September 19, 2007

Finally, a legit issue and Jackson still blows it

Friggin' Jesse Jackson. There's now actually a legitimate racial issue out there for him to seek out the publicity camera, and he still makes an ass of himself. He accused Democrat prez candidate Barack Obama of "acting like he's white" because he's supposedly not paying enough attention to the situation in Jena, Louisiana.

Jackson, who claimed that Jena is "a defining moment, just like Selma was a defining moment," (everything is like Selma to Jackson) must be beside himself since the case in this small Louisiana town truly appears to be a case of racial injustice, unlike much of what Jackson insinuates himself into. White students who hung nooses on a tree at the local high school were only given three days suspension, yet when a fight later erupted between white and black students over the incident, the black students involved in the scuffle were charged with attempted murder! For a school fight?? Unbelievable.

Just don't expect an apology from Jackson for his racial slur against Obama. That's because, in Jackson's mind, he is "authentically" black, while Obama -- since he has a broad appeal to all Americans -- is some sort of racial "charlatan."

UPDATE at 5:56pm on 9/20: [Black] sportswriter Jason Whitlock adds a sane voice to this whole imbroglio. There's no doubt that Jackson, Sharpton et. al. are chomping at the bit over this whole deal (do they do anything else?), but my opinion remains that this is a legitimate equal justice issue. There's no excuse for the ridiculous three-day suspension (after a recommended expulsion) of the three white kids who hung the nooses on the tree, and there's no excuse for charges of attempted murder for the six black students who beat up that white kid. Since comments appear to be down at the moment, to answer Anna and orestes: Yes, the white student was hospitalized, but he was back attending a school-related function the same night. I'm not, of course, excusing his attackers, but simple assault charges would have sufficed against his assailants. Murder charges were quite extreme.

Posted by Hube at September 19, 2007 09:20 PM | TrackBack

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I thought the attempted murder charges were because they had beaten the kid unconscious. Had I heard that wrong? If it were merely a scuffle though, that charge would certainly be extreme.

Posted by: Anna Venger at September 20, 2007 07:18 AM

I too had heard that the white student had been severely beaten and had to be hopitalized.

Posted by: orestes at September 20, 2007 10:05 AM

The kid was beaten unconsious and was hospitalized, but was released to attend class the next day.

It was not a scuffle and it was not in response to the nooses hanging from a tree. The kid was alone and clobbered from behind, then repeatedly kicked by the other 5 assailants.

Also, the murder charge was downgraded to assault, and the hrash sentence ( I think it was 15 years) that Jackson and Sharpton are protesting was already overturned on appeal before Jackson and Sharpton annouonced their intent to protest.

Posted by: Doug Purdie at September 21, 2007 04:08 PM

Hube:

Yes, if he was back to school the same night it probably wasn't that bad and the charges are probably extreme. Of course the noose thing is reprehensible.

I assume we are talking about problems with two separate agencies. The school is responsible for under reacting in limited suspension and the police of over reacting in attempted murder charges.

Thanks for clearing up the circumstances a bit.

Posted by: Anna Venger at September 22, 2007 09:29 AM