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Jesse Jackson Jr. is prisonbound and that’s a shame

Jesse Jackson Jr. is going to plead guilty to federal charges which include misusing $750,000 in campaign funds. This money was spent to accomodate a lavish lifestyle. Furs, Rolex watches, furniture…you name it nothing was too good for Jr. He will probably be spending the next 5 years in prison. This is a tragedy. So much potential and so much greed. He had an opportunity to make a real difference, but it was squandered on a Rolex and some furs. Share your thoughts.


Has Jesse Jackson become irrelevant?

Saw this article on The Grio website. Interesting perspective read it and share your thoughts.


Southern Baptist Leader, Richard Land criticizes Black Preachers involvment in the Trayvon Martin Case

Richard Land has criticized the involvement by black ministers in the Trayvon Martin case. He says that they along with President Obama are using this case to “gin up” the black vote. For generations black ministers have been involved in more than the pulpit many have also made a committment to social change. What do you think? It is obvious that some groups have tried to piggyback off this case for their own personal agendas, but do you believe the ministers have gone too far?


Jesse Jackson’s daughter Santita Jackson is joining Fox News is this a good thing?

Santita Jackson is leaving WVON chicago to join Fox News. I have appeared on her radio show and she is a fair, balanced interviewer, but she does have a point of view. Will she be a good fit? is this their attempt to truly become fair and balanced? what do you think is this a good move for Jackson?


Rev. Al Sharpton called “race hustler” by NY Post, but he put the Trayvon Martin case on the national stage

MSNBC Al Sharpton is not a journalist he is an activist, and he has been front and center on the Trayvon Martin case. No he is not the first national news coverage the case received, CBS has that distinction, but he has kept this case in the news. This is not race hustling this is a sincere search for the facts. If this case had not received this kind of coverage we would not be talking about it and George Zimmerman would never have to worry about any legal responses for killing Trayvon Martin.

What is a National Conversation on Race?

In light of the Trayvon Martin case everyone in the media is talking about having a conversation on race. How can we talk about the Martin shooting without talking about race, and if we do that does that broaden the discussion. Today on Meet the Press New York Times columnist David Brooks made an interesting and controversial point. Brooks said “I have a little concerned this is going to become a very easy and comfortable conversation that we all condemn some racist out there. And, you know, there are people shot every day. And the causes for most of those shootings are incredibly complicated, having to do with economic problems, having to do with family problems, having to do with drug and gang culture. And some of the people I’ve mentioned and some of the rallies we’ve got broadened out to those shootings, the shootings of that in every day. And that’s a much more difficult conversation because it involves a lot more complicated issues.” So is this the discussion we really want to have or do we want to have a discussion that is incident specific? It is difficult to have a conversation with someone when they are angry. They don’t hear you. Sure they will look at you but they won’t listen. Black people are tired of being profiled, stereotyped, ignored, targeted, disrespected, and these are not even the top ten complaints. I’m sure white people are sick of being blamed for everything that has gone wrong in the lives of some black people, they are tired of hearing how slavery still affects black people today, and they are tired of trying to cherry pick their words for fear of offending some among us. So both whites and blacks are sick and tired, and aren’t we all simply sick and tired of being sick and tired? So if both parties come to table saddled down with their own baggage how or is it possible to sort it out? So who could actually facilitate a productive dialogue or is it whimsy to imagine that this conversation could actually happen? Tell me what you think.

Has the President Been making Calls for Rahm Emanuel?

The president is a true politician. Today a reporter at the press conference asked him if he had had been making calls on behalf of Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel is running for mayor of Chicago. It was a yes/no question. The president responded by saying Emanuel did not need for him to make calls for him. So he did not answer the question which to me is an admission. The truth is the president needs to stay out of this local fight. Emanuel has a commanding lead and he will probably win so it would be to the president’s advantage to stay out of the race. In 2012 the president is going to need all the Democrats in Chicago to support him and that includes the black community. The black community is split on who they are supporting for mayor so the president simply needs to sit this one out.

If Carol Mosely Braun is elected mayor who will be running Chicago?

Former Senator Carol Mosely Braun is now the only African American candidate for mayor of Chicago. Congressman Danny Davis is out and Braun has declared herself as the most qualified candidate for the job, but what role will Jesse Jackson play in her run? Is this the image she wants to convey to the people. Jackson’s opinion carries weight in Chicago, but he also comes with alot of baggage and it is makes one wonder will Braun be able to build a consesus with other ethnic groups in the city if she is seen as being to closely aligned to Jesse Jackson. Tell me what you think.


Is CNN Soledad O’Brien Black Enough?

Why is this question still a part of the conversation? Is our blackness determined by our skin color or our rcaial mix. Who do we regard as black enough? This is one of the questions that Soledad O’Brien delves into in her new book The Next Big Story.  She chronicles some of the important events that have shaped her life. O’Brien is multi-racial and she goes into detail about how comments by Jesse Jackson offended her. O’Brien recounts how Jackson was complaining about the lack of black anchors at CNN. When she said what about me? Jackson responded, “You don’t count,” he says. I wasn’t sure what that meant. I don’t count — what? I’m not black? I’m not black enough? Or my show doesn’t count? O’Brien went on to say “I was both angry and embarrassed, which rarely happens at the same time for me. Jesse Jackson managed to make me ashamed of my skin color which even white people had never been able to do. Not the kids in the hallways at Smithtown or the guys who wouldn’t date me in high school. I remember the marchers behind me at the trial about the black youth/kid who beat the Latino baby. The folks that chanted “biracial whore for the white man’s media,” even they didn’t even make feel this way. I would just laugh. Biracial, sure, whore, not exactly, white man’s media, totally! Whatever. But Reverend Jesse Jackson says, “I don’t count?” O’Brien recounted “I am immediately upset and annoyed and the even more annoyed that I am upset and pissed off. If Reverend Jesse Jackson didn’t think I was black enough, then what was I? My parents had so banged racial identity into my head that the thoughts of racial doubt never crossed my mind. I’d suffered an Afro through the heat of elementary school. I’d certainly never felt white. I thought my version of black was as valid as anybody else’s. I was a product of my parents (black woman, white man) my town (mostly white), multiracial to be sure, but not black? I felt like the foundation I’d built my life on was being denied, as if someone was telling me my parents aren’t my parents. “You know those people you’ve been calling mom and dad — they aren’t really your parents. What?” The arbiter of blackness had weighed in. I had been measured and found wanting.” The question is not if O’Brien is black enough that is a no brainer, but how is she perceived within the community. Is Jesse Jackson just caught up in a time warp or does he actually have a point. Is it easier for the majority to accept the biracial like President Obama, Tiger Woods and Soledad O’Brien? Tell me what you think.

Tavis, where has the love gone?


A picture is worth 1000 words. What does this picture say? It just does not look like a lovefest. Smiley and some of the notables that took part in his discussion in Chicago look defeated, but why? Yes, things are not good in Black America. We have the largest percent of unemployed workers  and there are no jobs to be had in our community, but what can be done to change this situation? This is not a situation that we got into overnight and it can not just be solved by the president. Yes, our issues are important but the president is president to all the people, and whether Smiley accepts it or not there is not going to be a black agenda in this current administration. Smiley said “We love Barack Obama. We want him to be a great president. We believe he can be a great president, but great presidents aren’t born, they are made. They have to be pushed into their greatness. They are pushed into their greatness when we hold them accountable.” I agree with Smiley on this point but we must all be accountable including Smiley.