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Pastor Wants Sharpton To Apologize For Comparing Local Activists To Gangbangers

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Rev. Al Sharpton, the New York activist who recently announced he’s renting an apartment in Chicago, and plans to address the violence issues, here appears to be stepping on some toes.

Sharpton was in Chicago over the weekend, and was quoted as saying that local activists “need to stop acting like gangbangers themselves, and stop fighting over turfs.”

That didn’t sit well with some, who it seems, would prefer Sharpton stay in New York.

“I think that his ego may be in the way of him having any success in the Chicagoland community,” said Rev. Anthony Williams, who demanded Sharpton publicly apologize to local activists.

“To be a friend to anyone, you have to show yourself to be a friend, and he has not come into Chicago with a friendly attitude,” he said. “You know, to make a blanket statement, to make an arrogant statement, to make an asinine statement like that, is unintelligible and unprofessional.”

Williams said Sharpton is misinformed, and activists here want to give him an education if he’s going to be working here.

Sharpton has rented an apartment in Chicago, has said he plans to be in the city about once a week.

He has said his plan somewhat mirrors when Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. rented an apartment in Chicago in the 1960s to show his commitment to the civil rights movement, and addressing problems among urban African Americans.