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Proper source for Jesse Jackson anecdote? January 9, 2013

Filed under: bias,queries from readers — jennysaul @ 9:31 am

There’s an anecdote about Jesse Jackson that’s often mentioned in discussions of implicit bias– involves him feeling nervous about footsteps behind him, then feeling relieved that the person is white. I’ve just had this query about it, and I’m wondering if one of you can help!

My question is this: do you have a source for the quotation? It’s not hard to find it online, but nailing the origin is harder. St John and Heald-Moore attribute it to Newsweek on 13th December 1993, but it’s not there; others trace it to the Chicago Sun Times, also from late 1993 – but I can’t find an electronic edition of that.

 

2 Responses to “Proper source for Jesse Jackson anecdote?”

  1. Tamar G Says:

    Here’s the quote:

    “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved…. After all we have been through. Just to think we can’t walk down our own streets, how humiliating.”

    Here’s the source:

    Remarks at a meeting of Operation PUSH in Chicago (27 November 1993). Quoted in “Crime: New Frontier – Jesse Jackson Calls It Top Civil-Rights Issue” by Mary A. Johnson, 29 November 1993, Chicago Sun-Times (ellipsis in original). Partially quoted in US News & World Report (10 March 1996)

  2. St Enzyme of the Rock Cakes Says:

    @Tamar: As the person who asked Jenny… thank you!


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