November 30, 1999 |
A radio talk show host began a weeklong suspension without pay Monday for telling his listeners Nov. 17 that the Rev. Jesse Jackson wanted to be assassinated when he intervened in a dispute over expulsions at an Illinois high school. "There is a limit to what we will allow on the public airwaves," said Andy Stuart, vice president and market manager for Clear Channel Communications Inc., which suspended WSPD-AM's Scott Sloan. Jackson intervened in the Decatur, Ill.
November 21, 1999 |
This is a factory town, a union town, a town where folks have long been able to ask a stranger one question--labor or management?--and know much of what they needed to know. It is also a town laid low time and again by that divide. Now, after weeks of grueling debate over the expulsions of seven African American high school students for fighting, and over the ensuing protests led by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, "Strike Town, U.S.A.
November 17, 1999 |
Leading a made-for-TV demonstration that evoked the style of the civil rights movement, the Rev. Jesse Jackson was arrested Tuesday as he stepped onto the grounds of a high school to protest the expulsion of six students for a brawl at a football game. Jackson was taken away in handcuffs after leading a throng of ministers and other protesters to Eisenhower High School. He had promised to force his own arrest. Jackson was released without bond despite his request to spend the night in jail.
November 15, 1999 |
A standoff over the expulsion of six black students for fighting continued Sunday as the Rev. Jesse Jackson led a chanting group of about 2,000 people through the streets and threatened to stage mass civil disobedience. Jackson told the crowd that he would visit the schools Tuesday morning to demonstrate and force authorities to arrest him. He asked how many would be willing to join him in jail, and hundreds of people raised their hands.
November 9, 1999 |
Bowing to pressure from the Rev. Jesse Jackson and protesters, school officials in Decatur, Ill., agreed to reduce the two-year expulsions imposed on seven black students for fighting at a Sept. 17 football game, Instead, they could attend an alternative school for a year, then return to Eisenhower High. Jackson rejected the offer, saying they should be allowed to return immediately on probation. He vowed to march to the school with them today, setting up a possible confrontation.
March 13, 1998 |
Cicero, a gritty blue-collar Chicago suburb once seen as a hotbed of racism, cut a $10,000 deal with the Ku Klux Klan to head off a rally that officials feared would trigger violence. The town arranged for a $10,000 contribution, pledged by an anonymous donor, to pay for printing and distribution of Klan literature. In exchange, the Klan called off the rally, which had been set for Saturday. Cicero's racial tensions date back many decades. During the civil rights era, the Rev.