Jesse Jackson - Using What God Gave Him
When I was growing up, I thought of Jesse Jackson as a modern Martin Luther King Jr. I knew that most blacks in my area of the world were poorer than the most of the others, and I figured some racism certainly played into it. My family was forever democrats in voting, and this was because both of my parents came from extremely poor families. Truly, my grandparents had grown up as poor as some of the poorest blacks in our community. I thought of Jesse Jackson then as some sort of hero. Time went on, and I remember hearing some pretty crazy sort of racist comments Mr. Jackson would make. Oh I thought he was making jokes, but that such things were unbecoming of a man I'd previously thought so highly of. Nowadays I'm not so sure at all about it. I think I was simply a fool for having ever thought of Jesse Jackson so highly.
Maybe things would have been different had Jesse became the first black president back in 1988 when he was running his second campaign for president. Surely the USA was ready for a black president then, and why wouldn't it have been? It was completely unfair to Mr. Jackson the way the press had treated him, forever asking questions about his half brother's criminal behaviors. That's exactly how mass media always does, it only exists to deceive and slander, or glorify things which probably ought not be glorified, and sell you things you don't need. Jesse had always been a loose cannon himself though, so when he's been seemingly persecuted by mass media, we must consider that just maybe he deserves it. We're talking about the guy who, when running for POTUS in 1984 made the tremendously silly mistake of referring to New York City as "Hymietown." Let's be clear about it, "Hymietown" is a racist remark, and a referring to Jews as "Hymies," is a clear example of racism. It is no different than were a white or Hispanic or Asian to call blacks that "n word."
Would Martin Luther King Jr. have made such a blatantly racist remark, ever? No probably not. It's sad that myself and others had ever thought of Jesse Jackson in the same sort of category. Oh he had known King, he was famously there when King was shot. Having stood next to a great man when he was assassinated, however, hardly makes you the heir to that man's legacy. It does do something towards furthering your career and ambitions though.
Jesse Jackson Interview Following the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. 1968
Following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, Jesse Jackson seemed to want to use the event as a springboard for his own relevancy. Who can truly blame him for that? I can't. It's not the best way to become a successful person, but let's face it, Martin Luther King Jr. was not merely another political celebrity, he was the real deal all the way. There's just not many people in our history who can be compared to King, and Jackson wasn't even 30 years old yet at the time of King's assassination. He'd wanted to step as much as he could in those shoes, and the fact King was assassinated clearly showed everyone there was still a massive civil rights problem, and that new leaders were needed, and needed badly.
One of the finest things, the most valid things King has ever said was that we as people should judge a man not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character. That's the way things should be, but when you look at Jackson's actions over the years, you get a really mixed bag, and oh how people love to talk about his embarrassing moments. Thing is, what is or isn't embarrassing really can only be defined or viewed correctly from seeing what position one is in. Why would it be embarrassing when Mr. Jackson is upset for the way Obama talks down to black people? Mr. Obama talks down to, literally, everyone. It's a perfectly valid concern for the way Obama's actions and tone seems to show he regards persons such as Jackson as "less relevant" than himself. The crude remarks concerning the incident, however, are really more comedic than anything else; and in time, as Obama's legacy is seen in full, I think Jackson will be perfectly well vindicated for that.
Jesse Jackson And Barack Obama
So Jesse Jackson and Barack Obama have bumped heads a few times, so what? Who hasn't had problems with Obama. What I'd find most disturbing would be had the man endorsed all Obama actions rather than look at them for what they are. It seems when Obama is viewed or judged by the content of his character rather than the color of his skin, you're essentially looking at an even worse version of George W. Bush, one who's not funny at all, and wields a big stick of "white guilt" to use forever against his opponents, and when at all possible, blames others for his own failings. There's just not a lot there to like in what we see in Obama, and Jackson is quite a lot a better person than someone like Oprah, who's made even more outlandish and racist statements than Jackson ever has, or has she?
Jesse Jackson is a real leader, a man who still has real political clout, if this weren't so, then why would the Taliban have reached out to him following the 911 attacks? Whether or not you believe the US federal government's outlandish claims about what happened on 911, that's besides the point, the point is the people who Obama committed US troops to Afghanistan to fight through 2024 wanted Jesse Jackson to intervene on their behalf, and that, my friends, really says something. Jackson surely suffered through some real racism during his youth, and so it is little wonder he's also stood up for Arab Americans, and urged them to stand up for their rights. He was right to do so, the reactionary public hell bent on paranoia following 911, however, was not an exclusively "white affair," and I'm sure Jackson knew and saw that too. He should be commended for his good deeds and his proper political stances, and his values expressed and shown, the content of his character during such times.
The thing is, Jesse Jackson is quite a mixed bag, and aren't we all? If he's going to keep his relevancy to the public, he's going to have to start behaving a bit differently regarding "white America." So Jesse Jackson doesn't feel good about Phil Robertson's ongoing relationship with A&E, who cares? Maybe Phil Robertson doesn't feel good about Jesse Jackson's continued relationship with whoever is paying him these days too, are they both not men, and of the same value? So Robertson has said some things which are maybe offensive to homosexuals, okay, Jackson has clearly said things offensive to Jews in the past, and if Jackson is to be forgiven for that, or to have that overlooked, then so is Phil Robertson. We can't do double standards for ourselves if we wish to have others persecuted for doing the same things. If Jesse Jackson is to maintain any social relevancy as he becomes an elderly former civil rights leader, he'd best really get ahold of himself.