Rev. Jesse Jackson is currently dogged by accusations that he made inappropriate sexual advances at a woman writer while she worked at a large media company. Danielle Young, now with The Root, penned in an essay her side of the uncomfortable encounter which paints the civil rights figurehead in an unfavorable light.
From Young’s piece:
I used to work for a very popular media company, and we had a meeting that ended with a keynote speech by the living legend, the Rev. Jesse Jackson. So, of course, the conference room was packed wall-to-wall.
After Jackson’s riveting and inspiring speech about the responsibility of black journalists, we all lined up to take a photo with him. One by one, we stepped up, shared a few words and thank-yous with Jackson, snapped photos and went back to our desks. Simple enough, right?
I walked toward Jackson, smiling, and he smiled back at me. His eyes scanned my entire body. All of a sudden, I felt naked in my sweater and jeans. As I walked within arm’s reach of him, Jackson reached out a hand and grabbed my thigh, saying, “I like all of that right there!” and gave my thigh a tight squeeze.
I was shocked, to say the least. Even though Jackson had had his hand reached out, I had no idea that he would touch me in a sexual way.
This isn’t the first time Rev. Jackson’s been accused of sexual misconduct. Tommy Bennett, who worked in Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition group, accused the leader of several infractions.
Read the rest of Danielle Young’s gripping words about Rev. Jesse Jackson’s unwanted advances and her push to bring light to the increasingly frequent revelations of said abuse from men in power by following this link.