It is my opinion that in order to gain attention on anything in the United States, someone in a predominant position is necessary. Typically Americans fail to pay attention to issues unless someone of fame or prestige is involved in the promotion of it. Therefore, I support Jesse Jackson in his promotion of closing the income gap.
In the United States today, income inequality is one of the most pressing problems. If expansion of affirmative action procedures would help mitigate this, then that would be a good thing and forestall unrest. It is actually the duty of prestigious African-American leaders like Jesse Jackson to speak up for such things.
How can a person who is worth an incredible amount of money relate to some one who makes minimum wage or is unemployed? Mr. Jackson means well, but instead of promoting this idea himself, I believe it would mean more coming from people that Affirmative action has actually helped. The experiences would carry more weight than that of someone of privilige.
Not only is it not justifiable for well known black celebrities, especially Jesse Jackson, to support these affirmative action programs. I prefer to call affirmative action by its real name. Selective discrimination, The playing field is level. The doors to higher education are open. One can better oneself. And the cry of poverty and not being given a fair chance....those days are over.
I do not believe it is justifiable for a prestigious African-American such as Jesse Jackson to promote additional affirmative action expansions in the interest of more quickly closing the income gap between races in the United States. There is a huge income gap between the wealthy and the poor that is far worse and leaves the majority of the population, regardless of race, in poverty. It is hopeless to attack income disparity between races at this point.