Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Obama Acting Like He's a Cracka

Apparently Obama is a Uncle Tom according to funny baby fan Jesse Jackson.

Jackson sharply criticized presidential hopeful and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for “acting like he’s white” in what Jackson said has been a tepid response to six black juveniles’ arrest on attempted-murder charges in Jena, La. Jackson, who also lives in Illinois, endorsed Obama in March, according to The Associated Press.
“If I were a candidate, I’d be all over Jena,” Jackson said after an hour-long speech at Columbia’s historically black Benedict College.

“Jena is a defining moment, just like Selma was a defining moment,” said the iconic civil rights figure, who worked with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1965 Selma civil rights movement and was with King at his 1968 assassination.

Later, Jackson said he did not recall making the “acting like he’s white” comment about Obama, stressing he only wanted to point out the candidates had not seized on an opportunity to highlight the disproportionate criminal punishments black youths too often face.

Jackson also said Obama, who consistently has placed second in state and national polls behind New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, must be “bolder” in his political positions if he is to erase Clinton’s lead.

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I wish this race-baiting hypocrite would just go away. Obama's statement about Jena was appropriate. For those not in the know, the so-called "Jena 6" are a group of young black men accused of beating a white guy. They seem to have been totally overcharged in the case. I actually agree with the concern that is being generated in this case, but Selma it is not.

The fact that I am defending Obama should be a good illustration as to how wrong this is. This whole "acting white" canard is a blight on all blacks. In many areas if a black kid speaks decent English and gets good grades in school, he is "acting white". It is a dangerous ridiculous argument that should not be perpetuated by so-called leaders such as Jackson.

Racism obviously still exists, and the Jena case seems to be a sad example of that. This kind of pathetic rhetoric just perpetuates the problem unfortunately.

HatTip: Drudge