Should Jesse Jackson Pay in Court for calling Florida a Racist Apartheid State?

Written by Kevin Fobbs on August 1, 2013

The state’s Governor, Rick Scott is quoted by Fox News as saying, “Jesse Jackson owes every Floridian an apology for his reckless and divisive comments,”

Governor Scott is absolutely correct. The racially divisive behavior by Jackson and his partner in racial divisiveness Al Sharpton should be held accountable by the people of Florida. The Zimmerman trial should never have seen a Sanford, Florida courtroom. Had it not been for the inciting actions of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, there would have been no national outcry over a made-up race based trial.

The tax payers of Sanford, Florida should be handing the bill for the cost of the trial to Al Sharpton as well as Jesse Jackson. In addition, the harassment and infamous demonization of George Zimmerman by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson deserves a civil lawsuit where they are put on trial for personal damage to Zimmerman’s reputation and his livelihood.

This is an important turning point for the nation and these outdated civil rights talking heads have to be held accountable for their maligning. They should not be allowed the protection of the U.S. Constitution’s Freedom of Speech when they cause intentional and foreseeable harm.

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It appears clear that both Jackson and Sharpton fully intend to continue to do personal harm to Zimmerman through their character assassination of him.

In addition, the attacks that have resulted on innocent white citizens in a variety of states since the end of the trial can be logically laid at the feet of both men. Sharpton advocated for marches and for some type of retribution against Zimmerman with his not so clever use of words like, calling for a “Justice for Trayvon National Day of Action,” the Saturday after the verdict. He called for protests rise up in 100 cities, which were probably in the cities that carry his MSNBC show.

Will Sharpton or Jackson pay for the injuries to those who were targeted by black teens because they were white or looked white? Will he ante up and pay for their medical bills or funeral services by youth who were yelling slogans like “This is for Trayvon!”

Is this the America that Jackson and Sharpton should be allowed to continue to foment their racist demonization attacks in? Should their ability to incite violence instead of promoting racial healing continue without any legal repercussions?
America deserves responsibility and leadership from those who use their political pulpit to create an issue where none exists and causes harm to innocents. Florida is not Selma nor is it an Apartheid state.

Therefore absent an apology that will never come from Jackson’s lips, Zimmerman and the state of Florida should take this pretender to court and force him to put up or shut up.

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Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs has more than 35 years of wide-ranging experience as a community and tenant organizer, Legal Services outreach program director, public relations consultant, business executive, gubernatorial and presidential appointee, political advisor, widely published writer, and national lecturer. Kevin is co-chair and co-founder of AC-3 (American-Canadian Conservative Coalition) that focuses on issues on both sides of the border between the two countries.