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Johnathan Gentry’s Rant Against Al Sharpton and the Ferguson, Missouri Rioters and Looters

Posted in African Americans, Black Interests, Black Men, Black Men In America with tags , , , , , , , on August 25, 2014 by Gary Johnson


Shortly after the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Johnathan Gentry became an Internet sensation when he went on a rant against the black community and civil rights leaders following the riots in Ferguson.  Gentry was also on the FOX News Network calling out everyone from President Obama to the NAACP and Al Sharpton.  If you have not seen or heard of Mr. Gentry, you can check him out here.

Here is Mr. Gentry’s appearance on FOX:

Jackson, Kilpatrick and Nagin: A Bad Ending for Black History Month

Posted in African Americans, Black America, Black Interests, Black Men, Black Men In America with tags , , , on March 2, 2013 by Gary Johnson

Black History Month

By Gary A. Johnson, Black Men In

March 1, 2013

Jackson, Kilpatrick and Nagin is not the name of a prestigious law firm.  Former Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., former mayor of Detroit Kwame Kipatrick and former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin have publicly fallen from grace with more publicity about their transgressions during this year’s Black History Month.

Black History Month started in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson as Negro History Week.  In 1976 it became Black History Month.  I doubt if Dr. Woodson could imagine that we would end Black History Month with three very public figures who had such a long and hard fall from grace.

These once prominent and rising political stars have crashed and burned as a result of making some woefully bad choices that all but ended their careers.  Fueled by some combination of sex, greed and money, these once powerful men have been reduced to pitiful and pathetic figures who after having gotten caught, decided to come clean and admit to making some mistakes.  They all claim to be sorry for violating the public’s trust.  Yawn!

One can assume that all three men at one time had good intentions and at times during their careers did some good deeds.


Let’s take a quick look at each man and their fall from grace.

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Jesse Jackson, Jr.:  As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors recommended that Jesse Jackson, Jr., receive a sentence of 46 to 57 months in prison. Jackson is scheduled for sentencing on June 28, 2013.  Court papers released by federal prosecutors on Wednesday provided new details about how Jackson and his wife used the $750,000 in campaign money to finance their lavish lifestyle.

From 2007 to 2011, Jackson bought $10,977.74 worth of televisions, DVD players and DVDs at Best Buy.  In 2008, Jackson used the money for things like a $466.30 dinner at CityZen in the Mandarin Oriental in Washington and a $5,587.75 vacation at the Martha’s Vineyard Holistic Retreat, the document said.

On at least two instances, Jackson and his wife used campaign money at Build-A-Bear Workshop, a store where patrons can create stuffed animals. From December 2007 through December 2008, the Jacksons spent $313.89 on “stuffed animals and accessories for stuffed animals” from Build-A-Bear, according to the documents.  Jackson also arranged in March 2011 to have $7,000 paid to the taxidermist, with much of the money coming from a campaign account, and it was shipped a month later to Jackson’s Congressional office.

Other documents released showed how Jackson used his campaign money to buy items like fur capes, celebrity memorabilia and expensive furniture.  Among those items were a $5,000 football signed by American presidents and two hats that once belonged to Michael Jackson, including a $4,600 fedora.


Kwame Kilpatrick:  Kwame Kilpatrick is facing 30 counts of illegal conduct.

  • One count of racketeering conspiracy, punishable by up to 20 years in prison
  • Eight counts of extortion, punishable by up to 20 years in prison; $250,000 fine
  • Two counts of bribery, punishable by up to 10 years in prison; $250,000 fine
  • 13 counts of mail and wire fraud, punishable by up to 20 years in prison; $250,000 fine
  • Five counts of filing false tax returns, punishable by up to three years in prison; $100,000 fine
  • One count of income tax evasion, punishable by up to five years in prison

In January 2008, The Detroit Free Press examined and revealed the existence of more than 14,000 text messages exchanged between former “Hip-Hop Mayor,” Kwame Kilpatrick and his then chief of staff Christine Beatty on their city owned pagers between September–October 2002 and April–May 2003.  The messages detailed a sexual relationship between Kilpatrick and Beatty. The text messages also contradicted testimony that Kilpatrick and Beatty gave at a trial in 2007 in regard to whether they had an affair and had fired Detroit Police Chief Gary Brown for investigating the mayor’s behavior.  The text messages describe Kilpatrick and Beatty’s use of city funds to arrange romantic getaways, their fears of being caught by the mayor’s police protection unit, and evidence the pair conspired to fire Police Chief Brown.

Fast forward to 2013, Kilpatrick violated parole by failing to disclose cash gifts that could have been used toward the $854,063 restitution he owes the city from the text-message scandal.


Ray Nagin:  Former New Orleans mayor and the public face of the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, has been indicted by a grand jury on 21 federal corruption charges.

The indictment alleges Nagin awarded lucrative city contracts to contractors in exchange for more than $200,000 in kickbacks and first-class trips to Hawaii, Jamaica and Las Vegas.

Nagin, 56, served two four-year terms as mayor, from 2002 to 2010, and currently lives in Frisco, Texas.  If convicted on all charges, he faces more than 15 years in prison.  Nagin becomes the first mayor in the city’s 295-year history to be indicted under federal corruption charges.

The indictment alleges that, between 2005 and 2008, Nagin:

  • Accepted more than $70,000 in bribes from a consultant who later won more than a dozen public works contracts with the city
  • Received paid lodging and vacation expenses for himself and his family in Hawaii and was flown first-class to Jamaica by a city contractor
  • Accepted a free private jet trip to Chicago and Las Vegas from another contractor
  • Enriched his New Orleans-based family granite supply company through dealings with the city

These three men appear to have fallen to greed, exercised terrible judgment and violated the public trust.  It also appears that they got “full of themselves” and strayed away from their moral values.  In each case there also appears to be a lack of accountability.

It was announced today that Jesse Jackson, Jr., is writing a book about his life in order to clarify his legacy.  His legacy?  What legacy?  Here’s an interesting fact.  In 1999, Jackson co-wrote a book with his father, Jesse Jackson, Sr.  The name of the book was “It’s About the Money: How You Can Get Out of Debt, Build Wealth, and Achieve Your Financial Dreams.”

These men do not reflect our entire community.  They are guys who had promising careers and allegedly turned into “bad seeds.”  Black History Month is about the people who came before us and made positive contributions to this country.  People who should be remembered for what they did to change and advance America.  Jackson, Kilpatrick and Nagin will be mentioned on the other side of the ledger.  Though much has been said, their legacies are still being written.  I wonder what history will say about them when it’s all said and done.  Or will anyone really care?

Gary A. Johnson is the Founder & Publisher of Black Men In a popular online magazine on the Internet and the Black Men In Blog. Gary is also the author of the book “25 Things That Really Matter In Life.”

10 Brothers Who Didn’t Do Us Any Favors In 2010

Posted in Black America, Black Interests, Black Men with tags , , , , , , on December 28, 2010 by Gary Johnson

From Left to Right:  Ron Christie, Bishop Eddie Long, LeBron James and Michael Steele

As the year 2010 comes to an end, we decided to take a quick look backwards to see what lessons we learned from 2010.  As a result, we stumbled on 10 brother who did not do the community any favors.  Some of these brothers continued to portray black men in a negative fashion, while others put their foot in their mouth and made excuses for their objectionable behavior.  And still there were others who simply exercised poor judgment.
All of these brothers made what many would consider to be more than a decent living last year in terms of their income.  So on one hand, we’re not mad at them.  On the other hand, some of these guys are making a living and perpetuating negative stereotypes of blacks men.  Hey, it’s just a list.  It’s our opinion.
Take a look and tell us what you think?  Anyone you would add?  Anyone you would remove?

  1. Michael Steele – Dude wants to be loved by the Republicans, who can’t stand him.  He consistently puts his foot in his mouth.
  2. Jesse Jackson, Jr. – Dude got caught up in an inappropriate relationship with a woman who was NOT his wife.  Jackson, Jr. has trouble “manning up” to the truth in this area, even after you get busted.  Guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
  3. Flava Flav -This founding member of the legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy continues to keep negative stereotypes alive about black men.  Flav is set to release his autobiography, Icon, in March 2011.  In the memoir Flav will reflect on his rap career, his struggle with drug abuse, and his reality TV success.  (Yawn)
  4. Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. –  Can you say ignorant ass N#$ga?  No amount of money can buy you class and manners.  Mayweather is facing a felony coercion, grand larceny and robbery case stemming from a September 2010 dispute with his children and their mother at her home.  Mayweather goes to trial in January 2011 and could face up to 34 years in prison if convicted.  On top of all that he refuses to fight Manny Pacquio.  He says he’s not scared, but we think otherwise.
  5. Bishop Eddie Long – Preacher man was accused by several young men in his church of coercing them into sex.  Did you get a look at the Bishop with his Spandex pants posing in the bathroom mirror?  That not only gets you on our list, you get to merge into the “fast lane” to Hell.
  6. Alvin Greene – Alvin Greene’s candidacy in the South Carolina Senate race was an embarrassment and a disgrace. Yes it was his right to run, however, he was not prepared and often appeared to be out of touch on the main issues and incoherent.
  7. Antoine Dodson – The YouTube sensation let his 15 minutes of fame go to his head.  Mr. Dodson needs to go away somewhere.  Just go away.
  8. LeBron James – For his ESPN televised special “The Decision.”  We don’t fault him for leaving Cleveland, but how he left Cleveland.
  9. Jermaine Jackson – In September 2010, Jackson filed child support papers in L.A. County Superior Court claiming he cannot afford $3,000 a month payments for sons Jermajesty and Jaafar.  Jackson claims he is broke and is asking the judge to reduce his monthly child support payments to $215 a month.  The kids were living with his mother while Jackson and his wife lived in a rented mansion that is about to go into foreclosure.  Jackson recently filed a police report claiming that over $150,000 in clothing and jewelry was stolen from his home.  Jackson probably spends more than $215 a month on hair grease, spray and gel.  Men must make an effective effort to take care of their children and spend time quality with them.
  10. Ron Christie – We’re all for diverse opinions, but this dude is off the rails like a runaway train.  This political commentator is constantly on national television often defending and supporting Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Michael Steele, Dick Cheney, the Tea Party Movement and more.  Dude will say just about anything to defend the GOP even if it goes against the “community.”  Christie is smart, smug, arrogant, petty and a whiner.  We give the brother credit.  He’s probably the most consistent of this bunch.

Honorable MentionTavis Smiley (for being Tavis), Cornel West (for being out there), Tom Joyner and J. Anthony Brown (for “clowning” on syndicated radio when discussing serious topics) and Jesse Jackson, Sr., who despite his good deeds has enough baggage to make this list.

If you’ve never heard of or seen Antione Dodson, you can watch the video that made him an Internet personality.

Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Bishop Eddie Long: Is It Time To Just Go Away?

Posted in Black America, Black Interests, Black Men, Gary A. Johnson, Politics, Women's Interests with tags , , , , on September 27, 2010 by Gary Johnson

By Gary A. Johnson

September 27, 2010

Last week’s public revelation of Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s extra-marital affair with a blond nightclub hostess which reportedly occurred a couple of years ago, has caused many columnists, talk show hosts and beauty shop and barbershop patrons to ask:  Is it time for the Jacksons (Jesse, Sr. and Jesse, Jr.) and Bishop Eddie Long to just sit their asses down somewhere out of public view?

Speaking of Bishop Eddie Long, Jesse Jr., should have sent Bishop Long a nice “thank you,” note for taking over the scandal headlines.  Whew!  Did you see the photos of Bishop Long all muscled up in his Spandex tank top and shorts with a huge soaking tub in the background?  Ouch!

The scandal associated with Bishop Long is that he appears to be a first class hypocrite.  Bishop Eddie Long has been one of the most vocal public advocates against homosexuality and gay relationships.  Disgraced Pastor Ted Haggard, who fell from grace a few years ago when a gay male prostitute exposed Haggard’s visits for both illegal drugs and sex.  Haggard was on CNN defending Bishop Long.  (Not sure if this is a helpful endorsement).

At last count, four young men have filed a lawsuit against Bishop Long claiming sexual coercion and misconduct.  I don’t care what the Bishop is being accused of; there are many others who will support him regardless of the evidence.

I don’t know what it is about preachers and politicians, but it seems they get a longer leash than others who get in trouble.  It seems as if you could have video evidence of a preacher or politician “doing wrong” and there will be a group of supporters who will attribute that video to a racist conspiracy, a government plot or some digital interference by Satan himself.

Men and women who like Jesse, Jr., and Bishop Long know that they have a core group of supporters who will not hold them accountable and blindly support them in the name of the Lord.  This is why Bishop Long can address his congregation and essentially say nothing about the allegations against him.  (I don’t want to hear this crap about his lawyer advised him not to say anything or try this case in the media).  Bullshit!  That has nothing to do with proclaiming your innocence.

I watched Bishop Long address his congregation yesterday.  From what I saw Bishop Long DID NOT deny the allegations against him!  Why didn’t Bishop Long state that he was not guilty of luring young men into sexual relationships?

Instead of proclaiming his innocence, Bishop Long said the following:

“Please hear this. Please hear this: I’ve been accused.  I’m under attack.  I want you to know, as I said earlier, I am not a perfect man.  But this thing I’m gon’ fight. There have been allegations and attacks made on me. I have never in my life portrayed myself as a perfect man. But I am not the man that’s being portrayed on the television.  That’s not me.  That is not me.”

This partial explanation leads to more questions.

I want to make a point about POWER.  The power bestowed upon some public figures is intoxicating.  Many simply cannot manage the power that comes with their positions.

If the allegations against Bishop Long prove to be true, dude looks like a sexual predator.  Thank goodness for him he lives in America.  Bishop Long will have his day in court with the best lawyers money can buy, (unless the parties settle for an undisclosed amount of money and agree to a gag order sealing all the evidence).

Allegations that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. offered to raise $6 million for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for an appointment to Barack Obama’s former Senate seat is potentially damaging to Jackson politically among his constituents.  However, Jackson’s admission of having an extra marital affair with Washington, DC hostess Giovana Huidobro who Jesse, Jr., described as a “social acquaintance” have hurt his wife and family.

Giovana Huidobro

Sandi Jackson, Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s wife who is a Chicago Alderman, was interviewed by the Chicago Sun-Times.  In her interview, she talked about her husband’s affair and said last week’s public release of the story opened up old wounds.

Sandi Jackson said that the affair is in the past and that she and Jesse, Jr., had the opportunity to receive therapy out of the public eye.  Showing a bit of humor, Ms. Jackson referred to the blond nightclub hostess as “kryptonite in the world of the African-American woman,” a reference to the one property that can weaken the superhero Superman.

Ms. Jackson appeared to be quite candid in the interview, (a trait that her husband and Bishop Long should use) when she recalled her husband’s discloser of the affair to her.  At a public gathering celebrating her birthday, with Jesse, Jr. in attendance, Ms. Jackson said:  “’I put my foot knee-deep in his ass and he has been having a very difficult time sleeping peacefully since then.” (Spoken like a true sister).

When will the public, particularly “church folk” stop being so gullible and enabling politicians, sports figures, entertainers and others who hold responsible positions.  Stop putting a microphone in front of Kanye West, Snoop Dogg and Gilbert Arenas.  Many of these folks don’t know enough about current events outside of the isolated world that they live in.  This is not to say that all rappers, entertainers and sports figures are not socially conscious, smart and literate.  I’m not saying that—some are.  Let’s not throw the public trust to someone because they can hit a ball and talk fast.  Everyone makes mistakes.  No one is perfect.  Some public figures actually learn their lessons and return to society as better people doing great things.  Case in point—Michael Vick.  Two years ago Vick was ending a two-year absence from football after serving time in jail for spearheading a dog fighting ring.  Today, the NFL Quarterback is the “toast of the town” in the NFL and Philadelphia for his play.  Michael Vick is one of the top rated Quarterback in the league and the “must see” player on the field.

Before I get off the topic of being gullible, I’ve noticed a few disgraced white pastors resurfacing on BET?  Many would argue that religion has no color, however, this writer sees almost everything through a racial prism.  Albeit, the shows featuring these disgraced pastors are broadcast late at night, I find it curious these pastors are getting their “second chance” in the black TV community.

When will we as a community come together and hold “leaders” accountable for being responsible to those that support them?  No wonder good school teachers, nurses, community organizers and volunteers are “pissed” about their salaries and the influence they have in the community.

I’m especially sick of these preachers and politicians who seem to be in the spotlight more than any other group.  I’m particularly offended by the hypocrisy of it all.  People tend to look up to preachers for spiritual guidance and advice and to politicians because they hold the key to funding sources that can affect people’s livelihood.  To abuse that power is wrong.  To abuse that power against children is immoral and criminal.

What can we do to protect our children and our senior citizens against people who have abused their power, the public trust and pretty much just lost their way?

Bishop Long is a senior pastor at church with over 25,000 members.  Jesse Jackson, Jr., is a Congressman in the United States Congress.  Inherent in their positions is the trust of others, many of whom are less fortunate.  If their supporters vote to keep these men in their positions, then I guess those supporters deserve whatever comes their way as a result of their vote.

For the record, Bishop Eddie Long and Jesse Jackson, Jr. are the latest guys making headlines.  There have been others before them.  Jesse Jackson, Sr., President Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Marion Barry, Julius Erving, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Jimmy Swaggart, O. J. Simpson, Kwame Kilpatrick have all been part of public scandal.  The sad thing is that there will be more notable people who will follow.

What do you think?  Leave a comment below.

Gary A. Johnson is the Founder & Publisher of Black Men In a popular online magazine on the Internet and the Black Men In Blog. Gary is also the author of the new book “25 Things That Really Matter In Life.

Jesse Jackson: ‘You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man’

Posted in Black Interests, Politics with tags , , on November 19, 2009 by Gary Johnson

By Mike Soraghan – 11/18/09 05:42 PM ET

The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday night criticized Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) for voting against the Democrats’ signature healthcare bill.

“We even have blacks voting against the healthcare bill,” Jackson said at a reception Wednesday night. “You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.”

The remark stirred a murmur at the reception, held by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Foundation as part of a series of events revolving around the 25th anniversary of Jackson’s run for president. Several CBC members were in attendance, including Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who’d introduced Jackson.

Davis, who is running for governor, is the only black member of Congress from Alabama.

He is also the only member of the CBC to have voted against the healthcare bill earlier this month.

Davis referred to Jackson’s 1988 run for president in a statement, issued through his office, that said he would not engage Jackson on his criticism.

“One of the reasons that I like and admire Rev. Jesse Jackson is that 21 years ago he inspired the idea that a black politician would not be judged simply as a black leader,” Davis’s statement said. “The best way to honor Rev. Jackson’s legacy is to decline to engage in an argument with him that begins and ends with race.”

Jackson said later that he “didn’t call anybody by name and I won’t.”

He added that he wasn’t saying that black lawmakers must vote a certain way. Instead, they should vote the interests of the people in their districts, and he said the healthcare bill would help Alabama because it’s one of the poorest states in the country.

“The poorest people need healthcare protection,” Jackson said. “They have the highest infant mortality and the lowest life expectancy. They’re dying from lack of access.”

Other members of the CBC found no fault in Jackson’s words. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) was in the audience. He called Jackson’s criticism of Davis “accurate,” but said he did not hear Jackson say “You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.”

“If it is an issue that disproportionately impacts black folks, race has to be considered,” Cleaver said. Jackson, he added, “is expected by his constituency to call balls and strikes.”

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) called the remarks “vintage Jesse Jackson,” but said Davis’s vote against healthcare was consistent with a voting record more conservative than many CBC members.

“Artur Davis has a more conservative constituency,” Waters said. “Since he’s running for governor of Alabama, he reflects an even more conservative constituency.”

Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) said each man was doing what he considered the right thing.

“People have a right to vote their constituency, and people have a right to speak their conscience,” Jackson-Lee said. “Both happened.”

Davis’s Democratic primary opponent, Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, highlighted Davis’s status as the lone African-American vote against the bill.

“He was the only Black Caucus member to vote against it. I don’t get it,” Sparks said last week, according to The Associated Press. Sparks is white.

Davis said he voted against the healthcare bill because “House leadership’s approach is not the best we can do.” He said he preferred a version passed by the Senate Finance Committee because it reduces subsidization of the healthcare industry, taxes high-value health plans instead of wealthy people, and is more effective in getting employers to help with health coverage.

Davis has countered that Sparks’s position on healthcare has changed over time, saying he’s being “deliberately dishonest.”

The primary will be June 1. All of the GOP candidates for governor have been critical of the healthcare legislation, according to the AP.

This article courtesy The Hill.

Race For The White House: Is Jesse Jackson Relevant?

Posted in Barack Obama, Black America, Black Interests, Black Men, Gary A. Johnson, Politics with tags , , , , , on August 22, 2008 by Gary Johnson

Commentary by Gary A. Johnson

August 22, 2008 -I read an article today in the Chicago Tribune newspaper written by David Greising about Jesse “I Want To Cut His Nuts Off” Jackson. The article examined Rev. Jackson’s legacy and place in history. With Barack Obama firmly entrenched as a charismatic figure of “rock star” proportions and Jesse Jackson’s public gaffes, I think it’s a relevant topic for discussion.

How relevant is Jesse Jackson to the black community?

Make no mistake. Rev. Jesse Jackson has had several great days in the sun. I was working inside the White House in December 1983 when Rev. Jackson, traveled to Damascus, Syria without the U.S. State Department’s blessings and negotiated the release of Navy Lt. Robert O. Goodman, Jr., who had been shot down over Lebanon while on a mission to bomb Syrian positions in that country.

With Barack Obama’s nomination to be the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States only days away, Obama is clearly “the man” in politics, a place where Jackson ruled for almost two decades.In the arena of civil rights, Al Sharpton and his band of “New Jack” bloggers and syndicated radio hosts have proven to be effective, leaving Jesse on the outside looking in.

Jackson had expected to speak at a Democratic National Committee (DNC) prayer breakfast next Thursday that will commemorate the 45th anniversary of the March on Washington but the DNC has decided to focus attention on the role of the King family and Jackson will not speak. Al Sharpton is scheduled to address the breakfast. Ouch!

I remember Jackson’s speech at the 1988 Democratic convention. It made the hair stand on my arm. In that speech Jackson spoke of being raised by a teenage mother and brought the phrase “keep hope alive,” to mainstream America. That was one of the greatest speeches of my lifetime.

Jesse Jackson says he has no problem being out of the spotlight next week in Denver. I don’t believe him. His son, Jesse Jackson, Jr., an Obama campaign co-chair will make a prime-time speech Monday, the first night of the convention.

Can Rev. Jesse Jackson, a man many believe is an “all-star” grandstander, smoothly transition to being a classy elder statesman? (OK, what if I remove the word “classy?”). Jesse Jackson is still very much in demand as a speaker even if the reports of him asking to speak at high-profile events and funerals are true. He recently eulogized Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes and last year he eulogized Washington Redskins football safety Sean Taylor.

At 66-years old, Jackson has been out of the public’s view for the second time in about a decade following his embarrassing “open mic” episode when a FOX News microphone broadcast his conversation with a colleague as he expressed his frustration over Barack Obama’s ascension to prominence on the world stage.The “open mic” incident was so bad Al Sharpton felt compelled to publicly criticize Jackson for his remarks.

The last time Jackson withdrew from the public was when news surfaced in 2001 that he had fathered a daughter out of wedlock.

According to the Chicago Tribune, to help himself recover from the Obama gaffe, Jackson spent 10 days fasting and meditating in the Arizona desert. Jackson said he spent time “talking with Dr. King, reading the Bible and talking with myself” in an effort to sort out why he said what he said.

Jackson claims that he’s been an Obama supporter and says he speaks frequently with him by telephone.That doesn’t mean that they’re tight. Obama has never campaigned alongside Rev. Jackson since he launched his bid for the White House 18 months ago.

Jackson believes that the Obama campaign will need him to help Obama win the race for the White House.”When the Republicans come after him—and they will come after him—he will need [volunteers] who can rise to his defense,” Jackson said.

Syndicated radio talk-show host and author Michael Reagan, son, of former president Ronald Reagan had an interesting perspective on the Obama-Jackson relationship. In his article, published on the Human web site on July 11, Reagan writes:

“It’s no wonder Rev. Jesse Jackson wants to neuter Barack Obama — after all, that’s exactly what Obama has done to him.

He may be apologizing for his remarks, claiming lamely that he didn’t know there was a live microphone eavesdropping on what he said, but he meant exactly what he was overheard saying because that’s exactly what he’d like to do.

In his mind, he has every reason to want to take a cutting knife to Obama’s private parts in retribution for his own public loss of manhood at Obama’s hands.

Thanks to the ascendency of Barack Obama, Jesse’s long reign as THE Black leader — a position he more or less shared with the Rev. Al Sharpton all these years — has finally come to an end. He’s been dethroned by, and lost his political manhood to, an upstart politician barely dry behind the ears but clever beyond his years.”

In his analysis of the Obama-Jackson relationship Reagan further opines: “Rooted in the past, Jesse is mad. Jesse is angry. Jesse is upset. It drives him up a wall when Obama echoes Bill Cosby by demanding that his fellow African-American men assume the responsibilities of fatherhood.

By so doing, Obama neuters Jesse, who always blames an alleged racist white America for the failure of many black fathers to act like fathers.

That’s not talking down to blacks, that’s telling his fellow blacks what they need to hear. After all, all of us, black and white men alike, need to be real fathers in our homes. It’s not a race issue, it’s not a political issue. It’s a moral issue. Obama sees that. Jesse can’t.

Obama neuters Jesse when he echoes the hated George Bush in favoring a faith-based initiative. The fact that a black American is taking such positions which are counter-intuitive to Jesse’s, emasculates Jesse, especially when many black Americans applaud Obama for doing so.” You can read Reagan’s commentary at:

What do you think? Does the Obama campaign need Jesse Jackson to win the White House? Is Michael Reagan on point in his commentary? Is Jesse Jackson still relevant to the black community? Make your voice heard by leaving a comment below.

Gary Johnson is the Founder & Publisher of Black Men In a popular online magazine on the Internet and the Black Men In Blog. Gary is also the author of the new book “25 Things That Really Matter In Life.”

Obama Vows To Press On With His “Personal Responsibility” Message

Posted in Barack Obama, Politics with tags , , on July 15, 2008 by Gary Johnson

Barack Obama speaking at the 2008 NAACP Convention urged blacks to take more responsibility for improving their lives, despite being criticized by some blacks for speaking out.

“Now, I know there’s some who’ve been saying I’ve been too tough, talking about responsibility,” Obama told the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. “I’m here to report, I’m not going to stop talking about it.”

Jesse Jackson and others have criticized Obama for discussing the problem of absent fathers in many black families and urging black men to become more involved in their children’s lives. In his public speeches Obama often talks about his own experience being raised by a white single mother and his grandparents after his black Kenyan father left the family when he was two years old. Obama received a standing ovation from the NAACP crowd for his “personal responsibility” speech.

Some people who visit this blog feel that Obama does not fully appreciate the struggles of the older generation of civil rights leaders such as Jesse Jackson and that is what Jackson so crudely and clumsily was trying to say in his comments caught on the “hot mic.”

What do you think?

Jesse Jackson Apologizes for Remarks About Obama

Posted in Barack Obama, Black America, Black Men with tags , , on July 9, 2008 by Gary Johnson

Updated July 18, 2008

Rev. Jesse Jackson apologized for the second time in a week to Sen. Barack Obama for making what he describes as “regretfully crude” comments about Obama during what he thought was a private conversation three days ago.

Jackson, during a break from taping “Fox & Friends” was heard responding to a question from a guest about Obama’s speeches on morality at black churches. Apparently, not aware that his microphone was on, Jackson whispered, to the other guest that Obama had been talking down to black people and later remarked: “I want to cut his nuts off.” Jackson also reportedly referred to blacks using the “N-word.”

On July 9, 2008, Bill O’Reilly aired excerpts of Jackson’s comment on his show and said the following: “I want to tell the audience, and I want to tell you, that we held back some of this conversation, and we did that because we didn’t feel it had any relevance to the conversation this evening. We are not out to get Jesse Jackson. We are not out to embarrass him and we are not out to make him look bad. If we were, we would have used what we had, which is more damaging than what you have heard. What we are trying to get at here, is that there are some people who believe that the victimization here goes to hell if Barack Obama is elected president. The accusation that we live in a racial society, unfair to blacks, all blows up if you get Obama into the White House.”

Jackson declined to repeat the comments, but said he decided to apologize publicly after hearing from Fox that it would air them. “For any harm or hurt that this hot mic private conversation may have caused, I apologize,” Jackson said in a written apology. Jackson also said he called Obama’s campaign to apologize.

Jackson’s comments sparked something of a family feud. His son, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who is who is an Obama national campaign co-chair said of his father’s statements: “I’m deeply outraged and disappointed in Reverend Jackson’s reckless statements about Senator Barack Obama. His divisive and demeaning comments about the presumptive Democratic nominee — and I believe the next president of the United States — contradict his inspiring and courageous career.”

Jackson, Jr, also said, “Reverend Jackson is my dad and I’ll always love him,” he said. “He should know how hard that I’ve worked for the last year and a half as a national co-chair of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. So I thoroughly reject and repudiate his ugly rhetoric. He should keep hope alive and any personal attacks and insults to himself.”

Some in the media are trying to make this a race issue. I don’t see this as a race issue. I see this as a generational issue. Jesse Jackson got caught being Jesse Jackson. What I mean by that is that it appears that in what he thought was a private moment we saw more of the real Jesse Jackson than the carefully crafted image he has tried to control and portray.

What do you think?

Gary Johnson is the Founder & Publisher of Black Men In a popular online magazine on the Internet and the Black Men In Blog. Gary is also the author of the new book “25 Things That Really Matter In Life.”

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