Jesse did a lot more than that, which is why they despise him. From Discoverthenetworks.org:
Originally Posted by noonwitch
Jesse Jackson, Sr. participated in the Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march in 1965; Martin Luther King, Jr., put Jackson in charge of several civil rights projects in Chicago, and Jackson was eventually appointed to head Operation Breadbasket, an organization created by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1963 to organize boycotts of businesses that failed to hire blacks or otherwise treated blacks unfairly. Despite King's and Jackson’s professional relationship, the two men were known to clash on several occasions. Jackson has often overstated the closeness of his relationship to King, even claiming to have been the last person King spoke to after he had been fatally shot in 1968; when confronted with plain facts on the issue, Jackson has resorted to Biblical parallels, comparing his relationship to King with Paul’s relationship to Jesus.
Specifically, Jackson claimed that he was on the balcony with King immediately after the latter had been mortally wounded by an assassin’s bullet on April 4, 1968, and that he had cradled the dying civil rights leader in his arms as he took his final breaths. At the moment King was shot, Jackson was actually in a nearby parking lot talking to a group of musicians. Kenneth Timmerman describes what happened next: “When the shots rang out, he [Jackson] fled and hid behind the swimming pool area and reappeared 20-30 minutes later when the television cameras arrived on the scene. That’s when Jesse Jackson told other Southern Christian Leadership Conference staffers, ‘Don’t you talk to the press, whatever you do.’ ... Nobody had given him that job. He took that job. Call it ‘entrepreneurial instinct’ if you wish, but on the spot he realized that he had an opportunity to spin the events to create his own persona and create a possibility for him to become a leader in the black movement. He had no prospects at that point.”
The next morning, Jackson flew to Chicago to make a guest appearance on the NBC “Today Show.” In the few hours that had passed between the King assassination and Jackson’s flight to the Windy City, Jackson had already hired a public relations agent to accompany him as he was transported from interview to interview in a chauffeur-driven car. Before a national television audience on the “Today” show, Jackson donned a shirt that he claimed was smeared with the dying Dr. King’s blood. “He died in my arms,” lied Jackson.
After King’s murder, SCLC chose Dr. Ralph Abernathy as King’s successor. In 1971 Jackson broke with SCLC and left Operation Breadbasket. The circumstances that led to his departure were as follows: A black Chicago Tribune reporter named Angela Parker did some research and discovered that, following King’s assassination, Jackson had embezzled money from Operation Breadbasket. Parker went to Atlanta and presented the evidence to Abernathy, who publicly confronted Jackson with the charges. When Abernathy suspended Jackson for sixty days, a raging Jackson decided to break away and establish his own organization called Operation PUSH.
In the early days of Operation PUSH, its tactics were essentially the same as those of Operation Breadbasket: the targeting of businesses that failed to hire blacks or in other ways treated blacks unfairly, and giving assistance to black-owned businesses.
But numerous accusations of extortion and corruption have dogged PUSH’s activities over the years, as well as the activities of Jackson’s successor organizations, the Rainbow Coalition and the Citizenship Education Fund. These activities have been detailed in several sources, including Timmerman’s Shakedown. Jackson has repeatedly threatened businesses and corporations, black and white, with boycotts, racially biased criticism, and (implicitly) outright violence, if they refused to enrich him or his organizations. Among the companies: Coca-Cola, Texaco, Viacom, AT&T, Boeing, and Coors. In addition, his organizations have received at least $50 million from the U.S. government.
To site some specifics: Coca-Cola was induced to award a lucrative distributorship to Jackson’s half-brother, Noah, in order to protect itself from racially based attacks by Jackson (Noah is currently serving a life sentence in prison for arranging the contract murder of three business associates); Anheuser-Busch awarded a beer distributorship to Jackson’s sons, Yusef and Jonathan, for the same reason; President Jimmy Carter directed $7 million in government funds to PUSH; President Bill Clinton sent Jackson on a junket to Africa that cost American taxpayers $42 million; Jackson opposed the merger of Viacom and CBS, and attempted to force Viacom to sell the UPN Network to Percy Sutton, in whose Inner City Broadcasting company Jackson held $1.2 million worth of shares; and Jackson opposed the merger of SBC Communications and Ameritech until Ameritech sold its cellular business to a group headed by Chester Davenport, another Jackson friend.
Jackson has received literally millions of dollars for his Citizens Education Fund as part of negotiated settlements with companies he has frivolously accused of racist employment practices.
Jackson radicalized the political agenda of Operation PUSH, moving directly into the political arena to unseat the Chicago delegates of Mayor Richard Daley at the 1972 Democratic National Convention in Miami. He began his international political career later in the decade. In 1979, with President Carter’s blessing, he went to South Africa to speak against the apartheid regime; he made a controversial visit to Palestinian terrorist Yasser Arafat; and in 1983, alleging that President Reagan’s economic policies had severely impacted blacks, he made the first of his two runs for U.S. President. Despite the revelation by the Washington Post that Jackson (in a conversation with his campaign aides) had called Jews “Hymies” and New York City “Hymietown,” he received 3.5 million votes during the primaries, enough to guarantee respect within the Democratic Party and the chance to give a major speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention.
The "Hymietown" incident merits some explanation: In January 1984 Jackson referred to Jews as "Hymies," and to New York City as "Hymietown," during a private conversation with a black Washington Post reporter, Milton Coleman. Jackson assumed -- largely because of what he perceived as his racial bond with the black reporter -- that the references would not be printed in the media. But a few weeks later, Coleman would permit the slurs to be included in another Post reporter's article on Jackson's poor relations with American Jews. News of Jackson's comments set off a firestorm of of controversy. Jackson at first denied having made the remarks, then accused Jews of conspiring to damage his credibility. Ultimately, however, in late February of 1984 he delivered an emotional, conciliatory speech admitting that he indeed had made the remarks in question.
Jesse's a real piece of work.