Sharpton: If You Want Black Men to Take Care of Their Families, Give Them Training & Jobs

"You can't have it both ways."

Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, Al Sharpton centered his focus on the black community and their economic problem, saying if black men are to take care of their families like they are always asked, they need training and jobs.

Sitting with Garner's widow, Chuck Todd mentioned that Mr. Garner had to sell single cigarettes to survive and asked Sharpton his plan to address this "economic hopelessness" in the black community.

Sharpton responded:

We aggressively -- the National Action Network and the civil rights community -- supported a jobs bill, support infrastructure development. Because when we go and challenge men in our community to say, ‘You’ve got to stand up and you've got to be responsible’ — they need jobs. They need training.

Sharpton finds hypocrisy in Congress killing a jobs bill and then expecting black men to care for their families:

So at one hand, we can't expand the public sector for jobs. At another hand, they say, well, we're being harassed and treated differently by law enforcement. So we've got to strike a balance that is not in our power to do, which is why we're going at the Congress to make that possible.

You can't kill a jobs bill and infrastructure and then tell men to take care of their families. You can't have it both ways.