Without Jesse, there is no Barack
As I sit here a sports writer a little perturbed three White athletes got off (media coverage) because of Brett Favre’s right to change his mind (he’s a legend, when he’s gone, he’s gone), I have to step out of my box and write from a very neglected corner of my soul that is about to become the most vocal. I’m very appreciative for the NYOIL interview for it made peace the steps I personally need to take in whatever happens to me personally and professionally.
Just got off the air on WVON 1690 in Chicago–Curtis Monday’s Dollars and Sense show. I was part of a panel that included Jill Johnson–who works in IT and has done some stuff with the Department of Defense, and Bonita Parker, Chief Operating Officer, Operation Push.
At issue is this:
Bonita and Jill eloquently spoke on how we as Blacks should address Jesse’s comments and why the media has blown something yet again way out of proportion just because Jesse’s mic was hot.
Bonita has worked with Jesse for years and expressed multiple times she supports Barack at every turn.
Jill’s main point was to keep this in its proper context and move on.
I agreed with everything the ladies spoke. It offered me a modicum of pride to be in their radio air wave presence. Thank you sistas for holding it down like I know you would.
I don’t agree with everything Jesse has said or done, but when it comes down it, I’m in the Rev’s corner because who else has 1968 blood splattered on their vest?
I am not anyone’s apologist.
Who else but Jesse has been the butt of jokes for 40 years and is still at the front of our collective? How many times have you heard someone with ill intentions shout out “Keep hope alive”?
The intro on Public Enemy’s classic track is the Jesse I’ve been down with ever since I shook his massive hand during an appearance at my college in 1988 shortly before my mother passed (I reference this because meeting Jesse offered me some comfort). If you go to the interview section of this very site you will see a picture of me and my boy Brian Cook interviewing Jesse at the MLK monument groundbreaking ceremony.
Watershed moment for me personally. We all have to take necessary steps in our development and that was definitely an experience which brought 1968 back to the forefront of my soul’s impenetrable skull.
It’s time to battle…shield, Middle Passage will, illuminated sword, survival skills and everything.
Don’t get lost in the moment people. This moment is a unique. You will forever remember this time. Please make sure that when you speak out accordingly, you are changing the dynamic of this very important space and time.
That’s very important for all to know. Each one speaks one.
I personally campaigned for Jesse. His red and white signs were a prominent visual in my car and apartment windows until the sun beat them orange. I was proud of the soul model he had become. The reason why Blacks seek inclusion is not so the present can benefit, but so the seeds of our unborn can boot stomp unabashed and secure their birthright.
Barack in Tims…imagine that.
Yes, Jesse said something he should not have said, but everyone is human and I’m sure a lot of people out there have said a lot worse.
That’s not excusing his words one bit, so oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood.
I will not allow Jesse Jackson to become an archetype of hypocritical society measure.
Shirley Chisholm cracked the door sun light bright ever so slightly and peeked around the corner to see if anyone was coming with her. Jesse walked up to the door and kicked it down so Barack could later grab the door knob and open it without much effort behind his grasp.
To say that Barack is a true pioneer is a little misguided. Yes, he is the first Black candidate in the history of this nation to garner a nomination for president, but the work was already done way before he was chillin’ in Hawaii mad ’cause his kick ball was stuck in the palm trees.
Barack has a lot of responsibility. More responsibility than any elected official in possibly the history of human existence (when he gets elected). I understand his policy is going to be scrutinized long after all is said and done, but I hope he doesn’t pander to the defense mechanisms of Whites just to get elected.
Isn’t that a fair request?
Jesse has been made an demagogue through his own doing as well as from a demography that hasn’t the courage of the one finger he Operation Pushes with.
He doesn’t speak for everyone but offers a reference point to propagate a discussion–even if you think he comes across as a trouble maker.
Are YOU gonna speak up?
Could you handle 40 years of criticism?
Don’t even answer because hell no you couldn’t.
There is also a very distinct dichotomy developing in Blacks needing to be addressed that’s not just about the field or the house.
There are those who are doing the damn thing in our community. I have to say, that with that success there should be a strong sense of loyalty to those who haven’t yet found their way.
If their loyalty dies, then so does yours eventually.
I’m come to understand that some people just don’t know what loyalty is.
In my opinion, loyalty is standing up for those you love no matter what the consequence.
Since when did Blacks throw our own in the trash? What Jesse has done in his life is none of your business. Especially those who have done a lot worse but still criticize simply to appease their own psychopathic personality flaws.
Again, there is no one that is perfect. Most just don’t get caught doing some bullshit.
To combat disloyalty we have to create a family based support system that will initialize a multi generational level of success and personal understanding hard to beat.
Hear me out on this especially if you think I’m coming off as vague.
Why is it that when Blacks are in any public forum the heat gets hotter?
Yo, do you see the color of our skin? Do you understand we can take that shit and throw it back on your soul’s defenses to where your SB40 ain’t gonna cut it?
The divide and conquer tactic is as old as our collective days. Try as you will to break us apart, but make sure your walk is tempered with a subtle enthusiasm weathered in a common knowledge of how we are going to African hardship respond.
Why should Barack have to distance himself from those who make Whites less comfortable?
I ask this of Whites who frequent here…do you do the same? Do your fathers do the same?
Seriously, I want to know. There’s no disrespect in my intentions.
The beauty of this election is that Blacks are learning by the second. I understand why Barack is doing what he has to do to get elected. The brotha is playing the game good, but there comes a time where he needs to speak from his personality as a Black man and truly address the issues that has made him the man he is.
His appearance ain’t vanilla, it’s chocolate creme mocha mint
Every presumptive presidential candidate in the history of this nation has spoke–when asked to–from their existence and I find it very insulting Barack is not permitted to do so.
Damn, I hope he hasn’t sold his soul to a souless people who sold their soul.
America steps once again on its on less endowed private parts…with all her hypocrisy and is blowing this way out of proportion. It’s dumbfounding the morality she speaks of when her skirt is hiked up higher than any runny nosed two bit hooker itchin’, scratchin’ and coughin’. Get off that bullshit America as you have become the fool once again. It’s so funny to see these pundits on TV criticize Blacks with full blown political veiled protection while also vulnerable and apprehensive that bones of a notoriously treacherous Slave ship captain will suddenly fly out of their ill repute lips with every bullshit word they speak.
You have all kinds of Whites speaking dumb stuff on the set live on air.
That shit ain’t funny!
Blacks of consciousness: I know you feel it. I know you see it. It’s time. It’s time to speak like Big Momma used to speak to you. Show and prove her mettle. That twitch in your little toe is rarin’ to be let out. Don’t hold back any longer. This is the moment we have all been waiting for.
This is a moment for our kids. If you love them like you say you do, explain this moment in time with a face of streamlined hardcore peace.
Last year, I asked J.A. Adande (cannot find the link to our interview. My bad. JA, do you have it?) why so many Black journalists were dying at an alarming rate. His response–and I’m paraphrasing–was that if you had to deal with so much bullcrap as they have, essentially with lips sewn, it eventually is going to wear on your heart until your soul just can’t take it anymore.
I will never be that person. I don’t work for the mainstream so I don’t have the ties that bind. I’m self and my family made. It’s a badge of honor I’ll wear proudly as I continue to strive for the not so Utopian happiness of my people.
This ain’t no rah rah pep rally speech, but if it were…
Are you coming?