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. Randolph

    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is right, and every one needs to understand his real concern, which is more about the interpretation of the situation than any other consideration.
    Believe it or not, we don't all interpret things in the same way. Some one woul see this issue as racial, and the other can see it as not racial. Even the National Media has the very same concern as Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., and they are right. Considering the fact that Senator Reid has also remonstrated against the pick of three other black candidates.
    Believe it or not some people also considerer the action of the Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White as one those cases of "Black against Black crime" because Mr. white is acting against the law. The law doesn't say that the Governor and the secretary of state, together, appoints the Senator

    January 6, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. Bob

    His papa coached him well

    January 6, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Jimmy from Ravenswood, Queens January 6th, 2009 1:23 pm ET

    So what if you're sick of the race card being thrown! The bottom line is that there will be no African Americans in that elite club called the U.S. Senate if we listen to folks that voted for McCain/Palin.

    I can't believe that people are still saying if you did not vote Obama you are a racist. Did you even vote before this election? Would you vote fore a white man running against a black man? If you would then you are one of very few. Around 50% of whites voted fore Obama Around 95% of blacks voted for Obama. This shows whites voting along party lines it also shows blacks voting on skin color.

    January 6, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Change - Yeah Left


    It's been racialized since the very start. And Junior is just NOW figuring that out?

    January 6, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. PA

    Does the seat absolutely have to go to a black person? Does everyone who wants to hold office have to be black or a women?
    With the swearing in of a Black president only days away…….and he wants to cry Racism? Does this seat absolutely have to go to a Black person??

    I think these questions only serve to make Jackson's statements reagarding the issue more credible! ""The longer this process takes the more racialized this seat becomes and the more difficult it becomes for Democrats to hold it in 2010,"

    My interpretation of Jackson's statements is apparently not the same as some here. The seat doesn't absolutely have to go to a white or a black person. It was Blago who appointed Burris not Jackson. It is the Dems who are finding fault with the apppointment. And the reason the Dems have given for their anti stance on Burris is Blago. So how exactly do Jackson's statements infer racism?

    January 6, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. Aggie, KY

    Another generation of race-baiting Jackson's...God Help Us!!

    January 6, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Ellie

    And this coming from the "Snitch" himself. Geezze, that's sooo comforting.

    January 6, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Mike from Calgary

    If you want to know what's wrong with the Justice System and the overreaching by the US Atrtorney's, look at Fitzpatrick's allegations against Conrad Black and the Chicago Sun Times. Over 99 percent of Fitzpatrick's allegations were rejected by the courts. Let the Prosecutor make any case he has - and give particulars of any phantom allegations to Ed Genson, so that the Governor can make FULL ANSWER AND DEFENCE. It's not like Fitzpatrick does not overreach and mislead the court and the public ... and boy does the US Taxpayer ever get hosed paying for Fitpatrick's mistakes!

    January 6, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Matt in CT

    Wow, a Jackson warning us about something becoming "racialized." I think I've seen it all. If he's concerned w/ the "racialization" of issues, then he should worry about his own father first.

    January 6, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Al

    Thank you #5! I hope that they come after you for your Pay to Play! Justice will be served. Looks like Daddy Jackson is passing his poor ideas to you Junior!

    January 6, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. RTB

    It isn't a 'Black Seat' or a 'White Seat'. The disgraceful actions on the part of Mr. Burris should eliminate him from consideration when a real Gov. replaces Blago.

    January 6, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Canary

    Ian Minneapolis, MN is the only one on here that said the same thing I did right after Blago appointed Burris. It was a smart move on Blago's part to appoint a black man to fill the senate seat. Takes the heat off of him.

    January 6, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. obama-mama

    Everybody is running around and acting crazy while Blagojevich is sitting back with that tarantula on his forehead with the shadow and smiling.....Blago is no dummy....A little sinister but no dummy

    January 6, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. Sherrol in Canada

    ……and we should care about what Jesse Jr says……Why?

    January 6, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Tommie R. from Maryland

    Whatever happened to the presumption of innocence until proven guilt?

    January 6, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. Sherrol in Canada

    I'm not defending Jesse Jr, but I believe his comments were misunderstood. I believe he meant the longer this thing drags on , the more opportunity for some folks to cry racism.

    January 6, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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