Monday, May 16, 2005

Have TV camera? - Will travel!

Perhaps the weather still sucks in Chicago, who knows for sure, but Jessie Jackson was back again this week to stir things up here in Pinellas County. As if we Floridians aren't capable of doing that on our own!

On May 11 the print article read: "Jackson faults elementary's care"
The On line article is titled: "Jackson enters school fray
It's the Rev. Jesse Jackson's third visit to the bay area in two months. He cites a "pattern" at Fairmount."

I would call it: "Have TV camera? - Will travel!"

I have nothing against Reverend Jackson per say. I just don't understand why he waits until something becomes high-profile to jump in. IF he truly believes there is a problem at Fairmount Elementary, why hasn't he expressed his concerns before instead of waiting until incidents there made national news? Where was he 15 years ago when Terri Schiavo went into a coma? It wasn't until her end became national news that he showed up and became buddies with Governor "shrub" who he pledged to fight over our 2000 election woes. After that election Reverend Jackson vowed to open an office in Tallahassee. But then there was the fund raising scandal plus that messy affair and baby with an associate which totally got in the way. Another article appeared May 14 about the Reverend and his high dollar attorney friend, Willie Gary.

IMHO, being a crusader is one thing. Working for a cause, admirable. Sticking your nose into other people's business just for publicity is tacky. Playing the race card with it doesn't apply is unfair and uncalled for. The most aggravating thing is that his solution to everything seems to be a law suit.

Schools are for teaching our kids not raising them. That's the parents responsibility. Educators have a tough enough job without outside interference. Sure, there are bad teachers, administrators and no doubt whole schools but parents of unruly children should not be rewarded monetarily for a child's bad behavior. Reverend Jackson should crusade for better schools instead of using their problems for self promotion.


At 7:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many MANY years ago my friend Tracy (may she rest in peace) said Jackson was a fraud when he began claiming to have been on the balcony when Dr. King was assassinated. I don't know that for a fact, but it is good enough for me.


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