NY Daily News reports that the Rev. Al Sharpton on Saturday vowed to raise hell until hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb steps down as chairman of the Success Academy charter school board.
Loeb has come under fire for posting racist comments about the Democratic leader of the state Senate.
“Loeb should not only resign as the chairman of the Success Academy, if he does not resign, then we will be moving NAN to say that they should not be receiving anymore public funds as long as he chairs that board,” Sharpton said from the headquarters of his National Action Network in Harlem.
Loeb on Thursday wrote that Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, of Yonkers, has done “more damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood.”
Sharpton was unequivocal in how he sees the situation.
“To equate those that you may disagree with in the education debate with those that lynched us, killed us, raped and maimed us, and to do it on a day that white supremacists are marching in Charlottesville,” is the “epitome of insult,” Sharpton said.
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The civil rights leader said that he is working with others to organize a picket outside Success Academy’s lower Manhattan headquarters until Loeb is booted from the board.
Loeb could not be reached for comment, but Success Academy officials said on Friday he was not going anywhere. Success Academy founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz said that “an apology for these comments was appropriate and absolutely necessary.”
Loeb, in his since-deleted post, also wrote that he backs those who “stand for educational choice and support charter funding that leads to economic mobility and opportunity for poor knack kids.”
“Knack” appeared to be a typo for “black.”
Photo credit: NEW YORK, NY – JULY 18: The Reverend Al Sharpton speaks at a rally in Brooklyn to call for justice for Eric Garner one year after he died in an apparent police chokehold on July 18, 2015 in New York City. The rally of several hundred people was held in front of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Downtown Brooklyn. Members of Garner’s family joined Sharpton in demanding a federal investigation into his death. Garner, who was killed in a controversial choke-hold by a Staten Island police officer, had been approached by police for selling loose cigarettes. His death set off waves of protests around the city and country. Garner’s family has settled with the city for 5.9 million in a wrongful death suit. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)