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‘Unity amidst diversity’ [or Jesse Jackson gets "Freeped"]
The State News (Michigan State student newspaper) ^ | Sept. 16, 2002 | Tara May

Posted on 09/16/2002 8:10:36 AM PDT by The Energizer

‘Unity amidst diversity’

By TARA MAY

The State News

The Rev. Jesse Jackson led a cry for peace Sunday afternoon at Breslin Center.

Joined at the podium by religious student leaders, he delivered a message of “unity amidst diversity.” Jackson spoke out against war in Iraq and racial profiling, promoting peace and diversity to the about 2,000-person crowd.

Called “Rally for Peace: From Tears and Fears to Hope and Harmony,” Jackson’s speech focused on finding alternatives to violence after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Jackson, a civil rights leader and founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Inc., was greeted with a standing ovation.

“This experience of attacks on Muslims is unacceptable,” he said. “When you’re that paranoid, you’re on the edge. Institutionalized racial profiling runs deep and runs ugly. None of us are safe until we come together to prevent paranoia.

“Remove the fears and embrace hope,” Jackson said. “We stand to gain when the walls come down and bridges are built.”

Before Jackson came to the stage, three student leaders - from the Muslim Students’ Association, Hillel Jewish Student Center and the International Solidarity Movement, representing Palestinians - demonstrated how bridges can be built among differing religions.

“We stand here today as three students to show that no matter what boundaries are set before us, we can come together,” Hillel President Jennifer Stotter said.

Communication senior Justin Komori said he couldn’t pass up the chance to see a renowned orator like Jackson.

“I wanted to be able to sit my grandkids on my lap one day and say I went to a rally for world peace with Jesse Jackson,” he said.

Indira Pierce said she had planned to put Jackson’s advice into practice sooner rather than later, since she was just elected vice president of Mason Hall Black Caucus.

“We want to gather ideas and information on how to make black America better for students,” the communication freshman said.

Other students will have different stories to tell future generations about Jackson’s presence on campus. Led by the MSU chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, seven protesters held signs reading “Force is necessary,” “Go home Jesse” and “We support the Military” outside Breslin.

“Jackson is a left-wing extremist who took money to advance civil rights but used it to pay for his illegitimate child,” said Craig Burgers, political science freshman and chairman of the group. “He is not a saint like publications make him out to be.

“The best way to have peace is to eradicate terrorism.”

Finance sophomore Christina Davis said Jackson’s personal life should be kept completely separate from his politics.

“It has nothing to do with the issues,” she said. “Just because you are on TV doesn’t mean that everyone should know your personal life.”

But Jackson’s personality is what makes him an outstanding speaker, Trustee Joel Ferguson said in his introduction.

Ferguson and Jackson met at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. Ferguson, a Lansing developer, ran Jackson’s 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns in Michigan.

Jackson won the 1988 Michigan Democratic primary.

“We were both young and politically active and we’ve been friends ever since,” Ferguson said. “He really walks the walk and talks the talk.”

ASMSU Student Assembly vice-chairperson for external affairs Louis Brown said he was pleased with the event overall. ASMSU, MSU’s student government, organized it.

But turnout for the event was less than expected.

“I just wish more students would have come,” Brown said.

But students who made it to the event were glad they came, including James Madison College freshman Nathan Triplett.

“I was very impressed by the whole presentation,” he said. “It was the right message at the right time.”

Jackson ended his presentation with a message for students to take home. He led a chant, saying: “Give peace a chance. Keep hope alive.”

Staff writer Kelli Cynecki contributed to this report.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: afrocentric; blackmail; blackpower; blackracist; coersion; conartist; greedy; huckster; jessejackson; liar; moneygrabber; msu; racketeering; rico; shakedownhustler
I don't know how I missed knowing Jesse Jackson was coming to town, but I'm glad some MSU students "freeped" him.

The web site does not show a photo used in the print publication. Here are what some of the protestors' signs said:

"We Support the Military"

"Jesse Jackson Protest Squad"

"Go Home Jesse"

And my favorite:

"The Shakedown Stops Here"

1 posted on 09/16/2002 8:10:36 AM PDT by The Energizer
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To: The Energizer
"Communication senior Justin Komori said he couldn’t pass up the chance to see a renowned orator like Jackson. “I wanted to be able to sit my grandkids on my lap one day and say I went to a rally for world peace with Jesse Jackson,” he said. "

Had I the money and time, I'd send this clown a copy of "Shakedown"...

2 posted on 09/16/2002 8:12:57 AM PDT by eureka!
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To: Dan from Michigan
heads up!
3 posted on 09/16/2002 8:15:43 AM PDT by The Energizer
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To: The Energizer

Bite me, Jesse.

4 posted on 09/16/2002 8:16:25 AM PDT by paulklenk
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To: mombonn
Look what we missed!
5 posted on 09/16/2002 8:17:55 AM PDT by The Energizer
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To: The Energizer
But Jackson’s personality is what makes him an outstanding speaker, Trustee Joel Ferguson said in his introduction.

Ferguson and Jackson met at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. Ferguson, a Lansing developer, ran Jackson’s 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns in Michigan.

"I’m sure I can arrange a nice little honorarium from the student fund."

6 posted on 09/16/2002 8:19:43 AM PDT by Eddeche
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To: The Energizer
From the WashTimes:

"EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Rev. Jesse Jackson yesterday told about 600 Michigan State University students that America's democracy was 37 years old, not 200-plus, and that "democracy as we know it did not begin in Philadelphia, where a bunch of white men wrote the laws."

~snip~

"The event here was poorly attended after student organizers predicted a crowd of 6,000. The group provided 2,000 free tickets to students and booked the arena area of the center, which has a capacity of 15,000."

Jesse Jackson shows once again just how anti-American he really is. JJ is part of the blame America first crowd. With his track record, JJ has no right preaching to others. What a first class twit!

7 posted on 09/16/2002 8:20:28 AM PDT by Reagan Man
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8 posted on 09/16/2002 8:21:33 AM PDT by mhking
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To: The Energizer
I am bummed! I just took my son back to MSU yserterday to help him set up his loft we built. I would have loved to join in the fun!
9 posted on 09/16/2002 8:21:50 AM PDT by laker_dad
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To: The Energizer
“I wanted to be able to sit my grandkids on my lap one day and say I went to a rally for world peace with Jesse Jackson,”

And you probably will, because brave men and women will do what needs to be done so the cowards can look forward to tommorows. Brought to them by the blood of the soldiers they will spend their lives looking down on.

10 posted on 09/16/2002 8:22:23 AM PDT by SouthernFreebird
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To: Reagan Man
Wow! Thanks for providing "the rest of the story."
11 posted on 09/16/2002 8:22:39 AM PDT by The Energizer
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To: laker_dad
that's yesterday...
12 posted on 09/16/2002 8:23:00 AM PDT by laker_dad
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To: The Energizer
Yikes, I was afraid I missed the call to FReep when I saw the title of this!
13 posted on 09/16/2002 8:29:53 AM PDT by mombonn
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To: The Energizer
“I wanted to be able to sit my grandkids on my lap one day and say I went to a rally for world peace with Jesse Jackson,” he said.

Better do that before the kiddies are old enough to say "Grandaddy's a real dork, isn't he?"

14 posted on 09/16/2002 8:30:58 AM PDT by hellinahandcart
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To: The Energizer

Peace! True peace and quiet, Jessee!


16 posted on 09/16/2002 8:35:01 AM PDT by lavaroise
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To: The Energizer
"Give peace a chance?" That's novel. Leave it to Jesse to come up with something catchy. Whirled peas. Imagine if you can.
17 posted on 09/16/2002 8:39:49 AM PDT by FryingPan101
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To: The Energizer
I missed that! Forgot all about it and I planned on going there.

I'm sure Craig made up for it. I wonder if he brought his bullhorn with him...

18 posted on 09/16/2002 9:02:48 AM PDT by Dan from Michigan
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To: FreeperJr.
ROFL. I'll never think of the Tom Petty song "Breakdown" in the same way again.
19 posted on 09/16/2002 9:03:43 AM PDT by Dan from Michigan
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To: The Energizer
I wonder how much money was allotted by the student assembly, or other parties, in order to bring Jackson to the school. Anyone know?
20 posted on 09/16/2002 9:04:48 AM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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To: The Energizer
Jackson, a civil rights leader and founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Inc., was greeted with a standing ovation..."

That's supposed to say "Jesse Jackball, a true Civil Rights MIS-LEADER".Let's keep the facts straight now, O.K.?

21 posted on 09/16/2002 9:21:46 AM PDT by Pagey
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To: All
According to the Washington Times, Jackson's event was poorly attended:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20020916-78725174.htm

"EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Rev. Jesse Jackson yesterday told about 600 Michigan State University students that America's democracy was 37 years old, not 225... [snip] The event here was poorly attended after student organizers predicted a crowd of 6,000. The group provided 2,000 free tickets to students and booked the arena area of the center, which has a capacity of 15,000."

22 posted on 09/16/2002 9:28:50 AM PDT by End The Hypocrisy
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To: eureka!
It is frightening that people like Justin Ko-moron-i are entering the communications world. The guy is pathetic. I saw Jesse Jackson speak at Seattle University about 30 years ago, and the idea I would set my children on my knee to talk about that is ludicrous.
23 posted on 09/16/2002 9:31:06 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Steve_Seattle
Understood. Je$$e is a disgrace. Oh well, at least he isn't what he was...
24 posted on 09/16/2002 9:33:58 AM PDT by eureka!
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To: End The Hypocrisy
Only 600 attendees? Yuk, yuk, that's damn pathetic. Cheers to the other students who exercised their famous MSU brainpower and stayed away.
25 posted on 09/16/2002 9:37:53 AM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: The Energizer
“Jackson is a left-wing extremist who took money to advance civil rights but used it to pay for his illegitimate child

Somebody got it right!

26 posted on 09/16/2002 10:02:08 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: The Energizer
Finance sophomore Christina Davis said Jackson’s personal life should be kept completely separate from his politics.
“It has nothing to do with the issues,” she said.

Dear young Ms. Davis - ones personal life is a reflection of character!

27 posted on 09/16/2002 10:04:28 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: mhking
Re: "Unity and diversity" Indira Pierce said she had planned to put Jackson’s advice into practice sooner rather than later, since she was just elected vice president of Mason Hall Black Caucus. “We want to gather ideas and information on how to make black America better for students,” the communication freshman said.

How does this advance either unity or diversity? Why not ALL America for EVERYONE? If I were a racist bigot, wouldn't she want to make me better?

28 posted on 09/16/2002 10:08:06 AM PDT by spintreebob
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To: The Energizer
“It has nothing to do with the issues,” she said. “Just because you are on TV doesn’t mean that everyone should know your personal life.”

So, a "man of the cloth"'s personal life has nothing to do with his "issues"?

Do you REALLY believe leaders who entire public life versus his private life can be stated "Do as I say, not as I do?"

Is that what you want from a "leader"?

Things like "character", "integrity", and "values" have nothing to do with leadership then. Gee, was I brought up wrong....

29 posted on 09/16/2002 10:20:27 AM PDT by NorCoGOP
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To: mhking
Jackson ended his presentation with a message for students to take home. He led a chant, saying: “Give peace a chance. Keep hope alive.”

Jesse was really saying "Keep the hope alive that some coed here will give me a piece." (Somebody on this thread had to do it)

30 posted on 09/16/2002 12:14:13 PM PDT by mafree
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To: mafree
LOL! Well done.

Why doesn't Jesse bring some honesty to his spiel?

"Keep Hate Alive" more accurately represents Jesse's modern day view.

31 posted on 09/16/2002 12:28:57 PM PDT by What Is Ain't
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