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Jesse Jackson Calls Tea Party ‘The Resurrection Of The Confederacy’

Jesse Jackson is criticizing the Tea Party for their stance on President Barack Obama. Again.

Jackson charges that the Tea Party’s targeting of Obama is just a larger reflection of what is going on in the areas of race and politics. Jackson shared his views in a piece that appeared in Politico titled “Obama, Race And Class.”

“The Tea Party is the resurrection of the Confederacy, it’s the Fort Sumter Tea Party,” Jackson said. He added that he “absolutely” thinks congressional Republicans are motivated by race in opposing the president’s policies.

Leading Obama advisers have said they do not really believe that race is the motivation behind GOP and Tea Party objection to his policies.

“Bill Clinton was a white guy from the country, and they were just as vituperative,” an anonymous adviser said. “But I don’t know what the president thinks about it.”

No matter what he thinks, race is still not an easy issue for Obama to address, The Inquisitr reported.

“For Obama, economics is a safe way to talk about race,” said Taylor Branch, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who is credited with writing the definitive chronicle of the civil rights movement. “Even though he’s the first black president, he’s in a tiptoe stance on race — that’s a phrase I borrowed from King’s ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail.’ It makes him nervous. He can’t even ask the most basic question which he’s begging to ask: To what degree is the partisan gridlock that is frustrating his attempts to govern racially driven?”

Addressing Jackson’s remarks, David Axelrod noted that Jackson himself once made the observation that if the “factory lights go out we are all the same color in the dark.”

Sources: The Inquisitr, Politico


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