Jesse Jackson wants “ho” off the Air

While visiting New York�s WBLS (107.5 FM) Wednesday, Rev. Jesse Jackson called for radio stations to stop airing songs that spew the N-word, as well as tracks that refer to women as �bitches� and �hos.

I’m distressed when I go to a club and see people dancing to songs that use these words,” he told Paul Mooney, Ellen Cleghorne, Ann Tripp and Mark Jordan of the morning show. “We should never dance to degradation. It’s diminishing the worth of our life.”

He equated the entertainment industry�s blind eye to these words with the state of college athletics, where black athletes often have a low graduation rate. Both situations add up to exploitation, Jackson said.

“When you leave school with no diploma and a few clippings, you have wasted a great opportunity”, he said.

Calling for the renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Jackson also promoted a petition in support of retaining important clauses in the law. He stressed that the public�s ambivalence about the law reflects a larger, perhaps misguided complacency with equality in the U.S.

Jackson also talked about the disproportionate number of lower-income people fighting the Afghan and Iraqi wars.

“For people at Yale and Columbia, this war is academic,” he said. “For us, it’s bloody.”

But Jackson also said black people need to take more responsibility for their own lives.

“We need to respect ourselves,” he said. “We must maintain our own dignity.”

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