CHICAGO (STMW) – The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Saturday said that President Obama’s reelection was “a great victory,” but that it would be incomplete with a reconstruction of urban America and an investment in the communities where the blacks who voted overwhelmingly for the president live.
“We’re happy and full of pride,” in the president’s reelection,
Jackson told the crowd at the Saturday morning forum at Rainbow/PUSH
headquarters, 930 E. 50th St., “but our houses remain raggedy … our
schools remain closed.”
Despite attempts at voter suppression in states such as Ohio,
Pennsylvania and Florida, Jackson said, blacks turned out en masse to
vote, enduring waits that stretched into hours in many places. “We
waited, we voted, we believed,” Jackson said. “Now we want to get well.
“We voted early, we voted long. Our votes won,” he said.
Rev. Jackson, who spoke longer, louder, and more forcefully than he
has in some time at the Saturday morning Rainbow/PUSH meeting, asked the
crowd, “What do we want? We want, we want, we want, we deserve, we
deserve … a return on our investment.
“We are the new mainstream,” Jackson said. “We are the America of shared
hopes and shared dreams. We have the power, we have the votes. (Full Story)