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“Seats re­mained un­filled at the main venue even when Rev. Al Sharp­ton be­gan” his speech, ob­serves Mid­dle­bury Cam­pus re­porter Jaime Fuller, even af­ter the col­lege “made many prepa­ra­tions pro­vid­ing for an over­flow­ing au­di­ence.”

In­deed, the lib­eral arts col­lege in Ver­mont fed the civil rights ac­tivist’s re­marks into two ad­di­tional cam­pus au­di­to­ri­ums, but the crowds were a no-show — per­haps in an­tic­i­pa­tion “that Sharp­ton’s re­marks would be in­flam­ma­tory,” the ar­ti­cle notes.

“I will not over­whelm you be­cause I un­der­stand you have a con­tro­ver­sial speaker here tonight,” Mr. Sharp­ton be­gan. “If there are those who dis­agree with me, or don’t like me, I would hope at the end of the night they get a good night’s sleep be­cause I as­sure you, I will.”

He went on to say that the elec­tion of Barack Obama as the na­tion’s first black pres­i­dent is an in­valid rea­son for a re­turn to com­pla­cency.

“Many feel that be­cause we have had a huge, his­tor­i­cal, mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion with the elec­tion of Barack Obama, that all of a sud­den we no longer need ad­vo­cacy, and this could not be fur­ther from the truth,” Mr. Sharp­ton said. “Fox News . . . now an­nounces we are be­yond race, when they said we never had a racial prob­lem in the first place. How does my good friend Sean Han­nity preach the fu­neral of a body that he said there never was?”

Mr. Sharp­ton also ex­pressed dis­taste for for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Colin L. Pow­ell, whom he char­ac­ter­ized as be­ing “of my

color, not of my kind.”

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