Editor's note: This column is Part I in a II Part series.
Jesse Jackson Jr. is a man who doesn’t like taking ‘no’ for an answer, especially when it comes to badgering corporations to boost their commitment to diversity. That word, ‘diversity,’ as one knows all too well, is Newspeak for forcing companies to give preference to nonwhite minorities in all aspects of operations, especially hiring and promotion. Last month, Silicon Valley, the heart of the nation’s information technology industry, got the full
Jackson, or Reverend Jackson, as he is known, this past May inflicted himself upon shareholder meetings of eBay, Google and Facebook, where he challenged company leaders to aggressively step up hiring of blacks and other “people of color,” especially for management and executive board positions. Two months earlier he had brought his campaign to Hewlett-Packard shareholders.
This gambit already has yielded results. David Drummond, chief legal officer of Google (who, like
Reverend Jesse Jackson, now 72, more than anyone in this country this side of Al Sharpton, embodies the spirit of intimidation that passes for “civil rights.” Through his Chicago-based nonprofit organization Rainbow/PUSH,
Carl F. Horowitz is director of the Organized Labor Accountability Project of the National Legal and Policy Center, a Townhall.com Gold Partner organization dedicated to promoting ethics in American public life.
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