By Emmett L. Gill, Jr., PhD, MSW firstname.lastname@example.org
I know very little about politics, but I have realized the enormity of the pending Barack Obama presidency. With that said, Reverend Jesse Jackson, as many others have said, needs to, in all due respect, be silent. Not only should Jesse be totally silent, but also he should be virtually invisible. Jesse Jackson is an icon and icons should be rarely seen and almost never heard. Reverend Jackson has done some extraordinary things – in foreign policy, human welfare, civil rights, athletics, and a host of other areas. Reverend Jack ran for president twice – he w-a-s the man.
Yet as of late Reverend Jackson has come to due more harm to the public will, image, and leadership of blacks folks than good – another very public clergy member with a child out of wedlock, the mere mention of his name exacerbated extraordinary racial tensions in the Duke lacrosse case, and now this. An iconic preacher /politician expresses a desire to castrate the man that is accomplishing what Jack could not. That is what rapper Maino is referring to when he says “Hi hater.”
Look I have not led any marches, leveraged any boycotts, saved any hostages, walked along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., or any of that, but I do know a hater when I see one. “It’s a fact right… how they act trife…how they smile in your face then they back bite…”
Emmett Gill is an assistant professor at Rutgers, The State University, School of Social Work