Jesse Jackson using Detroit crisis to pad résumé?

Here is an excerpt from a 03/22/13 news story published by the Detroit Free Press.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson joined the fight against Detroit’s emergency financial manager on Friday, calling for mass, nonviolent protest in the city to fend off what he called an attack on residents’ voting rights.

Jackson and several other opponents to an EFM pledged to file a lawsuit next week challenging the constitutionality of Michigan’s new emergency manager law. It takes effect Thursday and grants broad powers to the incoming emergency financial manager, Kevyn Orr, a Washington, D.C., bankruptcy lawyer.

“As opposed to having a city council that’s democratically elected and a mayor, you’ll have a plantocracy, a plantation-ocracy, replacing a democracy,” Jackson said.

Of course, one might question the legitimacy of Rev. Jackson’s involvement in Detroit politics, since he is an outsider.

Here is more from the same news story.

Demeeko Williams, 27, said he was hoping for more information from Jackson about how Detroiters would protest. He said he attended the rally because he’s concerned about his constitutional rights, but he was suspicious of Jackson’s agenda.

“It’s probably to add to his résumé,” Williams said, adding that he recognizes Jackson’s place in history as a civil rights leader.

By the way, here is who Michigan’s governor appointed to be Detroit’s emergency financial manager.

Kevyn Orr

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