November 08, 2017

Civil Rights Activist Jesse Jackson Accused of Sexual Harassment

Kristin TateRebel Buzz Contributor

A journalist has accused civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson of sexual harassment. 

In a scathing oped for The Root, Danielle Young says Jackson grabbed her thigh while making a crude comment. 

After Jackson’s riveting and inspiring speech about the responsibility of black journalists, we all lined up to take a photo with him. One by one, we stepped up, shared a few words and thank-yous with Jackson, snapped photos and went back to our desks. Simple enough, right?

I walked toward Jackson, smiling, and he smiled back at me. His eyes scanned my entire body. All of a sudden, I felt naked in my sweater and jeans. As I walked within arm’s reach of him, Jackson reached out a hand and grabbed my thigh, saying, “I like all of that right there!” and gave my thigh a tight squeeze.

I was shocked, to say the least. Even though Jackson had had his hand reached out, I had no idea that he would touch me in a sexual way.

I did what most women in an uncomfortable position do: I giggled. And I continued to giggle as he pulled me in closer, stared down at my body, smiled and told me he was only kidding. The entire time, my co-worker snapped photos.

A representative for Jackson said in a statement provided to journalists:

"Although Rev. Jackson does not recall the meeting three years ago, he profoundly and sincerely regrets any pain Ms. Young may have experienced." 

The allegations against the civil rights leader are just the latest in a flurry of sexual harassment accusations plaguing the entertainment, news, and political industries. It started with allegations of sexual assault first reported by The New Yorker against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. 

It has certainly been an interesting time of self-reflection for many of the nation's most powerful media and political moguls. Celebrities and left-wing political leaders love to rant against President Donald Trump and portray him as a womanizer. Many went so far as to accuse the president of perpetuating rape culture with his comments that surfaced in the 2005 "p*ssy tape." 

Sure, Trump's comments in the 2005 tape are lewd. But they certainly don't come close to actual sexual assault. 

It's time for left-wingers in politics and the media to take a good, hard look at the rampant inappropriate behavior in their own industries. If they are unwilling to point out bad behavior when it comes from their own side, then their criticisms of Trump and other conservatives lose any validity. 

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commented 2017-11-09 02:45:39 -0500
Jan G—You probably being a Social Conservative, in your beliefs, is a thigh a sexual organ? How about if someone pats someone on the back and touches a shoulder blade; is that a sexual organ? What about leading someone by touching their elbow, is that a sexual advance, or sexual harassment, or rape?
Danielle Young says she giggled when he touched her thigh; if she was mad why didn’t she kick him in the shin?
Danielle tells us " Don’t be fooled by my smile in the photo, I am cringing on the inside." Well, I am completely fooled by her smile, she looks happy to be getting attention from a celebrity.
Jan, I would not want that guy touching my leg if I was a woman; but you women are making out that he is" Jack The Ripper. " Just slap him, if you are sure that you didn’t mislead him by staring and smiling at him, and at the same time walking up to embrace him even though his hand is out, ready to touch you.
Be sure to click on" The Root" to get the other photos that I saw.
commented 2017-11-09 00:08:20 -0500
The Preying Mantus is eating its mate. Chaos in the world of Marx.
commented 2017-11-08 23:45:59 -0500
Though I think this is whole issue is going to go too far, men do take liberties that are not welcomed by women.
Men simply do not touch women unless they are related to or involved with them. It is strictly off limits for a man to suggest anything sexual or, let’s face it, anything that is offensive to let’s say his wife?
commented 2017-11-08 18:34:22 -0500
John Annesley good point, i feel the same, sometimes it is just for attention. I am not much of a fan of Jackson , but i know there are phonies out there making accusations.
commented 2017-11-08 17:18:06 -0500
John Annesley, good post.
commented 2017-11-08 17:05:49 -0500
I agree that those guilty of sexual assault and/or sexual harassment deserve to be punished. Many of those being accused are people I don’t particularly care for, Mr. Jackson being just the latest example. As the comedian Chris Rock likes to ask: “What does Jesse Jackson do?” However, I would hope that people don’t forget that there is still the presumption of innocence.
There is no question though that the left has really “stepped in it” by making a big deal of Mr. Trump’s lewd comments, now that we are discovering how many men of the left are involved in much worse. Remember when former President WJ Clinton’s accusers were referred to as “bimbos” by Mrs Clinton and others? It is always true that if it were not for double standards, the left would have no standards at all.
commented 2017-11-08 15:01:07 -0500
Misunderstanding
by Irving Layton 1954
Canadian Poet

I placed
my hand
upon
her thigh.

By the way
she moved
away
I could see
her devotion
to literature
was not
perfect.

Maybe Jackson did and maybe he didn’t, but you can be sure this whole sexual abuse debacle everyone is talking about will be abused by opportunists. I hope real offenders don’t get off or innocents charged with crimes they didn’t commit. Rough times ahead for victims of these crimes and those who would be falsely accused.
commented 2017-11-08 14:46:44 -0500
Her thigh will never be the same, maybe amputate. That 3 seconds will change her life forever, unless she gets some money from Jackson.
commented 2017-11-08 13:24:02 -0500
I really don’t like Jesse Jackson but my gosh, this whole sexual harassment thing is getting crazy and exagerated.
commented 2017-11-08 12:12:25 -0500
This is only one more in the on-going series of sexual harassment allegations directed squarely at the Left over years and years and years. The Left must draw a lot of sexual deviants and perverts. Why is that?