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Rev Jesse Jackson

Commentary, articles and essays by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

Commentary, Articles and Essays by Rev. Jesse Jackson

Trump shows he revels in dangerous chaos

By Rev Jesse Jackson

By Jesse Jackson January 31, 2017 President Donald Trump’s most recent provocation — suddenly issuing an order banning the admission into the United States of refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries — created chaos and fury that had to be expected. Airports across the world were engulfed with demonstrators. Judges issued emergency orders staying enforcement of parts of the order. Families found their children studying abroad unable to…

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Dr. King held a mirror up to a nation’s values

By Rev Jesse Jackson

January 17, 2017 How should Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday be celebrated? It should be celebrated in many different ways. Dr. King was an intellectual who reflected seriously and critically on the dilemma facing African-Americans, people of color generally and poor people specifically — of all races. He was also an activist. He didn’t get bogged down in the paralysis of analysis. The choices he saw available to the…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Rev. Jesse Jackson

As Obama departs, we owe him our thanks

By Rev Jesse Jackson

December 27, 2016 The final days of the Obama presidency are upon us. His popularity is rising with the economy, and with the increasingly stark contrasts to his successor. It is worth being clear about the legacy that he leaves behind. Obama came to office facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The global financial system teetered on collapse; the auto industry faced bankruptcy; the economy was shedding…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Rev. Jesse Jackson

Christmas a season of justice and righteousness

By Rev Jesse Jackson

December 20, 2016 On Monday, the Electoral College met to cast their ballots for the new president after a bitterly contested election in a deeply polarized nation. On Sunday, the vast majority of Americans will celebrate Christmas, literally the mass of Christ, marking the birth of Jesus. Christmas is not simply a day for exchanging presents and cards. It is not simply a holiday; it is a holy day. Each…

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What surely tainted our election? Voter suppression

By Rev Jesse Jackson

December 13, 2016 The CIA conclusion that the Russians intervened in our elections in order to help elect Donald Trump has sent Washington into one of its fabled tizzies. President Barack Obama has ordered an intelligence agency report before he leaves office. Democrats and responsible Republicans are calling for congressional investigations. Pundits are arguing the Russians — combined with FBI Director James Comey’s outrageous interventions — cost Hillary Clinton the…

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Castro paradoxes can’t be reduced to black, white

By Rev Jesse Jackson

  November 29, 2016 Fidel Castro, Cuba’s leader for almost six decades, has died at 90 in Havana. USA Today’s headline on Monday read, “No Mourning in Miami,” noting the continued bitterness of those who left Cuba. The Washington Post featured testimonies condemning Castro’s authoritarian government. A revolutionary, a brutal dictator who sided with the USSR in the Cold War, a sponsor of guerilla wars, leader of a failed economy…

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Trump’s Cabinet nominations are calculated insult

By Rev Jesse Jackson

November 22, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump protests that he isn’t really the racist, sexist, anti-immigrant Islamaphobe that his rhetorical excesses in the presidential campaign suggested he was. Then he appoints as his “chief strategist” a firebrand who published white supremacist, anti-Semitic and misogynist provocations on his media platform. He appoints as national security adviser a retired general who calls Islam an ideology rather than a religion. And now he seems…

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