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Jena 6 & Racism

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Jackson criticizes Obama
Presidential candidate’s response to Jena, La., case called too weak
By RODDIE A. BURRIS
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The Rev. Jesse Jackson called Tuesday on Democrats seeking the 2008 nomination for president to give S.C. voters “something to vote for” when they go to the polls in January.

On a statewide tour to register new voters, Jackson said South Carolina will determine “who has momentum” in the primary when it votes Jan. 29.

Jackson sharply criticized presidential hopeful and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for “acting like he’s white” in what Jackson said has been a tepid response to six black juveniles’ arrest on attempted-murder charges in Jena, La. Jackson, who also lives in Illinois, endorsed Obama in March, according to The Associated Press.

“If I were a candidate, I’d be all over Jena,” Jackson said after an hour-long speech at Columbia’s historically black Benedict College.

“Jena is a defining moment, just like Selma was a defining moment,” said the iconic civil rights figure, who worked with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1965 Selma civil rights movement and was with King at his 1968 assassination.

Later, Jackson said he did not recall making the “acting like he’s white” comment about Obama, stressing he only wanted to point out the candidates had not seized on an opportunity to highlight the disproportionate criminal punishments black youths too often face.

Jackson also said Obama, who consistently has placed second in state and national polls behind New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, must be “bolder” in his political positions if he is to erase Clinton’s lead.

Jackson is the only African-American ever to carry South Carolina in a presidential primary election.

Obama’s South Carolina campaign pointed to a statement it released last week in which Obama called on the local Louisiana district attorney to drop the excessive charges brought in the case.

“When nooses are being hung in high schools in the 21st century, it’s a tragedy,” the Obama statement said. “It shows that we still have a lot of work to do as a nation to heal our racial tensions.”

Thousands from across the country, including some from Columbia, are expected to converge on the small town of Jena today to protest the “Jena 6” arrests.

Jackson told the 500 to 600 students in his audience at Benedict that “criminal injustice,” instead of a rope, is the pressing civil rights issue of their day, but that voting remained their strongest ally.

“Your fight is not about ropes, it’s about hope,” Jackson said, blasting the flood of guns and violence he said permeates many black communities.

Civil rights, he said, has become the counterculture of the day rather than the prevailing culture. “You can’t call on the Justice Department anymore; it’s not there.”

Jackson, who became only the second major black candidate to run for president, won five primaries in his 1984 bid for the office, then 11 primaries and nearly 7 million votes in his 1988 run.

He said the 2008 presidential candidates must speak most directly to the pressing S.C. issues of housing, high tuition costs, health care and a plan to end the war in Iraq.

“The candidates have got to speak to South Carolina,” said Jackson, who was traveling also to S.C. State University in Orangeburg and to Charleston Tuesday evening before wrapping up his registration drive tonight in Aiken.

A Greenville native, Jackson said he hoped to register thousands of new voters during the statewide swing, which began Saturday in Rock Hill.

“Their votes must equal change,” he said, referring to residents in a state where only 1 in 4 eligible voters go to the polls. “I want to make sure the right agenda is being voted on in 2008.”

His approach worked for senior mass-communications major Darius Dior Porcher, 21, who graduated from famed Scotts Branch High School in Clarendon County, which produced the Briggs v. Elliott school desegregation case of 1954.

“The main thing when you speak to students is to get them to move,” Porcher said. “He moved students today. He got them to come down to the floor and register to vote.”

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NOW....Why is it that a racist s.o.b. like Jesse Jackson has anything to do with the "equal rights movement" the guy is totally against white people and now it appears that he is against any african american who "ACT'S WHITE". What the hell is that even supposed to mean?? Don't get me wrong if Obama wins the presidency I am moving to Antartica where I can be better off. I'll have to move to the moon if Hillary gets in office......... Well I'll end my comment like Jesse did and state that I guess it is ok for him to make a racist comment and say he didn't remember saying it... I guess that is where the term "excited utterance comes from in our judicial system...and why it is excepted as direct evidence... heck what else should I expect from a black guy..... wait I don't remember just saying that .... doesn't that make it ok for me to say this... maybe not... well so ends my rant....

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Jesse is a dumb ass and ****ed up his point thre Jenna six case is a terrible outcry and example of injustice but he flucked up but it should get more coverage and something should be done


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I can't stand Jesse and Al Sharpton is worse.

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I can't stand Jesse and Al Sharpton is worse.
Both those guys are giant douche nozzles and are only about the $$$.
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That's a fact

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Lets try not to get this thread I wonder how everyone would feel if these were their kids and they were charged if you have time read the situation a bit before posting sorry to
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I can't stand Jesse and Al Sharpton is worse.
+1. These guys are the 2 biggest racists. They certainly try to keep racism alive don't they.
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I am not racist and never will be but I definetly dont like them guys at all. ask al whay his and jesse's kids went to a primarily white school if they are so about balck education and pride.



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I'm not racist, I have a color TV

Sorry, had to...

I'm not, i give everyone a fair shake on the first go round.
I'd say i'm more of a stereotyper than a racist.

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Lets try not to get this thread I wonder how everyone would feel if these were their kids and they were charged if you have time read the situation a bit before posting sorry to
I would hope my kid wouldn't jolly stomp some kid that was on the ground and defenseless... regardless of what a racist douche bag he was...
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Racism continues to flourish because people (in general) are too ignorant to see what really divides Americans- it has NOTHING to do with color and EVERYTHING to do with financial status. Think about it.
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Racism continues to flourish because people (in general) are too ignorant to see what really divides Americans- it has NOTHING to do with color and EVERYTHING to do with financial status. Think about it.
That is part of it... Another part of it is stupidity and ignorance in general...
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If I see an issue that Jesse and Al are on the side of, I immediately go the other way. Not because they are black, but because they are lying, cheating, self serving douche bags. Peoples' memories seem to be pretty selective if they lend any credence to anything either of these crooks say.

I don't know squat about the Jena case, nor will I look into it since Douche 1 and 2 are voicing their opinions about it.

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That is part of it... Another part of it is stupidity and ignorance in general...
- Its easy to look to someones color to say- "man, why are THEY like that or why do THEY do things like that"... but if you pay closer attention, low class actions are not limited to any one color/race. You can even look at statistics (which are misleading anyway) and the fact that most prisoners are black/minorities- doesn't point to racial profiling like Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton would like you to believe- its just a direct reflection of lower income individuals (prodominantly minorities) reacting to their environment... you are a product of your raising- lower income families are usually fatherless and surrounded by drugs and crime. Any child regardless of race raised in the same environment will most likely have the same result.
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My post was not to say anything about the jena 6 it is strictly about J.J.'s racial slip up saying Obama was acting like a white person..........

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How do you "act" white? Thats rediculous.
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How do you "act" white? Thats rediculous.


ask Jesse?? you know the man in the $3,000 suit and $200 shoes who has a driver take him everywhere.... he is less in touch with the average american then then Rosie O'donnell is with her toes...

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My post was not to say anything about the jena 6 it is strictly about J.J.'s racial slip up saying Obama was acting like a white person..........
Maybe he should be fired along with Imus... ? Whats good for one is good for all.
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