Jesse Jackson spoke in Madison Friday afternoon on the steps of the City-County building, where he was meeting with Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, who introduced him to the crowd. He talked about what was at issue in the protests and expressed his support. And, as Dean Robbins reported in Isthmus, he wove together past and present:
He noted this week’s anniversary of Dr. King’s civil-rights march in Selma, Alabama, when another governor – George Wallace -- stood in opposition.You can see why he might make the comparison. Like George Wallace, Scott Walker is trying to deprive one group of people of their rights. And the voter ID law is just another attempt to restrict access to the polls.
“This is the weekend we marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge for the right to vote in 1965!” he said.
And then, devastatingly:
“We’ve gone from Wallace to Walker!”