Skip to comments.Time for Jackson, Sharpton to Step Down(Black man in support of Imus)
Posted on 04/12/2007 10:10:41 PM PDT by aft_lizard
Im calling for Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, the president and vice president of Black America, to step down. Their leadership is stale. Their ideas are outdated. And they dont give a damn about us.
We need to take a cue from White America and re-elect our leadership every four years. White folks realize that power corrupts. Thats why they placed term limits on the presidency. They know if you leave a man in power too long he quits looking out for the interest of his constituency and starts looking out for his own best interest.
Weve turned Jesse and Al into Supreme Court justices. They get to speak for us for a lifetime.
If judged by the results theyve produced the last 20 years, youd have to regard their administration as a total failure. Seriously, compared to Martin and Malcolm and the freedoms and progress their leadership produced, Jesse and Al are an embarrassment.
Their job the last two decades was to show black people how to take advantage of the opportunities Martin and Malcolm won.
Have we at the level we should have? No.
Rather than inspire us to seize hard-earned opportunities, Jesse and Al have specialized in blackmailing white folks for profit and attention. They were at it again last week, helping to turn radio shock jock Don Imus stupidity into a world-wide crisis that reached its crescendo Tuesday afternoon when Rutgers womens basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer led a massive pity party/recruiting rally.
Imus words did no real damage. Let me tell you what damaged us this week: the sports cover of Tuesdays USA Today. This countrys newspaper of record published a story about the NFL and crime and ran a picture of 41 NFL players who were arrested in 2006. By my count, 39 of those players were black.
You want to talk about a damaging, powerful image, an image that went out across the globe?
Were holding news conferences about Imus when the behavior of NFL players is painting us as lawless and immoral. Come on. We can do better than that. Jesse and Al are smarter than that.
Had Imus predictably poor attempt at humor not been turned into an international incident by the deluge of media coverage, 97 percent of America wouldve never known what Imus said. His platform isnt that large and it has zero penetration into the sports world.
Imus certainly doesnt resonate in the world frequented by college women. The insistence by these young women that they have been emotionally scarred by an old white man with no currency in their world is laughably dishonest.
The Rutgers players are nothing more than pawns in a game being played by Jackson, Sharpton and Stringer.
Jesse and Al are flexing their muscle and setting up their next sting. Bringing down Imus, despite his sincere attempts at apologizing, would serve notice to their next potential victim that it is far better to pay up than stand up to Jesse and Al James.
Stringer just wanted her 15 minutes to make the case that shes every bit as important as Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma. By the time Stringers rambling, rapping and rhyming 30-minute speech was over, youd forgotten that Tennessee won the national championship and just assumed a racist plot had been hatched to deny the Scarlet Knights credit for winning it all.
Maybe thats the real crime. Imus ignorance has taken attention away from Candace Parkers and Summitts incredible accomplishment. Or maybe it was Sharptons, Stringers and Jacksons grandstanding that moved the spotlight from Tennessee to New Jersey?
None of this over-the-top grandstanding does Black America any good.
Most Popular Sports Stories Prosecutor Apologizes to PlayersBrodeur Ordinary, but Devils WinMasters Champ StrugglesPrior Experiencing Shoulder PainFerrell to Battle Carroll for CharityWe cant win the war over verbal disrespect and racism when we have so obviously and blatantly surrendered the moral high ground on the issue. Jesse and Al might win the battle with Imus and get him fired or severely neutered. But the war? We dont stand a chance in the war. Not when everybody knows nappy-headed hos is a compliment compared to what we allow black rap artists to say about black women on a daily basis.
We look foolish and cruel for kicking a man who went on Sharptons radio show and apologized. Imus didnt pull a Michael Richards and schedule an interview on Letterman. Imus went to the Black vice presidents house, acknowledged his mistake and asked for forgiveness.
Let it go and let God.
We have more important issues to deal with than Imus. If we are unwilling to clean up the filth and disrespect we heap on each other, nothing will change with our condition. You can fire every Don Imus in the country, and our incarceration rate, fatherless-child rate, illiteracy rate and murder rate will still continue to skyrocket.
A man who doesnt respect himself wastes his breath demanding that others respect him.
We dont respect ourselves right now. If we did, we wouldnt call each other the N-word. If we did, we wouldnt let people with prison values define who we are in music and videos. If we did, we wouldnt call black women bitches and hos and abandon them when they have our babies.
If we had the proper level of self-respect, we wouldnt act like its only a crime when a white man disrespects us. We hold Imus to a higher standard than we hold ourselves. Thats a (freaking) shame.
We need leadership that is interested in fixing the culture weve adopted. We need leadership that makes all of us take tremendous pride in educating ourselves. We need leadership that can reach professional athletes and entertainers and get them to understand that theyre ambassadors and play an important role in defining who we are and what values our culture will embrace.
Its time for Jesse and Al to step down. Theyve had 25 years to lead us. Other than their accountants, Id be hard pressed to find someone who has benefited from their administration.
Sharpy and Co will just label Whitlock as an “Uncle Tom” and the DBM will ignore him.
I really feel sorry for the average black, given what liberalism and ‘black leadership’ has brough them. It’s a shame.
Thanks for the article... great read!
Agree, although the Malcolm part was a bit much.
“None of this over-the-top grandstanding does Black America any good.”
I think a big problem is that there IS such a thing as “black america”, instead of “America”. As long it exists in the minds of people in this country, there will always be a Sharpton or a Jackson to take advantage of it for personal gain and influence.
I’m not a big sports fan, but this article cuts right to the heart of the matter.
makes one wonder, if a Sports Reporters sees the fallacy of it, why doesn’t the lamestream media?
Guess that answers itself.
Since the author makes sense, don’t expect this to get any attention in the MSM. But I do have to wonder how much longer blacks will allow Jesse and Al to speak for them. People like this author and Bill Cosby have much more credibility.
Wow. Great article. He sounds like a Dittohead.
Just in case folks didn’t see it, he wrote this too:
And don't forget the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson.
We need leadership that makes all of us take tremendous pride in educating ourselves
But, but, but then who would be p-ooooooo-r and who would the DEMS s-a-v-e! Gots ta keep dem coffers of por folk full, son, so as da Clintoons have y’all ta take cared of.
Several years ago I heard him refer to the NY Nicks as "carjackers in shorts" and there was nary a whine from Big Media. Oh, wait a minute, that was during the Clowntoon reign.
Now, he says something similarly offensive, and the race baiters, Leftist college faculty, and elitist whitebread media descend upon him like a swarm of killer bees.
I wonder why that is?
The problem is that there are thousands waiting to take Jackson’s and Sharpton’s place in a heartbeat. They have quite a following and the hatred is obvious. Hopefully, this is a sign of the silent black majority getting fed up.
Sharpton may be rejoicing in his conquest at the moment but there is a big backlash coming, I don’t know when but I know it is. In fact its already started.
I don’t know anything about that guy, but that article is way beyond ‘broken clock’
Blacks didn’t choose Jesse Jackson and Al Sherpton as their “Black Leaders”. The White Liberal in the Mass Media did!
Correction: “White Liberals”
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