Of Jackson, Sharpton, and Progress on Civil Rights
Desperate to maintain any relevance to contemporary discussion of race and rights in America, Jesse Jackson called Bush "the most anti-civil rights president in 50 years." This is good news. The less Jackson has to say to promote real progress on civil rights in 21st America, the more he is reduced to histrionics instead of arguments. The more the Bush administration and the GOP return this nation to the principles of the American founding--the equal rights of humanity and citizenship--, the more grandiose the statements will be emanating out of the civil rights establishment.
The fact that Al Sharpton is running for the Democratic presidential nomination shows that even he believes Jesse Jackson to be irrelevant. (Good to see the Democrats will have their own problems to deal with in a Sharpton run for president.)
1:02 PM / January 21, 2003