The Rev. Jesse Jackson claimed that the late President Ronald Reagan sought to prevent black collegiate and professional football players from playing with whites in a speech at Furman University Wednesday night.
“Goldwater and Reagan – had they been successful, it would have been illegal for blacks and whites to pay together on a Saturday afternoon,” he said, according to Campus Reform.
“You couldn’t have had the Carolina Panthers behind the cotton curtain playing the Atlanta Falcons…[inaudible] it would have been illegal.”
Campus Reform reported:
In the tirade, recorded by a Furman University student, Jackson went on to claim that if Reagan and former GOP presidential candidate Barry Goldwater had their way, there would have been no Olympics in Atlanta, and basketball legend Michael Jordan would have ineligible to play basketball at the University of North Carolina (UNC), where he got his start.
“Michael Jordan couldn’t have gone to UNC… [inaudible] it would have been ineligible for him to play at UNC,” he continued “You couldn’t have had the Olympics in Atlanta Georgia. You couldn’t have had the Dallas Cowboys in Houston, Texas, you couldn’t have had the Super Bowl in New Orleans or in Atlanta or in Jacksonville or Miami.”
Both men, neither of whom is alive to answer Jackson’s ridiculous allegations, supported a limited federal government. A few far-left crackpots have taken this to mean they advocated segregation, a claim unsupported by their records.
When he finished with Reagan and Goldwater, he took on the Washington Redskins.
“How about pictures we see of Indians stabbing the cowboys” he asked. “In reality what happened was if If you killed an Indian… [inaudible]…finally you got paid for the scalps of the red skins of the Indians…and that’s how we got the Washington Redskins football league.”
He repeatedly referred to the South as “the land of the free, the home of genocide” and revised American history to suit his narrative, according to Campus Reform.
“The Union, those in the Confederacy sought to maintain the walls [of slavery and segregation of races] and secede from the country, the shots fired at Fort Sumter, the beginning of the Tea Party, the ‘Fort Sumter’ Tea Party, who sought to secede from the union, set their own government, their own currency, sought to ally with France and Britain, to form their own country,” he said.
When race-baiters and hate merchants like Jackson and Al Sharpton can’t find something — anything, no matter how insignificant — to complain about, they resort to making something up. This one has to take the cake.