Interview with Jesse Jackson
QUESTION 32
HENRY HAMPTON:

This series of events, the series of people which we call the Civil Rights Movement, Is, does it have a time frame or does it go on forever? REV.

JESSE JACKSON:

In the one sense it's an eternal quest for justice and peace. We may say that we're in a third stage now. Maybe the first stage we were sub ordinary in terms of designation as sub people or three fifths human, fighting to end slavery, to end lynching, to end legal segregation, illegal apartheid. We were by law sub people. So we fought against the sub ordinary to the ordinary. The ordinary is equal protection under the law, ah, public accommodations, open housing, the right to vote, school of your choice. These were hard earned victories but they really are ordinary in the sense that we have a job to do greater than just arriving, we must now give leadership. And that becomes this generation's challenge. We cannot just accept equal access in drugs we must choose hope over dope and offer leadership. We can't just accept equal access to decadence, we must help transform the nation and make it better. And so ours is a greater challenge than to have a house, just to fight for housing, or to fight to eat, it is to feed people or to fight not to be killed it's to stop the killing. It's not just to get free, it's to free South Africa and to free the Middle East and free Central American and free the world of its insecurity to drive us to make weapons that we cannot use in wars that we must not fight. And so I would say from sub ordinary to the ordinary and ordinary is great because, because of the sub ordinary. We've been down so long until even seems like up. Really up is offering a leadership beyond race and sex and religion. So when I win Maine and Puerto Rico and Alaska and Michigan and Mississippi that's moving to another state, stage of our development. And I'm convinced that just as our athletic skills have taken us beyond, ah, narrow boundaries of race and our artistic skills have taken us beyond that as in the case of what Marion Anderson did fifty years ago, Stevie Wonder does today. Politically we must now offer that quality of political, social, economic moral leadership to the whole world. Because we came here on an international trade mission, slavery, and now the rejected stones must become the cornerstones for a new order of justice in our nation and peace in the whole world.