed them this is going to come not from the White House down but from our houses up.”
This piece was written by James Samson on July 10, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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