Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday softened his criticism of Barack Obama, whom he reportedly criticized earlier in the week for “acting like he’s white” on the Jena 6 race case in Louisiana.
The State newspaper in South Carolina quoted Jesse Jackson as saying that Obama was “acting like he’s white” by not being more bold in his response to the case of the Jena 6.
Jackson says that he doesn’t contest the newspaper account but doesn’t recall saying the phrase. He said the phrase doesn’t reflect his opinion.
“That is not my conviction,” Jackson said. “But I will say the Democrats should act with more courage on this. It is one of the defining moments of our time.”
Rev. Jesse Jackson who in March came out in support of Barack Obama’s presidential run has not backed away from supporting Obama even with this recent controversy.