Monday, July 12, 2010

This Week's Silly Negro: The Rev. Jesse!

So it seems like everybody and there mama had an opinion on Lebron James' free agency and the impending fallout between him and the state of Ohio. The Cavaliers' owner, Dan Gilbert, had some very choice words for Lebron in a letter he wrote to Cav's fans after James made his decision. While Gilbert voiced the opinion of pretty much every Cleveland sports fan, his statement didn't sit well with a lot of people because of his position as owner of the Cavaliers.

That's where The Reverend stepped in. In what has to be one of the most random rants I've heard all year, Jesse Jackson criticized Dan Gilbert about as harshly as anyone could have. But Jesse isn't just mad that the Cav's owner spoke unprofessionally; he managed to find his way to the racist twist in Gilbert's comments.
"He speaks as an owner of Lebron, and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees Lebron as a runaway slave. This is an owner employee relationship--between business partners---and Lebron honored his contract."
While I agree with the Rev. Jackson that Lebron honored his contract and had no obligation to stay with the Cav's, everybody and there mama knows the way he handled it was tactless, which is probably why he got a tactless response from Dan Gilbert when he announced his team of choice.

More importantly, Jesse Jackson has absolutely nothing to do with the matter at all. One of the first people to criticize Lebron after his decision was Otis Smith, a black man, and the general manager of the Orlando Magic. Would that make him an Uncle Tom? Basketball legend, and known loudmouth, Charles Barkley, also criticized Lebron's decision. He's black too. Would that make him a coon?

Those last couple of questions sound as ridiculous and unwarranted as Jackson's quote. Rev. Jackson was quick to call out the owner/employee relationship between Gilbert and James, so he should understand what James did was the equivalent of not giving a two week notice before leaving a company. Neither Gilbert nor James handled things professionally, but nowhere in the owner/employee handbook does it mention Rev. Jesse Jackson as Sr. HR Manager.



  1. The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. Over the past forty years, he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, and economic and social justice. On August 9, 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded Reverend Jackson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

    Reverend Jackson has been called the "Conscience of the Nation" and "the Great Unifier," challenging America to be inclusive and to establish just and humane priorities for the benefit of all. He is known for bringing people together on common ground across lines of race, culture, class, gender and belief.

    Reverend Jackson’s crusade for civil and social justice began at a young age. On July 17, 1960 he was arrested for protesting the local government’s legal bar of African Americans use of a public library; it was an example of how he and seven others were determined to use nonviolent discipline to protest racial injustice.

    He's done too much to be called a silly negro!

  2. AND ANOTHER THING.........

    Today, the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., president and founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, called on Comcast and NBC Universal to address the economic trade imbalance between Black-owned media and advertising firms which have been ignored in the hearings concerning the proposed merger of the two media giants.

    "The current economic relationship between African-American-owned media and advertising firms and Comcast/NBCU has not been a part of the discussions taking place about this merger," said Rev. Jackson. "These two media companies have a multi-Billion dollar trade deficit with African-American consumers. A mutually beneficial trade relationship must be negotiated to end the media and economic segregation that exists."

    Among the economic facts that Rev. Jackson said must be considered are these:

    - Black consumers spend more than $9 Billion a year for cable service and Internet service, most of that going to Comcast, according to data from the federal government.

    - The Black community sends a half-Billion dollars every single month to Comcast for cable and Internet service. And Black consumers pay more per household than any other consumers because they’re more willing to pay for premium cable service and the fastest Internet service.

    - Comcast and NBCU have not negotiated with Black-owned media companies or ad agencies about advertising directed to Black consumers. Advertising represents the largest sum of money Comcast and NBCU spend with the Black community every year.

    - According to industry figures, Comcast and NBCU last year collectively spent more than $1.5 Billion in advertising. Only $6.3 Million was spent on advertising in Black media -- less than 1/2 of one percent. Practically none of that money was spent with Black-owned media.

    "We need a fair trade agreement between Comcast-NBCU, Black-owned media companies, and Black-owned ad agencies and public relations firms," said Rev. Jackson. "A merger between Comcast and NBCU will mean that there will likely be no competition possible for the billions of dollars we spend for cable service, Internet service and Black-oriented news and public affairs programming, and no possibility for greater minority ownership of television, cable, Internet and other media platforms."

    The Rainbow PUSH Coalition recently announced the formation of The Marketing & Media Project to join RPC's other industry-focused projects whose mission is to protect, defend, and gain civil and economic rights by leveling the playing fields. A Steering Committee has been formed within The Marketing & Media Project consisting of Danny Bakewell of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), Jim Winston of National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB), Eugene Morris of the Association of Black-Owned Advertising Agencies (ABAA), and Robert Bogle of the African American News and Information Consortium (AANIC).


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  5. I'm vastly aware of Jesse Jackson's achievements which is why I he has way more on his plate than to be accusing somebody of racism when the man made no such statement. Anything short of Dan Gilbert making a blatanly racist comment, then this was a basketball matter that didn't call for Jesse Jackson's very inappropriate statement.

    For all the good he does for the African-American community he allows it to get overshadowed when he makes radical statements such as this. Rev. Jackson & Rev. Sharpton get looked at no differently than blacks look at Rush Limbaugh, and anybody who works for FOX News. They cry a black and white wolf on evertything that when there actually is an issue of racism, it's difficult to take them seriously.

    The entire media had covered Lebron ad nauseum, but there was hardly a word spoken about the BART police officer getting an involuntary manslaughter charge for shooting a black man in the back. I would think Rev. Jackson would be more concerned with calming the people of Oakland, CA so they don't incite a Rodney King riot instead of talking to the media about how Lebron James' former owner put him in danger because he incited the Cleveland Cav's fans with his statement.

    His comment was out of line and unnecessary and while it doesn't take away from anything he's accomplished in his life, I can still call a spade a spade and say when he was doing too much.

  6. We both know I hold a biased opinion however in calling spade a spade I rarely see articles, blog posts or tweets commending Rev. Jackson for his positive actions. Most of the time people know nothing about them and take his hard work for granted.

    He was very much concerned with the shooting deaths of Oscar Grant in Oakland, CA and DeCarlos Moore in Miami, FL. The organization issued the following press release.

    Sadly mainstream media chooses to focus on and magnify his more controversial statements. Rev. Jackson simply stated the sentiments of what many were too afraid to say or did say but their comments went virtually ignored.

    New York Times Columnist Peter Vecsey wrote, “That brings us to Gilbert’s scurrilous, venomous spew to Cavs fans. Sound familiar? I suspect he plagiarized it from a post-Civil War plantation owner.”

    In an email Vecsey sent to me he said, “Lauren, I wish I had used many of the things in Rev. Jackson's retort to Gilbert but we did think alike on the plantation owner perception....Please wish Jesse the best....respectfully, Peter Vecsey.”

    Writer Laura Fritsch could not have written it more clearly, “the underlying message and tone of possession and ownership in the case of Mr. James is clear. And, the fact that Mr. Gilbert is a white man at the helm of a team of mostly African-American men in a predominately African-American sport, further cements the notion that Gilbert does not see Mr. James as an equal intellectually. Gilbert's respect for James as a man is limited to what James can offer Gilbert and the Cavaliers in physical acumen only. This attitude dates back to times of slavery and oppression where African-Americans were regarded for physical ability in regards to their futures not their cerebral one.”

    I conclude by pointing out it took several days for NBA commissioner David Stern to issue Gilbert the $100K fine for his remarks. Would he have done so if Rev. Jackson would not have caused such a fire storm?

    Food for thought: Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete written by William C. Rhoden.

  7. Yea I think it was unavoidable that Dan Gilbert would get fined. I just think Rev. Jackson's comments made it happen faster. Mark Cuban got fined 100k just for saying he wanted lebron on his team so Gilbert was gonna get fined.

    Gilbert lost a $250 mil a year investment in one quick statement on live television. I don't know if Rev. Jackson has lost that much in his lifetime, but if I know Jesse, he'd have some harsh stuff to say about it.

    All in all, I though David Stern's reply to Lebron, Gilbert and Rev. Jackson were handled well. He kept it real but never let it get political. I don't like Stern that much but I applaud him for handling it before it got too out of hand.

    Gonna check out Forty Million Dollar Slaves...I'll let you know what I think. Sounds interesting!

  8. This publicist is droppin' some knowledge today! Wow Ant, I learned something new; did you?!

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