As a grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Mo., shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson has got Missouri law enforcement on edge, two national activists and religious leaders were talking about it in Baltimore. But they were at different places, and their messages weren’t exactly the same either.
Rev. Al Sharpton appeared Sunday morning at Macedonia Baptist Church in West Baltimore as a guest speaker. He was there to celebrate Macedonia Baptists’s 140th anniversary, but his 40-minute sermon delved into current events.
The Baltimore Sun Reports that Sharpton called the present moment “a time of real crisis and concern,” referring not only to the events in Ferguson, but also to the death of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry. Sharpton offered a prayer “for those standing on the front lines of Ferguson.” “We pray no matter the resolution that God stands in their midst,” he said.
The previous night Hon. Louis Farrakhan spoke at Morgan State University (as part of an engagement that was planned well before Brown was killed), where he seemed to relish the tension as we wait to see whether Wilson will be indicted. “Tonight in Ferguson everyone is on edge,” he said. “White folks ain’t never been on edge after they’ve killed a black man. Tonight they’re on edge.”
Grand jurors failed to reach a decision Sunday and are expected to reconvene today.
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