Saturday, October 2, 2010
Tom Joyner, the self-described "Fly Jock" and indefatigable worker for all things African American, observed in a recent blog post on the travails of Bishop Eddie Long and Democratic Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.: "You all know what I'm talking about - an incident that no matter what your politics, your economic status or your religious affiliation, you hurt, despair and even a tinge of betrayal because even though you may have had no personal connection, there was an unspoken kinship between you and person or people being accused."
With all due respect to Mr. Joyner, this is nonsense. I feel no kinship, spoken or otherwise, with Bishop Long, who allegedly sexually exploited four young men,or Rep. Jackson, who is implicated in political and sexual scandals. If these two gentlemen have disappointed or embarrassed anyone, it is the 25,000 congregants who comprise the New Birth megachurch and the constituents of Rep. Jackson's district.