Jesse Comes Calling

The Rev. Jesse Jackson likes to be where the action is, and so he was in South Africa just in time for the release of Nelson Mandela. "It's a bold and courageous act," said Jackson, lauding State President F.W. de Klerk's announcement. De Klerk looked less kindly on Jackson's visit. Asked if the arrival of the American politician had any bearing on the timing of Mandela's release, De Klerk replied tersely, "His presence is totally irrelevant."

In his first trip to the country in nearly eleven years, Jackson has not exactly been welcomed by the white establishment in South Africa. Even...

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