Journal Sentinel's Lack of Coverage on Protest Angered Jackson
By Troy Sparks
On my way to work Tuesday, I listened to Eric Von's morning radio show on 1290 WMCS. He was told by Rev. Jesse Jackson that our daily newspaper didn't have wall-to-wall coverage of the protest downtown he helped organized last weekend.
I wasn't there to witness the event, but he probably was locked arm-in-arm with mayor Tom Barrett, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore and Milwaukee County executive candidate Chris Abele. Of course it's a big deal when the reverend shows up in our town, or so he thought.
Von recalled Jackson telling him that if he led a march somewhere down south, the press would've been all over the story. Von said that Jackson told him he had to brush some of the media members back because they were all over him.
Jackson thought that his assistance in leading the march and protest over Gov. Scott Walker's policies would get equal attention as the chaos up in Madison. His presence in the state capitol didn't change the decision Walker made in changing state law, which is now on hold.
I want to know why he bothered to show up in the dairy state in the first place. I guess he didn't have much to do. Jackson urged people of color to vote on April 5 for Abele, who is a Democrat.
The people who showed up downtown last weekend were reminded that election day was the day after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.
King was killed on April 4, 1968. Jackson was standing on the same balcony at the motel in Memphis near King. To this day, we don't know if Jackson would have jumped in front of King and took the bullet and spared the civil rights leader.
We have heard stories of Jackson wearing a sweatshirt that had some of King's blood on it. Was he anointing himself as the next civil rights leader with that statement?
The black newspapers covered Jackson's protest march as they should have. He can't expect the Journal Sentinel to bow down and salute him just because he showed up on a white horse.
And Jackson can learn from Wisconsinites that we can handle our own problems. We would have done just fine. If the 14 Democratic senators never left the state, then there would be no need for Jackson to make the visit on taxpayer's money. Maybe he won't come back for a while, since he got no love from the Journal Sentinel.