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.