Apr 10, 2007
Champion of the Day:
Jesse Jackson is the Rainbow Warrior, he comes from parts unknown to battle racial prejudice whenever a news camera is around. Here's how his appearance on the Today Show went (to discuss that goblin Don Imus' racist comments):
MEREDITH VIEIRA: But people do say stupid things some times. And Reverend Jackson, I apologize, but some of your critics reminded me of 1984, and I remember it as well. You were running for president, and you referred to New York City as as "Hymietown." And you were raked over the coals for that. A lot of people said you were anti-Semitic, John Lennon [?]. And it took you seven days to apologize, and then you begged for forgiveness. So what's the difference between that and this?
JESSE JACKSON: Well, if it's repetitious and if it's a pattern, that is one question but the broader context here I must say is Shaquanda Cotton being sent to jail for seven years for pushing a hall monitor. We come out of March Madness, with all the blacks on the basketball court. UCLA had 132 [black?] freshmen admitted last year. And the Final Four, 26,000 freshmen in those four schools, 2,000 were black. Last year, more black men in jail than college in every state. That's a context. In some sense this spark hits a dry field.
Whew. That totally explains his "hymietown" comment.
"He was be-boppin' and scattin' all over the place." -- George Costanza
runner(s) up: Al Sharpton, Don Imus, NBC (for taking down Eddie Murphy's "Hymietown" clip from its site)