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Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson in Almedalen

TT/Rebecca Martin · 4 Jul 2011, 07:00

Published: 04 Jul 2011 07:00 GMT+02:00

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“It is inspiring to see a non-violent, civilised discussion on democracy. This is what democracy is all about,” Jackson told news agency TT.

Shortly after his arrival Jackson was spotted taking in the sights and mingling with the throngs of visitors that swarm the town for the Almedalen week.

“I am seeing different groups come together and people who are exercising their right to express their opinion,” said Jackson to TT.

Jackson who arrived in Sweden on Friday took part in a seminar on integration in Borlänge, in central Sweden, shortly after his arrival.

“Keep doing what you are doing, Sweden is on the right track,” Jackson reportedly said during the seminar, where he gave the participants “a history lesson into African Americans struggle towards equal rights”, according to local paper Dalademokraten.

On Saturday Jackson spoke in front of the 40,000 visitors at the Peace & Love festival in Borlänge. In an interview with Sveriges Television (SVT) prior to the speech he said that he thought it essential to integrate politics and culture, as the two belong together.

“More people will listen to Bob Dylan than to politicians,” Jackson told SVT.

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Jesse Jackson will stay in Visby until Tuesday where he will take part in SVT Debatt, a discussion show broadcasted by SVT on Monday evening,

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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08:26 July 4, 2011 by prince T
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10:04 July 4, 2011 by truthworthy
Welcome bro. More people like him should be invited to Sweden.
11:02 July 4, 2011 by rise
What's he doing here with his "multi cultural" propaganda? Let people have their own culture and don't force outsider's cultures upon Swedes.
11:11 July 4, 2011 by blursd
You can keep him Sweden ... Jesse Jackson is nothing more than a walking anachronism that seeks to further his own bigoted agenda by fueling his greatest asset ... his own ego.
12:15 July 4, 2011 by el dorado
According to an Expressen-Jackson interview (please forgive/correct any error in translation), Jackson said that Sweden and Europe have a challenge to take care of the immigrants who have come to Sweden and Europe.

Sweden and Europe must stand against a homogenous (monokromt och renrasigt) society and embrace multiculturalism.

And as a weapon against racism, Jackson reminded the Swedes of Olaf Palme, whom he compared to Jesus, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Furthermore, Jackson strongly criticized xenophobia and the Sweden Democrats.

12:18 July 4, 2011 by PonceDeLeon
It's too bad Harry Rangel and "Big" Al Sharpton couldn't make the trip with Mr. Jackson. Hopefully we'll see Al Gore, John Edwards next year, or possibly former President Obama in 2013..
12:37 July 4, 2011 by ooh456
I agree with blursd, we are talking about the guy who wanted to cut Obama's nuts off. He's done some great things... but he's mostly made his own career out of white man's guilt and linking himself to Jesus. Modesty is a virtue he doesn't get.
12:52 July 4, 2011 by Dr. Dillner
Please keep the idiot there, if you can.
14:45 July 4, 2011 by Kaethar
Yeah, I don't really agree with this guy at all but nice that he was invited anyway to give a more varied commentary. :)
16:20 July 4, 2011 by Swedesmith
He's just there scoping out the women.
17:01 July 4, 2011 by cutthecrap
The biggest loser in town. This guy has a chip on his shoulder that has eaten his brain.
17:02 July 4, 2011 by Mb 65
I think he should sort out his own country first there are millions living in poverty in the US. What about the Mexicans who come across the boarder and are taken straight back or shot. What is he doing here telling Sweden what to do anyway. Who's paying for his trip. I hope it's not us Swedish tax payer's.
17:34 July 4, 2011 by graphixperson
@ PonceDeLeon

Al Sharpton is like the emperor of black people here in the U.S. There's no way they'd let him come somewhere as xenophobic and racist as Sweden.
08:34 July 5, 2011 by helveeta
@graphixperson, why are you commenting on this site? You admit you are in the US, you know nothing about Sweden. I used to live in the States and have never experienced more racism or xenophobia than I have while visiting black neighborhoods there!

I have many (intelligent) black friends in the US who would laugh at your statement about Al Sharpton being their "emperor!!" LMFAO!
11:11 July 5, 2011 by cogito
@graphixperson #13 "Al Sharpton is like the emperor of black people here in the U.S..."

No. Obama is the new emperor. Just ask him.
21:00 July 5, 2011 by Carbarrister
If Jesse thinks Sweden is going in the right direction then it is time for a u-turn!

I hope he is just looking to score a blonde.
15:06 July 8, 2011 by SayNoToUS
May we please have Roxette in exchange for a while?
21:29 October 31, 2011 by Los Lubricano
If you want to know all that there is to know about Jesse Jackson read the book

"Shakedown". It tells of Jackson counciling Bill Clinton on the Monica Lewinsky while his girlfriend was pregnant. His threat of black riots if Coca-Cola did not

contribute to the his Rainbow Coalition. His association with the Blackstone Ranger gang in Chicago. The author of this book begged jackson to sue him if anything in the book was not true. No suite was ever filed. This man is a con artist who now is a joke in the USA since the book was published several years

ago. Do not believe a word this man utters. Read the book and educate yourself

about this phony Reverend Sweden. You have been conned.
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