'Day Of Outrage' Protests Held Across Country Yesterday
August 8, 2007 at 7:31 AM (PT)
Civil rights campaigner Rev. AL SHARPTON has called for a ban on racist and derogatory terms in rap lyrics at a series of rallies held across the U.S. yesterday. "The Day of Outrage" rally included protests in NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, DETROIT, HOUSTON and CHICAGO.
"The opposition has tried to use the argument of free speech, but they don't have the freedom to use peoples' pension funds against their own will and interest," SHARPTON told REUTERS.
But CLARK MCKINLEY, a spokesman for the CALIFORNIAN PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM, said their job was to maximize returns, not make moral judgements.