Last quote by Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson quotes
The people who want to fight for justice cannot be short distance runners, you must not give up, you must hold onto that rope for hope. In a contest between hope and fear, hope and courage must prevail.
The east-west wall didn't work in Germany. Isolating Cuba didn't work. Not going to the Olympic Games in Russia didn't work. Talking works.
I hope that the multilateral deal with Iran will be successful and be confirmed and I hope that Venezuela will be next. We must choose peace over war. It's right and it's less expensive than war.
No it's premature to make that judgement. Hillary (Clinton) is going to put up a formidable campaign. Right now she is leading all of the polls. She has paid her dues. She has all the requisite qualifications to become the next president and so far she's winning.
There's a lot of fear of bringing Iran in but more fear of leaving Iran out. So you have political leaders and generals who are embracing the deal and some are rejecting it.
Some aren't satisfied with the human rights situation in America. After all, we are five percent of the world's population and 25 percent of the world's prison population.
There are human rights issues in China but we have trade relations and diplomatic relations. We have found over a period of time it's better to talk them out than to try the schemes of isolation.
So either we're going to build a bridge and develop them or face the issue of containment and confrontation. I hope that we will be humane in the process. The immigration in America and the migration issue in Europe is fundamentally the same and it grows out of this gap. People are not leaving home in great numbers because they want to. They're hungry and their human rights ought to be affirmed.
The dream of next year was for legislation to make that illegal. The dream of next year was for the right to vote. The next year the dream was for open housing. The dream was a poor peoples' campaign, it was to end the war in Vietnam. Now we are free, but we are not equal. And social separation has virtually ended as a matter of law, but the disparities have gotten wider.
Well, you will see more women, more people of colour who dare dream of running, and they may very well run. When I was running back in '88, President Barack was a student, and he saw the debate, and he said to me and he said to himself, this can be done.
Well, I'm perplexed by our proclivity for war, the extreme concentration of wealth, the loss of the middle class because of our trade imbalances and the growth of poverty. The poverty growth in our country now is reaching very dangerous proportions. Too much war, too much hate, too much poverty, we in fact must dream, live above our present predicament and change our priorities.
I remember coming here in '63, I just left jail in Greensboro, North Carolina.. And there was anxiety and fear and hope. The anxiety was, will we make it to Washington and back. The fear was, if you drove a car across state lines with a different tag, something could happen to you. Medgar Evers had been killed on June 12 and the stain of his blood was all in the air. [Washington] DC was under virtual lockdown. The government was saying there could be a riot and at that time the mayor of DC was appointed [not elected].
So the seeds you plant, you never know when they are going to sprout, when they are going to grow. There are qualified women, Latinos and blacks, there is no shortage of people qualified to be president of the United States. And I think that there is a whole body of people that can at least dream it. If you dream it, you can make it happen.
The vote made us feel good about ourselves. But there was another element that felt very threatened and they should not have. The south should not feel threatened by our progress. Civil rights have made the new south prosper. I mean, you could not have had the investment of Honda, Mitsubishi, Toyota, all of them have invested in the south, the new professional athletics teams in the south, the Olympics in the south – the new south has been born again because of the civil rights laws. And so the irony is those who would benefit the most become oftentimes the most mean or the most frightened.
The dream was never static. The dream in '64 was the end of humiliation. I mean, black soldiers had to sit behind Nazi POWs, prisoners of war. The dream was to end the indignity. You couldn't stop by a hotel or motel, couldn't eat at a public restaurant, that was that dream.
Well, it's a historic accomplishment, to be sure, because the combination of forces for the good came together and went beyond. Other Americans said the race is about race first and chose someone who has superior qualifications and was able to articulate those.
So there is an ugliness undercutting our beauty. And there is a real mixed feeling in the country tonight, frankly. On the high note, President Barack [Obama] wins, he is the crown jewel of our success of 55 years of struggle. On the other hand, he is under attack, called non-Christian, non-American, all this ugliness, kind of vile, that is challenging the beauty of this moment.
In many ways. Trayvon Martin was killed, an innocent. One hundred and thirty six blacks were killed last year by some sheriff, or some deputy, or some vigilante, 136, not just one! There are two and a half million Americans in prison, over 54 percent are African-American. We see prison labour on the increase, we see prison telephone bills costing 1.5 billion dollars a year, we see companies on the stock exchange owning prisons as an industry, we see pre-trial detention, people in jail for up to five years waiting for trial, worse than Guantanamo.
They closed all liquor stores for the first time since Prohibition. All police worked 18 hour shifts. They mobilised the military in the five surrounding military bases. This place was under lockdown. And yet in spite of that, out of that sprouts this beautiful flower of people: black and white, standing together, singing together, being inspired together, and our will to freedom and dignity was greater than the resistance to our getting our freedom and dignity.