Skip to comments.Jesse Jackson Renews Some Blacks' Concerns
Posted on 07/12/2008 8:57:32 PM PDT by george76
The larger point of Jesse L. Jackson's criticism of Barack Obama -- if not the crude way he expressed it -- touched a nerve among some African American political activists who have been unhappy about the senator 's pointed critiques of absentee fathers and other problems in the black community.
Eric Easter, a blogger on the joint Web site of Jet and Ebony, two black-oriented magazines, wrote yesterday that some of Obama's rhetoric "smacked of calculated political expediency" in an effort to win over white voters.
The criticism was similar in some ways to the reaction to comedian Bill Cosby, who over the past decade made some of the same points as Obama.
For Obama, distancing himself from a controversial black figure such as Jackson may help him among white voters. But that possibility raised questions about whether the senator is targeting blacks for political purposes.
Kevin Alexander Gray, who worked for Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign, compared it to a move by Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton, who in 1992 famously attacked political activist Sister Souljah for saying, "If Black people kill Black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?"
Obama aides rejected the comparison, and the candidate himself, in his 2006 book "The Audacity of Hope," called Clinton's attack "clumsy and transparent."
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Any criticism directed at anyone other than "whitey" angers these these race pimps and shakedown artists to no end. It's bad for business.
Anyone done a slow motion replay analysis and figured out what was really said??
OREILLY: We held back some of this conversation... we didnt feel it had any relevance to the conversation this evening. We are not out to get Jesse Jackson. We are not out to embarrass him and we are not out to make him look bad. If we were, we would have used what we had, which is more damaging than what you have heard...
They're just scared too death they could possible be put out of business like they should have been when Clarence Thomas was confirmed, Colon Powell and Condoleza Rice both became Secretary's of State!!!
I respect the two Drs. Thomas Sowell and Walter E. Williams far more than the two Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton!!!
Even in today's world where the default is liberalism, there are more and more minorities understanding the liberty and freedom induction of conservatism's core principles!!!
Democrats...The Party of Lowered Expectations.
“smacked of calculated political expediency” Hello? While not in any way endorsing Obama’s campaign, speaking of the dearth of black fatherhood is not some calculation to woo the white vote. All those yutes shooting each other in Killadelphia and Shivcargo are probably wild yutes without fathers. They don’t even have Rev’rund Wright’s church upbringing. You can play the race card, but you can’t deny the truth. Bill Cosby is genuine in addressing this; Obama is somewhat less so.
Very disappointing that FNC and BOR decided against airing the nastiest stuff on that tape. Hopefully some FNC employee will get ahold of it and leak it onto YouTube.
Any criticism directed at anyone other than “whitey” angers these these race pimps and shakedown artists to no end. It’s bad for business.”
Part of me is thinking that this was a very calculated move and that JJ was “taking one for the team”, as a shill, to further fool/lull white people - i.e., good cop/bad cop tactics. Have you noticed the lighting in his “kansas values” campaign commercial? Just a “regular” guy, right???
One thing I know - the BHO campaign is a well-oiled, finely-tuned machine - very calculated, brilliant, ruthless and... evil.
This is also what happens when a candidate is nothing more than a pandering phoney.
Guys like Cosby and Obama are correct to point out the problems in the black community, but the black community is correct to point out that Obama is merely pandering to whites, unless his words are born of a genuine concern to correct the problems.
Obama has been involved in politics for how long now? And how long has he been crusading about the need for black fathers to assume responsibility for their children? Maybe I'm wrong and it's been a staple of his politics, but if it hasn't been, then he's late to the party and is only trying to secure white votes by giving lipservice to it now. I'd love to know what his history is on the topic, as far as past rhetoric goes. If it's a recent "awakening" for him, then like everything else, he's just being politically expedient, which seems to be the only "truth" he really knows. When Cosby spoke out about it, he endured the criticism, but it came from his heart. He obviously wasn't running for office. He was sincere. Obama? Maybe not so much, and if that's the case, then he is right to be criticized for his pandering, regardless of who is criticizing him for it. "White folks greed runs a world in need" doesn't sound to me like he was big on preaching personal responsibility until now. I'd love to be proven wrong though, and learn that it's been a staple of his political life for a long time. If that's the case, then he's right to keep pointing it out regardless of who he offends. How much did he preach about responsibility when he was a vaunted "community organizer," or State Senator, or Senator? His own mother and father abandoned him. Did he preach personal responsibility in either of his books?
Bill Cosby is genuine in addressing this; Obama is somewhat less so.”
Somewhat Less So??? Learn his background. Activist, Malcom X lover and more. Make no mistake - Everything BHO says and does is calculated for whatever audience he speaks to at that moment - totally for political expediency. Always, 24/7.
“I’d love to be proven wrong though, and learn that it’s been a staple of his political life for a long time.”
And I’d love to think that any kind of talk or negotiation would work with Ahmedinejad or committed, jihadist terrorists bent on our destruction.
Well, not and NOT, about both.
What you talkin’ about, Willis?
I thought I clearly made it apparent that I didn’t believe Obama was “sincere” and was only pandering. I guess not...
READ ‘THE OBAMA FILE”
This, IMHO, is an example of the "nation of whiners" Gramm spoke of. Walters, like so many in the black community, doesn't seem to understand that what Obama said was to "help black communities". If they would take his advise the whole country would be helped.
the irony here is thick.
Jackson has illegitimate kids ..like many so called black leaders.
Obama had a slacker absent dad who abandoned him.
no wonder Jackson and a lot of black men take umbrage at Obama's talk on this....many of them are guilty of it.
This is a clock moment with Obama for me.
“calculated political expediency”
Say it ain’t so! LOL
Everything BHO says and does is calculated for whatever audience he speaks to at that moment
You go that right! Who else, within the span of less than a week, would tell one audience that Iran is no threat to anyone and tell another that Iran is a huge threat to the world. Obama’s goal seems to be to make Jimmy Carter look like a great world leader by comparison.