The statement I want Bill Clinton to make about his Jesse Jackson comment
My comment about Jesse Jackson after Senator Obama's impressive win in South Carolina was an act of very poor sportsmanship, and I apologize for it. Suggesting that his victory was due to the demographics of South Carolina, and not Senator Obama's genuine and well-earned appeal across the state, was inappropriate and uncalled for. I apologize for that sincerely and unreservedly. My apologies go to Senator Obama, Rev. Jackson, and the good people of South Carolina.
Beyond what I had intended by the comment, which people have fairly criticized, is an unfair outcome, as well. Some are using it to amp up the wholly unwarranted and deeply corrosive mischaracterizations of my and Hillary's statements and beliefs about race.
A lot of people in the media have had a field day injecting false narratives about the important and sensitive topic of race into perhaps the most important election in America's history, distracting from the issues that all three Democratic candidates are dedicated to working on. This use of race as a sensationalistic novelty demeans everyone who seeks honest and constructive dialog about and healing for the still-fresh wounds of racial discrimination.
Those who want to nullify Hillary's and my lifelong dedication to civil rights may seize on this to validate these mischaracterizations. But Hillary and I have learned, like few others have, to trust in the goodness and fairness of the American people.
The 2006 election shows that Americans are ready to move past the failed policies of the Bush administration, policies that have been especially hard on minorities and the poor, and I am proud to be supporting a candidate who is dedicating to and uniquely capable of taking the country in a new and better direction.