Here’s to the white guy

Jesse Jackson has hurled a vicious insult Barak Obama’s way:

Jackson sharply criticized presidential hopeful and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for “acting like he’s white” in what Jackson said has been a tepid response to six black juveniles’ arrest on attempted-murder charges in Jena, La. Jackson, who also lives in Illinois, endorsed Obama in March, according to The Associated Press.

I shouldn’t joke around about this particular charge. Not because I take it personally, being white and having whiteness used as an epithet by the most prominent black figure in the United States. No, I take it seriously because “acting white” is a taunt famously aimed at some black kids by other black kids for making a serious effort to succeed in school.

I can’t imagine Martin Luther King using that sort of insult against another black leader. It takes a stupid race-hustling bastard like Jackson, still living on the legacy of King like a superannuated parasite, to let that come out of his mouth. I imagine that young black kids who are busting their butts in school who have had to endure that insult must be confused when they hear the most prominent black leader use it against a younger black leader.

That said, I don’t think I recall Barak Obama acting white, even with the awful disadvantage of having a white mother. I see him acting like a dumb blonde. I see him acting like a punk. But I’ve never seen him acting white.

It’s not about what Obama deserves; it’s about what black kids know about how that insult is used.

So, it doesn’t offend me as a white man. It offends me as a man. But then Jackson has always offended me as a man. So nothing has changed.

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