Why did Jesse Jackson say Barack Obama is acting “white”?

21 09 2007

The “Jena 6” incident in Jena, Louisiana, is getting a lot of media coverage, so I’m not going to write on the actual events, but there is one aspect of it that hasn’t been promoted too much in the mainstream media.  Here’s an excerpt about what I’m going to write on :

The Rev. Jesse Jackson criticized Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Tuesday over his reaction to the arrest of six black juveniles in Jena, Louisiana, on murder charges, accusing the Illinois senator of “acting like he’s white,” according to a South Carolina newspaper.

The comments reportedly came during a speech at Benedict College, a historically black college in Columbia, South Carolina.

The newspaper reports Jackson later said he did not recall saying Obama is “acting like he’s white,” but continued to condemn the Illinois Democrat as well as the other presidential candidates for not bringing more attention to this issue.

Isn’t that a racist statement?  What is “acting like he’s white” supposed to mean?  And this is coming from someone who is supposedly against racism!  Why aren’t more people calling him out on this?

I heard about it last night, but didn’t see much response on it.  Today it’s in numerous blogs, but that’s the main thing that comes up in the searches.  Is the mainstream media afraid to call out the “Reverend” Jesse Jackson?  If this statement was turned the other way, like someone saying Giuliani was “acting black”, there would be a huge outcry against it.  But Jesse Jackson gets away with saying all kinds of stuff like this.

We need to work at getting rid of all racism, whichever way it goes.  And it doesn’t just happen to minorities.  There are some blacks who hate whites based on color.  (I know that probably won’t ever get major media coverage because whites aren’t a minority and because of the past, but it’s still wrong and should still be dealt with.)  And then we have a (self-appointed) black “leader” who is making statements that divide people by color, which should not be happening.  That kind of stuff does not help the situation at all.  We should address actual racist issues and educate people so they won’t believe stereotypes, but we’ve got to quit making it a white versus black issue.

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