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Rev. Jackson: Florida 'Selma of our time'

(AURN) -- ´╗┐One might say civil rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson is 'standing his ground' over comments made comparing modern day Florida to the segregated Selma, AL of the 60's; calling the state the "Selma of our time."

Jesse Jackson-Florida


While joining a protest against Florida's controversial 'Stand Your Ground' law, Jackson compared Florida's struggle with the Trayvon Martin case to the civil rights clashes with police during the civil rights era.  


Florida Gov Rick Scott




In reaction, Florida Gov. Rick Scott demanded that Jackson apologize for his comments calling them "reckless and divisive".

Jackson, in an interview with The Associated Press, defended his remarks.  He cited the state's voter laws and incarceration rates of blacks versus the general population as examples of "apartheid like conditions.''
Jackson made his original remarks while joining a protest group known as the Dream Defenders, who have been camped out in front of the governor's office calling for a repeal of the state's 'Stand Your Ground' law.

Jesse Jackson visiting the Dream Defenders at Tallahassee’s Capitol Wednesday, July 31, 2013


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