Man Accuses Sen. Jackson Of Pulling Gun On Him- Jackson Accuses Whites Of Stealing Election From His Wife
On August 25, WREG reported than an individual in Marks had accused Sen. Robert Jackson (D-Marks) of threatening him with a gun while he was campaigning against Jackson’s wife, who was running for Tax Assessor in Quitman county.
Darnell Survillion swore an affidavit against Jackson and two days later the senator was arrested. The only follow up coverage I can find is from the Jackson Advocate, better known as “the Voice of Black Mississippians;” here is what they have reported after talking with Jackson.
I’ll sum it up: it’s all about race, as far as Jackson is concerned.
First, Jackson, who is running unopposed for re-election, says he is innocent and the charges are false. He will be arraigned in justice court on September 22, and the judicial process will then run its course.
But more than just claiming his innocence, Jackson, who is black, says that Survillion, who is also black, is simply a pawn of the white community in Quitman county and that they have used him to harass black voters, especially those who are supporting his wife. I do not know if the other candidate for office, who Gloria Richmond Jackson ran against, is white or black. You’d think they are white based on Jackson’s comments.
On the night of the election, Jackson was winning her race, but she would lose the next day after absentee ballots were counted. As we noted a couple weeks ago, Quitman county led the state in rate of absentee ballots at 39 percent. Jackson says the high absentee voting helps white candidates in the Delta county, which is about 60 percent black. Of course, that was part of the system used by Ike Brown in Noxubee county to make sure blacks were elected.
Jackson maintains that the whole story was made up by “white conspirators” and blamed the news for running a one-sided story. State NAACP President Derrick Johnson said that Quitman County Chancery Clerk Bud Scipper is behind the plot to embarrass Jackson.
Following the primary, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said that he will work with the legislature to begin tackling the absentee voting rates in places that it was very high. Apparently Jackson and Johnson are willing to work with Hosemann on this.