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Don Lemon To Jesse Jackson: Why Burn Down Businesses If People In Community Need Work? (Video)

Two days after a grand jury announced that it would not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, Ferguson, Missouri, continues to deal with an assortment of peaceful and not-so-peaceful protests.

Over the past 48 hours, countless local business have been -- at best -- looted and -- at worst -- completely burned down. The wreckage being witnessed has led people to ask: Are Ferguson residents hurting themselves more than anyone else right now?

CNN anchor Don Lemon recently had the chance to speak to Rev. Jesse Jackson, a supporter of the protests, and presented that very question to him. 

Here is part of their exchange, as transcribed by IJ Review:

Don Lemon: But Reverend, with all due respect, if people need jobs, in the community, why would you burn down a store or a place where you could possibly get work? What does one have to do with the other? What does lawlessness have to do with lack of jobs?

If you want a job, if you want to be educated then you go look for a job, you go look for an education, what does it have to do with burning down your neighbor or burning down a store that someone needs for their livelihood? Someone needs the income from that store. That is their job. Someone needs that income to pay their bills. What does one have to do with the other?

Jackson: Sometimes pain can lead to irrational conclusions. Sometimes when people are in pain they cry out. For example, in that city if you have with fifty-five police and three African-Americans, and the same is true in the fire department, if you had a fairer distribution of those jobs, you may have had an amnesty of peace in the first place. So there is an irrational dimension to pain.

But to be locked out of police departments, fire departments, contracts and schools, those factors matter. And that’s why I hope, Don, that we will not just look at Ferguson, except as a metaphor for the abandonment… You had 120 cities marching last night. 120 cities. Because there’s a sense that there’s a neglect of urban America that must be addressed whether it’s in Ferguson, Missouri or Newark or Chicago or L.A.

Decide for yourselves whether Jackson's is satisfactory. 

Sources: IJ Review / Photo Credit: Screenshot


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