Jesse Jackson reportedly ripped presidential candidate Barack Obama for “acting like he’s white,” according to The State newspaper in South Carolina, but the civil rights leader says he doesn’t recall making any such comment.
Jackson, who endorsed Obama for president in March, reportedly blasted the Illinois senator for failing to bring attention to the case of six black kids arrested on attempted murder charges in Jena, La.
For some reason people always seem to forget things they wished they never said.
“I reaffirm my commitment to vote for Sen. Barack Obama,” Jackson said in a statement. “I think Jena is another defining moment of the issue of race and the criminal justice system. This issue requires direct and bold leadership. I commend Sen. Obama for speaking out and demanding fairness on this defining issue. Any attempt to dilute my support for Sen. Obama will not succeed.”
Just for some further clarification of what this is all about:
The case began after interracial fighting broke out last school year when three white students responded to a request by a black student to open up access to a schoolyard tree â€” used as a meeting place for white students â€” by hanging three nooses around the tree. The white students were suspended.
The tree has since been cut down, but not before the six black students were charged with a racially-motivated assault on white student Justin Barker. Five of the students were charged as adults, the sixth as a juvenile.
The white students should have been suspended indeed. In fact, I would have expelled them personally for such an act. However, if the group of black students did indeed attack another student, then they also are to blame for their actions. I don’t care what color any of them are, people should be held responsible for their actions. You choose to assault another person, it’s really that simple regardless of your race. I guess I’m “acting white”.