Jesse Jackson, for whom every issue can be an excuse to race-bait, is comparing Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to Alabama’s formerly racist governor, George Wallace. Brewer’s crime? She pointed a finger (not the middle one) at Barack Obama last week on the tarmac. This, the Rev. Jackson says, is the ultimate insult. Really?
Whatever words were exchanged between Obama and Brewer, the heated exchange is evidence–for anyone willing to open his eyes–of racial progress in this country, that two politicians, a woman and a black man, can go toe to toe as representatives of the people. Race and gender have nothing to do with it.
Someone needs to tell Jesse Jackson that it’s not the 1960s any more. But whatever the date, it’s long past time for him to retire, gracefully or otherwise.