Rev. Jesse Jackson Questions Soledad O’Brien‘s Blackness, She Says; O’Brien Misguided
(Rolling Out) — CNN star correspondent Soledad O’Brien revealed in her new book that Rev. Jesse Jackson told her that she was not black enough. She also stated that African Americans are obsessed with race, which is a very misguided and dishonest statement in light of what her parents had to go through as an interracial couple to get married — and the hostilities she endured from her white peers growing up. We are well aware that Jackson has made some politically incorrect remarks off the air — or when he thought he wasn’t being recorded. No one will ever forget how Jackson, believing his mic was off during a commercial break during a TV interview, told a fellow interviewee that he’d like to castrate then-presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008 for “talking down” to black people. And many people still resent Jackson who called New York “Hymietown” — a slur against Jews — in 1984 when he thought he was talking in confidence to a Washington Post reporter. And there are probably many other imprudent statements that never bled out of Jackson’s inner circles into the public consciousness.