Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Last Words On Reverend Jesse Jackson

I don't care what Reverend Jesse Jackson "really" meant, I don't care that he apologized, and I don't care if he supports Obama for President or not. Reverend Jesse Jackson has exposed the failing of young black leadership in this country to take a stand for Black America. It's our turn to lead and shape the African American agenda.

Jesse Jackson, Julian Bonds, Bill Cosby, Andrew Young, and Al Sharpton of the Civil Rights era of leadership need to GRACEFULLY and HONORABLY step slightly to the background and give a tiny nudge to the political forefront, Jesse Jackson Jr, Cory Booker, Malika Saada Saar, Harold Ford, Jr., and the numerous others that have been forced to stay in the background to appease "the old guard." Everyone has to get off the ferris wheel and leave the country fair at some point!

Check out other comments about Jackson's "green with envy" swipe at Obama:

"I think Jesse Jackson, he's the biggest player hater." - Nas

"Revered Jackson is my dad and I'll always love him. He should know how hard that I've worked for the last year and a half as a national co-chair of Barack Obama's presidential campaign. So, I thoroughly reject and repudiate his ugly rhetoric. He should keep hope alive and any personal attacks and insults to himself." - Jesse Jackson, Jr.

"Hush, Jesse, Hush" - Jesse Jackson

"Publicly, Rev. Jackson states that he has issues with Sen. Obama's perceived lack of an 'urban agenda' or a major 'civil rights' platform. But, in reality, one senses a bit of generational tension and 'playa hate' -- a resentment of being left out of something bigger than him." - Charles Ellison, Black Policy.Org

"Aww, Grandpa Jackson's off his meds" - Taii K. Austin

"Don't say anything you wouldn't want on the air until you get out of the studio. Geez! I see Rev. Jackson is from the Ralph Nader school of thought. What is up with the leftist infatuation with the "black = poor so focus exclusively on talkin' 'bout the ghetto" meme, as though black folks haven't progressed since the Jim Crow 1930s. I'll say it again: 74% of black Americans are not poor. Most of us haven't been poor since the 1960s. That being said, Sen. Obama has addressed many of the issues that it is claimed that he hasn't addressed, but he also recognizes the class diversity in Black America. This brouhaha may actually help Sen. Obama, because it may reassure white moderates that he is "no Jesse Jackson". - Shay, Booker Rising


Tabatha Atwood July 11, 2008 at 8:41 AM  

you know before the baby boomer generation there was a lot more intergenerational politics and intergenerational dialogue and mentoring/grooming. the baby boomers spit on the older generation and stole the stage for 40 years and it is definitely time for a new act. however, i think it is time for giving them some of their own medicine and fighting for power- like frederick douglass said power does not give up power without a demand and a fight. in the course of the fight i think you will begin to see the true colors of the old guard- who wants to learn, who wants to unite, who wants to build and who just wants to stay in charge. it definitely took too long for cory booker to get support but his continuing to fight and build a local base is a great example.

Anonymous,  July 11, 2008 at 9:30 AM  

Harold Ford, Jr?


Don July 12, 2008 at 2:15 AM  

I think it's unfortunate that Jesse Jackson was caught making those statements. Not that he nor Brack Obama doesn't have a point. I'm sure either side can argue their case. But I hate the manner in which his regretful remarks are being used to cheapen and damage both men.

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