Sherry Jackson is a featured expert in the Aaron Russo movie "America: Freedom to fascism" (she was an IRS Agent until she learned the truth). Sherry sent this article to me so that it could be shared with others. (highlighted sections were in the Word.doc that I received)
TO STEP DOWN.
POTENTIAL FOR PROFIT, ATTENTION IN IMUS INCIDENT.
for Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, the president and vice president of Black
America, to step down. Their leadership is stale. Their ideas are outdated. And
they don't give a crap about us.
We need to take a cue from White America and re-elect
our leadership every four years. White folks realize that power corrupts.
That's why they placed term limits on the presidency. They know if you leave a
man in power too long he quits looking out for the interest of his constituency
and starts looking out for his own best interest. We've turned Jesse and Al into Supreme Court
justices. They get to speak for us for a lifetime. Why?
If judged by
the results they've produced the last 20 years, you'd have to regard their
administration as a total failure.
Seriously, compared to Martin [Luther King] and Malcolm [X] and the freedoms
and progress their leadership produced, Jesse and Al are an embarrassment.
Their job the last two decades was to show black
people how to take advantage of the opportunities Martin (Luther King) and
Malcolm [X] won [for black Americans].
Have we [black Americans, taken advantage of those
opportunities] at the level we should have? No.
inspire us to seize hard-earned opportunities, Jesse and Al have specialized in
blackmailing white folks for profit and attention. They were at it again last week, helping to turn radio shock jock Don
Imus' stupidity into a world-wide crisis that reached its crescendo Tuesday afternoon
when Rutgers women's basketball coach Vivian
Stringer led a massive pity party/recruiting rally. Hey, what Imus said, calling the Rutgers players "nappy-headed hos,"
was ignorant, insensitive and offensive. But so are
many of the words that come out of the mouths of radio shock jocks/comedians.
[Rutgers lost to Tennessee in the NCAA
national championship game last week in Cleveland.]
Imus' words did no real damage.
Let me tell you what damaged us this week: the sports cover of Tuesday's USA
Today. This country's newspaper of record published a story about the NFL and
crime and ran a picture of 41 NFL players who were arrested in 2006. By my
count, 39 of those players were black.
You want to talk about a damaging, powerful image, an image that went out
across the globe? We're holding
news conferences about Imus when the behavior of NFL players is painting us as
lawless and immoral. Come on. We can do better than that. Jesse and Al are
smarter than that.
Had Imus' predictably poor attempt at humor not been
turned into an international incident by the deluge of media coverage, 97
percent of America
would've never known what Imus said. His platform isn't that large and it has
zero penetration into the sports world.
Imus certainly doesn't resonate in the world frequented by college women.
The insistence by these young women that they have been emotionally scarred by
an old white man with no currency in their world is laughably dishonest. The Rutgers players are nothing more than
pawns in a game being played by Jackson, Sharpton and Stringer [C. Vivian
Stringer, the Rutgers women's basketball
Jesse and Al are flexing their muscle and setting up
their next sting. Bringing down Imus, despite his sincere attempts at
apologizing, would serve notice to their next potential victim that it is far
better to pay up than stand up to Jesse and Al James. [Jesse Jackson's long pattern of political and
corporate extortion and blackmail is a matter of record. A Google search of
extortion' should return plenty to keep you busy.]
Stringer just wanted her 15 minutes to make the case
that she's every bit as important as Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma [team
members?]. By the time Stringer's rambling, rapping and rhyming 30-minute
speech was over, you'd forgotten that Tennessee
won the national championship and just assumed a racist plot had been hatched
to deny the [Rutgers] Scarlet Knights credit
for winning it all.
the real crime. Imus' ignorance has taken attention away from Candace Parker's
and Summitt's incredible accomplishment. Or maybe it was Sharpton's, Stringer's
and Jackson's grandstanding that moved the spotlight
from Tennessee to New Jersey? None of this over-the-top
grandstanding does Black America any good.
We can't win the war over verbal disrespect and racism when we have so obviously
and blatantly surrendered the moral high ground on the issue. Jesse and Al
might win the battle with Imus and get him fired or severely neutered. But the
war? We don't stand a chance in the war.
Not when everybody
knows "nappy-headed hos" is a compliment compared to what we allow
black rap artists to say about black women on a daily basis. We look
foolish and cruel for kicking a man who went on Sharpton's radio show and
apologized. Imus didn't pull a Michael Richards and schedule an interview on
Letterman. Imus went to the Black vice president's house, acknowledged his
mistake and asked for forgiveness. Let it go and let God [grant forgiveness].
We have more
important issues to deal with than Imus. If we are unwilling to clean up the
filth and disrespect we heap on each other, nothing will change with our
condition. You can fire every Don Imus in the country, and our incarceration
rate, fatherless-child rate, illiteracy rate and murder rate will still
continue to skyrocket. A man who doesn't
respect himself wastes his breath demanding that others respect him. We don't respect ourselves right now. If we
did, we wouldn't call each other the N-word. If we did, we wouldn't let people
with prison values define who we are in music and videos. If we did, we
wouldn't call black women bitches and hos and abandon them when they have our
babies. If we had the proper level of
self-respect, we wouldn't act like it's only a crime when a white man
disrespects us. We hold Imus to a higher standard than we hold ourselves.
That's a (freaking) shame.
We need leadership that is interested in fixing the
culture we've adopted. We need leadership that makes all of us take tremendous
pride in educating ourselves. We need leadership that can reach professional athletes
and entertainers and get them to understand that they’re ambassadors and play
an important role in defining who we are and what values our culture will
It's time for Jesse and Al to step down. They've had
25 years to lead us. Other than their accountants, I'd be hard pressed to find
someone who has benefited from their administration.