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Jesse Jackson To Fla. Gov: No Apology For Comments

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Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP President Benjamin Jealous march with Trayvon Martin supporters through the historically African American community of Goldsboro on their way to an NAACP rally in front of the Sanford Police Department on March 31, 2012 in Sanford, Fla. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP President Benjamin Jealous march with Trayvon Martin supporters through the historically African American community of Goldsboro on their way to an NAACP rally in front of the Sanford Police Department on March 31, 2012 in Sanford, Fla. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson isn’t backing down from comments he made comparing Florida’s struggle with the Trayvon Martin case to the civil rights clashes with police during the 1960s in Selma, Ala.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday demanded that Jackson apologize for his comments calling the state the “Selma of our time.” He also said Florida has been an “apartheid” state.

But Jackson, in an interview with The Associated Press, defended his remarks. He cited the state’s voter laws and incarceration rates of blacks versus the general population as examples of “apartheid like conditions.”

Jackson made his original remarks while taking part in a protest at the Florida Capitol. He joined a group upset that George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Martin.

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