Report: Jesse Jackson compares Charlottesville victim to Rosa Parks
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The Rev. Jesse Jackson is reportedly comparing Heather Heyer, the woman who died in a Virginia rally organized by white supremacists earlier this month, to civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

In a Sunday sermon in Charlottesville, Jackson said Heyer is of the “same lineage” as Parks and the four girls who died in an Alabama church bombing in in 1963, according to The Daily Progress.

“Heather is in that lineage,” he said. “That lineage has led to remarkable progress.”


Jackson spoke to packed pews at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist, calling for Confederate statues to be removed from public spaces.

“The fight against voter suppression and fake news and voter fraud is the fight of our day,” he said. “Those who sought to deny the right to vote now seek to suppress the right.”

The civil rights leader and former presidential candidate called out President Trump for his remarks on Charlottesville, in which he said that "both sides" were to blame for the violence and that there were some "very fine people" among those protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

“The president’s inability to call out white supremacists, KKK and neo-Nazis caused many to be embarrassed,” Jackson said.

Heyer, 32, was part of the counterprotesters at the Charlottesville rally when she died after a driver rammed his car into the crowds. At least a dozen other protesters were injured.