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Shakedown: Exposing the Real Jesse Jackson Paperback – December 1, 2003
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Kenneth R. Timmerman, an investigative reporter with more than two decades of experience, has written for many magazines and newspapers, including Time, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, and the American Spectator.
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As many people already know, Jesse Jackson loves to play the race card. His accusations of racism are so frequent and often so outrageous that they have become second nature to him, and they seem to be losing their effectiveness with the public. Timmerman points out many examples where Jackson would play his usual song and dance routine: target a company and accuse it of racism; call a press conference to make sure that the public is aware of what's taking place; then meet with the corporate officers to work out some sort of payoff agreement. Jackson's strategies are almost always self- serving and have little to do with "helping the poor" as he so often claims. If there is something financial to gain, either for himself, his "non- profit" groups, his friends, or his direct family, then Jackson is right there, in the middle of the action, making demands and collecting his payoffs. But if there is no money to be made, he refuses to waste his time. This book documents many of these instances and a good example is the Texaco case, a well- known racist trial in the mid 1990's. Jackson remained silent on this issue until he realized there was a chance to make some money for himself. But the Texaco CEO outsmarted Jackson. He gave money to the injured parties and to several charities, but Jackson got nothing, and he couldn't do anything about it. The money went to black- related causes, so there was nothing Jackson could do but accept it and move on. His cries of racism wouldn't work at this point, so he moved on to his next victim.
A similar situation occurred with Anheuser- Busch. Jackson made his usual accusations of racism and was ready to negotiate a personal payoff during a meeting with corporate leaders. But officials at Anheuser- Busch decided to play Jackson at his own game. They hired a team of investigators to look into Jackson's record of lying and deceit. This team assembled together dozens of pages of facts and incriminating data against Jackson. When the two sides agreed to meet, a representative for Anheuser- Busch pushed the binder with these documents across the table to Jackson, who then opened up the folder and read its contents. Without saying a word, Jackson got up, and walked out the door. He dropped the racist charges immediately. He knew he had been outsmarted and he didn't want the public to see this information.
Jackson's association with violent Chicago street gangs, dictators, and other violent groups are well- documented here. There is a photo section, at the back of the book, showing Jackson sharing a cigar with Fidel Castro, receiving a kiss from Yasser Arafat, and sitting down next to Chicago street gang member Jeff Fort. There are also some photocopy reproductions of the threatening letters that Jackson's half- brother, Noah Robinson, wrote to his enemies before he was sentenced to prison for murder conspiracy.
The most interesting thing about this book is the reaction, or should I say, lack of reaction from the Jesse Jackson camp. He has remained silent on this writing, refusing to even discuss the book in public. There has been no public denunciation, like one would expect if the contents were actually false or misleading. This lack of any response speaks volumes. Given that Jackson has a distinct record for being vindictive and for filing lawsuits, his decision to ignore this book is proof of his guilt, in my opinion. He knows that this book is very damaging and very true, so he has decided to take the defensive strategy of just not talking about it. If he makes mention of the book, to condemn it or say anything else about it, more attention will be drawn to it and more people will read it, which could be extremely damaging to Jackson's political career.
Jesse Jackson's frequent cries of racism and his manipulative tactics have done nothing to reduce the problems of prejudice in our country. In fact, most experts (and the author of this book) agree that Jackson's mode of conduct has actually promoted racism in America by turning groups against each other and making minority groups feel like any lack of success can be immediately blamed on discrimination. I have many liberal friends, and even the most extreme among them do not like Jesse Jackson. "If I could eliminate one person from my Democratic Party", one of my friends once told me, "it would be Jesse Jackson. He's a disgrace".
The evidence against Jackson is very incriminating. He has already confessed to some of his early lies, like the ones about "cradling" the dying Martin Luther King in his arms. But he has not apologized (as far as I know) and he continues to file lawsuits to gain money for himself and his immediate family and followers. He is prepared to counter- attack anyone who gets in the way of his money- making machine.
But one man who Jackson has not dared to stand up to is the author of this book, Kenneth Timmerman. Jackson realizes that this book could end his career of lying and manipulation. That's why he has decided to avoid talking about it, at all costs. This book could very well prove to be the downfall of the "reverend" Jesse Jackson. So much is exposed about his dishonest tactics and selfish personality that he may never fully recover.
If you want to read the real story of Jesse, Inc., get yourself a copy of "Shakedown". It is a very revealing book, well- written and well- researched. You will discover things about Jesse Jackson that will both shock and amaze you.