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July 11, 2008

Jesse, If You Don’t Have
Anything Nice To Say…

Posted in: POLITICS, feature4

Jesse, Jesse, Jesse. What were you thinking? The other day our “Beloved” Black Leader, Mr. Jesse Jackson unconsciously put his foot in his mouth. While waiting for an interview with Fox News, Jackson was unaware that he was being recorded on a “hot mic.” He said, “I wanna cut his [Barack Obama's] nuts out/off.” Sounds pretty close to castration to me. Unacceptable!

The recording was going to be aired on Bill O’Reilly’s show when Jackson apologized. He issued a statement saying, “For any harm or hurt that this hot mic conversation may have caused, I apologize.” He also had a lapse in memory because he couldn’t recall all that he had said, but knew it occurred while making another comment about Obama, “talking down” to church goers.

Well, isn’t that nice. Jackson apologized. Well, I say that’s not good enough.

Sometimes an apology just isn’t enough, especially when there seems to be a pattern of poor behavior. Stop apologizing and change the behavior.

If you will recall, Jackson, who claims to support Obama, was also reported to have said that Barack was, “acting like he is White.” Now this all seems a bit contradictory. How can you truly support someone, but have so much negative stuff to say about them behind their back? How about … be consistent as a human being. How about … be the same in a person’s face as you are behind their back. How about … try to stop doing and saying things that you need to apologize for.

Truth Be Told …We could all learn something from Jackson’s little “miss-speak”.

I often see this in my everyday life among friends and even family. People smile in someone’s face and AS SOON as they turn their back or walk away they talk “bad” about them. I think on so many levels it speaks to a lack of integrity.

I say that we all need to make sure that we aren’t behaving in this ugly and unnecessary manner.

My mother taught me that if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. My father taught me to always speak the truth.

I now believe that there is a way to speak the truth and find a kind way to say it. But if you want to say something about someone you need to have enough courage to say it to their face. You can have an opinion, but if it involves something hurtful or harmful then maybe you need to check yourself and keep it to yourself.

I say we ALL start today being consistent human beings who speak the truth with integrity.

Who’s with me?

Remember…It’s Always Love.

ReNina Minter is a former elementary school teacher who followed her passion and earned a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Minter is now a Certified Life Coach. Check out her website at www.CoachReNina.com. Her editorials are exclusive to Urban Thought Collective.

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