The Rev. Jesse Jackson says animosity is rising toward African-Americans and other minorities in the U.S.
“It’s not just the police,” he said Friday on BBC 4 Radio’s “Today." "Acid rain comes top-down, not bottom-up.
“It’s a kind of anti-black mood, anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim bashing, immigrant bashing, women bashing. There’s a kind of mean-spirited division in the country. This is just one manifestation of the divide.”
Jackson said America’s political climate is contributing to the problem.
“The poison of the rhetoric has had a devastating impact,” he said. "Just the permissiveness of violence towards black people is ready and apparent."
“We’ve been used as scapegoats for deeper, I think deeper, cultural and economic fears,” the civil rights activist added. "We’re not the cause of them.”
Jackson said Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE and his supporters are partially responsible for America’s escalating social tensions.
“It’s not just Trump but the followers of Trump who really believe that somehow they have lost the blacks, the browns, the Muslims, we’ve globalized capital, we’ve globalized the human rights and workers’ rights and women’s rights and children’s and environmental rights,” he said of the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee.
Jackson added that economic and racial injustice is alive and well in some of the nation’s biggest cities.
“In the south side of Chicago, and the west side, unemployment is around 25 percent, for youth around 50 percent,” said Jackson, who backs presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden sends 'best wishes' to Clinton following hospitalization The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE.
“On the white, north side of town, it’s less than 3 percent. This imbalance based upon racial disparities and lack of opportunities is real and can be documented."