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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

The choice is yours, if you take it

By Rev Jesse Jackson

  Today America will choose those who will lead us over the next years. We will make a choice. Your first choice is to vote. Exercise your power. If you choose not to vote, you cede your power to others. The right to vote has been won through years of struggle. When this republic was born, African Americans, women, the young and the working class could not vote. Only white,…

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Local focus could prevent another useless debate

By Rev Jesse Jackson

October 18, 2016 The final presidential debate takes place Wednesday night in Las Vegas, the famed home of boxing, wrestling and MMA showdowns. Millions will tune in looking for another slugfest. But Las Vegas isn’t simply about boxing matches and casinos. The challenges faced by the city, the state and the region should inform the debate. Unfortunately, too often the debate moderators simply dwell on the scandals of the day rather than…

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Republican Party rejects black voters

By Rev Jesse Jackson

September 13, 2016 Are black voters so loyal to Democrats that their issues are ignored? Donald Trump suggests as much, arguing that blacks had “nothing to lose” by voting for him. Now a column by Farai Chideya at FiveThirtyEight cites academics who make a similar argument. In recent elections, about 90 percent of the black vote has gone to Democrats. Chideya cites Professor Paul Frymer of Princeton, who argues that politicians focus…

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Democrats don’t get blank check from black voters

By Rev Jesse Jackson

August 23, 2016 Donald Trump made a pitch for black votes this week, in his own inimitable fashion. Speaking in a virtually all-white suburb of Detroit, he suggested that African-American communities are “suffering from Democratic control.” “What do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump. What do you have to lose?” he said to absent African-Americans. “You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have…

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The shame of Milkwaukee

By Rev Jesse Jackson

August 16, 2016 Now it is Milwaukee. On Saturday, a car with two African-American men was stopped for “suspicion.” The men fled, the policeman pursued, and the driver, reportedly armed, was shot and killed. And Milwaukee exploded. Angry crowds confronted police, set fires, threw rocks. At least half-dozen businesses — including a grocery store, a gas station and an auto parts shop — were robbed or destroyed. The Saturday shooting was part of…

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Poverty, desperation in world-class city

By Rev Jesse Jackson

August 9, 2016 Chicago is one of America’s greatest cities. Yet many of its residents live in terror in what is virtually a war zone. When a demented killer slayed 49 in a gun rampage in Orlando, Fla., there was national attention. Presidential candidates called for escalating the fight against the Islamic State in the Middle East, even though the killer seems to be a homegrown terrorist. But in Chicago,…

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Clinton is the clear choice in November

By Rev Jesse Jackson

July 26, 2016 This has been a negative political season. It’s time to stop the insults. Let’s stop the negative branding. Let’s stop the negativity and name-calling and get on with a real debate about the real issues facing the American people and our future.The stakes are high. People are looking for answers, not insults. They face real challenges. They want someone who will fight for them, someone who can…

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After the horror, we must build one America

By Rev Jesse Jackson

July 12, 2016 “It is more dangerous to be black in America. You’re substantially more likely to be in a situation where police don’t respect you.” The speaker was not Barack Obama; it was former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Even a conservative firebrand like Gingrich was shaken by videos showing black men killed by police in Baton Rouge and suburban St. Paul. Then the lone assassin in Dallas shot…

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The choice we face is so clear

By Rev Jesse Jackson

  July 5, 2016 In the presidential race, July is convention month. Each party selects its ticket — the nominees for president and vice president — and the choice becomes clear. For all the noise about a Republican revolt against Donald Trump, we already know the choice we will face: Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump. This campaign has already turned nasty, but looking beyond the clamor there are some things…

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What Clinton better learn from Brexit vote

By Rev Jesse Jackson

  June 28, 2016 Brexit — the stunning British vote to leave the European Union — is a clear and dramatic rebuke of the country’s political and economic elites. A majority voted to leave even though the heads of the United Kingdom’s two major parties, more than a thousand corporate and bank CEOs, legions of economists, the leaders of Europe and the United States, and the heads of the international…

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