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Free people fight for their equality - Jesse Jackson

By Canaan Mdletshe | Apr 20, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

FREEDOM without equality is no freedom, warned US clergyman Jesse "Jabulani" Jackson in Durban yesterday.

The accomplished civil rights leader and first black to run for US presidential office, knows a lot about freedom and equality.

Jackson says: "If the people of South Africa say they are free, they must then fight for equality."

Jackson, pictured, is here to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

He was christened "Jabulani" by his hosts at a breakfast meeting held in his honour by the eThekwini municipality.

Jackson said he was in Durban 31 years ago and sees a lot of changes.

"It was difficult to enter South Africa back then because of political objection and apartheid, but today, it's a completely different atmosphere," he said.

"Political freedom, which gives you a right to vote, is not enough.

"People will only be free when they share equal healthcare, have jobs, have access to land and have decent homes. That is the freedom we need," he said.

"In America, though blacks were liberated 45 years ago, we are still suffering. We are free but not equal. Right now, there are about 2million prisoners in America and over 1,2million of those are blacks. You must not confuse freedom with equality.

"Free people fight for equality."

To be free but remaining unemployed was unhealthy, Jackson said.

He said it was good that South Africa would host the 2010 World Cup, but warned about the end results.

"What's good about hosting such a tournament if people will remain poor afterwards?"


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