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Jesse Jackson on what Barack’s win means

Posted by Media Outrage on June 4, 2008

Essence reached out to Jesse Jackson who was in Tanzania at the time and asked him what his thoughts were on Barack Obama capturing the Democratic Nomination. Here’s what he had to say:

‘Im impressed as I watch America changing and becoming more mature. On August 28, 1955, Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi. On August 28, 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke at the March on Washington of dreaming of a new day. On August 28, 2008, Barack Obama will be declared the nominee of the Democratic Party. What a tremendous growth for our country.

James E. Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives and a superdelegate, endorsed Obama yesterday. Here’s what he had to say

On what the nomination will mean to Black America:
I think this means for Black America what it means for White America. I have always bought into the theory that if you look into the works of Martin Luther King, Jr., there are people who will say, [when we fight racial discrimination] “it is as much to free White Americans from their past as it is to free Black Americans from their past.” So I don’t think that we do ourselves a whole lot of good separating out Barack Obama as a Black person’s candidate or White person’s candidate, it’s all about America.

3 Responses to “Jesse Jackson on what Barack’s win means”

  1. cupcake stl said

    AMAZING WHAT WE HAVE DONE JUST AMAZING GIVE IT UP FOR THE BLACK PEOPLE!!!!! YES EVERY ONE THAT VOTED SHOULD GIVE THEMSELVES A PAT ON THE BACK AND KEEP VOTING

  2. Lio said

    when we fight racial discrimination] “it is as much to free White Americans from their past as it is to free Black Americans from their past.”

    THIS HAS TO BE THE QUOTE OF THE YEAR. it is so true. Obama has a mountain to climb now, and I believe he will make it to the top. He needs to get to the top, America and the world is soooooo fucked up, we need someone like him

  3. beach chick said

    Yeah, he does have a fight on his hands but he will come out of it on top! I can’t wait….HISTORY IN THE MAKING!

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