Al Sharpton Talks Being Angry At His Father For Leaving His Family For His Older, Half Sister

November 15, 2013  |  

Winfrey:  So were you, for a very long time, an angry black man?

Sharpton:  Oh, I was very angry.  And I was angry not only at society.  I was angry at my father.  I was angry at some of my mentors.  I felt, you know, if I hadn’t lived a middle class life and then went to the ‘hood, I might not have been as angry.  But I felt robbed.

Winfrey:  Mm.

Sharpton:  I felt if I had the right life and y’all took it from me for no reason.

Winfrey:  Mm-hmm.

Sharpton:  And then humiliated my mother.  My mother went from having a new Cadillac every year to scrubbing floors so I’d have a suit to wear to church on Sunday.  I was mad about that.

Winfrey:  Mm-hmm.

Sharpton:  I was mad about that.

Winfrey:  And some of that anger is what we saw in your protests.

Sharpton:  A lot of that anger was exercising protests.

Winfrey:  Yeah.

Sharpton:  And exercising a lot of things in life.  Because I never stopped and really analyzed and admitted to myself where is all this anger?  I mean, when you wake up mad

Winfrey:  (Laughter.)

Sharpton: I mean, nothing’s even happened yet.  You’re just mad when you wake up. You look at the pillow mad.  I mean —

Winfrey:  (Laughter.)

Sharpton: At some point you’ve got to stop and say, what am I so angry about?

Winfrey:  Yeah.

Sharpton:  Because you never really dealt with this pain inside.

Oprah to the Rev. Al Sharpton: “Were You for a Very Long Time an Angry Black Man?” – First Look

You can watch this interview on Sunday night at 9/8c on OWN.

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