Jesse Jackson recently spoke to the Congressional Black Caucus and directly addressed Artur Davis, a congressman from Alabama and a candidate for Governor. Davis was the lone member of the Congressional Black Caucus to oppose health care reform.
Jesse Jackson said:
We even have blacks voting against the health care bill from Alabama. You can’t vote against health care and call yourself a black man.
Davis would address Jackson’s statement, saying:
Rev. Jackson is entitled to his opinion…The voters are entitled to a governor who represents everyone in the state. They’re not looking for someone who speaks for a single community..His (Jackson) judgment is through the prism of race.
Jesse Jackson would later issue a statement, saying:
I offer no challenge to his integrity as a leader. Representatives should all vote their conscience in the interest of their constituency…There is a growing disparity among the black and the poor and we desperately need voices and votes..Among the black and the poor, the infant mortality rate is higher, life expectancy is shorter, poverty is growing and unemployment is highest…We need comprehensive health care that is more accessible and less expensive for all Americans. The historical Davis journey as a change agent continues and his latest quest deserves the support of the caring