Jesse Jackson, while visiting a Johnston County primary school class,
found himself in the middle of a discussion related to words and their

The teacher asks the Rev. Jackson if he would like to lead the
discussion of the word "tragedy." So the illustrious leader asks the
class for an example of a "tragedy."

One little boy stood up and offered: "If my best friend, who lives on a
farm, is playing in the field and a runaway tractor comes along and
knocks him dead, that would be a tragedy."

No," says the Great Jesse Jackson, "that would be an accident."

A little girl raised her hand: "If a school bus carrying 50 children
drove over a cliff, killing everyone inside, that would be a tragedy."

"I'm afraid not," explains the exalted spiritual leader. "That's what we
would call a great loss."

The room goes silent. No other children volunteer.

Rev. Jackson searches the room. "Isn't there someone here who can give
me an example of a tragedy?"

Finally at the back of the room little Jerry raises his hand. In a
stern voice he say s: "If a plane carrying the Rev. Jackson, Rev. Al
and Malcolm X, were struck by a missile and blown to smithereens that would
be a tragedy."

"Fantastic!" exclaims Jackson , "That's right. And can you tell me why
that would be a tragedy?"

"Well," says little Jerry, "because it sure as hell wouldn't be a great
loss, and it probably wouldn't be an accident either."