Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton’s Obama Problem
Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton has pointedly stated that Democrats are ignoring the race issue in the US. The logic of this assault to some degree excuses the Republican field of candidates who all but ignored forums setup to outline their positions on issues facing Black America.
If you compare 2004 with 2008 discussions, I think you’ll find a greater degree of dialogue around the race question in the ’08 race. There is a fear among of civil rights leaders in Obama’s candidacy and it ability to usher in a new era of how Afro American’s view themselves and more importantly how they perceive their place in America.
Michelle Obama is correct in stating “they will wake up.” Unfortunately Obama has to not just make history by overcoming substantial odds and doing well in Iowa, he will have to win it to sway even his own Congressional Black Caucus colleagues. He’s held to a greater standard among Black America because of a distrust of some of what a more perfect America can be. And in the event of a Obama Presidency every Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King will become a personal and individual matter.
It would be logical for some to argue that the fear of Jackson and Sharpton with Obama’s successes is that it will unravel their influence. I might concur that the moment Obama gets sworn in, the world and this country begin to look at itself differently. The main thrust of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton's argument will lose it's shelf life.