April 30, 2014
Jesse Jackson has predictably inserted himself in the midst of the Donald Sterling affair. He showed up on court before Game 5 of the first round of the playoffs between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.
Jesse Jackson’s comments during the Milken Conference.
Earlier in the day Jackson made an appearance at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference in Beverly Hills where he fully leveraged Sterling’s boneheaded comments on race.
Jackson said Sterling’s remarks show why Americans need government enforced “affirmative action. People in high places have no will toward goodness unless the law is there to force it.”
Affirmative action – otherwise and more accurately known as “positive discrimination” – was instituted by an unconstitutional executive order.
Sterling, of course, was not using racial violence, unless you consider speech to be violence. He was merely expressing his opinion, admittedly boorish and prejudicial, but an opinion nonetheless. Sterling expressed his comments in a private conversation subsequently made public (in violation of California law which, of course, takes a backseat to political correctness).
For Jesse Jackson and the affirmative government action crew, expressing a personal opinion, no matter how loathsome, is a thought crime far worse than the state’s monopoly on physical violence and its use to enforce an unconstitutional executive order.
Sterling, Jackson insisted,“should apologize, he should resign and he should sell the team. We have a high tolerance for racism. His past is very well known. It took this over-the-hill statement… to get to this point.”
For the crime of expressing a politically unacceptable opinion in private – or what was assumed to be private – Jackson thinks Sterling should sell the Los Angeles Clippers. Jackson has yet to say the threat of government violence should be used to force the sale, but he may eventually advocate this if Mr. Sterling does not agree to sell the team.
Now that Jackson and the politically correct wrecking crew have taken Donald Sterling down a few notches, it may be time for the Reverend to take his own medicine. It is said Jackson’s net worth is around $10 million, so maybe he should pay some of that money to the victims of his own prejudicial speech.
In 2008, he was caught on microphone calling people of his race “niggers” and saying of Obama he would like to “cut off his nuts” for talking down to black people.
Obviously, Obama does not need Jackson’s money, but if we are going to play fair by the PC rules, he should forfeit a goodly amount for using the execrable “N” word, although, of course, it is perfectly acceptable for black people to use this denigrating phrase when talking to each other (it is, apparently, an unwritten clause in the PC rulebook and is, as well and strangely, considered by some as a term of endearment).
In 1984 the lauded civil rights figurehead called Jews “Hymies” and referred to New York as “Hymie-town.” He tried to lie about this racist remark, but eventually owned up to it, which in part sabotaged his presidential campaign.
Jackson’s reponse to criticism is especially telling. “In private talks we sometimes let our guard down and we become thoughtless,” he said after the incident. “It was not in a spirit of meanness, an off-color remark having no bearing on religion or politics…. However innocent and unintended, it was wrong.” Despite this, Jackson was shocked “that something so small has become so large” and denied he was anti-Semitic. “I categorically deny allegations that there is anything in my personal attitude or my public career, behavior, or record that lends itself to that interpretation. In fact, the record is the exact opposite.”
Donald Sterling might argue the same. His remarks were made in private and thoughtless. He might also argue that his “career, behavior, or record” have made a number of black men famous and wealthy basketball players.
Jackson, on the other hand, has primarily endeavored to reduce many black Americans to wards of the state and has, contrary to the advice of Martin Luther King, made it possible for people to be judged on the color of their skin instead of the content of their character.
Instead of a color blind society, Jackson and Al Sharpton and their ilk have created a society where the awareness of race is not only heightened, but used as a measuring stick in the enterprise of handing out confiscated wealth. This has helped normalize the process of government confiscation to the point where millions of Americans no longer object to the organized theft of private wealth and, in fact, consider it morally acceptable.
In American politics, however, hypocrisy rules. Jackson’s own racism is overshadowed by the politically correct agenda and the leftist-liberal orthodoxy in support of the state and its monopoly on violence and its enforced authority over the individual.
Jesse Jackson has made if perfectly clear he believes there can be no “will toward goodness unless the law is there to force it,” in other words unless it is enforced by violence or the omnipresent threat of violence by the state.
This is the underlying message of the Sterling affair. “I hope that every bigot in this country sees what happened to Mr. Sterling and recognizes that if he can fall, so can you,” said government employee (the mayor of Sacramento) and former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson.
The message is undeniable: if you don’t follow the PC precept – indeed, if you do not fall down and worship at its altar enshrined by the state – you too will become a victim of political and economic violence.