Jesse Jackson Jr. on Civil Rights

Black disenfranchisement part of Civil Rights movement

Rev. Jesse Jackson linked the disenfranchisement on Nov. 7 of Florida blacks to the civil rights struggle. “45 years ago this week,” he thundered, Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Ala. It’s all about “one-person, one-vote,” he extrapolated, and about “every disenfranchised vote in Florida.” He ticked off a series of electoral miscues and official acts that he alleged resulted in a persistent and pervasive pattern of discrimination against minority voters by a redneck establishment. “They still keep these chains,” local voting officials operated under the nostrum of “your pain, my gain,” contended the rhyming preacher. “We deserve better than that. We will never surrender.”

No bloc is more outraged by the pattern of official conduct in Florida than black America, which voted better than 9 to 1 for Gore. Jackson and millions of others seem convinced that black votes were systematically excluded in Florida.

Source: David Nyhan, Boston Globe Op-Ed, p. H4 Dec 10, 2000

Blacks were disproportionately disenfranchised in Florida

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, claiming “a clear pattern of voter suppression of African-American votes,” wants the Justice Department to begin a formal investigation in Florida. “African-Americans were targeted to be disenfranchised,” he said yesterday at a news conference.

The Washington Post reported yesterday that its computer analysis found the more black and Democratic a precinct, the more likely a high number of presidential votes were not counted. About 2.9 percent of Florida’s presidential ballots, roughly 180,000, were not counted because no candidate was chosen, two candidates were picked, or a ballot was not clearly marked. Traditionally, 2 percent of ballots cast nationwide do not record a presidential vote. In Miami-Dade, the state’s most populous county, roughly 3 percent of ballots were excluded from the presidential tally. But in precincts with a black population of 70 percent or more, about 10 percent were not counted.

Source: Michael J. Sniffen, AP, in Boston Globe, pg. A10 Dec 4, 2000

Sued Illinois school for expelling black students

In 1999, Jackson fomented social unrest in Decatur, Illinois, over the expulsion of several young black men from high school. The youngsters - make that hoodlums - had caused a mini-riot at a football game and had assaulted several spectators. Jackson sided with the expelled troublemakers, whom he described as victims of the local school board’s “racist” policies. By the time that the matter was dropped, a lawsuit instigated by Jackson had cost the local school district more than $100,000.
Source: Opinion by Rev. Jesse Peterson, The New American magazine Aug 14, 2000

Wall Street Project: boycott & sue to force racial diversity

In 1997 Jackson opened an office in New York for his “Wall Street Project” to push for “racial diversity” in corporate leadership. Jackson’s “Project” threatens lawsuits and boycotts against corporate targets. The first victim was Texaco, which paid a $176 million out-of-court settlement of a spurious race discrimination case. The sum included $111 million in “racial reparations,” $35 million for “diversity training,” and generous pay increases for 1,000 black employees.

Texaco agreed to the settlement of the case, which would have been laughed out of court, after Jackson warned that the corporation would be boycotted and reviled as “racist” unless it accepted Jackson’s terms of surrender. Jackson has used the same strategy to extract similar concessions from Coca-Cola, 7-Eleven, Shoney’s, Coors, and other corporations. He has also opened an office in Silicon Valley to carry out similar shakedowns of high-tech companies.

Source: Opinion by Rev. Jesse Peterson, The New American magazine Aug 14, 2000

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