August 25, 2008

Consider the source

Jesse Jackson Jr., son of Jesse "I'll Cut His Nuts Off" Jackson, thinks The Messiah is like Jackie Robinson -- but not in the way you think:

"Barack Obama has the capacity to hit,” Jackson said a breakfast panel just before the opening of the Democratic National Convention. “But he is in the situation where he can’t hit back, which Jackie Robinson could not do. … He had to be able to run the bases, even though the crowd was jeering the first African-American on the field.”

Jackson, son of the civil rights leader, said Obama is in the same situation: “He has to keep smiling, because no one wants an angry African-American man in the White House.”

What?? The son of Jesse Jackson ... using the proverbial race card?? Unbelievable!! (Did I tell 'ya or what?)

Please. The Messiah has been doing just fine "hitting back," so to speak, at John McCain. And trust me, even his opponents want him to do that -- not because it'll make him look like an "angry African-American man in the White House," but because if he does win at least they'll know he has some cojones.

Tavis Smiley, another panelist, said "expectations for Obama have become so high that 'even Jesus Christ himself might not be able to respond.'” Uh-huh. Right. And lest you think that Smiley is of a different mind-set than Jackson Jr.:

"We have really missed the boat in this campaign on covering race,” Smiley said. “I look at how quick we were to jump on the language of ‘post-racial,’ the language of ‘race transcendence.’ That’s not possible yet in America."

Of course not, Tavis. It never will be possible to people like yourself. And as long as "race" is covered in a way that is palatable to guys like you and Jackson Jr., all is swell. If not, then the "R" word has a hair trigger.

Posted by Hube at August 25, 2008 06:04 PM | TrackBack

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It is obvious that race continues to be a factor in American politics, therefore, any ambitious African-American politician has to take that into account. And yes, I agree with Tavis, the bar for African-Americans is higher than for whites, because of people like you, Hube, in my view!

Posted by: Perry Hood at August 28, 2008 01:53 PM

As opposed to you, Perry, who utilizes the bigotry of low expectations under the guise of "compassion."

Posted by: Hube at August 28, 2008 02:17 PM

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