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Jesse Jackson on Reparations: ‘We Are Due a Different Kind of Recognition’ | The Atlantic

Thirty years ago, the reverend made reparations for slavery core to his presidential campaigns. Now he’s watching as the...

Thirty years ago, the reverend made reparations for slavery core to his presidential campaigns. Now he’s watching as the House grapples with a proposal to study their feasibility.

Jesse Jackson ran for president in 1984 with a lot of ideas and a little support, the second black candidate, after Shirley Chisholm in the 1970s, to organize a national campaign for the presidency. His presence in the race was a nuisanceto Democrats at the time who worried that his policy proposals were too left-leaning. But the “Rainbow Coalition” he cobbled together—an assortment of minority groups, black and brown people, farmers and poor factory workers, the LGBTQ community and white progressives—compelled them to deal with his ideas.

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