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Opening Arguments

White power

1. Why do the news media still treat Jesse Jackson as a serious person deserving serious coverage instead of the race-baiting charlatan he is?

2. How has he managed to peddle his nonsense with public funds -- that would be you and me paying for him -- all these years instead of being forced to do honest, productive work?

His latest:

The Rev. Jesse Jackson called Tuesday on Democrats seeking the 2008 nomination for president to give S.C. voters “something to vote for” when they go to the polls in January.

On a statewide tour to register new voters, Jackson said South Carolina will determine “who has momentum” in the primary when it votes Jan. 29.

Jackson sharply criticized presidential hopeful and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for “acting like he's white” in what Jackson said has been a tepid response to six black juveniles' arrest on attempted-murder charges in Jena, La. Jackson, who also lives in Illinois, endorsed Obama in March, according to The Associated Press.

“If I were a candidate, I'd be all over Jena,” Jackson said after an hour-long speech at Columbia's historically black Benedict College.

“Jena is a defining moment, just like Selma was a defining moment,” said the iconic civil rights figure, who worked with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1965 Selma civil rights movement and was with King at his 1968 assassination.

Acting like he's white. My, my. There is no other way to take that than "Whites are still the enemy, and they will take every opportunity to oppress blacks, so we have to take every opportunity to stick it to them." I'm just guessing, you understnd, but I suspect that Obama understands that embracing such sentiments is not the path to the White House.

I must confess, however, that I have always wished Jesse would come to Fort Wayne on one of his stupid crusades in order to use his People United to Save Humanity to try to coerce some local group to bend to his will. That's ony because I've have a punny headline at the ready for the occasion: When PUSH comes to shove.


tim zank
Thu, 09/20/2007 - 9:08am

Leo, you should try and trademark that headline, it's brilliant!

Bob G.
Thu, 09/20/2007 - 9:27am

And does the "shove" mean:


...just wondering, because PUSH really would come to SHOVE in that instance.


(trademark that headline)

Ron Franscell
Thu, 09/20/2007 - 10:18am

What the hell is "acting white" supposed to mean? What stereotypical white behavior is the founder of the so-called Rainbow Coalition referring to so dismissively? And if a white power-broker accused a white candidate of "acting like he's black," wouldn't Jesse Jackson (and his buddy Al Sharpton) be in the front row of the lynch mob calling for his disembowelment?

I'm so confused.

The double standard on racism is weighing us down. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of a day when his children would be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin, yet his most intimate followers -- including Jesse Jackson -- seem more obsessed with the color of a man's skin than the content of his character. If Jesse Jackson (and many, many other black leaders) cannot live up to King's standard, can they truly expect other races to do it?

I won't waste any more of your bandwidth. I blogged more fully about this at Under the News

A J Bogle
Thu, 09/20/2007 - 11:34am

I am still waiting for Jackson, Sharpton and Winfrey to apologise to the Duke Lacrosse team

Bob G.
Thu, 09/20/2007 - 1:55pm

Well, the temperature in Hades haven't dropped ONE degree...and pigs aren't flying...



Wed, 10/31/2007 - 10:14am

the last days my god forgive us for the sins we have made