Voice | August 12, 1998
These fifth-graders have become very knowledgeable about the horrifying chattel slavery in the Sudan. And when Clinton acted as if it didn't exist, they were furious, and one of the students wrote him, "Why aren't you doing anything about this?"
There was, of
course, no answer. As for Jesse Jackson's continued silence, he knows
about the slavery in the Sudan. I have left him several messages, as
have others. It may be that he doesn't have the courage to speak out
because he doesn't want to offend Minister Farrakhan, who has been honored
in Khartoum, the capital of the Sudan. Jackson has been careful in the
past not to directly antagonize the commander in chief of the Nation
The Village Voice | May 22, 2001
... Because of his long, active record in the American civil rights movement, the reach of his radio program, and his forceful personality, Madison has a lot of credibility in black communities around the countryas well as among members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
It is largely because
of Madison that Jesse Jackson has finally broken his long silence on
Sudan. On April 20, Jackson said, "Our continued ignorance [of
slavery in Sudan] is immoral, and our government must stop paying lip
service to this crisis and instead take realistic and meaningful action
to end the human suffering." George W. Bush's condemnation of Sudan
is also partly due to Madison's momentum.