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Jesse Jackson: You Cant Vote Against Health Care and Call Yourself Black.....REALLY!?

The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday night injected race into the national debate on health care, saying any black lawmaker who votes against President Obama's sweeping overhaul isn't really black, the Hill newspaper reported.
The remark was a clear shot at Rep. Artur Davis, D-Ala., the only member of the CBC to vote against the House version of the health care legislation.

Davis refused to return fire against Jackson.

"One of the reasons that I like and admire Rev. Jesse Jackson is that 21 years ago he inspired the idea that a black politician would not be judged simply as a black leader," Davis said in a written statement to the newspaper. "The best way to honor Rev. Jackson's legacy is to decline to engage in an argument with him that begins and ends with race."

SERIOUSLY? Do any of you agree with THIS? Are there any AA moms who are against this legislation?

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Asked by momof030404 at 4:47 PM on Nov. 19, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • momof030404

    Answer by momof030404 at 4:47 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • i think he used that same argument when voting for obama! if you're black, biracial, have immediate family members who are black or biracial, then you have to vote for obama. lololo!

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:52 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • Jackson- a legend in his own mind-

    I think many in the public merely tolerant him, like a bratty younger cousin-

    Answer by Sisteract at 4:58 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • He's not doing minorities any favors by making everything about race. How is it any different than segregation when he tells an entire race what they all have to think? BTW I am a pasty white woman that is for health care reform and the public option.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:00 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • umm, it's Jesse Jackson, doesn't he want to cut of President Obama's ...ummm..."batteries"????

    Tell him to go visit his baby Mom


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 5:03 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • Didn't you know... racism is OK as long as you are black! That's how nobama got into office in the first place. Only black people can play the race card. It's part of that new entitlement program they are part of now that the pres has a bit of color in his skin.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:04 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • He added that he wasn't saying that black lawmakers must vote a certain way. Instead, they should vote the interests of the people in their districts, and he said the healthcare bill would help Alabama because it's one of the poorest states in the country.

    Other members of the CBC found no fault in Jackson's words. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) was in the audience. He called Jackson's criticism of Davis "accurate," but said he did not hear Jackson say "You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man."

    "If it is an issue that disproportionately impacts black folks, race has to be considered," Cleaver said. Jackson, he added, "is expected by his constituency to call balls and strikes."

    Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) called the remarks "vintage Jesse Jackson," but said Davis's vote against healthcare was consistent with a voting record more conservative than many CBC members.

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 5:09 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • "Artur Davis has a more conservative constituency," Waters said. "Since he's running for governor of Alabama, he reflects an even more conservative constituency."

    Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) said each man was doing what he considered the right thing.

    "People have a right to vote their constituency, and people have a right to speak their conscience," Jackson-Lee said. "Both happened."

    Davis’s Democratic primary opponent, Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, highlighted Davis’s status as the lone African-American vote against the bill.

    “He was the only Black Caucus member to vote against it. I don’t get it,” Sparks said last week, according to The Associated Press. Sparks is white.

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 5:09 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • Gah . . . Sheila Jackson Lee is a horror story. I can't listen to a word that comes out of her hateful narcissistic mouth.


    Answer by Anonymous at 5:32 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • Hmmmm; must have been too long since he last saw a camera pointed in his direction...moron.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:04 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

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