St. Louis Dues

Did Jackson push too hard?

When the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the founder of Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) visited St. Louis early this month, he pointedly congratulated 7-Up for its commitment to black-run enterprises over the next five years. Then he met with a group of black businessmen and made a rather blunt proposition: to finance a drive designed to encourage the Anheuser-Busch brewery to give more contracts to minority firms, they should each donate $500 to Operation PUSH. Said Jackson: "We're all family here, but you have to pay to play."

To that, a number of black St. Louis businessmen...

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