September 20th, 2007
06:05 PM ET
13 years ago

Jackson: 'Acting white' remark misinterpreted

Watch Rev. Jesse Jackson's interview from Thursday's American Morning.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Rev. Jesse Jackson told CNN Thursday that a South Carolina newspaper misinterpreted his comments when it reported he said Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is "acting like he's white."

"There's an unfortunate misinterpretation," Jackson told CNN's Kiran Chetry on American Morning. "The fact is, I endorse Barack without hesitation and support him today unequivocally."

Jackson, who ran for president in 1984 and 1988, endorsed Obama’s White House bid earlier this year.

The State, a South Carolina newspaper, reported Wednesday that Jackson was highly critical of Obama and the other presidential candidates for not paying more attention to the recent racially-charged incident in Jena, Louisiana. Jackson reportedly made the comment after a speech at Benedict College, a historically black college in Columbia.

When informed the newspaper intends to stand by its reporting of the quote, Jackson said, "I have not in any way engaged into the degrees of blackness debate. He's black, authentic and brilliant. I support him and I stand by that position."

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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Shanequa

    Why is this idiot still makng headlines? He is nothing but a jerk!!!! Al Sharpton, You are the same. Nothing but an idiotic jerk. You two want equality, why don't you guys take a stand and act like it. Both should step down at what ever you call you do and act like an American; someone who loves to be FREE.

    I am dumb-founded at all the people that favor these two. Please go hide with Osama Bin Ladin and all the rest of the terrorists.

    September 20, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  2. Man against the IDIOT JACKSON

    Jesse call yourself a man of God... Do not insult the creator of us by putting yourself in the same catagory of people who love God and try to do right. How is that Child of yours and your wife's? Oh sorry Mrs. Jackson, it is not yours!

    September 20, 2007 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  3. Jesse Jackson's love child, Chicago IL

    What does Jesse Jackson write as an occupation on his W4 tax form anyway?

    September 20, 2007 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  4. Asheville, NC

    Jess Jackson is a disgrace to his God and to this nation. He is always around when the media is there. I am curious as to if he ever said "I'm sorry" to those guys at Duke?

    September 21, 2007 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  5. Mary, Beaver, PA

    Jesse Jackson is a racist has-been. Yes, Wallace, it's always a "race thing" with "these people." "These people" being Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

    September 21, 2007 08:41 am at 8:41 am |

    Civil Leader or CIVIL LOSER! I know more realistic people, no matter the race are leaner towards...LOSER!

    September 21, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. francis b., raleigh nc.

    what I want to know is , how did Jesse pronounce unequivocally ??? ;P

    September 21, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Amanda in Rushville, Nebraska

    When will people realize that if the issue of racial inequality keeps being brought up, it will continue to be an issue. I think that we all need to take care of ourselves and not worry so much about what other people do, say, or feel. We are only responsible for our own actions. I think that Rev. Jackson's comment is a reflection of his heart, and it seems as though he desires conflict. You have to face the implications of that comment, Rev. Jackson.

    September 22, 2007 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  9. Paul Conley, Palmetto Bay, Florida

    That sounds like a racial slur. Jesse should be fired. Oh that's right...what is his job?

    September 23, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. Brianna Webb, McEwen, TN

    I supported him to until my brother Seaman Apprentice Webb had the audacity to hope that Mr. Obama was more than smoke and mirrors. You see he came to help after having been abused in boot camp in Mr. Obama's home state and he did nothing. Only Senator Clinton guided this young Sailor back to shore until he could find his way home again...

    September 23, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
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