Shakedown: Exposing the Real Jesse Jackson


n this new paperback edition, a reporter with more than two decades of experience claims Jesse Jackson has defrauded the federal government, details his shocking private life, and claims Jackson has lied about his relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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n this new paperback edition, a reporter with more than two decades of experience claims Jesse Jackson has defrauded the federal government, details his shocking private life, and claims Jackson has lied about his relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The conservative publisher Regnery has produced yet another scathing biography of a major figure at the opposite end of the political spectrum: the Reverend Jesse Jackson. Biographer Ken Timmerman takes a critical look at the revered civil rights leader, questioning whether Jackson has been completely straightforward in his political and business dealings.
Reporter Timmerman presents an all-out attack on Jesse Jackson. According to Timmerman, Jackson exploits racial politics to extort money from big corporations for the enrichment of himself and his friends. After bringing himself to national political prominence by lying about being the last person Martin Luther King Jr. talked to and then faking his title of Reverend, Jackson consorted with communists, mobsters, KGB agents, drug dealers, dictators, diamond smugglers, and terrorists. He also led a sordid personal life. Timmerman's wide-ranging discussion finds absolutely no redeeming qualities in Jackson. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895261083
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/15/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 501
  • Sales rank: 785,654
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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Few political figures in America today arouse as much passion as the Reverend Jesse Jackson. A hero to some in the black community, Jackson is credited with helping to break down barriers to political and economic access.

But to other black leaders, Jackson has become a symbol for all that has gone wrong with their community. "Jesse virtually invented black racism," the Reverend Johnny Hunter, a black pastor from Virginia Beach, tells me. The Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, a black conservative, calls Jackson a "gatekeeper of black progress" and a "race hustler"1 who has cashed in on white guilt to fund an opulent lifestyle and a personal power base. "He is really just a David Duke in black skin," Peterson says.

On the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday in 2000, Peterson convened the first National Day of Repudiation of Jesse Jackson, which he announced would be "an annual event until Jackson repents or retires." This repudiation of Jackson by black community and church leaders came almost a full year before Jackson's public admission that he had fathered a "love child" with an employee.

As if foreseeing Jackson, Booker T. Washington warned two generations earlier against "problem profiteers" within the black community.

There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.

Shakedown is the first investigative portrait of the Reverend Jesse Jackson since black reporter Barbara Reynolds's explosive biography was published in 1975. 4 Based on interviews with Jackson friends and foes, federal prosecutors and other law enforcement officials, and on newly released government documents, Shakedown examines how Jackson has manipulated the truth to build a false portrait of himself from the moment he burst onto the national scene.

Over the years, he has graduated from street hustling, to prematurely adopting the religious title "Reverend," to abusing his privileges as a "special presidential envoy." But through it all he has used the same basic techniques-refining them as he went along-of intimidation, coercion, and protection. In so doing he has enriched his family, steered billions of dollars of business to his friends, and launched a political dynasty.

For all the press Jackson has attracted over the years, there is much about him that has remained a mystery. One of the most troubling questions is how Jackson, often flaunting the law, has managed to escape even the threat of prosecution. During the Carter administration, civil servants at the Department of Education amassed a huge investigative file on Jackson's Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity), which they believed was defrauding the government of millions of dollars in federal grants. Reagan officials terminated the grants, but never prosecuted Jackson for fear of a racial backlash. The support Jackson has won from the liberal establishment, the media, and even the criminal justice system defies logic-and ignores the facts of his malfeasance.

For there is a dark side to Jesse Jackson, and it has gone unreported from the very start. It began in Chicago in the late 1960s, when Jackson began consorting with a street gang known as the Black P Stone Rangers, whose leaders one by one were thrown in jail with life sentences for murder, extortion, and racketeering. Among them was Jackson's own half brother and early partner in the shakedown game Noah Robinson Jr.

Also ignored in those early days was the extraordinary influence exerted on Jackson by a known Communist Party organizer. Hunter Pitts O'Dell had been hauled before congressional investigating committees on three separate occasions because of his prominent role in the clandestine apparatus of the pro-Soviet Communist Party in the United States. Later known simply as "Jack," he became Jackson's international affairs advisor. Under Jack O'Dell's watchful eye, Jackson actively endorsed virtually every hard-left Third World leader promoted by Soviet intelligence at the time, from Fidel Castro to Syria's Hafez al Assad. But getting from these beginnings to a position from which he could shake down Wall Street was a giant step that required Jackson's own special genius.

Jackson's stint as "presidential special envoy" to Africa during Bill Clinton's second term is without a doubt the least reported disgrace of the Clinton years. Not only did Jackson broker a disastrous peace agreement for Sierra Leone that brought a serial murderer into government, he helped block an international accord cracking down on the trafficking of "war diamonds" which were fueling the conflict.

But clearly the event that precipitated Jackson's fall from grace was the revelation in January 2001 that he had sired an illegitimate child with a former aide, Karin Stanford, and had been using funds from his tax-exempt empire to pay her personal expenses. For years Jackson's amorous adventures had elicited winks and nods among his supporters and friends. Now, for the first time, a crack in his circle of friends allowed the scandal to leak to the mainstream press.

A sexual scandal is an embarrassment, and the misuse of tax-exempt funds is illegal, but there are far more serious charges to be laid against Jackson-charges which reveal the depth of his fundamental hypocrisy. "Me First Jackson," as some Chicago commentators called him, put him-self before family, before friends, before country, and-as shown by his support for the butchers in Liberia and Sierra Leone who made sport of amputating the hands of errant children-even before humanity.

If Jesse Jackson wants our respect, he deserves our scrutiny. It is my hope that Americans, provided with this new information on a major political figure, can now better evaluate his claims to have advanced the cause of racial healing.
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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Prologue: The Death of Willie Garfield 1
Chapter 1 Manufacturing a Myth 5
Chapter 2 Stepping Out 31
Chapter 3 A Taste of the Green 67
Chapter 4 Travels with Yasser 93
Chapter 5 Corporate Shakedown 121
Chapter 6 Tool of the Left 137
Chapter 7 "Hymietown" 159
Chapter 8 Brother Noah Goes Down 181
Chapter 9 The Statehood Senator 209
Chapter 10 My Friend Sani 233
Chapter 11 Dynasty 259
Chapter 12 Hitting the Big Time 273
Chapter 13 African Gems 297
Chapter 14 A Full-Service Brokerage 321
Chapter 15 Special Envoy of Black Business 349
Chapter 16 Election 2000 373
Chapter 17 Life After Clinton 395
Chapter 18 Shakedown Man 413
Appendix 423
Notes 435
Acknowledgments 483
Index 485
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009


    Stunning in who this person really is and how he operates, a must read for anyone interested in the truth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2007

    The Real Jesse Jackson

    This book documents in detail the fact that Jesse Jackson is an opportunistic con man who has used race to enrich his family to the detriment of the black community. He is a man totally without moral value. Unfortunately most in the black community follow his pied piper tune of deception as if he were black Jesus instead of the Judas goat he really is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2003

    Jesse Jackson, For Real

    Honestly, I wasn't surprised by the revelations written by Mr. Timmerman. The research is awesome. The story is right on time! Jackson has to be shown to America for who he is! He portrays one face to the world,and like any good con man,he has another face he shows to his family and friends. I never trusted Jackson,now I know why.Jackson plays the white audience as though they need an interpreter. Jackson is not necessary. America doesn't need anyone to explain the black experience to them,especially not him. He is not the man they think he is. Everyone in America NEEDS to read this book. It is accurate,honest and timely. Even if you think you wouldn't be interested in this story, read it anyway. You will be glad you did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2002

    Needs to be Made into a Movie

    I thought I knew just about all the scandal surrounding Jesse Jackson. Boy was I wrong. This book explains the real history of this street hustler and his schemes that use race as a tool to bring in the dough for himself and his friends (which happen to be street gangs and thugs.) You may find yourself wondering how the media has ignored the dark side of Jesse for so long. I know I do. Unfortunately, the people who NEED to read this book, probably won't - but they might watch a movie based on it.

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