Jessee Jackson: Obama “acting like he’s white”
From The State.com
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.
I don’t know enough about the Jena, La. issue to comment on it specifically but it certainly seems that Jackson is critical of Obama for not exploiting a racial situation for his own gain… We all know that Jessee Jackson and Al Sharpton would certainly do that (and usually for a monetary gain). That Obama isn’t doing the same thing puts his character well above those of Jackson and Sharpton… then again Jackson and Sharpton are only marginally above O.J. Simpson as far as character goes.