Where’s the outrage and indignation?

Last week, speaking about the ongoing “Jena 6” case, Barack Obama said: “Outrage over an injustice like the Jena 6 case isn’t a matter of black and white. It’s a matter of right and wrong. We should stand as one nation in opposition to this and any injustice. That’s why I’ve previously spoken out and demanded fairness in the Jena 6 case.”

I don’t even like Barack Obama, and I was forced to applaud the comment. I thought it a remarkably fair and astute statement. Jesse Jackson was not impressed, however, and he accused Obama of “acting white” — presumably because Obama didn’t play the race card. (Obama also said “when nooses are being hung in high schools in the 21st century, it’s a tragedy.” but that too was not good enough apparently.)

So, how come Jesse Jackson can accuse Barack Obama of “acting white” and no one’s screaming about it? If a white person had said that Barack Obama was “acting white” you can bet your bottom dollar they’d be calling for his head on a pike. If a white person said that Hillary Clinton was “acting black” they’d be rioting in the streets. How come Jesse can say what he wants and nobody bats an eyelash?

And since when is “acting white” something to be ashamed of? Is there something wrong with behaving like a white person? How, exactly, does a white person behave, anyhow? If I gave a flying fig about what Jesse Jackson thinks, I might be insulted at his opinion of white behavior.

The apparently acceptable double standards in this country amaze me sometimes.

Kate blogs at The Original Musings.

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