Posted by: andrew1906 | July 15, 2008

NAJEE ALI: An open letter to Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.

July 10, 2008

Rev Jackson, your vulgar tirade caught on tape by Fox News where you said you wanted to cut Barack Obama’s nuts off and accusing him of talking down to Black folks by giving moral lectures at churches is the last straw for me and a growing number of African Americans who are outraged at your comments.

There are many Blacks across the nation, myself included, who are appreciative for the work and contributions you have made in your civil rights career. But at this point, you’re hurting Black America and Obama.

In September 2007 it was clear that you were frustrated by Obama, when you stated in an interview in South Carolina that Obama needs to stop acting white, because you felt he was not engaged in the Jena 6 movement enough to your liking.

Rev Jackson your continued verbal attacks on Obama are unwarranted it’s as if you’re jealous that Obama has eclipsed you and both your campaigns for the Democratic nomination by actually preparing to win it as the 2008 presumptive nominee.

For years you have been criticized as an ambulance chaser and opportunist. Many of Dr. King’s insiders and aides say that King did not trust you. 40 years ago in Memphis as King lay dying from an assassin’s bullet your first thought and action was to smear your shirt with Dr. King’s blood.

You then proceeded to appear in Chicago the next day on several news programs wearing the same shirt you deliberately smeared with his blood as if you were the heir of King’s movement. Obama’s recent comments about Black fathers not abandoning their children and accepting moral responsibility in our lives is a lesson you apparently needed to learn when you were younger. If you had, it may not have caused you to cheat on your wife and father a child out of wedlock with a former staffer.

Maybe that’s what really bothered you about Obama’s message to the church that Black fathers should be responsible for their children; you certainly haven’t been.

Living in Los Angeles I have watched your ten year old daughter Ashley Laverne Jackson grow up. Over the years I have had the pleasure to spend several holidays with your daughter including Christmas, her birthday parties and other milestones in her life. I will never turn my back on Ashley her mom and their family. It’s about providing friendship, support and love to them while you have been missing in action.

Your daughter has never traveled or taken a trip with you, you have an annual birthday party in Beverly Hills every year where your entire family is welcome but your youngest child has only attended it once. She has had very little contact with her siblings and has never even met her big brother Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr, who apparently doesn’t want anything to do with her. And allegedly (I believe it to be true ), he was the one to leak the scandal to the media concerning your affair. Now don’t get me wrong, Obama is not above reproach. He is a politician and is fair game to be fairly criticized by you or anyone else. But to personally attack Obama is crossing the line. Obama is not
talking down to Black people; he wants you and other dead beat dads to spend time and care for your children properly. The destruction of the Black family and absentee fathers is a major problem in our community.

It’s a problem that King spoke out and fought against. 40 years after King’s murder I can see why King didn’t trust you. If you can’t and won’t sincerely help Obama in this historic run then at least stop attacking him. Listen to Obama’s message of being a responsible father and start taking care of your daughter Ashley.

Najee Ali



  1. Jessie’s aside was tasteless and well below the level of dignity of a minister. But, he may have done more help than harm. Fox even admitted as much when debating whether it would help Obama if the Jackson comments were aired. The strong reaction of blacks and others to the Jackson’s nasty comments is also an indication that Jackson’s comments may help Obama in the fall.

    By the by, Jackson’s father was not in his home either.
    From the web: Jesse Jackson was born October 8, 1941. Jesse’s mother, Helen Burns had Jesse while she was in high school at the age of 16. … With all this pressure and feeling like everyone was against her, Helen ran away with Jesse’s dad to Chicago. When she got there, things were not too good, so she returned home to Greenville.

    Two years after Jesse was born, Helen married Charles Jackson.

  2. Brother Ali, I must say that you really have a nice way of damning people with faint praise, sir. But that is not the least of your failings, the most noteworthy being your propensity to “use” the unsubstantiated criticisms of the White Corporate Media to validate your sanctimonius anger.

    I understand that Reverend Jackson took care of the 4 children he made with his wife, as well as, his child with this “staffer”(as you called her) who slept with him though she knew damned well the man was married. No criticism for this 40-something year old woman staffer, which puts you on the same page with Barack Obama, who reserves “personal responsibility” for Black Men Only. Brother, I aint got to tell you how cowardly that is on both your parts, do I?

    Secondly,these claims you make about Reverend Jackson smearing himself in Dr. King’s blood…can you factually substantiate that this ghoulish accusation??? If not, then you have succeeded in slandering and smearing the reputation of a man who has been fighting for African people when most of us were hiding and in fear.

    You and those who excoriate Reverend Jackson for not being perfect must ask yourselves if you wouldn’t do the same were he Malcolm or Dr. King. We have a terrible habit of being susceptible to gossip-mongering because of our general laziness in checking out the facts, Mr. Ali. We are so willing to believe in any salacious story White Corporate Media trumpets, because we have so little faith in ourselves. You here, are guilty as charged of that, Mr. Ali. You are so willing kick Black Leadership in the ass, it makes me to wonder why anyone would even do something so insane as stand up in defense of such an ungrateful lot as African Americans.
    I ask you WHAT has Barrack Obama actually done to warrant this kind of unquestioning support from African Americans other than be the new flava on the block???

    Running for the Presidency, as you mentioned, has been done before(and done quite well), so that is not enough for any logical people to elevate this guy to Divine King. Yet that is what Africans in America have done – even as he demonizes African American Men.

    We are not the only ones responsible for generations of bringing babies into the world outside of committed relationships. Black Women are party to these relationships, as well. But they can be found cheering on Barack as he refers to us as little “boys.” Ooops, who has it been climbing out from under these little boys as they make children with them??? Yet ZERO is mentioned about this. It is like the last 100 years, Black women are doing pregnancy by immaculate conception, or was it sperm donation???

    BTW, Personal Responsibility encompasses so much more than making babies outta wedlock, brotherman… When you are applying for a job they don’t ask you how many chicks you knocked up, they ask you for your permission to see a CREDIT REPORT, and if you aint been responsible with your finances, you don’t get the job. 7 out of 10 Americans are in debt, Mr. Ali, and we are only 11% percent of the population. I think Barack needs to find those who spend their money irresponsibly, and do a critique on them, too. But, of course, he aint got the courage to do it. He wants to be President…so you all can have a Jackie Robinson moment with him in the White House.

    Peace & Blessings!

  3. Brother Najee,

    You probably do not know me by name but I’m sure if you saw me you would remember me. We met at the teleconference with Tookie Williams, I was attending First AME at the time. And again at the celebration for Rosa Parks at FAME. I helped you hold up your sign.

    My Brother, the open letter to Rev. Jackson, in my opinion, should have been private.
    I know you are a good brother, but I was actually saddened when I read it.
    Those issues brought forth were quite personal and is being exploited by the White Media.
    I find it unfathomable that you would attempt to disgrace another Brother and belittle his service.
    It seems the very thing that you accused him of doing, you in fact are doing.

    Seeking to gain publicity through the shortcomings of another brother.

    His family business is not your business, and you were wrong to attempt to disgrace Rev. Jackson.
    You only made yourself look small.

    I am not related to Rev. Jackson, I am not even a big Jesse fan, but for the sake of unity, we must put aside our selfish ambition and attention seeking. I remember reading about some of your transgressions not long ago. I prayed for you while you were incarcerated. I didn’t understand the reason for your transgressions but I did not criticize or belittle you. The cause is larger than you and I. What you said in an open letter should have been said in private. you’ll get the attention you seek, the white media will eat it up.

    You cannot criticize someone for criticizing someone else, that is certainly the pot calling the kettle black.

    Shame on you Najee.

    The tasks ahead of us are never as great as the Power behind us!

    Be Blessed,

    Michael R. Jackson

  4. He’s a joke and we the people have a short memory….

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