Jesse Jackson: ‘You can’t vote against health care and call yourself a black man’

This from The Hill, a D.C. newspaper and Web site:

The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday night criticized Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) for voting against the Democrats’ signature health care bill.

“We even have blacks voting against the health care bill,” Jackson said at a reception Wednesday night. “You can’t vote against health care and call yourself a black man.”

the remark stirred a murmur at the reception, held by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Foundation as part of a series of events revolving around the 25th anniversary of Jackson’s run for president. Several CBC members were in attendance, including Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who’d introduced Jackson.

Davis, who is running for governor, is the only black member of Congress from Alabama.

He is also the only member of the CBC to have voted against the health care bill earlier this month.

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November 19th, 2009
11:01 am

The Reverend is right! The minority community must support this legislation, to get the free healthcare that we deserve! Vote for healthcare!!!


November 19th, 2009
11:02 am

This was a very ignorant statement by Messy Jesse, he has really proven himself to be about as worthless as a penny cut in half. I mean honestly, why does he continue to speak? Artur Davis is making a vie for Alabama Governor and it is quite obvious that a great number of those that he represents are opposed to Healthcare Reform in its currnet state. Rep. Davis was sent to Washington to represent the people of his district and as a representative, when they are against something you too must take a stand for your constituents.

Though, I support Healthcare Reform and I am an avowed democrat I applaud Davis for not towing the party line and not buckling under pressure. Governance is bigger than party. It’s refreshing to see more smart leaders standing up for their constituents.

Davis for Alabama Governor!!

Henry Grady

November 19th, 2009
11:15 am

“You can’t vote against health care and call yourself a black man.” What a blatant bigoted statement. It is nothing but pure bigotry…plain and simple.

Is it any worse to judge a person’s character/ideas based upon his skin than to judge a person’s skin based upon his character/ideas.

Matt Stephens

November 19th, 2009
11:19 am

Healthcare isn’t free, “Beano,” and will never be, even if this legislation is passed. It’s not even free to those who can’t afford it. It costs them something. Maybe not money, but something significant. Think about it.


November 19th, 2009
11:21 am

Atta boy Jesse. Continue to stoke the fires of racism.


November 19th, 2009
11:28 am

Beano, you are such an ignorant fool… you are probably on public assistance….


November 19th, 2009
11:35 am

Jackson and the entitlement mentality: two of the biggest reasons the N-word will never go away.


November 19th, 2009
11:43 am

Why do people still refer to him as “the REVEREND Jesse Jackson”? I thought you had to be a Christian to be a reverend. Jackson is of the devil.


November 19th, 2009
11:50 am

Alex, it’s not the “Reverend Jesse Jackson – it’s the “Rearend” Jesse Jackson. The “V” is silent


November 19th, 2009
12:01 pm

Why? Why? Why? This makes it seem like all of us blacks should blindly support this reform. Healthcare reform as it stands is going to cripple all of us. The wealthy and middle class are going to be overtaxed and the poor are going to be so dependent on the government that they’ll lose their motivation to become middle or upper class. His attitude that the country owes black people something because of slavery is the very thing that keeps us in mental slavery. You want better healthcare? Work harder, instead of waiting for a hand out.

General Sherman

November 19th, 2009
12:22 pm

you cannot be black if you disagree with Jesse and Al!What kind of racist statement is that? I believe that you are MORE of a black man if you have the balls to stand up for what is right and quit asking for hand outs.Jesse that boat left the ship yards years ago!


November 19th, 2009
12:24 pm

Jesse Jackson needs to GO SIT DOWN!! Why is it that the so-called “Black Leaders” expect all Blacks to be sheeplike in their thoughts? Who gave Jackson the right/privilege/authority to decide who is Black or “Black enough”?? Someone find this man a chair so he can SIT DOWN!! Everyone, I do mean everyone, has the right to his/her own thoughts and opinions.


November 19th, 2009
1:43 pm

I’m so tired of his racist comments. I mean really. What does race have to do with the healthcare bill?

Euniece Evans

November 19th, 2009
1:58 pm

Beano, you speak of ‘the minority community’ as if it is one body, homogeneous in its thinking and behavior. Don’t know about you, but I’ve been black all my life and have as yet to find anything Jesse and I can agree upon. Ask more than one black person and you’ll find the same response. The dissent is not loud, for fear of breaking rank. BTW: I was a black Republican until the second Bush took office.

Erica Long

November 19th, 2009
2:05 pm

Rev. Jackson-

There is no litmus test for Blackness. I disagree with Congressman Artur Davis’ vote, but that’s between him and the people he represents. We don’t have to all vote the same way or support the same candidates.

If there was a litmus test for Blackness, I would include a clause about not fathering kids out of wedlock, particularly when they’re the same age as your grandkids. How is that baby girl of yours, Rev.?

The Snark

November 19th, 2009
2:08 pm

It’s almost 2010 and we still have politicians and would-be politicians trying to set conditions for black people to be black. Good grief. Dr. King took a bullet in the forehead for this?

Mr. Nobody

November 19th, 2009
2:15 pm

Why does Jesse Jackson even get attention from the press and media? The only thing I look forward to hearing the media report about Jackson is when he dies.


November 19th, 2009
5:57 pm

I AM BLACK, I AM AN AMERICAN, not african american. jesse jackson keeps our race down, the human race. someone stuff a sock in this mans mouth. he is an idiot


November 19th, 2009
8:33 pm

There you go Jesse wear that racism button. When theres no place to go with an argument make um feel guilty about being black and having a mind of their own. I bet you won’t eat a biscuit if its made with White Lily flour.


November 20th, 2009
8:00 am

The African-American community needs to unite behind the message of Rev. Jesse Jackson! Healthcare is our right and our African-American leaders need to vote for free healthcare now! We’ve been kept down too long by the big insurance companies with these high rates and a change is needed, now!!!


November 20th, 2009
8:11 am

“Free healthcare” Tyrone? $890 billion cost is not free. Who do you think is going to pay that money. Whitey? How about the gov’mt go get a title loan. Or better yet how about a big yard sale that other countries can come in and buy the goverments stuff. Or maybe a cookie sale.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

November 20th, 2009
8:40 am

The cost of doing nothing is worse.

And you’re right, Jackson shouldn’t have said that.

The correct phrase is, “You can’t vote against health care and call yourself a MAN.”

And if you’re a woman who votes against health care, you’re just a puppet.

Great ATL Guy

November 20th, 2009
8:55 am

Who gives a damn about this big ego Bigot with tremendous sense of self-loathing and entitle-MENT??? Get the black chip off your shoulder and get a real job…. he’s as bad as the Kings.


November 20th, 2009
2:22 pm

Way to go Jesse. Inject race once again. Keep working hard to divide America. Though you may want to buy another pack of cards, the race card you constantly pull should be getting worn out by now.


November 20th, 2009
2:24 pm

Mr. Nobody wrote:
Why does Jesse Jackson even get attention from the press and media? The only thing I look forward to hearing the media report about Jackson is when he dies.
Think about who runs this paper (The AJC). Liberal media is going to keep this type of junk afloat every time Jesse or AL open their mouth.

Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle because he is drinking, again.

November 20th, 2009
5:34 pm

Jesse Jackson is the overseer of the Democrat Plantation. Yessa, boss.


November 22nd, 2009
1:08 am

Yep Jesse Jackson is right! All these loser minorities think the dang world owes them a living. I got some advice for our African Americans, if you don’t like it here then Delta is ready when you are. Minorities should get down on there knees a thank us whites for their survival. If it weren’t for all of us whites paying taxes, who’d pay for all those welfare checks for the black community? Here’s some more advice while I’m at it. You minorities want health care? Then get off your lazy asses and get a god dang job you worthless bunch of losers! This country would be 20 years ahead if it weren’t for all these sorry minorities holding us back!


November 22nd, 2009
3:52 am

Slavery was an injustice whose damage may never fully be recognized but blacks were so scarred physically, mentally, and economically that many have never never recovered and the whites that are impatient for all blacks to catch us immediately need to chill. So many don’t have the tools to compete even at this point. Some parts of slavery were maintained until after World War II and the welfare system was an outgrowth of the handicaps blacks experienced. So many blacks cannot get “good” jobs with decent benefits. Many work for temp services which pay do healthcare benefits and probably were designed to circumvent paying health benefits as the economic greed of business owners tries to squeeze more profit out of every dollar. Jesse Jackson is right even if there are many who disagree with him. A knee-jerk reaction might generate that response but right thinking persons if they look a little deeper will hopefully see that there are a lot of negatives what he might suggest there are plenty of justifications to offer lots of support to our lower economics persons who have been and probably will be playing catch-up for a long time in the future.

Don Wilson

November 22nd, 2009
2:36 pm

If you are Black and vote for this health care then you are not a very smart man. The Government has always held blacks down and at bay with their handouts so that Blacks cant have anything they can call their own, that they worked for to feel good about themselves..Thats not just true with Blacks but whites as well.It’s just more so in the black community percentage wise and the black community continues to struggle to this day because of it ..If you are Black you should vote Against this bill to save your dignity that the Government has taken from you all these years..A man that gives you something is not your friend.Nothing in Life is free and until some people realize this they will never progress..To the white guy in here that said we’d be better off without minorities needs to be more of a man than that .I bet if you had the chance to re think that statement you would not have said that ..we are not white or black or majority or minority but God’s children in his image .I’m a child of god first before I am a color.


November 22nd, 2009
8:28 pm

Am I the only one to whom it’s obvious that Tyrone and Beano are trolls?