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Jesse Jackson's updated slogan: "I am somebody... who misleads, inflames."

@MarcACaputo

Jesse Jackson inspired generations with his mantra: “I am somebody.”

But these days, as he spouts misleading statistics and over-the-top rhetoric about Florida and gun violence, three alternatives to his famous slogan come to mind:

I am misleading.

I am inflammatory.

I am counterproductive.

While his call to fight racial injustice is righteous, Jackson’s tactics haven’t done much to help the Dream Defenders protestors, who have occupied a part of the Florida Capitol outside Gov. Rick Scott’s office in opposition to Florida’s Stand Your Ground self-defense law.

The Dream Defenders have been smart, sharp and effective, blending the nonviolence of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi with social media and our modern-day celebrity culture.

Jackson, one of those celebrities, dropped by Tuesday in Tallahassee and referred to the protests and Florida as “the Selma of our time.”

Huh? Let’s review and compare:

On March 7, 1965, more than 500 peaceful demonstrators were savagely beaten by law enforcement as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., during a march to Montgomery.

As of Aug. 5, 2013, the Dream Defenders entered their 20th day of peacefully occupying the Capitol, an occupation that began three days after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin of Miami Gardens. None has been billy-clubbed, tear-gassed or manhandled.

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Who has ears, listen.

The "selma of our time" is not far off because while they are not physically getting beat, modern tactics are used to hurt minorities. The oppressors know that they could face jail time and revolution, instead they use a roundabout way, like voter purging to suppress and intimidate. Jesse Jackson is by far not perfect. But neither are the glasshouse Republicans who cast stones. Killing them softly is still killing them.

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Jackson ought to apologize to Nelson Mandela for comparing Florida to the apartheid of South Africa.

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