To paraphrase Rodney King: Can’t we all just get along?
After Rev. Jesse Jackson claimed that Barack Obama seems to be “talking down to black people” when addressing black churches and pledging to cut Obama’s “nuts off,” the civil rights leader apologized for his comments, according to CNN.
Calling the remarks he made on Fox News “crude and hurtful,” Jackson explains, “I was in a conversation with a fellow guest at Fox on Sunday. He asked about Barack’s speeches lately at the black churches. I said it can come off as speaking down to black people.”
Is Jackson specifically referencing Obama’s Father’s Day speech at the Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side, where the presidential hopeful urged black fathers to be more engaged in their children’s lives?
Clarifying his comments in a written statement, Jackson, who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984, said:
“My appeal was for the moral content of his message to not only deal with the personal and moral responsibility of black males, but to deal with the collective moral responsibility of government and the public policy which would be a corrective action for the lack of good choices that often led to their irresponsibility.”