Civil Rights Icon Reverend Jesse Jackson Reacts To Violence In Charlottesville

MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - As violent clashes unfolded in Charlottesville, VA Saturday, Civil Rights Icon Reverend Jesse Jackson was in Memphis and He and local community leaders reacted to the news during an event at the National Civil Rights Museum.
 
Reverend Jackson told reporters President Donald Trump needs to call the governor of Virginia to assure their security in light of the violence in Charlottesville.
 
Jackson was part of a panel of community leaders in Memphis reflecting on where we are 50 years after Doctor Martin Luther King Junior was killed.
 
Topics discussed included disparities in minority contracts with local and state governments, healthcare and more.
 
Jackson said the violence in Charlottesville is ugly and says the result of the President Donald Trump's hateful rhetoric and actions.
 
"The president bears a major responsibility. He cannot create un-hate with one tweet.  The campaigns of fear and hatred and divisions caught up with us. It's hurtful and the end is not in sight, " said Reverend Jesse Jackson.
 
The president of the National Civil Rights museum says what's happening in Charlottesville very disturbing.

 

Terri Freeman said,   "Peaceful protest is a right that citizens of this country have, regardless of what your ideology is. we should never find ourselves having to resort to violence. "
In light of the events in Virginia, there is now a call for people to gather near Confederate statues and symbols Saturday night to stand in solidarity with counter protesters that were injured and killed.
 
Local 24 is hearing people plan to gather by the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in Memphis.

 

 

 


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