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Published: Thursday, Jan. 24 2013 11:15 a.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, UT

In Utah you can still be fired over your orientation alone.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm confused Jesse. So do you want us to treat people by the color of their skin or not?

Is it ok to give a black guy a a job or admittance to college over a white person because they are black?

But it's not ok to give a white guy a job or admittance to college over a black person because they are white?

Nope, no double standard here.

St. George, UT

So do we have to give minorities EXTRA rights? To make the MORE EQUAL?

Just wondering.

If this proliferates, the majority will die out, and they will soon become the minority.

Salt Lake City, UT

Documented evidence shows a white 'guy' will make about 30% more than any minority.

People of color in america typically are denied education due to income.

If you indicate your orientation on a resume as anything other than heterosexual, you have a 40% to be denied the job.

32,000 troops were discharged from the US military under Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

You are not a 'victim' simply because you are a 'white guy'.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Some of the posts here illustrate that what Jesse Jackson and other have fought against for so long are still alive and well in Utah.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

"Documented evidence shows a white 'guy' will make about 30% more than any minority"

Why don't you show us what "documented evidence" says about GPA's of college grads, both whites and minorities?

I think it is only fair to compensate the most qualified and more sought after employees more than less sought after and less qualified.


"documented evidence" shows that a white person has a 79.5603 percent less of a chance at being given an NBA or NFL contract, compared to a minority.


Colorado Springs, CO

Anyone care to explain the obvious to Chris B. as to why that is?

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

The political landscape has caused Americans to think in terms of protected classes. That's where you want to be. And that's where the entitlements are. Hyphenated Americans get SBA loans, scholarships, grants. In order to equalize opportunities they have opened up the treasury for those protected classes.
And the plan is taught in high school.
Rumbault and Portes studied the issue and determined that students begin middle school as simply "Americans" and six years later emerge with the identity of protected classes.
Follow the money and the influence of public education.

Mesa, AZ

1) People of any race or nationality (including white) are denied an education because they won't reach out and grasp the brass ring. You can't GIVE anyone an education. A student has to put forth the effort get it themselves. This includes attending every class and doing the required homework. Income is no barrier. In fact it is just the opposite. There is an abundance of financial aid available to lower income students - but they have to put forth a little effort to fill out the applications to get it. If anyone truly wants an education, they can find a way to get it.
2) Why would you put your orientation on your resume?

North Salt Lake, Utah

Jessie, why does everything have to be about race? The election was not about that, I suppose it was for some foolish folks.... The "confederacy" happened years ago. Stop playing the race fiddle. oh, I forgot you'd have nothing to do if you couldn't play the race card. Yes, we get it, there are many inequalities in the US. I think we've come a long way. However, folks like you propogate the situation.

Salt Lake City, UT

Some of you probably need to read the article since he was calling for equality of opportunity not equality of results as some of you think he's saying. That means things like making sure everyone has access to decent schools. It's not just a race thing either, it actually ties closer to class. Poor areas have lower quality schools which makes it more likely for the cycle of poverty to continue.

Bronx, NY

The comments on this tread just make me sad.

Pittsburgh, PA

@Pagan Obama was raised by a single mother who did not have the monetary advantages yet he was able to have the full benefits of education. Lack of money is not the only factor preventing minorities or even non-minorities from a decent education.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

Funny thing about rights, they don't place obligations upon others.
I am exercising my right to freedom of the press, but you don't have to read what I write.
I have freedom of speech but nobody has to listen to me.
When Jesse Jackson talks about equal rights, he is talking about equal money. His solution to the problem is redistribution of wealth.

Sorry Jesse, when you take property from one person against their will, they call that steeling. Using the government to do it is just institutionalized theft.

Of course government should be able to tax for the necessary expenses of government (national defense, roads, highways, courts, etc.) but feeding my family is not the job of government. It's my job.

Our system of economics is far from perfect.
If you teach a man to fish you feed him for life, but only if he has access to the water.

We could end poverty today if we simply gave two acres of land to each family in poverty, helped them build a small dwelling and taught them how to grow their own food.

Salt Lake City, UT

A lack of money does 'not' prevent education.


Tell me what things you would change in your life...

with 30% less income if you were black, gay, white or non-Moromon in Utah.

DN Subscriber 2

"Reverand" Jackson has made a lucrative career out of racism, on both sides of the issue, sometimes with very positive goals, as in his early days, and not so much in recent years.

He would be more credible if his campaigning for blacks including showing up for conservative blacks, not just liberals. I am sure that Mia Love did NOT receive an endorsement from Jackson.

Utah, and indeed the entire country, are doing pretty well on the "equality of opportunity" that Dr. King liked, but not so well on equality of outcomes which Jackson demands. Outcomes are the result not just of opportunity, but also hard work and desire. Some people are "makers" and some are "takers" and that is not a racial characteristic but one of motivation and cultural norms.

Finally, Jackson's constant support of the liberal "welfare plantation" has been a huge disservice, not only for black Americans, but all poor people, keeping them dependent on government instead of earning the rewards of their own efforts.

If the U wanted an exemplary speaker on making the most of equal opportunity, they should have invited Justice Clarence Thomas instead of Jackson. But, conservatives get no respect from academia.

Cedar City, UT

"A lack of money does 'not' prevent education."

@Pagan I never said it did. I said it is one factor. We need to look at all factors that contribute not just money because I know families with tons of money whose kids flunked out of college and make hardly anything,

Danbury, CT

Chris B and others here have a long ways to go to even understand what Reverend Jackson is talking about. There's a big difference between the 79% of NBA players who ARE black and being "given" an NBA contract. Affirmative action in education is one of the few ways we have to level the playing field and offer minorities a real chance at participating in the economy at a higher level, breaking the cycle of poverty. I don't know of any minorities who have thrown that chance away. Rather, they tend to be the brightest, hardest working students and graduates I have known.

Why don't you who have so much quit worrying so much about others might get?? Such a sad display for a culture that is supposed to be Christian. No one has picked up on the fact that the First Presidency has invited him for a meeting. Someone has the right idea how to treat a guest...

Salt Lake City, UT

If you complain when other groups get access to the same education and income that you covet, you are not the victim...

you are the oppressor.

Salt Lake City, UT

@DN Subscriber 2

"He would be more credible if his campaigning for blacks including showing up for conservative blacks, not just liberals."

Wait, now you want him to judge people by the color of their skin rather than his own perceived quality of candidate?

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