Congressman: Protesters in D.C. for 'Same Reason That People Threw Tea Into the Boston Harbor'
Sharpton predicted the media would distort what happened at the protest, underestimating the crowd that was a mix of African-Americans and white Americans of all ages.
“I've also been inspired today when I see young white kids holding up signs saying ‘black lives matter.’ I know the media won't show that,” he said.
“My younger daughter gave me a slogan the other day. It says you may bury us, but you didn't know you were burying seeds -- when you bury us, we sprout up, and start blocking traffic. Our seeds grow in the disobedience; our seeds grow in the nonviolence. Bury us if you want but we’ll grow stronger and last longer,” he also said.
Joshua Williams from Ferguson, Mo., said protesters are trying to end police brutality.
“We are tired of being shot down in the streets like dogs. The police have a thing called a trigger finger. They can’t control their trigger finger when they see a black person in the street,” he told the crowd.
Tony Sanders said she was one of the protest organizers who shut down streets in Washington, D.C.
“This is not an issue of police brutality. This is a human rights issue,” she said.
Mary Pat Hector, national youth director at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, said “until we see change we will make you uncomfortable because black people in this country have been uncomfortable far too long.”