Why Barack, not Jesse, is the First Potential Black President

Marc Sheppard
Jesse Jackson has accused Barack Obama of "acting like he's white" for what Jackson proclaims the presidential hopeful's inappropriate response to the Jena Six case.

If "acting white" means not running on a racial divide platform, then the Illinois Senator may be guilty.  Or, if it refers to espousing a vision for a better United States of America, rather than a better Black America, then by all means, retract all NAACP speaking engagement invitations.

But what more did you actually expect him to do regarding Jena, Jesse?  Join you and your fellow race-baiters whose modus operandi has historically been the self-serving exploitation of similar black-white ugliness?

Perhaps the Senator misspoke when, after the Louisiana state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal threw out the charges against Mychal Bell and tossed him back to juvenile court (where he belonged) last Friday, Obama responded [my emphasis]:
"When nooses are being hung in high schools in the 21st century, it's a tragedy. It shows that we still have a lot of work to do as a nation to heal our racial tensions. This isn't just Jena's problem; it's America's problem."
Nation and America -- "White" words?

In truth, Jesse, what America sees in the racially incendiary Jena story is that there are nearly as many versions as there are people living in the small, rural, "highly segregated" Louisiana town. Yes, 3 nooses hung from a "White Tree," racial brawls and an incident involving a shotgun do weigh in to varying degrees depending on the narrator. But the tales all climax with white Jena High School student, Justin Barker, being beaten unconscious by a group of black students on December 4, 2006.

Granted, 6 black Jena students were arrested and, according to some stories, originally charged with aggravated battery, which was then upped to attempted murder in an effort to quell threats of a "sick-out" by teachers insisting that order be restored to the embattled school.

But America also watched the story become expedient fodder for all manner of civil rights activists (e.g. NAACP), race-parasites (e.g. Al Sharpton and you) and left-wing agitators (e.g. Democracy Now). 

And we all recognize that the accomplishments of the flourishing Obama loom as a mirror of Jesse's broken dreams, goading you to remind your people of their "suffering" and your overstated involvement with Martin Luther King in the 60's to perpetuate your relevance.

But attempting to equate Jena to the 1965 Selma civil rights movement is just another sad reminder of just how irrelevant you've become.

Indeed, allegations that District Attorney Reed Walters bumped the charges against the Jena six from aggravated battery to attempted second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and then back to the original charge for political purposes only may prove to be true.

But attacking a man you've already endorsed for refusing to sink to that same level of repugnancy betrays the very man you are.  And attempting to introduce the word "White" as a pejorative is beneath contempt.

Hat tip: Drudge
Jesse Jackson has accused Barack Obama of "acting like he's white" for what Jackson proclaims the presidential hopeful's inappropriate response to the Jena Six case.

If "acting white" means not running on a racial divide platform, then the Illinois Senator may be guilty.  Or, if it refers to espousing a vision for a better United States of America, rather than a better Black America, then by all means, retract all NAACP speaking engagement invitations.

But what more did you actually expect him to do regarding Jena, Jesse?  Join you and your fellow race-baiters whose modus operandi has historically been the self-serving exploitation of similar black-white ugliness?

Perhaps the Senator misspoke when, after the Louisiana state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal threw out the charges against Mychal Bell and tossed him back to juvenile court (where he belonged) last Friday, Obama responded [my emphasis]:
"When nooses are being hung in high schools in the 21st century, it's a tragedy. It shows that we still have a lot of work to do as a nation to heal our racial tensions. This isn't just Jena's problem; it's America's problem."
Nation and America -- "White" words?

In truth, Jesse, what America sees in the racially incendiary Jena story is that there are nearly as many versions as there are people living in the small, rural, "highly segregated" Louisiana town. Yes, 3 nooses hung from a "White Tree," racial brawls and an incident involving a shotgun do weigh in to varying degrees depending on the narrator. But the tales all climax with white Jena High School student, Justin Barker, being beaten unconscious by a group of black students on December 4, 2006.

Granted, 6 black Jena students were arrested and, according to some stories, originally charged with aggravated battery, which was then upped to attempted murder in an effort to quell threats of a "sick-out" by teachers insisting that order be restored to the embattled school.

But America also watched the story become expedient fodder for all manner of civil rights activists (e.g. NAACP), race-parasites (e.g. Al Sharpton and you) and left-wing agitators (e.g. Democracy Now). 

And we all recognize that the accomplishments of the flourishing Obama loom as a mirror of Jesse's broken dreams, goading you to remind your people of their "suffering" and your overstated involvement with Martin Luther King in the 60's to perpetuate your relevance.

But attempting to equate Jena to the 1965 Selma civil rights movement is just another sad reminder of just how irrelevant you've become.

Indeed, allegations that District Attorney Reed Walters bumped the charges against the Jena six from aggravated battery to attempted second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and then back to the original charge for political purposes only may prove to be true.

But attacking a man you've already endorsed for refusing to sink to that same level of repugnancy betrays the very man you are.  And attempting to introduce the word "White" as a pejorative is beneath contempt.

Hat tip: Drudge