Who is Rev. Jesse Jackson?

Posted: July 16, 2008 in Uncategorized
It’s a fair question. When I was a kid in the 70’s, Jackson was an influential black leader, and many thought he might have a shot at becoming President some day. He tried and failed to do just that in the 80’s, but overall he was still well-regarded within both the black community and in politics.

Fast-forward to 2004: Bill Cosby decided that the black community needed to do more for themselves…actually, Bill decided the black community needed a solid kick in the pants and get the boot stuck. Cosby said things like the following:
"(Men)…stop beating up your women because you can’t find a job, because you didn’t want to get an education and now you’re (earning) minimum wage."
"…your dirty laundry gets out of school at 2:30 every day, it’s cursing
and calling each other n—— as they’re walking up and down the
street. They think they’re hip. They can’t read;
they can’t write. They’re laughing and giggling, and they’re going
nowhere."

"I can’t even talk the way these people talk, ‘Why you ain’t,’ ‘Where
you is’ … and I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk."

"And then I heard the father talk … Everybody knows it’s important to
speak English except these knuckleheads. You can’t be a doctor with
that kind of crap coming out of your mouth."

Wow. No one before or since has ever had the balls to talk down to blacks like that. Not on a public stage, anyway.

The good Reverend completely backed up Mr. Cosby, saying,
"Bill is saying let’s fight the right fight, let’s level the playing
field. Drunk people can’t do that. Illiterate people
can’t do that."

Fast-forward to 2008: Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama went to some black churches and gave speeches about morality. He’s certainly not going to be a complete a-hole about it, and talk the same way Bill Cosby did…c’mon, he’s a presidential candidate! He has to deliver a leveled, well-thought speech that isn’t so damning and insulting that it alienates potential voters.

The good Reverend completely abandoned Mr. Obama, saying that Barack was "talking down to black people" and that he was telling them "how to behave", and then said, "I want to cut his nuts off."

Then we find out today that the good Reverend reportedly used the dreaded n-word to describe blacks in general…a word he has publicly called out to be "banned".

So, who is Rev. Jesse Jackson?

My guess is that he’s a pissed-off, bitter old man because he isn’t the first black presidential nominee. Or maybe he’s just a two-faced jerk…politicians are so hard to figure out sometimes…

In any case, Jackson probably isn’t on Obama’s short-list for VP…

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