‘code-word fears’

GOPolitico: Rev. Jesse Jackson told POLITICO today that the birther movement is part of a larger pattern of rollbacks against civil rights and and an attack on the legitimacy of the nation’s first African-American president..

“Any discussion of his birthplace is a code word,” said Jackson. “It calls upon ancient racial fears. Trump has trumpeted this cause. For him to go down this low is a bit surprising,” Jackson said, making explicit what many black leaders have suggested. “He is now tapping into code-word fears that go far beyond a rational discourse.”

Jackson also pointed to a broader pattern of hostility towards civil rights – pointing to a number of events, including the battle over public sector unions, a transportation policy that he says disadvantages poor minority city dwellers, and a renewed interest in policies like voter ID.

“I’m saying there’s a pattern here. It’s not just name calling of Barack. We’ll win that battle,” said Jackson ‘There is a retreat – a pronounced, documented retreat on civil rights enforcement.”

“This is the most personal attacks on any president ever,” said Jackson. “Whose personal religion has ever been challenged before? That has strong racial overtones.”

30 Responses to “‘code-word fears’”

    April 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm


    • 4 Yardarm756
      April 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm

      Best not ignore them less they get behind you and stab you in the back. Keep your advisaries in front of you, ’cause they have already proved they have no honor or integrity.

    • 5 anniebella
      April 26, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      SUE DUVALL SMITH….I think most people with any sense knows what all this birther and tea party mess is all about. These tea party claim they are so concern with the debt, well where was this concern from 2000-2008? Just think, if this economy weren’t in the condition it was in when Barack Obama took over the Oval Office, he wouldn’t have had to spend what he had to spend. So he had to clean up a dirty filthy, rotten, disgusting mess lefted to him by G.W. Bush.But he’s getting blame for everything. The tea party is so concern anout the debt, but it’s just fine to go borrow more billions to give to the rich, all the while cut everything dealing with the poor and middle class. I remember Jesus saying help the poor, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick, ones in prison. I don’t recall him saying give more to the rich. But that’s the Tea-Republicans motto. I will no way say that all white people are racists, they aren’t, but these people like the birthers, and I believe the tea party are racists also.

  2. April 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Okay, I used the pin number provided and participated in the phone conference for Veterans. This is or was an innovative ideal mailing us all who contributed last cycle via our veteran associations. The moderator said they wanted all the vets and vet organizations in all 50 states to talk to their friends, family and neighbors because every vote will be important more so now than ever. They need leather hitting the pavement and money for the campaign —- I AM SO DAMN IN! I am encouraging every vet organization, veteran and spouses and family to hit their train car to this wagon and get this mission accomplished.

    Now back to work, writing my blog.

    See you all soon it is 1:30 AM here and I must get to bed soon. Stayed up for the conference call and doing some online news reading and soon under my binky!



    PS I sincerely hope that the campaign does not forget about those of us who live abroad. There are millions of votes in our bloc!

  3. 10 UT Austin Liberal
    April 26, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Jesse Jackson is right it’s all about using code words to manipulate ignorant people’s fears and rile them up.

    I watched Hardball and felt like throwing up in DISGUST!!!!!! Pat Buchanan just confirmed for me that not only is he a birther.. he is also a flat out racist. He gave credence to Trump’s questions about no one knowing President Obama in any school and college he attended. That the President paid someone to write both of his books. Pat Buchanan took it a step further by suggesting that President Obama wasn’t smart enough to get into Columbia and Harvard on his own merit.. that it was affirmative action that helped him. That both Ivy League colleges were looking for black people to fill in the minority gap and that he had seen other people’s high LSAT scores (white people) and they still couldn’t get into those Ivy League schools. He then questioned why we haven’t seen any of President Obama’s test scores, papers and that he greased peoples palms (paid them money under the table) to get good grades and become President of The Harvard Law Review. He basically implied that all black people get through life on the basis of affirmative action or we pay people so we can get the best jobs and go to the best schools. It was pure and utter RACIST FILTH!!!!!!!!!

    • 11 zizi
      April 26, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      I said the same on WSY:

      Tweety and NBC are at their shenanigans again. Don Imus was let go from MSNBC for calling the Rutgers BBall players “nappy headed h**” yet they retain Donald Trump and Pat Bukkkanan to spew this persistent racist drivel 24/7, then turn around and wondered how come 47% of Repugs believe in the birther lies that they themselves along with Fox have put on a permanent loop! Duh!

      Now there is no pretense at racial sensitivity anymore. PBO has driven them to drop all the masks and put on the venom instead. It is ugly and this country will never recover from this all out assault.

      But this evening’s Hardball show truly irked me. It stinks to high heaven. This is Rovian, “attack your opponent’s strength” gambit through and through. They know that the President has always polled really high as “an intelligent” person even among his detractors. So what do they do, they want to lower those numbers by starting this phony nonsense about his academic qualification.

      When they attack PBO’s academic credentials, it is every black person’s qualification that they impugn. We are never good enough, never smart enough. We could never have gotten to where we are on our merit, no matter what the evidence says.

      So now it is the blatant lie about no-one coming forward as PBOs schoolmate. That he could not have possibly qualified for Columbia and Harvard. On which planet is graduating Magna cum laude a measure of inferior intelligence? Where were they when these classmates campaigned their hearts out for PBO, or had their reunion in the White House shortly after the inauguration? How on earth do you bring on Terry McAuliffe to defend PBO? On which planet is he qualified to speak about PBO’s record?

      We need to organize a boycott of NBC/MSNBC just same way we got beck dropped on Fox. MSNBC cannot use the charade of pseudo-liberal programming to hoodwink us into tolerating the bitter bile pouring form their line-up.


      • 12 dotster
        April 26, 2011 at 8:14 pm

        Agree with all. And Jesse and Rev Al cannot be the only people speaking in defense of Obama and his administration. That is purposeful programming, and it’s insidious. Where are the effective messengers? Terry McAuliffe’s weak and ineffectual defense is not it either. Lots of ugliness going on.

        • 13 Eleroy
          April 26, 2011 at 10:49 pm

          Terry McAuliffe is yet another Clinton tool who resents President Obama!!!

          The media has been seeking out every Clinton loyalist who still harbors serious resentments against President Obama, to give their half-hearted and non-defense rebuttal to this nonsense!!! Why??!!!

          It’s so glaring!!! Even your so-called progressive liberals are now canoodling with the neocons and have them on their shows endlessly!!! Giving them untold access to spew their lies and disrespect of President Obama!!!

          Grover Norquist??!! David Frum??!! Mark Penn??!! Michael Steele??!!! WTF??!!!

      • 14 Ann_T
        April 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm

        Very well said!

      • 15 Eleroy
        April 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm

        You are totally on the mark Zizi!!!

    • 16 dotster
      April 26, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      It was despicable. I thought this was interesting—Trump’s son in law gained admission to Harvard, despite reportedly “terrible” grades, because his daddy donated $2.5 million to the school and then went to prison for tax evasion and witness tampering. I would think Trump might have thought about how this might come back and bite his family in the butt before he launched this latest attack:

    • April 26, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      This nonsense can only make sense to people who can’t Reason for themselves. If all is true about President Obama’s schooling (Affirmation Action),then did he pull strings to become Editor of Harvard’s Law Review? I DON’T THINK SO!! “That Harvard culture” Respects intelligence–they would not have allowed this to happen if had not BEEN deserved. I just don’t seem to be able to grasp the mindset why people give up their “minds” to let someone else manipulate them. President Medvedev (Russia) said he used to read the Law Review when our President was editor (President Obama was 31 at the time. I’d say that was quite an accomplishment for someone so young–he had to have been smart.) When I try to read some of this mindless rubbish, I often move on in mid sentence.

  4. 18 Brit
    April 26, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I nver thought I would see Jesse Jackson defend POTUS. Also, I agree with what he said in this article.

    • 19 Brit
      April 26, 2011 at 7:36 pm


    • 20 Eleroy
      April 26, 2011 at 11:17 pm

      I’m with you Brit!!!

      Much of this recent defense from the likes of Jesse Jackson as appreciated as it all is, does ring so hollow!!!

      These past 3 years they have all wittingly and unwittingly contributed to the atmosphere that has created the disrespectand blatant racist attacks on President Obama!!!

      Their attacks upon and disrespect of President Obama emboldened the racists thus the ratcheting up of the horrid rhetoric!!!

      I am as sick of the despicable Donald Trump as I am of the equally despicable Tavis Smiley, Cornell West and even jesse jackson to an extent!!!

      They all suffer from the same raging envy of President Obama and the occasional attempt to pretend to defend our amazing President from the craziest of *their* shared crazy envy fraternity, is not even mildly redemptive in my opinion!!!

  5. 21 barb
    April 26, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    “For every time there is a season.” Jesse has been quiet. I think or hope that he has come to peace since the Obama Campaign. I will never forget seeing him with tears in his eyes the night of the Election in Grant? park in Chicago. What he is saying is absolutely right, every word. It was probably very hard for him to step back but I hope he can accept God’s will. He still has a place in this world as we all do. I hope he has forgiven and is stepping up to protect our nation. Our President needs us all and is calling us all to step up. I wish him well.
    Clinton survived some of his negative word.

    • 22 Eleroy
      April 26, 2011 at 11:20 pm

      Clinton survived and that now begs the question:

      Why is Clinton allowing his supporters fuel the attacks on President Obama then!!!

  6. 23 barb
    April 26, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Wanted to add that I cannot see how this man, Pat Buchanan, had the audacity to speak as he does. How can he possibly believe what he is saying. Slanderous and ugly Meanwhile our President will brush it off his shoulder and move on. We’ve got his back and need to be his sword and shield.

  7. 24 kelly
    April 26, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Aww man his face says it all. 😦

  8. 27 Luci1119
    April 26, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Yeah Barb, I remember that night at Grant Park, In Chicago, I saw the same tears of Rev. Jessie Jackson, that you saw, but I would like to think as we speak on Rev Jessie Jackson, that we will forgive him, because that’s exactly what Jesus would do, and would want us to do as well. yes, I felt so terribly bad when Rev. Jessie wasn’t on board with PBO. I was actually a little P O’d with him, when he said those things, but I’m over It, but as I watched him tear on Election night, It occurred to me then, that he may have been feeling bad over his actions, but also feeling good for Obama as well, just My opinion. But yes, I do agree with what Rev Is saying about the ugliness and code words. Sometimes I get the feeling that just like they went to Africa, and forced our fore Fathers to come to America, against our will, well, I also feel like there are some that want to take us back to Africa now. Now can you Imagine that?? The thought, makes me cringe. This Is a mean and dirty world 😦 Heyyyyyyyyy, but we serve a God, that sits high, and looks low. God’s got this, but don’t stop praying, we must pray for our enemies, remember???? Okey dokey, later ~~~~~~ 🙂

    • 28 barb
      April 26, 2011 at 11:30 pm

      Beautiful, Luci1119. Thank you for the comment. I felt that way too with those tears of Rev. Jessi Jackson. He is a good man and has done much in his ministry. I have no hard feelings and hope it didn’t sound as if I did. I also agree that God has our President in the palm of His hand.

      Your wording is so true. Some can forget about praying for our enemies as Jesus said.

      “Heyyyyyyyyy, but we serve a God, that sits high, and looks low. God’s got this, but don’t stop praying, we must pray for our enemies, remember???? Okey dokey, later ~~~~~~ “

  9. 29 Gwen Day-Fuller
    April 26, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    I just hope President Obama can rise above all the ridiculous rhetoric and move on to make us proud for four more years.
    I am still as proud of him as I was on the day he took the oath as a proud citizen of the United States. I still think he is a man of integrity and promise and that he has tried to fulfill his promises. I encourage him to continue to work for those who are less fortunate and to focus on the economy, education and the return of our soldiers.

  10. 30 Sue in Minnesota
    April 27, 2011 at 3:04 am

    I do not intend to be blasphemous, or to suggest that President Obama is some type of Messiah, although I personally think he is an extraordinary human being, the likes of which are rare. But Easter Sunday I watched the movie “The Greatest Story Ever Told” on TCM,
    which is the story of Jesus Christ, from birth to Resurrection. The similarities in the political upheveal that both men inspired did not escape me. Whether professional jealousy, entrenched status quo, ignorant voters, racists, nativists, financial power brokers, and religious zealotry, the parallels, although sepearated by centuries, were there. Human nature being what it is, our struggles seem to have changed little. President Obama’s most potent threat is his ability to inspire people to believe in possibility and to harness their personal and collective power. I can only imagine the things we could accompolish if we could dislodge some of the resistance and negativity, toward one another and toward common goals.

    I have great distaste for most of what is currently being inflamed, and yet I do find a degree of comfort in that “For every action there is an equal and opposite re-action” – Newtons Law of Motion.
    President Obama is the real deal, he means business, and he is a serious threat to those that have been having their way with America.
    May God be his strength and his shield. The rest of us need to keep this movement going and growing.

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