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July 10th, 2008
11:36 am
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Been thinking about the Jesse Jackson "I'd like to cut his nuts off" remark about Barack Obama ...

On the one hand, Jackson has apologized, and Obama has accepted the apology ... so what right have I to comment on this?  Prudence would say "it's over, let's move on".  And I would agree.

On the other hand, I can't help but think that if a white man (Don Imus?  Trent Lott?) had said the same thing, they'd be absolutely crushed by the popular media.  I wonder why Jackson doesn't get the same treatment.

One of these days, we're going to learn that there's no excuse for that sort of language, in any context, in any setting.

Full Disclosure: I'm a conservative, and I haven't had any respect for Jesse Jackson since he meddled around in campus politics at the University of Michigan back in my student days in 1987.  So I'll admit a rather substantial potential for bias here ...

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Date:July 10th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
Even without the bias, nobody could argue that that's the sort of thing they want a supposed role model saying.

I hadn't read the full text of any of the articles, so I wasn't aware of what he said. And I certainly don't think his "I didn't know my microphone was on" excuse flies at all. As a public figure, he's well aware that everything he says is subject to criticism.
Date:July 10th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
The message Jesse Jackson is sending is pretty interesting: It's OK to be racist as long as you aren't in front of a microphone.
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