Jesse Jackson

Remember him? He’s the Black person Bernie Sanders endorsed for President in 1988 and 1992. The one who Bill Clinton had his Sister Souljah moment against so he could dog whistle all his white racist southern brothers.

Yeah, that guy.

Reverend Jesse Jackson tells Apple boss Tim Cook: ‘we applaud your leadership’
by Danny Yadron, The Guardian
Friday 26 February 2016 15.45 EST

(T)he reverend Jesse Jackson, an Apple stock owner for 15 years: “Where we stand in controversy is a measure of our character.”

Apple investors large and small, including Jackson, gathered on the morning of 26 February for the company’s annual shareholder meeting. Normally, the agenda at these types of gathering is pretty dry: sales in emerging markets, executive compensation and stock buybacks.

But this year is different. America’s largest company is 10 days into a public standoff with the US Justice Department over whether a court can force it to rewrite iPhone code to make it easier for the government to crack the passcode of San Bernardino gunman Syed Farook.

Addressing Cook from the audience, Jackson, the famed civil rights leader, compared Apple’s current struggle to fights against McCarthyism in the 1950s or blowback against the Federal Bureau of Investigation for tapping Martin Luther King’s phone.

“We want to appeal to you in this critical hour to not grow weary of well doing,” Jackson said. “You are a man of integrity and character and we applaud your leadership.”

Of course, not all was hunky dory at Apple’s annual retreat.

Jackson also was on hand to push a shareholder resolution that would require the board to adopt an “accelerated recruitment policy” to increase diversity among senior management and board of directors.

Look, I hate everything about Apple from their closed and confusing operating systems to their over priced hardware but right is right.

Our government has no business spying on us simply because it wants to.

Who’s the racist again?


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