The Jesse Jackson Allegations: A Perspective

16 Apr

TOMMY BENNETT JESSE JACKSON

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and his Rainbow PUSH Coalition are denying the allegations by a former employee that Rev. Jackson engaged in “harassment, retaliation and discrimination” as the result of his sexual orientation. Tony Bennett, who is gay, made a long list of disturbing accusations against the pastor, arguing (among other things) that he was treated unfairly for being gay.

Bennett originally filed a complaint with the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. Rainbow Push issued a statement saying, in part, that "The organization does not condone or tolerate discrimination in any form….[Bennett’s] inflammatory allegations are an attempt to malign Reverend Jackson and the organization, and are hurtful and harmful to the progressive community."

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