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Sterling & Bundy are embarrassing, but real threat to equal rights is from Supreme Court, Congress
The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | April 28, 2014 | Reverend Jesse Jackson

Posted on 04/28/2014 10:50:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

“Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on,” goes the refrain of a famous song from the civil rights movement. We marched for freedom — for new laws that would end segregation, guarantee equal rights, enforce voting rights, and provide affirmative actions to help correct decades of being locked out or left out. We couldn’t let lunatic sheriffs or Klan rallies or jail distract us. We had to keep our eyes on the prize and hold on.

That advice applies today where public expression of racial animus can distract from the far more serious legal reverses equal rights has suffered.

First we had the rancher and conservative folk hero Cliven Bundy embarrassing himself and his right-wing allies with his foolishness about “the Negro,” suggesting that African Americans might have been “better off as slaves.”

Bundy dismissed blacks as “on government subsidy.” This from a man who had fed his cows off federal land without paying grazing fees for decades, a “government subsidy” he has no intention of repaying. Then we had the tape of the loathsome and unprintable rant of L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling telling his girlfriend, who had posted a photo on Instagram of herself with Magic Johnson, “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” he said. When she says she admires Magic, Sterling tells her to admire him privately, “but don’t put him on an Instagram for the world to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.” Sterling, who has a bad reputation for racism, didn’t deny making the statement, only stating that the remarks aren’t “consistent with” his views.

The views of these two clowns are generating a flood of press, TV commentary, satire, late night humor and more. They should be dealt with. Sensibly, leaders of the right — at least in the guise of Fox News and Senator Rand Paul — seem to be abandoning Bundy Leading NBA figures — LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Chris Paul, Doc Rivers and many more — stepped up to denounce Sterling and urge the NBA to act.

It is important that these statements be challenged. But what Sterling or Bundy say or believe doesn’t much matter in the scheme of things. There will always be people scarred by racist attitudes. We have to keep our eyes on the prize.

And that is what is happening to the law. The gang of five conservative justices on the Supreme Court has disemboweled the Voting Rights Act, making prior review more difficult. This comes as right-wing governors and legislators are passing harsh laws designed clearly to make voting harder ­— limiting when the polls are open, demanding official ID, purging voter files, abandoning same day registration, outlawing voting on Sunday, when black churches could organize parishioners to take their “souls to the polls.”

The Supreme Court majority is continuing to roll back affirmative action, most recently endorsing a state ban on affirmative action in Michigan. The inevitable result is that African-Americans will have less access to higher education, and a harder time getting through previously locked doors. Affirmative action, ironically, was the mildest reform measure. It was proposed instead of reparations and instead of quotas. Where African-Americans had been locked out of colleges, factory floors or executive suites, where the informal networks of association and advantage excluded them, affirmative steps had to be taken with real effect to open doors.

In Washington and state legislatures, the assault on the safety net and on opportunity continues. Twenty-four states have refused to expand Medicaid even though the federal government will pay all the costs in the first years. People of color are disproportionately the victims. Republicans just passed a budget out of the House that targets more than two-thirds of its drastic cuts from programs for poor and low-wage workers. Education and training will take a big hit. Pell grants get cut. And if they have their way, in 10 years, 40 million people would be deprived of health insurance — from repealing Obamacare, privatizing Medicare and gutting Medicaid.

Policing the remarks of the likes of Bundy and Sterling is necessary. We don’t want openly racist views to be acceptable in this society. But we should not focus only on two nutty postmen and lose sight of what’s going on at the post office. Bundy and Sterling embarrass themselves. The Supreme Court and Congress are making changes in the law that will deprive millions of opportunity and equal justice. We should keep our eyes on the prize, and hold on.

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Email: jjackson@rainbowpush.org


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: blacks; bundy; donsterling; racism

1 posted on 04/28/2014 10:50:40 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FUJJ


2 posted on 04/28/2014 10:56:09 PM PDT by funfan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hey Jesse - When the Chinese take over America, they are not going to care about you or your shakedown artists. The Mexicans don't seem to care either.
3 posted on 04/28/2014 10:58:55 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“’Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on,’ goes the refrain of a famous song from the civil rights movement.”

Sounds more like a certain phony preacher once he lays eyes on shakedown/”go away” money.

Not that I know of anyone who fits that description...


4 posted on 04/28/2014 11:14:51 PM PDT by DemforBush (A repo man is always intense.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I heard some of the Sterling comments this evening. I’m not sure what they sounded like in total, but I think I’m fairly safe in thinking I probably heard the worst of his comments. That’s what they’ll focus on.

In the comments, I hear a man chastising a woman he’s having relations with, for cavorting with other men in public. In this instance those other men happened to be Black. I think he would have made the same case if they were white, blue, green, or candy cane striped.

The point was, he didn’t want her exhibiting sexual flirty behavior in public, if she was known to be his girl friend.

He stated he didn’t care if she had relations with them away from home or at home. He just didn’t want her flaunting it in public.

This didn’t particularly seem racist to me. He didn’t care if she was sleeping with them at his own home. So how is it racist for him to simply ask her to tone it down when in public?

I honestly think this guy is getting somewhat of a bad rap here. Has anyone seen something more damning than this. Am I missing the worst of it?


5 posted on 04/28/2014 11:20:40 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I recently turned 60 and for as long as I can remember, election day was always the first Tuesday in November....until the progressives pushed for early voting laws in the past 10-15 years. Now those laws may be repealed, as I believe they should be, and Jesse blames the “gang of conservatives” on the USSC for that, as if they want to overturn centuries of voting on Sunday? The man is clearly stupid and delusional.


6 posted on 04/28/2014 11:37:27 PM PDT by Prince of Space (Be Breitbart, baby. LIFB.)
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To: DoughtyOne

I agree with you, it appears his main objection was she was posting pictures of her posing with Magic Johnson and other people of color on Instagram. He didn’t care she associated with them or if she even had sex with them he just did not want her flaunting it in front of everyone. (Ironic for a womanizer who openly cheated on his wife). When I saw the headlines of this “racist” owner, I thought the recordings were going to be full of the N word and the trashing of blacks.
It is too late now the “genie” is out of the bottle and this guy is done, the only thing for him to do now is extract the maximum money on the sale of the team and retire....


7 posted on 04/29/2014 12:01:54 AM PDT by martinidon
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What do you suggest, Jesse, cutting off the offenders’ nuts?


8 posted on 04/29/2014 12:09:13 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: martinidon

I don’t care for this character assassination game the media plays. If one of their own is caught doing something, they get a slap on the hands and they keep right on trucking.

This guy should not be forced to sell his team. That’s B. S. IMO

He may have cheated on his wife. I don’t know why. Who knows what she was doing. These things are rarely cut and dried.

I also thought the N word was going to be the big deal.

You know, the Clinton’s loved to use the N word. Nobody ever got upset about that.


9 posted on 04/29/2014 1:47:53 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: martinidon

Thanks for the comments. I appreciate it.


10 posted on 04/29/2014 1:48:12 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The objective appears to be to link Bundy with this guy.


11 posted on 04/29/2014 2:25:21 AM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bumper sticker.
RACISITS WHO ARE WHITE GET TRASHED, RACISTS WHO ARE BLACK GET INVITED TO OBAMA’S WHITE HOUSE.


12 posted on 04/29/2014 4:00:09 AM PDT by BilLies (330,000 WHITE Union military went to their deaths to free the slaves .... REALLY???!!!)
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To: DemforBush

For a price - a BIG price - Jackson will ‘forgive’ Sterling... watch and see...


13 posted on 04/29/2014 4:10:03 AM PDT by GOPJ ( Donald Sterling is a typical white liberal elite democrat - New York Times won't share that truth.)
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