Jesse Jackson, Barack Obama, and Icarus

For someone who has flown so high and so brilliantly it is both painful and enraging to see how far – and how quickly – Jesse Jackson has fallen with the self-inflicted wound of one sick quote. The man who has dedicated his life to the advancement of African Americans has forever stained his legacy with what? A needless and twisted comment targeted against a fellow African American who is running for President of the United States. And who might actually win. And who Jackson said in public that he supported.

If you haven’t already heard the quote then you need to go somewhere else to dig it up because I’m not repeating that crap here. But if you, like most literate folk, are familiar with the quote, then compare that to the following gems offered from another, more fondly remembered Jesse. These were gathered from this great site:

EBONY Magazine photo

EBONY Magazine photo

“America is not a blanket woven from one thread, one color, one cloth.”
Jesse Jackson

I hear that melting-pot stuff a lot, and all I can say is that we haven’t melted.
Jesse Jackson

I cast my bread on the waters long ago. Now it’s time for you to send it back to me – toasted and buttered on both sides.
Jesse Jackson

Our dreams must be stronger than our memories. We must be pulled by our dreams, rather than pushed by our memories.
Jesse Jackson

LA Times Photo

LA Times Photo

When the doors of opportunity swing open, we must make sure that we are not too drunk or too indifferent to walk through.
Jesse Jackson

UPI Photo

UPI Photo

Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.
Jesse Jackson



Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.
Jesse Jackson



~ by Keith A. Owens on July 11, 2008.

3 Responses to “Jesse Jackson, Barack Obama, and Icarus”

  1. Powerful post with some outstanding photos! Thank you for sharing this reminder of the goodness brought into our lives by Jesse Jackson over the course of his lifetime.

    However, I agree with you that his legacy is stained substantially by his comments earlier this week.

    peace, Villager

  2. Thanks Villager!

    I started not to say anything at all because so many folks were already speaking out that I didn’t know what I could possibly add. But then I figured it would be even worse to be silent, you know?

  3. [quote]Our dreams must be stronger than our memories. We must be pulled by our dreams, rather than pushed by our memories.[/quote]

    The irony of this quote is glaring in the context of the authority that the Black Progressive-Fundamentalists claim today.

    Their authority and authenticity to preside over the interests of the Black community today come from the INDICTMENT of Slavery and Jim Crow. All the while they indeed SELL DREAMS of “Hope & Change” for Black America.

    The main problem is that they are loathed to look immediately backward into the “Mission Accomplished Zones” that they now control (Detroit, Chicago, Newark, Philly, DC, Atlanta) and see that instead of accepting responsibility for the botched organic development for the Black community – they choose to KEEP SELLING.

    It just happens that their sales cycle is perfectly aligned with the elections in the American Political Domain – which they sell as the key investments of our Black ballots for the development of our communities.

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