The PJ Tatler

Maxine Waters to Obama Aide: 'Let Me Hear You Say Black'

I guess…black is the new black. Or something.

Don Graves, the executive director of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, said at a nighttime forum at a black church in Miami that the president is “focused on every community across the country,” The Miami Herald reported.


Graves left out the word “destroying” before “every.”

But when he added that “certain communities have been hit harder than other communities,” Waters pushed him. “Let me hear you say ‘black,’” the California Democrat said.
As the crowd cheered, The Washington Post said in its report on the Congressional Black Caucus-sponsored event, Graves quietly said: “black, African-American, Latino — we’re going to focus on getting people back to work.”

Waters should have turned her ire to another in the audience rather than Mr. Graves. It was the Rev. Jesse Jackson who decided that we should swap “African-American” for “black.” It’s not like Jackson was hard to find. He was the one in the corner saying that the Rev. Martin Luther King fought against the tea party. Really.

Rev. Jesse Jackson, who West also described as an “overseer” said that the movement should be called the “Fort Sumter tea party that sought to maintain states’ rights and slavery,” the Herald reported.

“The tea party is a new name on an old game,” he said. “Dr. King fought a ‘tea party’ in Alabama. … He had no weapons, but he confronted the tea party.”


King George III fought a tea party and lost. Barack Obama is losing to a tea party now. Rev. King never battled a tea party. King did battle the Klan, though, which was the terrorist offshoot of the Democratic party. Jackson’s evident confusion is not at all understandable.

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