'It's Deeper Than Just Blackface': Jesse Jackson Reacts to Virginia Capitol Controversy
Rev. Jesse Jackson reacted Wednesday to the controversies that have engulfed Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring.
"The legacy of slavery is something that began in Virginia 400 years ago this year," the civil rights leader said on The Daily Briefing.
Jackson said he was troubled by the situations involving Northam and Fairfax, adding that about 76 people were lynched over Virginia's history, "without one conviction."
He said blackface portrayals are likely still occurring in "a lot of frats right now," and condemned portrayals of "Aunt Jemima" and "Amos & Andy."
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"They must apologize to the people who got their vote and who they offended," Jackson added.
"[Voters] have the power to redeem them or reject them," he said.
He said the controversy goes "deeper than just blackface" and ripped several Republicans for their own racist behavior.
He criticized Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) for controversial comments regarding a lynching last year, and said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) was being racially insensitive when he used the term "monkey this up" when referring to his African-American opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D).
Jackson said he did not want to comment on Fairfax's situation, saying that he does not know the details of the accusation.
Perino asked whether politicians throw around the term "racist" too often.
Jackson said he did not think so, and said that the Affordable Care Act took a hit in public opinion after it was dubbed "ObamaCare" after America's first black president.