Reverend Jackson wants to "cut Obama’s n*ts off"
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Civil rights activist and friend of the late Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesse Jackson made a blunder on Sunday when he said something he shouldn't have... on Fox News. He didn't realise the cameras were rolling when he leant over to his neighbour to tell him, regarding Obama, "I wanna cut his nuts off". Read more and see the video.
Civil rights activist and friend of the late Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesse Jackson made a blunder on Sunday when he said something he shouldn't have... on Fox News. He didn't realise the cameras were rolling when he leant over to his neighbour to tell him, regarding Obama, "I wanna cut his nuts off".
The Reverend Jesse Jackson was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988. He was appearing on "The O'Reilly Factor" on Sunday when he insists that he didn't know his microphone was turned on. His comments wouldn't be so surprising if he had not publicly announced his support for Barack Obama's candidacy. He has since apologised and been forgiven by the Illinois senator.
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Fox didn't release the video until Wednesday.
"Jesse Jackson's political agenda is centred on ethnicity"
Wayne Phillips, one of our Observers following the race to the White House, is a supporter of Obama.
Jesse Jackson wants Obama to concentrate on African-American problems - wage inequality, black schools and college, etc. His political agenda is centred on ethnicity. But Barack Obama has to look at a wider range of issues, on both national and international levels. He keeps saying, and I think he's got a point, that African-American problems will only be solved with global solutions that affect all communities. For example, we shouldn't focus on problems with the education of only black people, but reform the entire education system. Obama has always said that the problems the black community suffers from are the same ones that underprivileged white people do too.
Jackson was really annoyed about the comments Obama made about black fathers, saying that they're often not present in the family. Jackson said that it was condescending to black dads. But I think Obama was right. The state has to assume its responsibilities, but so do African-Americans. It is true that black fathers are often not around. Barack knows that well - his own father abandoned him.
Over 80% of the black electorate supports Obama but it takes their leaders longer to trust him. For example, when John Lewis's constituency voted in the primaries, 90% of them were for Obama, while the deputy supported Clinton. It wasn't until after that he switched sides."