Politrix: An Open Letter to Jesse Jackson

Dear Jesse,
Where to begin? I guess I’ll just jump right in: You wanna cut out Obama’s nuts? Really? Putting aside how you cut nuts “out,” what would you do with them?

First of all, we know you’re not an idiot. So why on earth would you make a comment like that on Fox News, the station that called for a lynch party for Michelle Obama and came up with the ever-delightful phrase “terrorist fist jab?” Whether you thought your mic was on or not, that was some dumb shit to say in that studio, I’m just saying. Haven’t you been reading my column? Divide and conquer is the name of the game, brother; don’t give them a free peek at your cards.

Secondly, what exactly is the problem? You don’t like that Obama wants to continue Bush’s faith-based initiatives, which provide funds for religious groups to carry out social programs? While I think church and state should be separate, I do understand the senator from Illinois’ logic: “The challenges we face today—from saving our planet to ending poverty—are simply too big for government to solve alone. We need an all hands on deck approach.” Something I’m sure you can understand, as you got your start working with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which not only took on the civil rights fight, but also taught adult literacy classes and educated Black folks on the ins and outs of politics in this country. And I appreciate that Obama made clear that religious organizations will not be allowed to use our tax money to proselytize, and that any discrimination in how they provide their services or hire staff will result in a withdrawal of funding.

Are you just not feeling Obama because he’s airing dirty laundry? Is it really talking down to Black people to say, “Too many fathers are AWOL, missing from too many lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it,” as Obama said in his Father’s Day speech at Apostolic Church of God in Chicago? ‘Cause, for real, I just felt like he was speaking the truth. Are you just tight because your birth dad wasn’t around? (Ooo, low blow.)

Or is it what everyone else is saying, that you’re jealous because your presidential campaigns in ’84 and ’88 didn’t make it as far as Obama’s has? And God help you if it was a deliberate act of sabotage, as some bloggers speculate. I choose not to believe those ugly theories; you’re a much better man than that.

Oh, and while I have your attention, I might as well set the record straight: I appreciate you for the things you do, and respect you for stepping out there when no one else will, but you are not the leader of all Black people; we are not a homogeneous group whose viewpoints and feelings can be explained with a few rhyming lines of rhetoric. Matter of fact, could you do me a favor and forward this to Al when you’re done? It’ll save us all some time.

Until next time, keep on P.U.S.H.in’!
Didn’t see it Jesse’s slip-up? Here’s the clip, from FoxNews:

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