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Jesse Jackson Is Going To Get You

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“If the police had detained her against her will for safety reasons we would be hearing from jesse jackson about violating the right of black americans women. The national media needs to get the word out and the police and fbi need to find this young american woman asap, regardless of her race.” – A comment from betier in response to Mitrice Richardson Is Just Another Missing Black Woman

Is it just me or do a lot of people want to perpetrate the fraud that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton wield a lot of influence in American culture?  Anytime somebody tries to call attention to some disparity that happens to fall along racial lines, somebody is quick to say something like if some racially generic institution that is heavily controlled and influenced by white people tries to do the right thing then Mr. Jackson or Mr. Sharpton will be quick to jump down their throats like the wrath of god.  This begs the question, what has either one of these men done to instill such fear into the dominant community?

When the news broke that Rush Limbaugh was about to participate in the purchase of the St. Louis Rams, a number of people on all sides of the racial divides came out to protest the move due to Mr. Limbaugh’s reputation as a race baiter.  But to defend Mr. Limbaugh and his insensitivity toward racial issues, people attacked Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson as two of the most racist people in America.  Why has either one of these men done to earn such a reputation for racial division from the dominant community that inspires people to want to give a racist like Mr. Limbaugh a free pass?

If people take a long, hard, honest look at Mr. Jackson’s and Mr. Sharpton’s long, distinguished careers, what have they really said or done that has significantly helped the black community?  Sure they have helped to sue people and bring attention to certain issues of racial discrimination.  But other than the high profile complaining the good reverends don’t really deliver much to the black community at large.  Mr. Jackson formed his Rainbow/PUSH organization.  Mr. Sharpton developed his National Youth Movement.  Both of these organizations do much for the black community.

But they also do much for the dominant community as well.  Mr. Jackson is on record fighting to keep the plug from being pulled on the believed to be brain dead Terry Schiavo.  Mr. Sharpton regularly does his appearance on television on shows like Boston Legal, New York Undercover, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as well being a special commentator for such shows as Meet the Press and This Week with George Stephanopoulos.  Both Mr. Jackson and Mr. Sharpton have made a lot of money participating in institutions near and dear to the heart of the dominant community.  Both men have done very well financially speaking.

People need to wakeup and take a look at who really benefits from Mr. Sharpton’s and Mr. Jackson’s theatrics.  People want to point to such incidents as Mr. Jackson calling New York City Hymie Town for all the Jews that reside there and Mr. Sharpton participating in the discredited Tawana Brawley case.  Mr. Jackson and Mr. Sharpton are not two super heroes working for truth, justice, and the black community’s way of life.  In all honesty, these two men have benefited greatly from the status quo.  And people who benefit from the status quo are less likely to honestly participate in its true abolishment.

Some people think that these two men are sitting and waiting, ready to pounce when some institution steps out of line and treats black people unfairly.  But in all likelihood, these two reverends rarely go into one of their high profile theatrical productions without careful consideration of the impact to the status quo.  Mr. Jackson and Mr. Sharpton might work to bring attention to some individual heinous acts.  But they really don’t do much, have done little to change the plight of the black community.

High profile civil rights activists worth millions of dollars probably don’t want to do anything that would really jeopardize their high dollar earning potential.  And so when people say silly things about police not wanting to do anything to upset Mr. Jackson or Mr. Sharpton and bring down their wrath, who are they trying to kid?  Jesse and Al are so far from consideration it isn’t even close to making a difference.  Neither one of these men, and no one else either, is some kind of boogeyman that the dominant community needs to fear.

This is not to say that if I was being unfairly treated by authorities I wouldn’t welcome the help attention from either one of these reverends would bring to my case.  But I also know that if I’m being railroaded by some racist machine, I seriously doubt if I could count on help from Mr. Sharpton or Mr. Jackson.  These two old school civil rights activists are pretty careful with the cases they select to stick their reputation on.

Regardless, to blame these two for the dominant community’s inability to interact with the black community with common sense, compassion, and sensitivity is truly inappropriate and totally inaccurate.  These reverends are in no way, shape, or form responsible for the police mishandling the arrest of Mitrice Richardson or Rush Limbaugh not getting the Rams or any of the other racially disparate events people want to give the dominant community a pass on.

Monday, November 9, 2009 - Posted by | African Americans, Black Community, Black Culture, Black People, Jesse Jackson, Life, Racism, Thoughts

3 Comments »

  1. Personally, I have never had a nightmare of Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton running me down. My mom had these little china dolls on a stand…when I went to sleep these morphed with some sort of evil Lucky the Leprechaun….they offered me beer and cigarettes when all I wanted to do was suck my 4 year old thumb. Dastardly individuals….still gives me the willies thinking about it.

    Comment by Mike Lovell | Tuesday, November 10, 2009 | Reply

  2. BrotherPeaceMaker,

    I happened upon your blog while doing a Google search. As long as this country is filled with a black population which overwhelmingly, blindly follows the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, your culture will never attain the so-called “equality” these racist men seek. They insert themselves into and situation they can where they may be able to flame animosity toward whites. The most glaring example of this was the Duke lacrosse case where a black prostitute falsely accused three white male lacrosse players of rape. After months of agony and expenses on the side of the accused men they were, thankfully, acquitted. This black woman thought she could send some white people to jail and make a few bucks and who was standing by her side from the get-go (even though evidence overwhelmingly contradicted her testimony!) but Al Sharpton – saying he was going to pay for her education, etc etc. Sharpton was ready and willing to side with the black woman despite any evidence to support her claim.

    Sharpton and Jackson do, indeed, prefer the status quo. As long as they can keep blacks to believe the “white man” is holding them back and that the government is the only hope for blacks to achieve a better life, these two race-baiters will be able to continue to hold their places in society stirring up conflict and also making some good money. When will you blacks wake up and realize that every other culture that has ended up in America – Japanese (even after being enslaved during WWII), Hipanics, Jews (despite the Holocaust), to name a few – has been able to raise themselves up through values such as education, family and hard work. Until you denounce the modern-day enslavement tactics of the Sharptons, Jacksons, Obamas and other Democrats your people, as a whole, will be an unsuccessful, angry, criminal culture in America. Wake up! America has more to offer any individual (regardless of color) than anywhere else in the world. And, if you don’t believe it or don’t like it here why don’t you move elsewhere in the world – possibly Africa? – and see how tough it can really be!!

    PS – I am sure you will condemn me as a white racist however while I am indeed white, I will note I am married to a black man and we have two children together.

    Comment by Melissa Scarborough | Monday, November 23, 2009 | Reply

  3. Thanks for the feedback Melissa Scarborough,

    You are most correct, because you indeed sound like just another white racist. And the fact that you’re married to a black man doesn’t mean you are above racism. Your statement ranks right up there with white people who say things like, “I’m not racist! Some of my best friends are black!”

    And the fact that your husband approves of your racism doesn’t mean a thing either. A lot of black people are more than happy to support racism. Have you ever heard of Clarence Thomas? Wait a minute…Is your husband a Supreme Court judge? Is he Michael Steele? Trust me, there are plenty of black people who would be more than happy to cheer your special brand of blame black people for America’s racism.

    Your blanket statement about how the black community blindly follows Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton is like me saying that the white community overwhelmingly, blindly follows Sarah Palin. But you’re white so you probably do the Republican thing anyway.

    You have taken one mistake by Mr. Sharpton and use it to condemn Mr. Jackson. That’s typical white racist behavior. And if you were married to a black man who was worth anything to the black community and he actually cared about you, he would probably try to correct your racist thinking. Unfortunately he’s ready to condone your racism to prove his desire to assimilate to the dominant community’s way of thinking.

    And if you don’t like black people here in America, if you don’t like black people who aren’t willing to assimilate like your husband, then why don’t you move somewhere else in the world? I hear Spain is a nice place for racist people these days. You and your husband and your children will probably love it there.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Monday, November 23, 2009 | Reply


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