Ta-Nehisi Coates: Billy Dee Williams says “Jesse, step away from the mike bruh…”

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Billy Dee Williams says “Jesse, step away from the mike bruh…”

Jackson on Barry O and the Zionist plot:

The most important change would occur in the Middle East, where “decades of putting Israel’s interests first” would end.

Jackson believes that, although “Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades” remain strong, they’ll lose a great deal of their clout when Barack Obama enters the White House. 

I have two problems with this. 1.) The “Zionist control” theory is a cop-out, a kind of “the Israelis made me do it!” defense. If you have a beef with American foreign policy over the past couple decades, take it to the people you elected and supported.  2.) Why is this dude speaking for Barack? How does he know what Obama’s foreign policy priorities will be? Why can’t he stop talking? I don’t get this at all. 

To Jesse’s credit, later in the piece he says that he isn’t an advisor to the campaign. But that only makes his comments even more puzzling, because if that’s the case, he has no way of knowing what Barack is going to do. There are some very disturbing inferences that can be made, in terms of jealousy. But whenever I’ve speculated on the contents of the hearts of men, I’ve gotten in trouble. I think it’s wrong to read a generational beef into this, even though I’ve been guitly of it in the past. I think this has to do with Jesse, and Jesse only.

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