Peter Abelard, Heloise’s medieval counterpart, was never threatened with castration; he was castrated as he lay asleep, waylaid by relatives of Heloise. It reminds us all that one is more likely to be hurt, maimed, castrated or killed by one of our own, under our roof, in the camp, so to speak.
Jackson uses four-letter word “nuts” followed by the n-word, oh boy!
I watched CNN with bored horror as Jackson’s lips moved with the words “I wanna cut his nuts off” and made some slight gesture with his hands. OMG! He was speaking to another black man about another black man. But wait, not just any black man but the man who would be president. The man listening to his words was visibly shocked. Was Jackson trying to derail the Obama express? Nice try. What the hell were you not thinking Jesse? A man of God, a man of the cloth, a baptized man would never utter such gutter words.
This was clearly a case of race does NOT matter, but winning the presidential race does matter. Words matter. They matter especially to those in the Obama camp, as Jackson claims to be — a full supporter of his candidacy. But believer or not, we cannot let Jackson go unchastised, unchallenged in this slow news cycle of high gas prices and stock market tanking.
Jackson and Fox News have ignited a firestorm of quasi-controversy so much so that Heloise thought it important enough to take a break from her holiday in Hollywood to address words that were better left unsaid.
What do you think out there in media-land? I asked my son, Ace, here and he said:
“Jesse Jackson is a preacher who needs to just be a politician. Barack Obama is a politician who could be a preacher.” Then he added that “no one likes Jackson, so I’m glad he said it because he has just hurt himself.” True, the damage done is to Jackson himself.
But I do like Jackson. However, his prestige may go into free fall. And despite the fact that Jackson’s son is the national co-chair of the Obama camp. I think it may be time for Jackson to be drummed out of the leadership business if this is the grist he so casually feeds to the media mill. Fodder figure has stuck again, and failed in a heinous, odious manner.