In my last post, I highlighted the contrast between the approach of the Deacons, on the one hand, and that taken by Jesse Jackson, on the other. I've made no secret of my disdain for Jackson and his RainbowPUSHers, but I clearly can't accuse him of being a flip-flopper. In the book I cited earlier, it is made clear that Jackson was opposed to the Deacons' methods even in the 60's.
The Chicago [Deacons] chapter's relationship with [Dr. Martin Luther] King was cloaked in mystery. Beginning in July 1966, the Chicago Deacons, led by John Harris and Fats Crawford, provided security for King at speaking events in Chicago and when King traveled in the South. Harris later said that King's lieutenants were divided over the role of the Deacons, with Jesse Jackson adamantly opposed to any contact between King and the Deacons.Jackson, apparently, would have been happier if the only guns near Dr. King were held by Klan members and racist cops.
It's enough to make one wonder which side Jackson was really on, and which side he's on now.