Earlier this week, the Reverend Jesse Jackson issued a statement that said Dan Gilbert’s open letter personified a “slave master mentality,” and that Gilbert viewed James as a “runaway slave.” In case you missed it earlier today, here is video of Jackson defending his views on Gilbert.
On Monday, Gilbert released an extremely brief statement in response to Jackson’s comments:
“I strongly disagree with (Jackson’s) recent comments and we are not going to engage in any related discussion on it. Going forward, we’re very excited about the Cavaliers and the positive future of our region.”
Gilbert would clearly like the racial component of the controversy over his letter to go away, but he may have opened Pandora’s box on this one.