Jesse Jackson urges unity in fight against discrimination

Jesse JacksonROSEMONT, Ill. – The Rev. Jesse Jackson used an impromptu appearance at the Islamic Society of North America’s convention Sunday to urge American Muslims to work with blacks and other minorities in their shared fight against discrimination.

Jackson likened Islamophobia in America today to the problems faced by Mexican immigrants and blacks during the 1960s. He used the venue to speak about some issues dear to the hundreds of Muslims in his audience, including their opposition to the war in Iraq, ethnic-based profiling of Muslims by law enforcement and what Jackson referred to as “fear-mongering.”

Indianapolis Star, 3 September 2007