Context of a Gaffe, What Responsibility and Faith Can’t Do

Saturday, July 12th, the Reverend Jesse Jackson spoke at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library in Denver in the wake of his remarks into a live microphone concerning Senator Obama. He didn’t wait to be asked about his gaffe, but expressed contrition and moved on to discussing the context of the conversation. The Reverend expressed frustration with a focus on Faith-Based initiatives and personal responsibility when there are some services that only the larger entity of government can provide. Large scale disasters, economic and having to do with aging infrastructure, the Reverend stressed, can not be fixed by Church daycares and strong fathers. He particularly stressed the wide-spread impact of the sub-prime mortgage crisis, it’s disproportionate impact on people of color, and infrastructure failures on the Mississippi from the bridge collapse in Minneapolis to the levee failures in Louisiana.

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