Rush Blasts Jesse Jackson For Comparing Picking Cotton To Playing Basketball

RUSH: I gotta find this Jesse Jackson quote where he compared picking cotton to playing basketball.  Let me find it, folks.  Hang on just second.  Reverend Jackson.  Number 11.  Grab this.  This is Saturday afternoon, ESPN, where else?  Really. 

They’ve got these guys, and there probably have been more than two, there have just been two that I’ve been told about. I’m not gonna play the sound bite ’cause I’m not gonna give these guys any further amplification than they already have.  But it was ESPN Sports Center with the anchor Zubin Mehenti speaking to the Reverend Jackson of the Monochrome Coalition about Donald Sterling and his racist remarks to his girlfriend V. Stiviano. The anchor Zubin Mehenti, said, “Doc Rivers, the coach of the Clippers, is African-American.  Their biggest free agent acquisition, Chris Paul, is African-American.  Reverend Jackson, how do you reconcile Sterling making these comments considering so many people that he is around are African-American and all these players have signed free agent contracts to play for his team?”

JACKSON:  Well, if he objectifies them and sees them as persons, it’s about winning, it’s about money and not about their dignity, which is also important. If we’re just going from picking cotton balls to picking basketballs without the dignity of a relationship between worker and owner, then we’re not making progress.

RUSH:  No, we’re not making progress.  No, no, no.  The guys playing for Donald Sterling and the Clippers making $20 million a year haven’t moved an inch forward from their predecessors picking cotton.  You see?  The Reverend Jackson actually wants us to believe this!  See, so here again, Sterling doesn’t really care. “Yeah, he’s paying these guys but he doesn’t mean it. 

“He’s paying these guys but he really doesn’t want to. Yeah, he’s paying these guys, but he really doesn’t like ’em.  Yeah, he’s paying these guys, but he really doesn’t offer ’em any dignity!  Yeah, he’s paying these guys, but he really secretly hates ’em.”  It makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?  A guy that’s owned this team since 1981 is doing all this stuff he hates, paying all these people all of this money, and he really hates ’em. 

He’s just nothing but an old cotton farmer who’s got these players picking basketballs instead of picking cotton.  There you have the Reverend Jackson moving the nation forward off of this issue. (interruption) What do you mean, “How do you offer somebody dignity?”  I don’t think they care.  They’re playing basketball. They want the opportunity to play basketball.

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