Jesse Jackson knows racism. It’s his job. He’s so good at spotting it that he can find it where others would not. The one knock on him is not that he sees things in black and white but rather just in black. The champion of racial injustice has taken considerable flak for ignoring the horrible hate crime in Detroit where white motorist Steven Utash was beaten nearly to death a group of black thugs.
Where the races reversed in this case, Jackson surely would have condemned the attackers, but for two weeks now, he has been silent. Social media and the blogosphere have lit up calling Jackson a hypocrite. After all, a hate crime is no less abhorrent if the victim happens to be white. With his credibility on the line, Jackson finally broke his silence this week, saying in a phone interview:
It was an act of meanness and evil that must be handled. What they did was wrong. I know it was morally wrong. There’s ignorance based in knowledge. That’s why you have to pull the walls down and live together. Our climate is so racially charged… It’s a product of the sickness of culture.
Not only can’t he bring himself to call this a hate crime, he excuses the attackers from any culpability. You see, it’s not their fault they beat an innocent man into a coma because will live in a sick racist society. What an asshole.
And what’s with that line: there’s ignorance based in knowledge? What the hell does that mean? Having knowledge is the opposite of being ignorant. Does he have a dictionary app set to shuffle that just spews out random words for him to string together?
This “condemnation” gets even worse as Jackson tries to take all of the attention away from the victim and focuses on the black woman that intervened and saved Mr. Utash from the thugs. Don’t get me wrong, Deborah Hughes is a hero for stopping the attack and deserves much praise, but she’s hardly the important person in this story.
Jesse sees it differently. Never mind that white guy that got severely beaten, Jackson says he wants to reach out to Ms. Hughes and her family. In essence, he wants to make this less about a white guy being assaulted because of the color of his skin and more about a brave black woman that stood up to some criminals. What an asshole. Oh wait, I already said that.