Thursday, July 17, 2008

Jesse Jackson Apologizes and

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Jesse Jackson apologizes to the United States for speaking
By Meseret Haddis

After disparaging remarks made against Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, Reverend Jesse Jackson apologized to the United States for speaking.

"Ever since I was a young boy, I've had this terrible compulsion to speak. For the most part it has been used for the betterment of society, but on occasion, my speaking gets away from me and for that I am sorry."

Jesse Jackson's remarks on the FOX News channel were recorded in an off-air conversation with Reid Tuckson, an Executive Vice President at United Health Group, who was waiting to be interviewed on “FOX & Friends". His remarks were centered around a speech Barack Obama gave on Father's Day, where he scolded black fathers in single parent households. Jesse Jackson is recorded saying, "See, Barack been, talking down to black people on this faith based. . . I wanna cut his nuts off." The clip was later played on Bill O'Reilly’s show The O'Reilly Factor. O’Reilly is also known to have a problem with speaking, when recently an old clip of him from Inside Edition surfaced that featured a tyrannical outburst of frustration and obscenities. Unlike Jesse Jackson, Bill O'Reilly has yet to comment about his actions.

Senator Obama's Campaign spokesman, Bill Burton, clarified the intention of Obama's speech and stated that, “We of course accept Mr. Jackson's apology.” Jesse Jackson's comments have brought back suspicions that he will be more of a liability than an asset to the Democratic nominee’s campaign. When asked about it on Thursday, Mr. Jackson said this, "I would like to put all speculating suspicions to rest about me being a liability to their campaign. Furthermore, I want to express my unequivocal seriousness and dedication to the Obama campaign. I will, from now, until the election, refrain from speaking altogether." This came as a shock to many pundits who saw Jesse Jackson as a proud individual who spoke his mind on issues in a time when no one wanted to listen. This also came as a shock to many in the black community, who often thought of Mr. Jackson as their spokesperson. "Who will speak for us now?" said Theresa Johnson, a 5th grade teacher in Westchester, New York. "When an issue comes up in the community, how will we now express it to the white majority?" In a surprise turn of events, Reverend Al Sharpton also announced that he would abstain from speaking until the election in a show of solidarity with Jesse Jackson. "I have spoken a lot in my day," Al Sharpton said to a group of lost tourists in the Bronx on Friday,"but one must know the time when speaking serves no purpose. If only Martin Luther King Jr. himself would have stopped speaking, we wouldn't be in this awful mess of outspoken dialogue and outright criticism of Judicial America. We must teach our children, that words should be used in only the right circumstances, because speaking may lead to thinking and we have established, that we can not do that." Jesse Jackson, along with Al Sharpton and other leaders of the black community, will hold a march in silent protest against speaking in Washington D.C. later this month.

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