Lost in the adoring mainstream media reports of Al Sharpton’s actions since the death of Michael Brown is the professional bigot’s absence from yesterday’s funeral of Akai Gurley the 28-year-old Black Man who lost his life in a pitch-black public housing complex stairwell in East New York, Brooklyn, shot dead by a supposedly accidental gun discharge of an NYPD Officer. Sharpton announced that he was to give the eulogy for the service but Gurley’s mom told the racial agitator to stay away.
Gurley’s Aunt complained to TMZ;
But Gurley’s aunt, Hertenceia Peterson — who is speaking for his mom — tells TMZ, “Al Sharpton came in, put his name on the situation, but has not even made one single call to the parents to Akai.”
Peterson says all Sharpton sees “is money and political gain and that he is turning the tragedy into a circus.”
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“It’s been a nightmare,” Gurley’s aunt, Hertencia Petersen, told The Post. “He just wants to take credit for this when he’s never even contacted my sister [Gurley’s mother].
“Who made you the spokesperson of our family? We just want to bury our nephew with dignity and respect.”
Petersen was stunned that Sharpton and his National Action Network billed him as the eulogist for a Friday funeral, when they were planning on a Saturday service and wanted a speaker who actually knew Gurley.
“How can you do a eulogy for someone you don’t even know? It’s heartbreaking,” she said.
By late Friday, Sharpton accepted a rare defeat and backed off, though he blamed it on “confusion and division” within the Gurley family.
…There is no piece of the pie for Mr. Sharpton here,” she warned,
adding that whenever the rev. sticks his nose in tragedies, “It’s not
pretty — there’s confusion.”
She said that Saturday service would have been “chaos” if Sharpton showed up.
“It’s about control and power,” she said. “We’re not here for that.”
Sharpton claims he was invited by Kimberly Ballinger, the shooting victim’s domestic partner and mother of his 2-year-old daughter. But the rest of the family displayed their wisdom by insisting that Gurley’s funeral was a tribute to the dead man instead of a circus by Al Sharpton. A fact that the mainstream media generally ignored.