Jesse Jackson on the Hot Seat

July 10, 2008

Jesse Jackson on Obama: “Wanna Cut His Nuts Off”

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Article by Pamela Gentry, Black Entertainment Television Senior Political Producer

Jesse Jackson and Senator Barack Obama

Jesse Jackson and Senator Barack Obama

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is no stranger to controversy, media spotlight or the ground rules when speaking with the press. But if he had forgotten, his latest slip of the tongue will serve as a pungent reminder to remember past lessons.

On Sunday, while in the FOX News studio waiting to be interviewed, Jackson leaned over to another guest, Reed V. Tuckson, the former chief medical officer for the District of Columbia and President of the Charles Drew University in Los Angeles, and whispered, “Barack has been talking down to Black people. …I want to cut his nuts off.” In a rapid response, the founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition issued a statement denouncing the “crude” nature of his comments and apologized to the presumptive Democratic nominee. Read the rest of this entry »