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Jesse Jackson: Swedes are better than this

Jesse Jackson: Swedes are better than this

Published: 13 Oct 2011 09:35 GMT+02:00
Updated: 13 Oct 2011 09:35 GMT+02:00

Reverend Jesse Jackson called for global unity in a speech in Lund on Wednesday night, telling students “it is in your interest to fight for multiculturalism,” in a visit prompted by the slave auction controversy in April.

The veteran civil rights campaigner arrived to give his lecture at Lund University in true American political fashion. As he walked down the centre aisle of the large auditorium he grinned, shook hands and waved to the large crowd.

“When you step forward, the whole world stands with you,” Jackson said as he opened his speech.

“One light is enough to challenge darkness.”

Jackson's interest in the small university city of Lund stems from the "slave auction" incident in April, which garnered international attention.

During a party thrown by two student-run organizations, three students in blackface and ropes were “auctioned off".

When the incident reached the attention of Jallow Momodou at National Afro-Swedish Association (Afrosvenskarnas riksförbund), a police report was filed. A few days later, Momodou went to work to find a poster of him caricatured as a slave was hung throughout both Lund and nearby Malmö.

The incident prompted Jackson to write a letter to the Swedish government calling for a national response to the incident.

In his address to the Lund student body, Jackson pointed to the Arab Spring and the Occupy Wall Street movements as evidence that change is in the air and stressed that multiculturalism and global unity are inseparable.

During his address, Jackson did not specifically mention the "slave auction" incident.

But he did answer questions about the event during a subsequent Q&A session and elaborated further on the incident at a later press conference.

Jackson explained part of his reason for writing a letter to the Swedish government was to show global unity with Momodou in Lund and felt the incident was a good example of when speaking out is a necessary course of action.

Describing the event itself as “a very distasteful, harmful and hurtful act", he warned that "there are no slave trade jokes, there is too much hurt".

According to Jackson, the lesson which can be learned from this incident is to take action. Swedes need to show the society does not accept and tolerate this type of behavior by speaking out.

“It goes against the reputation of Sweden. Swedish people are better than this.” Jackson said.

“People here do care, and caring matters.”

Jackson warned however that the incident indicated that “something beneath the surface is unsettled,".

"This is symptomatic of a deeper malady,” he said.

During his three-day visit to Lund, Jackson is scheduled to participate in a series of educational workshops and speeches.

His talk on Wednesday night, at Studentafton, was his first formal introduction to the public and press.

Studentafton is a Lund tradition in which noted speakers from around the world address Swedish students. Previous speakers have included Nobel laureates, comedian Will Ferell and Swedish diplomat Hans Blix.

The speakers are, according to the Studentafton website, not compensated.

Paul Rapacioli (paul.rapacioli@thelocal.com)

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09:55 October 13, 2011 by DAVID T
Jesse Jackson - A true racist if ever there was one - if you don't believe me google it
10:13 October 13, 2011 by occassional
Is this bufoon still here ?
10:22 October 13, 2011 by truthworthy
Good to have him here. Welcome and thanks for coming. We need people like him to remind the racists what is reality and inevitable.
10:35 October 13, 2011 by rise
Blaha bla bla racism, bla bla racist. And not to speak of bladder bladder bladder. Blaha, blaha racism! Bladder bladder you bladdering racist!! Blaha blaha.
11:08 October 13, 2011 by RobinHood
Swedes: Jesse Jackson Is Better Than This

A disappointed Swede who attended one of Reverend Jesse Jackson's seminars in Lund this week said "I really thought Jesse Jackson would be better than this. He hasn't attacked the Jews, said he is "sick and tired of hearing about the Holocaust", called anyone a n*****, threatened to cut the nuts off the president of the United States, or called the Prime Minister of Israel a terrorist. He's just not very good."

Delegates hope the Reverend Jesse Jackson will get better soon. The Reverend Jesse Jackson is in southern Sweden on a mission to bring about his version of global unity and racial harmony to Sweden. Very few Jews attended the Reverend's lectures, partly because of his decidedly racially inharmonious anti-semitic remarks, and partly because the Simon Wiesenthal Center advises Jews to stay away from southern Sweden anyway.
11:54 October 13, 2011 by Roy E
Jesse Jackson is a charlatan clown. His buffoonery is outdone only by those gullible enough to listen take his nonsense seriously.
12:03 October 13, 2011 by Svensksmith
He's here scoping out blonde hotties.
12:32 October 13, 2011 by dreddie
@Svensksmith

Wouldn't you?
12:54 October 13, 2011 by canuk
a perfect fallic symbold if i have ever seen one. get a life mr jackson.
12:57 October 13, 2011 by Addendum
If you want to talk about racism, talk about racism. If you want to talk about multiculturalism, talk about multiculturalism. If you want to talk about Sharia law, talk about Sharia law. What we've got here is a failure to communicate.

As so many others have so often said, multiculturalism is often interpreted as doublespeak for Sharia law. When you, Reverend Jackson, speak of multiculturalism, should we therefore understand that you have come to Sweden to campaign for Sharia law?

The concept of race should not be confused with culture, as the two are not inseparably seamed. So, if you want to promote love-thy-neighbor among people who perceive variation of physical features as deviant, then talk about racism and sexism.

But Reverend, please do not confuse this as the struggle between proponents of secular law, which emphasizes equality among all humans, and proponents of religiously-based law, which enforces social hierarchy based on genitalia and adherence to one belief system, etc.
13:41 October 13, 2011 by danne123
We were created different to be different not to be mixed with each others.
13:52 October 13, 2011 by HYBRED
I couldn't help but notice the last sentence in the story,"The speakers are, according to the Studentafton website, not compensated." Jesse Jackson's first priority is himself. He doesn't do a thing for free. I hope it comes out exactly what the deal was for him to speak in Lund.
15:26 October 13, 2011 by Gamla Hälsingebock
All that from a man that called New York City

"Hymie Town"

Racist? Him? You bet!
15:51 October 13, 2011 by jvtx3232
Oh great, now Jesse Jackson is in Sweden telling Swedes what to think. As if Swedes need Jesse Jackson to scold them into adopting Political Correctness and to tell them what to think. Guess his act got so tired here in the U.S. that now he has to branch out to other countries too, to try to stay relevant or something lol.
16:49 October 13, 2011 by Svensksmith
Was it Hymie Town or Hymen Town?
17:17 October 13, 2011 by HYBRED
Good luck finding a hymen these days.
17:32 October 13, 2011 by calebian22
Because he is black, he thinks he can't be a bigot. Jackson is a race baiting buffoon.
22:16 October 13, 2011 by mibrooks27
Ah, but Swedish people don't strong arm businesses for bribes, support a criminal as President, support a criminal Wall Street and corporate culture that has wrecked the Western economies, murder, in cold blood, it's own citizens, pass "trade" legislation over the objections of 90% of it's voters, and use Gestapo tactics to put down protests Mr. Jackson, your country is bankrupt, run by evil cockroaches, and is poised to collapse! Don't you lecture us about ANYTHING!
22:17 October 13, 2011 by Dr. Dillner
Please keep this idiot there in Sweden. He is not wanted back in the US.
22:19 October 13, 2011 by play nice
Oh good. I see the Reverend is held in as high esteem in Sweden as he is in the US.

you need multiculturalism like you need a hole in the head

multi-ethnic maybe, but for sure, one and only one culture
23:27 October 13, 2011 by Imperor
Culture is the problem, not race.

Sweden has seen peace and relative prosperity for hundreds of years. Very unlike most if not all other parts of the world and has developed a culture based on this.

A culture founded in peace, prosperity, education, secularism and empathy will be superior (yes, Superior!) to a culture founded in war, strife, oppression, superstition and jealousy...
23:49 October 13, 2011 by Kid Rasta
Reading these comments here I find it hard to believe it's actually written by Swedes...not the Swedes that I know. I first visited Sverige back in the mid-'80s. I never would have read such ignorant posts back then. What has happened there over the past 25 yrs??? You are bringing much shame on Sverige. I don't know if I'll ever go back if this type of mentality exists there now.

Shame on the sorry posters here.
00:24 October 14, 2011 by Not Dumb
@Kid Rasta

What's happened is the same thing as why the 'slave auction' was held in the first place, and why a party (the Sverigedemokraterna) with neo-Nazi roots is in the Riksdag. As in a prior period in the early 1990s when economic problems existed here, and when a group called 'New Democracy' made it to the Parliament on a platform similar to the Sweden Democrats, a tide of xenophobia and racism washed over the country. This culminated in things like the so-called 'Laser Man' (Lasermannen) who went around randomly shooting immigrants. Of course, about a year ago a fellow was caught doing the same thing in Malmö.

The arrogant, racist 'edge' on things here is all too real, but it's perhaps better seen as 'xenophobia' because such conduct often extends to any of foreign origins, whites included.

Having said this, I do agree with Jesse Jackson -- Swedes are better than this. In my opinion, the greatest tragedy is the way xenophobia has been fanned here to provide a scapegoat for the real pain many Swedes are feeling due to the societal service cuts brought on by neoliberal 'reform', the huge tax cuts and corporate welfare that's part of it. But, it's easier to have a scapegoat than address difficult internal problems...and, by focusing on the scapegoat and scapegoating, nobody is examining the 'reforms' as the real cause of ongoing societal pain.

On every level, a tragedy...especially for this land that once really was the 'closest place on earth to heaven'.

I must add for all the Sverige Democrats and their sympathizers here, I have no wish to waste my time debating this comment with any of you...so, end of conversation - punkt slut.
00:53 October 14, 2011 by Svensksmith
Do you mean "punkt slut" in the Swedish sense or the English sense?
01:23 October 14, 2011 by CaliforniaDreaming
Let's not forget to mention how he's blackmailed major corporations (i.e, VERIZON, IBM, GTE, etc.) in the US and funneled hush money to his own "non-profit" organization (The Rainbow Coalition) and given those funds to his immediate and extended family in order to have a life of luxury. Even Black people hate you Jesse!!!!! I'm not black but I have a lot of friends in El Lay (LA) that know what your really like. You're not fooling anybody Jesse!!! You even mocked the president on national television and you call for racial equality.
06:16 October 14, 2011 by OUIJA
If he could have worked for Reinhard Heydrich, he would have done it. I do not discuss politics, but this guy trying to "promote" multiculturalism? What does he want, another Oslo tragedy? Who paid this buffoon?
08:20 October 14, 2011 by Kaethar
Good lord, Jesse Jackson is just itching to stay relevant, isn't he?
09:16 October 14, 2011 by RobinHood
@Kid Rasta and Not Dumb

You are right. Many Swede's attitude to immigration into Sweden has indeed changed these past few years. Particularly among Swedes who live in the major cities where crime, violence, intimidation, rape, gang warfare, burning cars, and even bombs are now prevelant.

What do you think might have been the catalyst for Swede's change in attitude towards immigration as their cities also changed from the once pleasant place Kid Rasta enjoyed 25 years ago, into the place it is now? (Socialist dogma about evil corporations exluded - Not Dumb - we don't need any more of that nonsense thank you).
10:35 October 14, 2011 by Henrih Olafsson
"it is in your interest to fight for multiculturalism"

Really Mr Jackson? And why is that? Who the friggin hell are you to tell me or anyone else what is in our interest and what is not?

As far as I am concerned you are just another failed globalist shill who is trying to

push the failed concept of multiculturalism so why don`t you go back preaching the gospel in some god foresaken church in Bronx where your place is and leave this country at once.
12:22 October 14, 2011 by Roy E
Unfortunately for Mr Jackson and his fans, ignorance and naivete are not permanent conditions. People learn. Truth always wins out in the end, even if it is later rather than sooner. The tragedy is the painful nature of learning from experience.
16:26 October 14, 2011 by Ormandy
It is very gratifying to read a number of perceptive comments which show some Swedes can smell a stench emitted by this slick opportunist. The lack of an inquiring U.S. media gave this two-bit con artist a 30-year pass on scrutinizing his social, multiculturalist, political agenda and the methods used by him and those interests which assisted him in obtaining the required funds to inflame. Yes, the "Reverend" is but another subpar U.S. export to foist on the global stage.
17:07 October 14, 2011 by kingdans
Ridiculous. Jesse Jackson is a moron.
17:26 October 14, 2011 by maxbrando
Jesse Jackson is much, much more than a moron. He is a racist, completely, and has been his whole life. He is an extortionist, and should be in jail. He wants to make everyone be embarrassed to be white. He gives true meaning to the N---- word. That is what he is.
19:26 October 14, 2011 by T Murphy
Can you keep him?
21:28 October 14, 2011 by idealist707
To the editor, or whatever:

The postscriptum speech filter is a little too English for me. By that I mean its stand with regard to plain english denotations for excrement reminds me of our english secretary's views on and abhorration of references to bodily functions in the 1970's.

And if you're smart, change it so it rings a bell so writers can change wordst to suit your cultural thresholds.

And to repeat the central message of my comment:

Why does there appear to be such a concentration of xenophobia at the Local?

Surely not the quality of the editorial material.

But once the flies are here they perhaps are attracting others.

Like buzzards in the African sky.
22:49 October 14, 2011 by ramshead
When Jesse Jackson speaks of racism, he should take a long look in the mirror. My Swedish friends, I pray you don't get Al Sharpton next, if you do, you'll be in for more B.S. then you may be able to handle.
09:56 October 15, 2011 by OUIJA
I do love Jackson, I mean, Michael Jackson, not this...
17:01 October 15, 2011 by Rebel
Jesse Jackson is not taken seriously in the USA anymore so I suppose he has to go to Sweden? WHy doesn't he go to Libya and condemn the NATO-backed rebels for murdering black people by the dozens?
23:52 October 15, 2011 by hughglass
If the Lund students really want to do civilized society a favor, they should sell this worthless POS into slavery to some arabs. He could then do the first days work he's ever done in his life and would be prevented from stealing every last dime from the black folks he alleges to help. I wonder if DaRev didn't decide to come to sweden after he got a look at the attractive very white scandanavian punchboard his equally worthless son has been hammering. Jess may be getting tired of the black teenage chicks he normally porks for fun. And occasionally impregnates.
07:38 October 16, 2011 by Dom har glömt
I can never take Jackson seriously. He has burned too many bridges. White slavery needs to be in history books also and it is still going on today.
09:17 October 16, 2011 by rise
Many Swedes thinks it's enough already! This is no longer the same country as I grew up in. Nobody has asked me or my fellow Swedes if we WANT this bloody multiculturalism forced upon us, or if we simply are happy with OUR OWN culture and just want to get on with our lives. To hell with multiculturalism! Not interested in it. It is simply too much now. The whole country flooded and people are drowning.
11:33 October 16, 2011 by ArchibaldId
Just look at what Multiculturalism did to the idigenous people living in an area nowadays called the USA, Jesse Jackson's home country! The so called Native Americans lost their country when they embraced Multiculturalism. I do not wonder why Jesse Jackson talks in favour of Multiculturalism as he belongs to those who have stolen the country from its original owners: the thief talks for other thieves and takes their side! It means nothing that Jesse Jackson's forefathers were brought to the USA as slaves because he is himself committing theft when he stays in a country that has been stolen from their original owners, he should leave and go back to Africa to his country of origin. By analyzing his DNA it would be easy to find his ancestral home in Africa.
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