Although his recent successful shakedown of Silicon Valley flagship Intel suggests he’s not wholly washed up, Rev. Jesse Jackson is now 73 and clearly slowing down. From Breitbart News:
Reddit is in meltdown.
The hugely popular link-sharing site is in a state of virtual lockdown after the volunteers who run some of the site’s biggest communities (known as “subreddits”) went on the digital equivalent of a general strike. This followed the sacking of Victoria Taylor, a popular site admin, after a Reddit Q&A with the Rev. Jesse Jackson went badly for the activist preacher.
Since, as we know, All Things That iSteve Must Converge, it’s worth pointing out that the interim CEO of Reddit is Chairperson Pao, Ellen Pao, the wife of Buddy Fletcher.
Here’s one interchange between a Reddit reader and the famed civil rights leader:
[–]huhaskldasdpo 430 points 8 hours agox2
You are an immoral, hate-filled race baiter that has figured out how to manipulate the political system for your own gain. You’ve personally set back race relations year after year and continue to do more harm than good. Extorting money from companies to line your pockets and threatening to bus in protestors and create a fake racial controversy if they don’t agree to pay you off is NOT civil rights activism. My question is simple; how is your relationship with the illegitimate child you fathered in 1998 while cheating on your wife? Bonus question: How much money have you extorted from various people and companies over the years of practicing your shakedown scheme? Do you think Al Capone would be jealous of your business model if he were still alive?
[–]RevJesseJackson[S] 12 points 8 hours ago
I do. But I was jailed in 1960. For trying to use a public library. And that caused more good than harm. I marched to end segregation. The day Dr. King spoke on Washington, in 1963, I was there for that speech. That day, from Texas to Florida, you couldn’t use a single public toilet. We could not buy ice cream at Howard Johnson’s, or stay in Holiday Inns. We fought to bring those barriers down. And because those walls are down, all the new interstate construction across the South – the new bridges and ports, and seaports – that’s progress. You couldn’t have teams behind the Cotton Curtain. You couldn’t have had Olympics in Atlanta behind the Cotton Curtain. You couldn’t have Toyota, and Michelin, behind the Cotton Curtain, so we pulled those walls down.
So our work has been beneficial. And it seems to me that people who benefit from that work ascribe it to the wrong reasons.
When the laws change to make the South more civil, that brought in more investment. So we’ve made America better.
All these changes have come from our work. Our work has bene good for the South, and good for America.
My goal is to expand our consciousness, to create as big a tent as possible, as we fight for justice and world peace. I was able to bring Americans home from jail, from prison, and gaining those freedom of those Americans was the highest and best use of my talents and time.
In contrast, Rev. Al Sharpton is only 60 (although his frequent losses and gains of weight have left him looking a bit like a Shar Pei). President Obama is clearly more comfortable with Sharpton than with Jackson, inviting the veteran race riot agitator frequently to the White House.
The President has longstanding political and perhaps personal issues with Rev. Jackson going back to the years when Jackson bestrode the Chicago black community like a colossus while Barack, to say the least, did not. Moreover, the future Mrs. Obama was Rev. Jackson’s babysitter.
But still some of the excitement in the air these days is due to the sense that after many years of a Jackson-Sharpton oligopoly, there will soon be new openings at the top of the racial grievance industry. So who will succeed Jackson and, later, Sharpton?
One possibility would be the tag-team of Fletcher and Pao. Granted, that would be absurd for multiple reasons, but, hey, it’s 2015 in Caitlyn Jenner’s America. Still, that seems increasingly implausible as their losses pile up. Americans don’t love a loser, even a gay black hedge fund con man married to a Chinese feminist adventuress.
Now it’s important to note Rev. Jackson is in a symbiotic relationship with his victims/enablers. Jackson lasted so long because he was mutually satisfactory both to blacks as a race man and to the moneyed interests he pestered because they saw him as a man they could, ultimately, do business with.
Corporate America would undoubtedly prefer to see the amenable Barack Obama slide into Jackson’s role of Race Hustler-in-Chief on January 21, 2017.
But, I suspect that Barack, who doesn’t really like African-Americans unless they have an Ivy League degree or two, would prefer mostly to play golf and give highly compensated speeches at Davos and the like, and would be uncomfortable having to do too much of the lowbrow down and dirty work in the Community. Granted, he did once help get some of the asbestos removed from a housing project, but that may have been enough Community Involvement for him for one lifetime.
In contrast, the next such leader would more likely be a genuine African-American from a black community, one without many intellectual pretensions, and with a certain hostile edge, perhaps one who as far back as adolescence had an inside view of how Rev. Jackson did his job.
In other words, the most likely candidate satisfactory to blacks, to the media, and to the big money would be Michelle Obama.