Rev. Jackson's Weekly Commentary
George Floyd Justice in Policing Act would set smart national standards for police behavior
Most African Americans want protection from crime. They don’t want to get rid of the police, they want to turn them from a threat to an ally.
Dr. King would be marching with those who seek to make it easier to vote. He would be appalled by George Floyd’s murder, but not surprise.
This bad law drives a stake into democracy in Georgia. It must be reversed.
The right to vote is under siege
BY JESSE JACKSON
February 22, 2021
The fundamental right in a democracy — the right to vote — is once more under siege. In state after state, Republican legislators have introduced literally hundreds of bills designed to suppress voting.
Their passion is fueled by Donald Trump’s big lie that the presidential election was “stolen” from him. Their targets are minorities — African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans, and the young. They call themselves Republicans, but their lineage comes not from Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president, but from Jefferson Davis, the southern Democrat who led the Confederacy in its battle to keep Blacks enslaved.