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Rev. Jesse Jackson said this week that the Tea Party’s philosophies are similar to the state’s rights ideals that were used to opposed integration.
At an event honoring Dr. Martin Luther king Jr., Rev. Jackson said that "The Tea Party is not new. It’s just a new name for an old game."
The luncheon included many of the leaders during Dr. King’s life, including: Julian Bond, Andrew Young and Marc Morial.
The speakers urged the public to use the memorial as an opportunity to deal with the problems of our society.
"We haven’t yet reached the promised land that Dr. King spoke of," said Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder went on to state that he and President Obama were the result of the Civil Rights movement.
Rev. Jackson said that the modern version of the Civil Rights movement should focus on ending unnecessary war, asking the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes and reversing racist policies, such as the crack-powder sentencing disparity.
Rev. Jackson also noted that Dr. King’s reputation for being a pacifist was not accurate.
"He believed in tough negotiations and confrontation before reconciliation," Jackson said. "People who come here must not reduce him to poetry," Jackson said.