Jesse Jackson speaks in Atlanta before flying to Ferguson - CBS46 News

Jesse Jackson speaks in Atlanta before flying to Ferguson

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Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., a well-known civil rights activist, told people in Atlanta on Friday the events that have unfolded in Ferguson, MO, could happen just about anywhere.

"Everybody, white and black, has an interest in what happened in Ferguson," Jackson told people attending a Rainbow PUSH Coalition function.

A white police officer is accused of gunning down a black teen. The killing has sparked riots.

Ferguson's police force only has three African-Americans, even though the city is predominantly black. Jackson said, in many ways, that same inequality still exists in Atlanta today, home of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Many blacks in Atlanta are facing three times higher unemployment than whites," Jackson said.

Jackson said he wants the White House to host an urban policy conference to help create a more even playing field for all cities and all races.

"We are not separate and unequal, now we are free and unequal. We must close those gaps," Jackson said.

After speaking in Atlanta, Jackson was traveling to Ferguson.

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