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Religion: Sons of the Serpent; black supremacist?
Name: Ajanii Jackson
Classification: supporting character
First Appearance: Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #8 (Apr. 1999): "Flashpoint"
Creators: Mark Waid, Cully Hamner, Scott Elmer (as Pondscum), Nathan Massengill
Number of Appearances: 2
Teams/Affiliations: Sons of the Serpent
Enemy of: Captain America, Falcon
Occupation: subversive, terrorist
Worked for: John Mason
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Note: set off bomb in a church; incited race riots
Ajanii Jackson seems to be a confusing and contradictory figure. He was a black man who pretended to be an activist against a white supremacist group. (Perhaps he even portrayed himself as something of a black supremacist). Yet he did all this in the service of a white supremacist terrorist group, the Sons of the Serpent. One can't help but wonder: why?
The most reasonable explanation we can think of is that Ajanii Jackson was not aware of the goals of the Sons of the Serpent at the time. Under leader John Mason, the group was clearly a white supremacist group that wanted to murder and drive out non-whites. But the Sons of the Serpent had previously had a liberal black co-leader (Montague Hale) whose goals were apparently more along the lines of anarchism and/or racial separatism. Ajanii Jackson was unquestionably an agent of the Sons of the Serpent, but we believe he supported the group out of black supremacist and racial separatist motivations, and not because he was aligned with the group's then white supremacist goals.
At the behest of the Sons of the Serpent, the racist group he belonged to, Ajanii Jackson (an African-American) planted an explosive device in the First Baptist Church in Harlem. This was part of the Sons of the Serpent's complicated plan to generate support for their pro-white campaign. Ajanii Jackson then led attacks against the Sons of the Serpent, even though he secretly supported them. His attacks against the Sons of Serpent were intended to generate national sympathy for the group. He framed black anti-Sons protestors for the murder of Captain America. The Sons of the Serpent wanted to claim Captain America as a martyr for their white supremacist cause. In the end, Ajanii Jackson accidentally led the Falcon to the Sons of the Serpent headquarters. John Mason, the leader of the Sons of the Serpent, was infuriated at Jackson and killed him using a bio-ethnic bomb of the type he planned to use to kill all black people in Harlem.
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