Jesse Jackson and the Typical White Person

I give Barack Obama credit for knowing that he’s being outcompeted by Hillary, and that he needs to run out the clock. After Obama’s disaster of a speech, he defends his comparison between his anti-American pastor and his grandmother:

“The point I was making is not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn’t. But she is a typical white person who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know, there’s a reaction that’s been bred into our experiences that don’t go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way and that’s just the nature of race in our society.

What’s weird, of course, is that his grandmother appears to be parroting one of Jesse Jackson’s line:

Jesse Jackson is traveling the country with a tough anti-crime message that he is delivering to inner-city youngsters. In Chicago he said, “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery — then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.

If I wanted to be snarky, I would write “Does Barack Obama think that Jesse Jackson is a ‘typical black person.'” But of course, the problem with Obama’s actions over the past few weeks is he’s barely thinking at all. Clinton has him frozen in strategic paralysis: Unable to advance or retreat, Obama now hopes that outside forces make Clinton go away.

Too bad.

5 thoughts on “Jesse Jackson and the Typical White Person”

  1. “Jesse Jackson is traveling the country with a tough anti-crime message that he is delivering to inner-city youngsters. In Chicago he said, “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery — then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.” (-Dan quoting Jesse Jackson)

    As soon as Obama said what he said about his grandmother, I thought about when Jesse Jackson said the above statement. This comment of Obama’s made me loose a lot of respect for him.

    Obama’s grandmother took care of him when his dead-beat father left him and his hippie mother went away to engage in some “self-discovery.” We have no proof that his grandmother even ever said such things, and even if she did, Jesse Jackson concurs.

    I’m starting to have second thoughts about Obama. Obama is starting to appear obsessed with his own identity, which I fear may distract him from his job. He sort of reminds of Bill Clinton, in which everything seems to be Choreographed.

    Besides looking like a big phony, Obama also seems as if he needs some major therapy? At times, I see a scared little boy in him who’s unsure of who he is. Like many kids from dysfunctional families, Obama feels he must live two or more lives. Phony Obama, the one we see talking in his speech giving voice, which is also his run-for-president-persona is an invention of his own mind.

    This personality is where he escapes questions of his own identity and self-worth that arose with the neglect that one must feel when being abandoned by ones own parents. I feel kind of bad for the guy, and can’t take the chance of supporting him anymore. The only reason I was supporting him in the first place was because I thought a black president would make moot any arguments for Affirmative action, quota’s, and other race based policies. But due to questions of Obama’s mental health, I have to drop my support for him.

    Anyone who is willing to throw his own grandmother under the bus (The grandmother who took care of him)in some phony attempt to defend his past involvement with black extremism, is in no way ready to be President of the US. We need people totally confident with who they are and where they come from. With Obama, I feel he seeks the highest office in the land just to confirm his own self worth. This job is too important to be just someones confidence building strategy. If that’s what we wants he should just go out and buy one of the Tony Robbins tapes.

  2. [Note: A comment by “HJ” has been removed due to an ad hominem attack in it. HJ and all other readers are encouraged to comment in a professional and courteous matter.]

  3. Yes, one thing that’s always perplexed me is the hate of the left. These are “tolerant” people who most of the time, sound and act much more “hateful” than any right-winger I’ve seen.

    While I do have some left-wing leanings (Concern for the environment, support for the working man/women, progressive tax policies)I do see a certain pathology that exists with the left. At some time in the future, we should discuss the psychological makeup of the left.

    In a lot of ways the religious right and hardcore left are the same. They both rely heavily on faith. With the RR its on the bible and God. With the left its the doctrine of Political Correctness.

    Political Correctness has its own original sin (we’re all racists), Saints (MLK), and salvation plan (Big government). And anyone who questions this faith is considered the highest of heretics.

  4. When Chris Wallace (uber conservative journalist and host of Fox News Sunday) thinks the media and others are playing this up way too much… you know its gotten out of hand…

    http://thinkprogress.org/2008/03/21/wallace-obama-fox/

    Truly/honestly/sincerely, I wanted to pee myself when I saw this. I know Christopher Wallace has integrity (and patience, remember how Bubba unloaded on him when Wallace dared to ask why he did not go after Bin Laden more) far beyond a Tim Russert or Chris Matthews, but he did not have to take his colleagues to task for their nonsense… and yet he did.

    Three cheers for this nonsense coverage to stop and let’s get back to Iraq, the economy, healthcare, foreign policy, etc.

  5. Eddie,

    Thanks for the link. Bill O’Reilly made nearly the same point last night. The reason if obvious: self-preservation. The media recalls the harm that both Ross Perot and Don Imus got in for the phrase “you people” [1], and see this as an attempt to inoculate themselves.

    As far as it goes, it’s fine.

    The concern is not Obama’s phrase “typical white person” per se, but rather the original comparison of Obama’s mother’s fear with Rev. Wright’s hatred.

    Unlike Rev. Wright’s statements (which he exposed his wife and children too, but doubtless for reasons cynical rather than honest), its’ been widely reported that he wrote his race speech [2] by himself.

    So does he believe the comparison? Or is it as dishonest as his criticism of NAFTA?

    Should we ignore race, as Obama’s criticized us for? Or believe that race doesn’t matter, as opposed to what Obama’s crowds chant?

    Seerov,

    The religious impulse is widespread if not universal in humanity, and probably has both genetic and sociocultural roots. It’s foolish to think you can get religious thinking to go away just by banishing religion.

    All the secularists achieved by dethrowning religion, I sometimes fear, was liberating the religious impulse beyond the confines that had previously organized it.

    [1] http://www.nypost.com/seven/04102007/news/nationalnews/imus_gets_the_old_heave_ho_nationalnews_john_mazor_and_david_k__li.htm
    [2] http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2008/03/19/obamas-awful-speech-on-race.html

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