Sharpton said in an interview that he was coming to Chicago at the request of Wright and daughter Jeri, who will serve as president of his Chicago venture.
Some activists see Jeremiah Wright's involvement with Sharpton as a logical step for a pastor who has also proven to be outspoken, even when it has put him outside mainstream African-American leadership in Chicago.
It appears that the Reverend Wright has brought in an antagonist like Sharpton and created an executive position for his daughter. That in and of itself could be a subject for later discussion. Wright will now be propelled as the leader of black ministers in Chicago with his allegiance to Sharpton and their crusade against police brutality thus stepping on the toes of Jesse.
Several pastors involved in the fight for greater police accountability said Jesse Jackson has not been aggressive on the issue and that Sharpton would fill a void.
"Jackson hasn't confronted this," said Acree, a member of The Leaders Network, a coalition of about 20 religious leaders. "That leaves this awesome challenge of dealing with police misconduct to us, the no-name local activists. I think Sharpton saw this as an opportunity."
Well it didn't take Jesse long to realize that he was being marginalized. You see fate smiled down on Jesse Saturday afternoon when Geffery Johnson died while in police custody.
"This guy was beaten to death -- naked, crippled in his own house," said Rev. Jesse Jackson of Operation Push. "Taken out of here shackled and handcuffed."
"This is unacceptable, mean and abusive. Those officers involved in this killing must face the stiff law of justice," said Rev. Jesse Jackson, Operation PUSH.
Well you have to hand it to him, its right out of Sharpton's playbook.