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07/18/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Aww, Grandpa Jackson's Off His Meds

Rev. Jackson, are you kidding me? You want to "cut [Barack Obama's] nuts off" for "talking down" to black people? You are criticizing him for calling absent and neglectful black fathers to task and challenging them to acknowledge, raise, and proudly love the children they created from the day they are born?

Allow me to introduce you to yourself: here.

Allow me to introduce you to Sen. Obama: here.

If you want to challenge the presumptive democratic nominee on his political platforms because you feel they are inconsistent with what you deem best for the black community, speak up. If you have advice to offer from your own failed -- failed! -- campaign that might benefit Sen. Obama in the general election, clue him in. If you flat out hate the dude and think his policies are going to run this nation further into the ground, tell us why. But until and unless Sen. Obama joins the clergy, cheats on his wife, and fathers a secret child with his mistress, you are way out of line to suggest that his talks on the urgent need for black people to repair the black family are anything less than absolutely necessary.

Perhaps if someone had "talked down" to you years ago, things would have turned out better for your very own black family? Including your son, Jesse, Jr. who now works for Sen. Obama and had this to say:

Reverend Jackson is my dad and I'll always love him. He should know how hard that I've worked for the last year and a half as a national co-chair of Barack Obama's presidential campaign. So, I thoroughly reject and repudiate his ugly rhetoric. He should keep hope alive and any personal attacks and insults to himself.

Rev. Jackson I am of a younger generation. A generation who is beyond excited about the potential for social change that having a black president would bring. A generation who is also savvy enough to know that just any black president will not do.

We vote for Obama because he is proud to be a member of the black community but, in his words, is "not limited to it." We vote for Obama because he wants to use both sides of the political aisle to make this country what it can be. We vote for Obama because he is painfully aware of the needs of poor children of all colors growing up in broken homes and, as his supporters, we will follow him closely if elected to see that he makes good on his promises to protect them. But we also vote for Obama because he wears race as a proud badge, and not a bloody wound. He represents an America where we are aware of racial differences, but not held captive to them.

So, Reverend, if you are looking for a new way to defend the black community, I have a suggestion. Instead of calling for the removal of Sen. Obama's testicles, your ministerial energies might be better spent preaching to young men who, like yourself, find themselves unable to resist the temptation to wantonly father children outside of their marriages.