Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, August 27, 2013
According to the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Tea Party movement is akin to the “redneck racist throwbacks from the Civil War era.”
“The tea party is the resurrection of the Confederacy,” the civil rights leader and frequent presidential candidatetold POLITICO in an article published Tuesday. “It’s the Fort Sumter tea party,” referring to the 1861 battle widely considered to be the start of the Civil War.
He added that “he ‘absolutely’ thinks congressional Republicans are motivated by race in opposing the president’s policies.”
The POLITICO article that Jackson was quoted in, entitled “Obama, race and class,” examined the similarities between the slain Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Barack Obama.
“King and Obama — born 32 years apart — both learned that an African-American leader needs to link racial equality to the broader cause of economic justice that included white, working- and middle-class Americans in order to avoid failure, backlash and marginalization,” the article stated.
This isn’t the only outrageous comment Jackson has made in recent weeks. Just last week, Jackson made headlines over a tweet he sent out following the murder of Australian college student Chris Lane, where he wrote: “This senseless violence is frowned upon.”
Praying for the family of Chris Lane. This senseless violence is frowned upon and the justice system must prevail.
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) August 21, 2013
He later tried to clarify his comments with a second tweet, however he wrote “Christopher Lee” instead of “Chris Lane” and later deleted it, according to The Washington Times.
Jackson also got in trouble for discussing Lane, but not the brutal beating of a Florida student aboard a school bus that was captured by surveillance videos and cellphone cameras, ultimately discussing the two topics together in a post on his Facebook page.
“The recent incidents of violence in America most notably the murder of Christopher Lane an aspiring student athlete from Australia in Oklahoma and the attack of a student on a school bus in Florida once again calls each of us to a collectively resist all forms of violence in our society,” the post said.
Last month Jackson irked many Floridians in the wake of the George Zimmerman murder trial, calling Florida an “apartheid state” while demanding the overturn of the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws in light of Zimmerman’s acquittal. Zimmerman was accused of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, and while the “Stand Your Ground” defense was not used in the trial many civil rights activists believe it ultimately played into the verdict.
He later defended his comments in a statement to the Associated Press, despite calls by Gov. Rick Scott to apologize to every one of Florida’s 19 million residents for his remarks.
“Jesse Jackson owes every Floridian an apology for his reckless and divisive comments. It is unfortunate that he would come to Florida to insult Floridians and divide our state at a time when we are striving for unity and healing,” the Republican governor said in a statement.