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In case you did not see this, here it is again…
The Rev. Jesse Jackson in one swoop proved that he really does not support Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) as the presidential candidate, but he exposed a generational divide which I will explain later. But first things first…..
Jackson’s alleged support of Obama. Back in January, William Jelani Cobb, an associate professor of history at Spelman College in Atlanta, in a Washington Post op-ed wrote:
“[Jackson] criticized Obama for not championing the “Jena Six” cause — the case of six young black men in Louisiana charged with beating a white classmate — vigorously enough. After Obama’s Iowa victory, Jackson demanded that the senator bolster “hope with substance.”
Almost a week later, Jackson responded by saying:
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“When Obama won the Iowa caucuses, I said, ‘Dr. King would be proud of Barack Obama today. He would be proud of America.’ I have supported Obama’s campaign since early on.”
Again, the above statement was from January after Cobb astutely observed that the “black spokesmen” (i.e. for my purposes, the leaders of the secret order of the society of black people) were not all that happy with an Obama candidacy because their stock will go down as the official fences between black and white.
Now to the latest incident, which is really telling of how we, the black people, are expected to wallow in victimhood by the likes of Jackson. Obama was speaking about personal responsibility, specifically, the need for black men to be fathers and not mere sperm donors who get paid through physical feelings that are for the moment.
Apparently, to the Rev. Jackson, this is speaking down to black people. That made Jackson expressing the urge to chop off Obama’s [radio edit]. Another black guy that I know of that proudly speaks from the mantle of personal responsibility is Los Angeles-based talk show host Larry Elder. Bill Cosby also comes to mind when it comes to telling black people to take some personal responsibility. This is nothing new, the only difference is that Obama seems to be the one who is making the most head way in promoting this message.
So in addition to Jackson exposing himself as a true non-supporter of Obama, he also exposed the existing generational gap between my generation of black people (post civil rights generation) and the previous generation (civil rights generation.) This could not be any more evident in the fact that Jackson’s own son, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL), who is the national co-chairman, of Obama’s presidential campaign.
The younger Jackson said that his dad should keep hope alive and personal attacks to himself (sick burn.) It should be noted that while the elder was trying to get Obama to protest with him in Louisiana, Jackson Jr. was telling Obama to concentrate on Iowa.
I am not surprised by Rev. Jackson’s comments. Obama’s message of personal responsibility, along with his message of hope and change (whatever that is) is winning over more people that Jackson ever did when he ran for president in the 80s.