January 6th, 2009
11:32 AM ET
14 years ago

Jackson Jr. warns Burris controversy becoming 'racialized'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/12/12/jackson.jr.blagojevich/art.jackson.cnn.jpg caption="Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. had been mentioned as a possible Senate replacement for Obama."](CNN) - Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. told CNN Tuesday that Roland Burris's "credentials are in order. There is a strong constitutional and legal case for his seating.

"The longer this process takes the more racialized this seat becomes and the more difficult it becomes for Democrats to hold it in 2010," said Jackson, who said he has not spoken to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid or senior Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin about the seating of Burris.

Filed under: Jesse Jackson Jr. • Roland Burris
soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. Mark

    Racialized? No one except the jive talking Jackson/Sharpton muckraker bunch would make up a word that stupid. The problem is nobody is falling for the hype. We have a black president. and he wasn't elected because he was black, he was elected because he is the best man for the job. Roland Burris's ego is his own worst enemy. He is way out of his league trying to play hardball with seasoned politicos. Instead he should have stayed home and let the situation play itself out. Judging by the way he has handled this situation, he probably would have been an ineffective legislator anyway.

    January 6, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Betsy Tripp

    Burris should be welcomed to the senate. Reid is a jerk and a fool and thinks he looks cute on TV. Reid has to shut up or get out. We are not amused. Reid could not stand up to the Bush trash, now he is trying to act powerful. Reid is the Democratic version of the guy from Idaho whose name I can not remember.

    January 6, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. AmericaGotItRightThisTime

    You people are brain dead! He is referring to the Dems like Blago and Congressman Rush that have used the race card as an attempt to force the Democratic leaders to seat Burris. I am a black Democrat and I was appalled by Blago & Rush using words like "lynch" and "hang." Burris is genuinely qualified for the position, but he should have refused it because it is tainted by Blago.

    January 6, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. Keisha M.

    "The longer this process takes the more racialized this seat becomes and the more difficult it becomes for Democrats to hold it in 2010," –

    -only an inept person would read that statement and decry that Jackson is implying or imposing racism- he's saying just the opposite- that the longer this drags on the more racialized it will become
    -sometimes we need to read the words for what they are and not for what we wish them to be

    January 6, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. DJW

    You people become really upset when the word race is use – Are you guilty????

    January 6, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |



    January 6, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Betsy Tripp

    Reid is the Democratic version of the guy from Idaho whose name noone can remember.
    Reid is a jerk who was afraid of the Bush Trash and did nothing until now and simply wants he time on FOX TV. It is just a stupid old man trick to get famous before he is replaced. It is not about race, it is about being as obsolete as McCain.

    January 6, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Andy J, Upstate NY



    you might have thought this GARBAGE was over when we elected BARACK OBAMA, the mut (as he put it), who is half black.

    If we are so racist, how in the hell did we elect a black president?

    January 6, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Larry

    Typical Democrats -The only thing that is important is the next election,not right or wrong,black or white,ethics–just the next election.

    January 6, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    This is a huge distraction. Blago just did this to take the heat off because he knew the senate wasn't going to seat anyone he appointed. So he put in an african american so there would be controversy, thus taking the spotlight off of him. Last week every story on the ticker was about him. Now every story is about burris. See the connections here? I donno, I think politics has become the world of celebrities now. It's all gossip and controversy....for the media outlets to get ratings.

    January 6, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. Bridgette-PA

    "JEN" – EVERY BLACK PERSON DOESN'T CRY RACISM. Let's get that straight first. I don't appreciate anyone putting one race into one bucket. I am an AA and I know that this is not racialized. This is clear retardation of the law that someone can't be IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED for Blagojevich's actions. If it were any of us "normal people", we would have been terminated first and our cases heard afterward (probably not for years later). Be mature people; call it for what it is. JESSE JACKSON JR. IS PLAYING THE RACE CARD!

    January 6, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Andy J, Upstate NY

    hahaha. this is hilarious.

    YOU were one of the candidates Blago was trying to sell the seat to!

    Its not like Blago was arrested on some bogus corruption charges. Thats not why people are attempting to block his appointment of Burris.

    Burris' appointment is not being blocked because of racism, as those who love to play the race/victim card would love to have you believe.

    Blago was trying to sell the Senate appointment, pure corruption, and that is why the appointment is being blocked. Not racism. Because the seat for which the appointment was made was DIRECTLY at the CENTER of the CORRUPTION charges.

    The Senate seat and the corruption charges are intertwined and connected. Don't try to distract from the fact, but then again, Jackson Jr would benefit from the distraction, seeing how he was one of those apparently willing to pay in order to play.

    How is it that people are so surprised by this? As if corruption just entered Chicago politics? Riiiiiiight. get a clue.

    January 6, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. MD

    Leave it to a Jackson to introduce race into this.

    January 6, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Hammer

    What a profound statement.

    January 6, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. You've got to be kidding

    shut the hell up, jr. you're a bigger racist than your old man.

    January 6, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. BlowHards

    Keisha M, my sistah, you are right.

    The poor intollerant, hateful bloggers below did not even bother to read and understand what Jesse Jackson Jr was saying. He was IN NO WAY latching on to RACE. HIs comment was balanced, even and insightful.

    Seems there are too many people afraid of anything that comes out of the mouth of a guy named Jesse Jackson ... so much so that they can't even take the time to think before they spout off.

    January 6, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Barb

    I appreciate Keisha that you used a big word "Inept", but the fact is if Jackson doesn't want this to become racialized he shouldn't be bringing unnecessary attention to this! By the way racialized isn't accepted by spellcheck go figure!

    January 6, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. Chris

    Obama's top pick to fill his seat was a black (albeit female) who always was his wife's former boss.
    Was he racist for his pick?
    Bobby Rush also cried racism over not seating Burris. However a few short years ago Rush decided NOT to support the black candidate for the US Senate and instead supported the mulit-millioniare white guy (which dud – meant no black US Senator -exactly what he's decrying now?). By Rush's own standard, he's racist.
    Or is only whites can be racists? Not blacks? Not Asians? Not Hispanics?
    Lets not forget that Jr's dad called new York City Hymietown when Ed Koch was mayor. Could be racism runs in the Jackson family.

    January 6, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. redhead from Toronto

    Someone is asleep at the switch – Blago should have been temporarily relieved of his right to appoint anyone, black or white , brown, yellow or any colour in between until this mess he created is cleared up and he is proved guilty or innocent. Burris seems like a good man and could probably win this seat anyway , since Blago is completely within his rights to appoint anyone he wants, it's simple, Burris should be admitted to the Senate and America can get on with the business of moving forward into a better place. God bless PE Barack Obama and the GREAT, GREAT USA.

    January 6, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. Rick

    There it is, I knew someone would say it and guess who, one of the race mongers themselfs, Jackson Jr. , Lets bring race into, dont speak the truth that its tainted, just bring race into it and they will back down. Its the I'm Black You are White thing all over again. Racism has many colors, but I usually only hear one crying more than the others

    January 6, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. Virginia

    I wondered when this issue was going to come up-yawn.

    January 6, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. David S.

    Typical Jackson lingo, everything is about race. Thats how his dad made his fortune. There is nothing racist about Burris being denied. It is about a criminal governor who violated the oath of office. Noting should be made official by this guy and I am amazed Burris would even except. Where is the ethics, he's looking more like a guy obsessed with self gain.

    January 6, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. Frostlanta

    I agree with PA completely, He is not saying it is racism but the simple fact that It will drag on and it will eventually take on a racist tone. Becuase if Burris is clean and qualified then why prevent him from obtaining the seat in which he was appointed. Because the governer screwed up???? How is this Burris fault?

    And To ree: Not every seat has to go to a black person but answer this How many blacks are currently in the senate....0 So you mean to tell me there isn't a qualified black man around to hold a senate seat.

    January 6, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. Richard Wylie

    The democrates just made Nancy Pelosi speaker, once again.

    They must close their ears when she speaks!

    January 6, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. Tony

    Little Jwesse Jr. should worry about his own scandal. Hasn't he learned anything from wathcing his daddy over the years?

    January 6, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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