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Protester screams at Jesse Jackson, calls him a sellout

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There are people who are critical of Rev. Jesse Jackson, sometimes for good reason.  But there are others who don’t know history and have no idea of how many times Jesse Jackson has nearly lost his life fighting for the rights of black people.  A protester in Ferguson, Missouri took it upon himself to ambush Rev. Jackson during a stop at McDonald’s, and the video is a bit surprising.

The widely-circulated video has the protester approaching the reverend, at first pretending to be an admirer.   Then, the person starts asking Jesse where he’s been and why he isn’t marching alongside the protesters.  Then, he starts to get irate, yelling at Rev. Jackson and calling him a sellout.

The reverend keeps his cool during the video and doesn’t argue back, but eventually moves on.  But this is a time to ask if people are able to remember the things that Jesse Jackson has tried to do for the last 40 years.   Also, Ferguson is one tiny city and there are hundreds of other cities across the country with millions of black people who are looking for Jesse Jackson’s help.  Does this man think that Jesse Jackson should ignore everyone so that he can focus on his problems in one small town?

For those who aren’t sure what Jesse Jackson has done for black people, here’s a piece of his resume.   This guy obviously hasn’t read it.

Jesse Jackson was born October 8, 1941, in Greenville, South Carolina. While an undergraduate Jackson became involved in the civil rights movement. In 1965, he went to Selma, Alabama to march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In the 1980s he became a leading national spokesman for African-Americans. After being appointed special envoy to Africa, he was awarded the 2000 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

As Jackson’s national profile increased, so did his political involvement. Beginning in the late 1970s he began traveling around the world to mediate or spotlight problems and disputes. He visited South Africa in 1979 and spoke out against the country’s apartheid policies, and later traveled to the Middle East to throw his support behind the creation of a Palestinian state. He also got behind democratic efforts in the small island nation of Haiti.


You can read more here. If you want to watch the video, that’s below.




  1. Timothy V. Clark

    August 21, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    You are absolutely right that the brother rudely yelling at Reverend Jackson doesn’t know the long history of Reverend Jackson’s involvement in the struggle for the rights for African Americans. Thus, the outraged brother knows little about his own history. There never would been a President Barack Obama without the earlier and courageous presidential candidacy of Reverend Jackson! Also, I am sure that Reverend Jackson organized and participated in more human right campaigns than the outraged brother could count. Whatever deficiencies Reverend Jackson may have as a leader, he certainly never was or has been a “sell out!”

  2. marcus davis

    August 21, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    I’m not big on Jesse Jackson but i do respect him along with other folks like Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X ,
    Medgar Evers,Paul Robeson,Harry Belafonte,Sidney Poitier,Black Panthers ,etc who took upon themselves to put it on the line to improve the conditions of people of African Descent,and this current hip hop generation owes them the respect and appreciation they deserve.

  3. Suzysaywhat

    August 21, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    That is a good question he ask? Why was not the dear Rev.
    marching? Martin Luther King would have been out there every

  4. Dr Colleen Birchett

    August 21, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    In addition to not having any historical context, the protester also hasn’t bothered to think about why Rev. Jackson isn’t out there with the protesters and why he can’t be everywhere at once. First of all, he isn’t Jesus, and secondly, probably he is on his way home to get some rest. He is not as young as he once was. Doesn’t he deserve a little “self-care”? Why do some of us deliberately under-educate ourselves, and persist in being so selfish?

  5. carvin7

    August 21, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    This gentleman has forgotten the fight Mr Jackson has endured to secure the liberties we have. Yes, the man isn’t perfect he’s human like us all. I’m not a fan of Mr. Jackson , but I will give him the respect he deserves. Those without “sin cast the first stone”.

  6. Ang

    August 21, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I’m sure this guy has never heard, “Run Jesse Run”. He difinitely represents the few ignorant people who would rather burn the town down than build it up. Its pure ignorance. He even made a video tape documemting his own stupidity. He should get the Jacka_ _ award of the week. I’m just thankful he did’nt do anything else stupid. Jesses Jackson is a man of the people and for the people. Like him or not, he deserve everyone’s respect.

  7. Robert

    August 21, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    How can a community of blacks continually elect white people and expect things to change. We must vote for our own until they began to win. We must stop thinking if there is one on the counsel we have to run against each other. We must become like all others and “COLLECT AFTER ELECTING” We help elect then we wait for something to be handed down to us. As A. Philip Randolph said “Power is never given” we must come together and the way it began is electing our own. Then we must get to your young and they have to honor BLACK LIFE, stop killing each other. If we do not come together our children, children, children will have to fight this fight over and over again. It is time for a change and that will take work on all of our part.

  8. Tony T

    August 21, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Why are we so critical of old leaders……..Where are the young Black leaders of today????
    Jessie did his job,….New generation….Now it’s time for YOU to step up!!!


    August 21, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    It is unlikely that the “man” was interested in solutions to the problems in Ferguson and around the country. It is more likely that the “man” was a part of the violent cowardly protesters who chose to come out at night. The Reverend Jesse Jackson needs no defense from anyone. His civil rights records speak for themselves. Perhaps we could recommend St. Louis Community College to the “man”!

  10. James Jones

    August 21, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    The young man has been paid to do this or is terribly miseducated.

  11. Douglas Davis

    August 21, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I Do not believe Jesse Jackson is a true man of God, because I have a book that he said he wood marry same sex. To me if you are a man of God why wood you say you wood marry same sex, also if you notice you only see him when ever most of the other ministers get to gather to march or what ever I my self do not trust him at all.

  12. Suzysaywhat

    August 21, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I have to post my comment again. I like this guy talking to this Rev.
    He sounds strong and intense. ” The guy who ask Jessie whether he
    was going to march or just ride in the car was so on point. Martin
    would be marching every night if he was living. Hey these guys in
    Ferguson, are not going for the “bull….”

  13. Dr. Sherwood Thompson

    August 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    African Americans are oppressed because we lack a keen awareness of history.

  14. TT_CA

    August 21, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Wow!! this Ahole just gave Whitey Ammo!! 0_o it’s obvious he needs 2 minutes of fame! it’s obvious he has no real education or even blk history knowledge!
    And you wonder why they call you B$tch!! even Pac was more knowledgeable than this generation!!!

  15. Otim

    August 21, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    It’s a sad state of affairs to see how politically naive we are in this day and time. I tend to agree with the statement by one of great ancestors, Dr. John Henrik Clarke. He said, “Marching is like an orange or a grapefruit that all the juice has been squeezed out of. It’s good for nothing but the garbage can.
    I also admonish everyone to read Rev. Ralph Abernathy’s book, “And The Walls Come Tumblin’ Down”, if you can find one the CIA didn’t burn, and see how much he “loved” Dr. King. He proved himself to be one of MLK’s greatest antagonist. Rev.Abernathy was Dr. King’s friend, Jessie was not! Don’t get hot with emotion about this. Read about it! Peace

  16. madpoet429

    August 21, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I’m down for the cause but ask those negreos in Furgeson, how many of their Dumb asses vote? To disrespect Jesse Jackson is a Damn insult! This man walked thru the Fire for these young dumb ass disrespectful MFs to have rights and what do they do? Refuse to goto School, Refuse to Work, Refuse to VOTE, Refuse to be Father’s & Husbands! What do they do? Where to start…disrespect the women & elders, drink, do drugs, Rob, steal, kill, expect handouts, sell drugs, feed the prison system, and can’t or won’t vote! Dumb Niggas screaming they ready to die before they get a chance to live b/c their psychologically lazy refuse to FIGHT TO LIVE and be a Real Man. You can apply the same rules to these trifling as young girls and let’s not forget that their products of babies raising babies. Their pregnant at 15, their Mom is 30 and Grandma is 45, all in the same house raising each other and acting like friends instead of Responsible Adults trying to improve the next generations life and no Real Man around!

    • Bert C

      August 21, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Right On,’ve said it all!!!!

  17. Frazier Muhammad

    August 21, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Media attention needs to focus on other voices youth are angry no one is speaking about their concerns that t media is speaking their lost of life n justice system seemingly doesn’t care the youth are outraged with good cause.

  18. David L. Frank Sr

    August 21, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    This will be hard for me to write, and I love our people and all people. But, the truth can’t be covered over with the desired reality before the untruths become to big to cover!
    There is a term that has circulated in the African American community since I was a child. HNIC( I’m going to say it this way Head Negro In Charge). This is the position that is considered to be the most advantageous title to have attached to any African American leaders name. No matter what other positions of support are just as essential this title just is to alluring to think about being a good support person, in a needed support position
    You see the number 2, or number 3 positions just don’t have the desired prestige that many desire, because they can’t be praised enough, Some just want to be able to give the orders and not have to take any orders, or stay to turn out the lights.
    Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, and those who come under fire these days served in many #2 and # 3 positions before being able to step out and be able to take the lead. In fact Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was not out-in-front right from the start. He had to be just as good as a follower before he became the great leader we now know him to be.
    In our African American communities the “I wouldn’t have done it this way” or “Why don’t they do it this way”or even more I’m gonna serve on this board, but I don’t care for the leadership” is too prevalent, and has caused more failures then successes in our communities.
    If we would learn to follow to lead we can better prepare the followers who will lead after we step down. Tis has not been the norm, and we have paid for it in many ways.
    I have heard people attack Rev. Sharpton, and Rev. Jackson, and even many that are stand outs in their own fields and well respected in our African American community go after President Obama, They have legitimate claims, but they claim that if they had the office as president they would do it this way, and that way. It’s easier said then done. Run for election and prove it. But, what it comes down to is “if I can’t be the leader I have to find the faults of the one’s who are to better make my case to be nominated for the HNIC position”. This does not help our cause!
    Why are our young boys out selling drugs because they want to get to the top by means of an imaginary express route in order to give the orders, and not have to take them. totally disregarding that this profession doesn’t have a long useful life span the desire to get to the top makes being blind to the reality for them a willing sacrifice because the bling will somehow be worth it. We know that this is a false dream, and prisons are too full of those that chose this course. Our communities are suffering because of our missing young men, and they have begun to start targeting our young ladies to bring them to the same fate. And, all we can do is find fault in our leaders. The leadership role that should be under the most scrutiny is the parent position!
    Everybody can’t be the number one, and without an effective support group our leaders at the existing time cannot be effective enough to get the job done properly.
    Every time you change a leader you have to basically start over especially if the person who took over the position didn’t agree with that leader on anything. They have to even disregard what was effective so they don’t have to face scrutiny as to why they didn’t like this idea before while the other leader was in the position.
    Most of the people I have heard criticize our leaders in place haven’t served under anyone, don’t have the credentials that the ones they criticize have, and they don’t show-up giving their support to the families that have been victimized. They lay and wait for that leader to slip-up and their they go putting their bid in for the HNIC position.
    Our European counterparts don’t have loving relationships at all time with their leaders, but they know how to play their positions the majority of the time. And, they have a blueprint in place. That gives them the opportunity to lose a leader and pick right back up where they left off on the blueprint.
    I hope I am oblivious to this fact when I ask this question, but do we as African Americans have a blueprint in place that we can pick back up from where we left off every time we lose a leader?

  19. Pernell Parham

    August 21, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    I don’t think Jesse Jackson deserved that. He has put his life on the line many times during the struggle. Although due to personal issues, he let us down a bit, but he still is entitled to more respect than that. That guy needs to check himself. Currently, we don’t really have anyone to represent us with a great reputation, but that man (Mr. Jackson) has paid his dues.

  20. ericaf

    August 21, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Some of us blacks can’t unite in their own homes, far less as a community, look how some of us are acting while the world is watching.

  21. Carlton M.

    August 21, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I know messy jessie’s history all the way bck to his days of claiming that King died n his arms. King couldn’t stand jessie’s fake ass. Questions….Why do black people need so called leaders? Why do we depend on others to do for us instead of doing for ourselves? Why don’t we think for ourselves? Do we have power? If so how are we utilizing that power? Where is our economic plan? Why do we continue to send our children to our enemies to be educated? Why are we so forgiving?

  22. jim

    August 21, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Like a shark to a feeding frenzy, just go home. Your comfortable and people don’t need to hear you or see you

  23. Chris Stevenson

    August 21, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    I understand Jesse’s history, but he made his major error in Ferguson going to one of their churches and begging for money. These young black kids ain’t feelin that, and they are not going to pull out any history books while dodging police bullets.

    Jesse at times seems devoid of common sense, that’s his problem. At least Al Sharpton and those guys marched with the people, Jesse just blows in, asks for money and blows out.

  24. Jessica

    August 22, 2014 at 12:26 am

    JJ & AS are paid Judas goat Democrat political lapdogs who have become millionaires by leading black America to commit political suicide. Their jobs are to jump out in front of any crisis situation in any black community in this nation, in order to seize the local and national limelight away from local black leadership, in order to prevent locals from controlling a situation that Democrats intend to meld to meet their self-serving national political agenda.

    Those who pay these two carpetbaggers, understand that it is imperative not to allow local community leaders to gain a national profile, because local people might have a different slant on any given situation, and would create a whole new crop of nationally recognized black leadership that would give the churchless reverends competition for time in front of TV cameras. What if all across this nation local black leaders began to speak for themselves, rather than acquiescing to these two self-appointed black media hounds who swoop into town to tell the locals to step aside while JJ or AS turn the crisis to their own purpose?

    I appeal to young black people, the old heads have been thoroughly indoctrinated with leftist propaganda. Don’t allow yourselves to be seduced by crafty political manipulations. Demand choose your own leadership. Routinely demand people of high intellect, refinement, education and accomplishment to speak for you. If the world does not respect the abilities of the people who speak for you, they will not respect you. We deserve educated representative who can read teleprompters.

    We, as a culture, need a national congress. All other ethnics groups in this nation have national congresses that soberly, quietly, and effectively carry out the business of protecting, furthering and enriching their respective ethnic groups. Ralph Bunche, a dignified, educated, ardent promoter of black enfranchisement, called for the formation of a national congress just before he died. A congress is a representative form of self-government that puts the culture first, and does not worship politicians nor celebrities. But our controllers, chose “black leadership” and herded us towards the two organizations created by non-black people- The NAACP and The Urban League.

    Why do we encourage our people to become educated professionals, when we allow men of questionable character and limited enlightenment to routinely manipulate our national issue and push qualified local leadership, and accomplished professions aside, in favor of two men who are paid by politicians, businessmen and internationals to control our every move.

    Consider this – Jesse Jackson lives in Chicago. The Chicago NAACP released a study that indicated that unemployment among black teen, and young black people in their twenties is hovering around 92%. Jesse Jackson and all the other jack-leg black politicians in Chicago supported Richard Daley’s demand to turn Chicago into a “sanctuary city” without regard to the impact of millions of illegal aliens flooding into Cook County. Now there are over 100,000 Mexican gang members in Chicago fronted by Mexican cartels, running guns and drugs to black gangs, and even creating new black gangs that are fighting one another for new territories. These mindless black gangbangers are slaughtering black youth at an unprecedented rate.

    The hispanics are practicing ethnic cleansing by proxy. Terrorized black people are leaving the city, while illegal aliens are taking over former black neighborhoods, gaining political power, and getting new state of the art schools in their neighborhoods, while the mayor closed 53 schools, in black neighborhoods. The black majority is being forced to pay taxes for the cutting edge education of children of illegals, while black children have been deprived of their neighborhood schools. Hispanics are displacing black people at every level in the workplace. All this, and not a word from the churchless Rev. Jackson.

    More importantly consider that 1,300 black babies are being aborted in America, six days a week, all twelve months of the year. 374,400 BLACK BABIES ARE ABORTED
    BY THEIR BLACK MOTHERS EVERY YEAR IN AMERICA! This is the greatest black holocaust in our history. No whites have ever done the harm, that we are now doing to ourselves. There was a time when Jesse Jackson was against abortion, but his handlers convinced him to become the pied piper of black baby death. 80% of the abortions clinics, with the help of our Democrat friends, are placed in black communities. All the while the same Democrats have opened our southern border to millions of illegal pregnant mothers with children in tow. They are dispersing illegal hispanic children across the nation, while they are efficiently convincing black men and women to kill off their future generations and wipe out black political power, destabilize the black middle class, and give away the advancements our people have worked for centuries to attain, to an endless line of black hating foreigners. Our two self-appointed mouthpieces favor the ludicrous Democrat agenda to meld the black vote with the new and growing hispanic vote. JJ and AS have signed on to the agenda to cajole Black America into committing cultural, political, social and economic suicide. People may have many names for what these two have done; SELLOUT is definitely one of them!

  25. Nothing But The Truth!

    August 22, 2014 at 12:38 am

    If Jesse Jackson doesn’t do anything else in the area of civil rights for the rest of his life, he still will have done more than many people altogether! Jesse Jackson is one of the true giants of the civil rights movement! If this uninformed man wants to find sellouts he need not look any further than the pastors and other so-called leaders right there in Ferguson, Missouri! How do the African-Americans have a 69% majority in population and not RULE THE TOWN? You cannot blame Jesse Jackson and other long term fighters for justice for the ineptitude of the people in Ferguson, Missouri!

  26. Mike

    August 22, 2014 at 5:15 am

    So Jackson ( whom I’m not a big fan of ) is to blame for stupid people? the towns 69% black, and he’s to blame for the lack of a political presence amongst the black population ? he’s done his job, now get an education and learn some manners.

  27. Sonja Mack

    August 22, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Well I know he has done a lot but it seems whenever there is unrest and injustices here he comes wanting to be in the media. What else will he do for his people besides marching along side of Dr. King. What has the Rainbow Coalition done? I shook his hand while living in GA and his hands were softer than the behind of a small baby which means he doesn’t do any work at all. I respect him for his past accomplishments but what about today what will he do?

  28. Wellington sutcliffe

    August 22, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Black people do not need any more leaders. We know what to do. Our leaders become Informants. Our strong are executed. Our wemon are munipalated. Our children are jailed!!!
    Passive voice Passive Action
    Active voice still Passive Action
    Inaction is the Greatest Evil!!!!
    I pray he gets accuitted so we as black people can get rid of these Imposters
    House negros included. And finally get to work!!!!!!

  29. Anike

    August 22, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Jesse has always been criticized when he has gotten involved and also dissed if he did not become involved.

    The Reverand is in his 70’s!!
    He was marching back in the 1960’s. He established a
    civil rights organization to advance many causes
    and erase many of the
    ills that plague the Black community. He has done wrong but he is but a man

    I’m asking
    Who are the 30, 40 and 50 year old activists?
    Anywhere in the country?

    Most Black folk are concerned with 1. looking good. 2. going to church and 3. indulging their kids and grand kids.

    Many are too consumed with the afore mentioned activites to vote or volunteer. Now they will do it IF they are one of the few who attend a activist chruch. If their pastor decides it has merit then they deem it worthy.

    Other than that, they are
    sitting on the porch, watching cable and criticizing Jesse JAckson and Al Sharpton. But let sometihing happen the oft repeated refrain is;
    “somebody ought to do something!!”

    are the BIG time ministers or leaders in Saint Louis?!
    Name one! Have they showed up every night? Have they tried to erase the self destruction young
    Black males are drowning in?

    When will one of THEM address the issue of Black on Black crime that destroy more Black males than white police officers?

    Two generations of Black youth have made hip hop artists
    and gangster thugs their role models.

    I doubt that the fellow
    who got in The Reverand’s face is 1. registered
    to vote. 2. volunteers in his community
    most likely uses the n word to describe anyone of African descent.

    Black folk; FREE your minds. Learn to speak and write English.
    Develop your cognitive skills.

    Stop thinking so narrowly in rote group think!

  30. godfather05

    August 22, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    I will take Rev. Jackson over all of the right wing fanatics on FOX and the Tea Party any day. Republicans dislike Jackson, Sharpton and President Obama just because they are black. Period

  31. David L. Frank Sr.

    August 22, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Where are the rappers who these young prople idolize? Why aren’t they in Ferguson!?
    Have any of them who go for their gats and made their way to stand up for the community that probably have purchased a numerous amount of their cd’s?
    They would be a real inspiration to go down and stand on the front line and ask those who would loot to stop the looting.
    This is at least a form of giving back!

  32. SweetTweet

    August 23, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Clearly this young man does not read history. He was looking for television time. He ended up showing the world his ignorance.

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