by John Roberts, KultureKritic.com
Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke this week to the Associated Press about the emotional struggles of dealing with the challenges being faced by his son, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Jackson has, according to reports, been emotional about his son’s situation, and some are wondering if the Jackson family reputation has been affected by the recent scandal.
At 71, he still keeps a hectic schedule and speaks extemporaneously on everything from voting rights to hostages in Gambia. But the head of one of America’s most prominent families struggles when addressing one thing: the son and heir to Jackson’s political influence who abandoned his congressional seat last week because of mental health problems and two federal investigations into his political dealings.