Do You Agree? Poll: Rev. Al Sharpton Speaks For Blacks Most Often
BET founder commissions survey of black Americans on media figures
If we each had a nickel every time one of our black friends rejected the idea that the Reverends Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton spoke for them, we’d have at least a dollar, right? It turns out at least 24 percent of African Americans polled by Zogby Analytics last month say Rev. Sharpton “speaks for [them] most often,” says the 58-year-old civil rights leader’s publicist. Just 11 percent said the same about Rev. Jackson. In the same survey, Congressman Maxine Waters, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous and Congressman James Clyburn placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively. But 40 percent of the 1,002 African Americans polled by Zogby say “none of the above” speak for them. The survey was commissioned by BET founder Robert Johnson, according to a press release.
What do you say? Is Sharpton the voice of black America? Does he have an unfair advantage in this poll because of his show on MSNBC? Tell us in the comment section below.