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Archive for the ‘Jena’ Category

Blog the Vote-Obama and Jena

Posted by Reuben Ingber on September 21, 2007

I really have touched upon the Jena 6 issue because I really am not fully informed on the complete details of the issue. However I read a quote in the NY Sun today regarding Barack Obama lack of voice on the issue. 

Yesterday, Mr. Obama was taunted by a veteran civil rights advocate, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who made disparaging remarks about the senator for his failure to take the lead on the issue and said he was “acting like he’s white,” according to a report in a newspaper in Columbia S.C., the State”If I were a candidate, I’d be all over Jena. Jena is a defining moment, just like Selma was a defining moment,” Rev. Jackson said.   

I have to disagree with Rev. Jackson, that Obama is “acting like he’s white”, any black man or women (i.e. Oprah) who tries to over come the stereotypes in not “acting like he’s white.” They are in theory trying to set an example for the rest of the African American community. I applaud Mr. Obama for not using the Jena case as podium for political advancement. Sen. Obama did what any candidate should do on the case and issued this statement 

Today I stand with those who stand for justice in Jena.  The thousands of Americans from every race and region who have descended on this small Louisiana town carry forth the legacy of all those who sat at lunch counters and took freedom rides to strike a blow against injustice wherever it may exist.  When a noose hangs from a schoolyard tree in the 21st century and young men are treated in a way that is not equal nor just, it is not just an offense to the people of Jena or to the African-American community, it is an offense to the ideals we hold as Americans.  I renew my call for the District Attorney to drop the excessive charges filed in this case, and I will continue my decades-long fight against injustice and division as President.

 

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