Al Sharpton: 'Why Is Africa Ignored?'

By Melanie Arter | May 13, 2014 | 12:57pm EDT

Rev. Al Sharpton (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

( - During a segment of his MSNBC show "PoliticsNation," Rev. Al Sharpton on Monday questioned why it took so long for the U.S. to make an issue out of the kidnapping of 200 Nigerian schoolgirls last month.

"The real issue is why it took weeks to even make this an issue, why Africa is ignored, when unless we get to a super crisis, it's not even dealt with. Rwanda was ignored until many of us just kept beating the drums and raising the voice level, and the same with Sudan," Sharpton said. "If it wasn't for [civil rights activist and Sirius/XM radio talk show host] Joe Madison and others and I went, that wouldn't have become an issue, ignored."

As reported, Boko Haram, the terrorist group responsible for kidnapping the girls, released a video Monday showing the girls in Muslim garb, chanting a declaration to the Islamic faith.

For two years, the Obama administration resisted calls to designate Boko Haram a terrorist group until last November.

"Africa is the most mineral rich continent in the world. Why do we ignore terrorism and genocide in Africa until we can't ignore it any longer? That's the other side of the broader question of this whole attack, and we've got to keep the world's attention on this until these girls are brought home. I don't care what the other side says. There shouldn't be another side," Sharpton said.

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