2001-02-03 / Letters

Advice For Jackson

Dear Editor;

Last week the news reported that Reverend Jessie Jackson fathered a two-year-old child out of wedlock. Also reported was that the Reverend was about to temporarily remove himself out of public life and resign his post as head of the Rainbow Coalition.

A couple of days following his announcement and a plea of conciliatory support for him and his family, a cancellation was issued by the Reverend followed by outpouring support.

I find the show of support to be despicable and wrong. The issue of Mr. Jackson is and should not be compared with the issue of Mr. Clinton. We must keep in mind that Mr. Jackson is a man of the cloth and as such wears a much higher moral responsibility than Mr. Clinton. This is a man who violated the moral trust of which he was sworn to uphold, and as such must pay the ultimate price for his behavior. In his capacity as a Reverend and a community leader, he is required to walk a much higher standard than the average community leaders. We should be careful that in our haste to forgive Mr. Jackson of his wrongdoing, we are sending the wrong moral message of values to the communities and our children. Mr. Jackson’s behavior violated the trust and confidentiality of that woman (baby’s mother), who for many years entrusted him for leadership, spirituality, and guidance as a responsible role model and community leader. He also violated the trust of the people who loved him, the trust of the community, the love and trust of his personal family, the love and trust of wayward children and families who admonished his personal strife of out of wedlock plight.

In his current status as a Reverend, it is possible that he will no longer be effective in spiritual counseling of unwed mothers and fathers, out of wedlock relationships, boys and girls on abstinence, and families rights and wrongs. This is not a man who didn’t understand right from wrong; this is a man who was carefully schooled to the understandings by his mentor the Honorable Dr. Martin Luther King jr. Therefore, there is no moral excuse honorable of acceptance of his behavior. Mr. Jackson should set aside his personal ego and resign as a man of God and spare further embarrassment and humiliation to our community. Think about it.

REY CLARKE


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