Jackson, who is black and was reared by his grandparents, made his remarks during an interview from Ferguson with the hosts of “Mornings on the Mall,” broadcast by the Washington, D.C. radio station WMAL.
“Let me tell you what’s ‘rooted in reality’: Everybody in America, at some point, has problems with cops,” said Jackson, in reference to President Barack Obama’s comments about the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. “White people, Puerto Ricans, everybody – that’s not the point. The cops don’t do their job right the same way a doctor doesn’t, a mechanic doesn’t, or whatever, and it isn’t limited to black people.”
“Black people are committing outrageous acts of crime and, in fact, the sad statistic – and people don’t want to admit this – the most dangerous person on the planet, statistically, is a young black male,” said Jackson. “So, all of this statistical crap that I go against when I talk to Marc Lamont Hill and all these other leftist buffoons is out the door.”
“You need to stop making excuses for people who are doing bad things – these are not bad kids, they’re bad people in bad situations,” said Jackson. “But they’ve been put in bad situations by idiotic liberals, people who are apologists, enablers, who want to tell these black kids, ‘It’s okay you don’t have a daddy, go rob a store!’”
Jackson continued, “Everybody involved – [Al] Sharpton made the comment when Brown robbed that store, ‘that wasn’t really a robbery’ – he said, ‘shoplifting.’ He tried to minimize what this guy did.”
In late August, when Ferguson police released a security video showing Michael Brown stealing approximately 40 cigarillos, which are often used to smoke pot, from a convenience store and assaulting the store’s owner, MSNBC’s Al Sharpton said, “First of all, if this is the young man, y’all quit trying to exaggerate. That was shoplifting, not robbery.”
Commenting further to WMAL, Jackson said, “Now, let me ask you this: What about these real victims, the people whose stores are getting burned down and looted? Anybody, I dare any liberal to tell me this has risen to that level.”
“The sad part is these people in Ferguson have watched on TV as a bunch of opportunists, profiteers, thugs kicked in their shop doors and stole everything, took their livelihood away from them and everybody sat and watched,” said Jackson. “And a bunch of apologists come on TV and go, ‘Oh, well, it’s a shame but this is about Michael Brown, hands up!’ Hands up, nothing! You know, enough of this nonsense.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as reported by PolitiFact.com, in 2011 – the latest data available – the number one cause of death for black males ages 15 to 34 was homicide.
“Compared to other ethnicities, the numbers really stand out,” reported PolitiFact. “Forty percent of African-American males 15-34 who died were murdered, according to the CDC, compared to just 3.8 percent of white males who died. Overall, 14 percent of all men 15-34 who died in 2011 were murdered.
“In 2011, black males 15-34 were 10 times more likely to die of murder than whites of the same age group.”
After the death of his mother when he was five years old, Jackson was adopted by his grandparents, who were staunch Democrats. On his website, Jackson says, “I recall as a child watching Reagan give a speech in his unsuccessful run for the presidency, after which I said to my grandparents, ‘Why are we Democrats, when what we believe is what that guy [Reagan] just said?’”