Character assassination

The New Yorker Magazine has Mr. and Mrs. Obama on their cover depicted as terrorists, as well as not very ‘patriotic’ complete with an American flag burning in the fireplace and a picture of Osama Bin Laden on the wall. The magazine said it was ‘satire’…Hmm?
PBS talk-show host John McLaughlin referred to Obama as an ‘Oreo’ on his McLaughlin Group last Sunday.

The discussion centered on Rev. Jessie Jackson and his remarks about Barack Obama ‘talking down’ to black people.
And, of course, the cable news talking heads were all over Jackson’s remark like a fly on dog doo-doo.

‘Jessie Jackson is jealous’ spewed one commentator barely containing his glee.

‘This is Barack Obama’s Sister Souljah moment,’ said another recalling former president Bill Clinton’s chastising the young rapper in a public move that solidified support from whites, who may have thought, ‘now that’s putting ‘them’ in their place.’

I’ve heard the same thing when white men explain why they’re supporting Obama. ‘Yeah, with Obama we’ll finally close the chapter on this race-bating stuff and people like Jessie Jackson and Rev Al Sharpton will have to shut up!’

As a black man I really don’t appreciate a political leader telling people how to live or behave. The white pundits especially cheer when Obama tells us (blacks) to be more responsible and the rest of the verbiage that goes with that message.

I know many black people who are either single parents or
in relationships that have raised responsible, respectful and successful children into young adults.

We never hear about these children.

Since so many whites want Obama to ‘tell those people something’ the overwhelming numbers of black children who achieve get ignored.

Face it, the overwhelming opinion of Americans is black men have ‘lots-o-children’ all over the place.
When, and, if Obama wins the presidency, like a Hollywood musical, all of our problems will melt like ice in the hot sun.

I remember early 1968 the fragrance of change was all around the country, not just in the air as we feel now. An unpopular war was being fought in Southeast Asia. America was beginning to embrace the politics of Robert Kennedy and activism of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In a short period of time, hope and change were replaced by proclamations of law and order and the election of Richard M. Nixon.

Events that shape the political future don’t have to be fired from a gun. In today’s high tech world, assassination doesn’t have to be in the flesh. It can be fired from an artist’s pen or a word-processing program.

Ken Jackson is the editor of Urban CNY. Reach him at