There was a time when Jesse Jackson was a well-respected person on both sides of the aisle. He was a civil rights icon who marched with Dr. King and appeared to have good intentions. In fact, he was there with Dr. King when he got shot.
However, over the last few years, Jesse Jackson’s credibility has taken a huge hit. It seems like he only shows up if there is a camera around or if there is an opportunity to exploit the death of a young black American.
Today, Jesse Jackson said something that explains what I am talking about perfectly. He injected himself into the NFL anthem kneeling situation. Not with an interesting take. Not with a message of unity. Not with a statement that was meant to bring us all together as Americans. Rather, he poured gasoline on the fire with a comment that he knew would do nothing except divide us even more when it comes to race relations.
Here’s Jesse Jackson’s take.
“To go from picking cotton balls to picking footballs and basketballs without freedom is not very much progress,” Jackson said Monday.
Jackson said the NFL not guaranteeing full contracts and allowing owners to cut National Anthem protesters without having to pay out the full contract, unlike in MLB and the NBA, is “workplace harassment” and “illegal.”
There shouldn’t be any place for this kind of thing.
How does this move the conversation forward?
It is absolutely absurd to compare the plight of slaves to the plight of millionaire athletes who play a game for a living.
The sad part is that Jackson knows what he is doing. He is a race baiter. He knows that he makes money and gains popularity by convincing black people they are being held back by the white powers that be.
Want more proof that he’s a race baiter? He said basically the exact same thing that the biggest race baiter on the planet said.
Sharpton was clearly lying about Jerry Jones too.
Jerry Jones didn’t just change his mind. He knelt with his players before the anthem. Then came out with a perfectly reasonable stance on kneeling during the anthem.
From Business Insider:
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Sunday said the team would not tolerate protests by players that he considers “disrespectful to the flag.”
“If there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play,” Jones said (via ESPN). “We will not … if we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play. Period.”
Sharpton knows he was lying. But, he did it anyway.
Jackson and Sharpton should be embarrassed.
The rhetoric they engage in is exactly why things are so fractured today. Well, that and the actions of President Obama during his term.
Here’s another example of how seriously you should take Jesse Jackson.
From National Review:
Turning his sights to political conservatives, Jackson told the audience that the tea-party movement was born from efforts to preserve slavery and that Republicans Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan were proponents of segregation. “Those in the Confederacy sought to maintain the walls [of slavery] and secede from the country, the shots fired at Fort Sumter – the beginning of the Tea Party, the ‘Fort Sumter’ Tea Party, who sought to secede from the Union, set their own government, their own currency, sought to ally with France and Britain, to form their own country,” Jackson said, as audience members laughed.
“Goldwater and Reagan – had they been successful,” Jackson said, “it would have been illegal for blacks and whites to play together on a Saturday afternoon. You couldn’t have had the Carolina Panthers behind the cotton curtain playing the Atlanta Falcons . . . it would have been illegal for them to even sit together.”
Clearly, not a man playing with a full deck.