Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Jackson: UK 'must choose inclusion'

The Rev Jesse Jackson speaks to Cambridge students. (Cambridge Union Society)

American civil rights campaigner the Rev Jesse Jackson says the UK's "big challenge" is to "choose inclusion".

Britain had to build a "new nation" a nd in a speech to Cambridge University students, he said people had to learn to live together and grow.

"Too many Americans do not realise-and perhaps too many Europeans as well do not yet realise-that most people in the world are black, brown, yellow, young, female, non-Christian, and don't speak English," he told the Cambridge Union Society.

"And the formerly colonised peoples are now moving away from the monochrome, all 'one-ethnic- group' societies.

"This is Europe's big challenge for the future, and the UK's big challenge, to build a new nation, to choose inclusion.

"We must unlearn earlier lessons we learned too well. We learned how to survive apart.

"We must now learn a new lesson-how to live and prosper together, choosing inclusion which leads to growth."

He told the student debating society: " A comprehensive policy of democracy and inclusion is the road map to a new England, to serve the emerging, diverse world."

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