Jesse Jackson has accused Barack Obama of acting too white among some members of the black community.
Speaking at a black college in South Carolina, Jesse Jackson accused Barack Obama of being too white.
Mr Jackson has given Mr Obama a lukewarm endorsement for his bid to become the first black US president. The Democrat senator for Illinois has been subject to sniping from some black people that he is not “black enough”.
He was born to a white mother from the US and a black father from Kenya, who played no part in his upbringing. He spent his youth outside the black community and was educated at Ivy League institutions dominated by whites.
Mr Obama, 46, has been treated with some disdain by black civil rights leaders of that era, including Mr Jackson and Rev Al Sharpton. Mr Jackson said after the meeting that he could not recall making the “acting like he’s white” comment. He said he had simply meant to urge Obama to reach out more to black voters.
Mr Obama’s campaign team in South Carolina pointed to a statement it made last week on the Jena case, which said: “When nooses are being hung in high schools in the 21st century, it’s a tragedy. It shows that we still have a lot of work to do to heal our racial tensions.”
Six black youths from Jena High School have been charged with attempted murder after beating up a white student. The confrontation occurred after a black student sat under a tree used by whites, prompting the appearance of three nooses hung from the tree the next day.