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Should We Forgive Jesse Jackson?

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With tears streaming down his face, Jesse Jackson stood among the crowd of thousands who watched Sen. Barack Obama address the nation after winning the presidency last night.

But few can forget the words Jackson uttered just months ago, using a pejorative phrase in reference to Sen. Obama, for what Jackson saw as the senator "talking down" to black audiences. At the time, your reaction on our blog was overwhelmingly negative.

Jackson is popping up all over TV today, sharing his reaction to Obama's win and, in some cases, having to explain away (again) his incendiary words.

So ... should bygones be bygones?

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