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Sharpton on Eclipsing Jesse Jackson in Ferguson: ‘Deal with It’

Rev. Al Sharpton sees himself as having surpassed Jesse Jackson as the face of modern civil rights battles and he’s not afraid to say so.

“I think he’s (Jackson) now realized that he’s older now,” Sharpton says in a new Politico profile. “And he realizes that I’ve come into my own and he’s got to deal with it.”

The profile looks at how Sharpton, an MSNBC host, transformed himself from local race agitator to a top player in politics and close adviser to the Obama White House. It homes in on Sharpton’s role in Ferguson, MO, the city rocked by the police shooting of 18-year-old black man Michael Brown.

“He realized I wasn’t as irrational or as crazy as people thought,” Sharpton said of his once distant relationship with President Barack Obama.

Jackson is quoted in the piece, saying of Sharpton’s role in Ferguson: “He’s the one who’s talking to the Justice Department.”

Both Sharpton and Jackson descended on Ferguson to rally residents who see Brown’s killing as racially motivated.

Read the full profile.

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