Human rights activist Jessie Jackson has pointed the finger at US presidential hopeful Donald Trump and his followers for helping to creating a rising climate of fear in America which has contributed to the shocking deaths of five police officers in downtown Dallas.
Rev Jackson said there was an ‘anti-black mood’ in America which also saw discrimination against immigrants, Muslims and women.
Speaking in the aftermath of the coordinated attack on 11 police in Dallas, Rev Jackson called on President Barack Obama to hold a conference on violence and racial disparities.’
In an interview with BBC Radio 4 in London, Rev Jackson commented on the shooting of unarmed black men by police and the revenge attack in Dallas: ‘It’s a kind of anti-black mood, anti-semitism, anti-Muslim bashing, immigrant bashing, female bashing, a kind of mean spirited division in the country.’
Rev Jackson considered what was causing the divisive mood in America.
He said: ‘Threats to deport 15 million immigrants…threats to build a wall between Mexico who we share 2,000 miles of a border, there’s a permissiveness towards black people [which] is readily apparent and we have been used as scape goats for deeper and deeper economic and cultural fears.’