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Dr. Boyce Watkins: Jesse Jackson’s Allegations: Putting it Into Perspective

by on April 16, 2011

TOMMY BENNETT JESSE JACKSON

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and his Rainbow PUSH Coalition are denying the allegations by a former employee that Rev. Jackson engaged in “harassment, retaliation and discrimination” as the result of his sexual orientation. Tony Bennett, who is gay, made a long list of disturbing accusations against the pastor, arguing (among other things) that he was treated unfairly for being gay.

Bennett originally filed a complaint with the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. Rainbow Push issued a statement saying, in part, that "The organization does not condone or tolerate discrimination in any form….[Bennett’s] inflammatory allegations are an attempt to malign Reverend Jackson and the organization, and are hurtful and harmful to the progressive community."

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