Yesha Callahan

VA Lieutenant Governor Nominee Says Black People Should Tone Down Sexuality

In this week’s “Politicians Say The Darnedest Things”, Bishop E.W. Jackson Jr., the Republican nominee for Virginia Lt. Governor, suggested that African Americans’ sexuality is to blame for urban violence. Jackson appeared on the Washington-area conservation station WMAL, and assailed the fixation on race as a factor in the death of Trayvon Martin after a 2012 altercation with Zimmerman in Florida. Jackson also blasted President Obama for releasing his Zimmerman statement, which he said racialized the trial.

When asked his prescription for ending black violence if elected lieutenant governor, Jackson offered this response:

“I think we have got to stop balkanizing ourselves and racializing ourselves and first of all start thinking of ourselves as Americans. See these problems as American problems, not as black problems or white problems, but American problems and come together and work on them,” he said.

“I certainly intend to go into these communities where at risk youth are — I’ve been doing it all my life in ministry — and talk to them about the need for being married before you bear children, “he added. “Stop treating your bodies as sexual objects. For men, to stay in the home and raise the children that they father. But this is not a short-term, wave your wand solution. We can’t solve this overnight. But we’ve got to begin to rebuild the family because in my view, that’s where the problem really lies.”

Hey, African-Americans, just be American and everything will be alright. While you’re at it, stop being so damn sexy and maybe you won’t get killed (sarcasm).

  1. July 24, 2013 - Reply

    One of Malcolm’s speeches come to mind at the implied notion for us to be more
    American. *hard eye roll* really dude?

  2. July 24, 2013 - Reply

    Ugh, I’m so tired of these black republicans coming out of the woodwork saying stupid sh*t every chance they get. News flash: those fellow white republicans of yours see you the same we they see the rest of us, you’re not special!

    • July 24, 2013 - Reply

      @Misha

      Nope. They don’t. White people (in fact all people) can tell the difference between someone who is hard working, ambitious, intelligent, and motivated, and someone who is not.

      It’s sad that black people don’t want to hear the truth. Child rearing and sexual health are not taken seriously in the black community. If you can spend money on expensive purses, weaves, and sneakers, you can afford to purchase condoms.

  3. July 24, 2013 - Reply

    Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Lets not act like some of what he said will not go a long way in helping the BC.

    “and talk to them about the need for being married before you bear children, “he added. “Stop treating your bodies as sexual objects. For men, to stay in the home and raise the children that they father. But this is not a short-term, wave your wand solution. We can’t solve this overnight. But we’ve got to begin to rebuild the family because in my view, that’s where the problem really lies.”

    What’s wrong with this part of his statement?

    • July 24, 2013 - Reply

      @Afrostyling

      I actually agree with that portion. God’s way is always the best way I am finding out more and more.

      • July 24, 2013 - Reply

        @Orange Starr Happy Hunting

        The older I get the more I see that too.

      • July 24, 2013 - Reply

        @Orange Starr Happy Hunting

        @OSHH

        Absolute truth

    • July 24, 2013 - Reply

      @Afrostyling

      “I certainly intend to go into these communities where at risk youth are — I’ve been doing it all my life in ministry — and talk to them about the need for being married before you bear children, “he added. “Stop treating your bodies as sexual objects. For men, to stay in the home and raise the children that they father.

      What’s wrong with this statement is it ignores the factors that actually contribute to these problems (black bodies as sexual objects, black fathers not in the home), and simply tells black people to “get their shit together”. Let’s address WHY black men & women are so sexualized (dates back to slavery, controlling an entire race through sexuality) or WHY black men don’t stay in the home and raise their children (they’re being taken away and imprisoned at alarming rates).

      These problems are by DESIGN, and it’s not good enough to say we need to just “be American” and it will all go away.

      • July 24, 2013 - Reply

        @Alexandria Adair Vasquez

        Alexandria, I understand what you are saying, but then after those whys are addressed, then what should be the next?

      • July 24, 2013 - Reply

        @Alexandria Adair Vasquez

        *next step

      • July 24, 2013 - Reply

        @Alexandria Adair Vasquez

        I can’t say that I agree. I understand the importance of acknowledging black history but black history is not an excuse to lack any sense of personal responsibility. In all honesty some black people really need to get their ish together.

        Slavery does not prevent people from using birth control. If you don’t have the time or resources to take care of a child, you shouldn’t have any.

  4. July 24, 2013 - Reply

    @Afrostyling,

    IMO, there’s nothing wrong with what that statement. However, in my opinion, he is giving a solution to ‘Problem B’ when we’re discussing solutions for ‘Problem A’.
    Now, in regards to the topic at hand…
    I have some suggestions and opinions about ‘solving’ the black-on-black violence in the numerous communities. But, I know that I would probably leave a long comment.
    Here’s the short version: (depending on the crime) incarceration should be the last choice, therapy (but I know not every person could afford it), for children-activities that will keep them away from certain negative factors, better education, better parenting (the most important factor)…
    And that’s all that I could think of right now.

  5. July 24, 2013 - Reply

    I have no problem with his statement but I’ve heard many a’ black folk say the same thing but it changes nothing because the people who are even listening to people like the bishop are well rounded and progressive black people and not the people who need the message, in his case runaway black daddies and sexually deviant black women. Sadly they’re not reading articles on Clutch magazine and the like.

    Basically, the message never gets across to the intended recipient.

    • July 24, 2013 - Reply

      @Chelley5483

      I just had to say,

      SO FREAKING TRUE!!!!

  6. July 24, 2013 - Reply

    “…stop being so damn sexy and maybe you won’t get killed”

    With all due respect Yesha, those words are more troubling than anything he was quoted as having said.

    His words are regarding “Family and Family Values” whereas your words are applicable to some sort of sex for pay (e.g., prostituting/escorting).

    ” ‘Balkanizing’ ourselves(to break up, as a region or group, into smaller and often hostile units) and racializing ourselves” is NOT, in my opinion, the 1st order of business in addressing the ills of OUR communities. A moratorium on “BREEDING” = Better Parenting Decisions.

    Giving birth to an innocent fellow human being does NOT automatically make me a MOTHER; the QUALITY of the WORK of nurturing that fellow human being in his/her journey of LIFE is where I “earn” the title “MOTHER”.

    • July 24, 2013 - Reply

      @RaiseTheBar

      With all due respect, it’s called sarcasm.

      -Yesha

      • July 24, 2013 - Reply

        @Yesha Callahan

        Sarcasm & nuance falls on death ears here.

  7. July 24, 2013 - Reply

    If I didn’t know any better..I’d think Rush Limbaugh was parading in this comment section.

  8. July 24, 2013 - Reply

    Surprised he didn’t go with the original talking point the ReThugs wanted him to say which was TONE DOWN THE BLACKNESS!!!

  9. July 24, 2013 - Reply

    Since he’s running for an office that has basically no authority, black pathology is as good a platform as any.

  10. July 24, 2013 - Reply

    I don’t like any of what this man has to say. Largely because as soon as you start to use sexuality in a conversation like this you begin to play into an age old racial stereotype of the Black Mandigo and his oversexed black woman. Frankly I don’t buy it and it’s insulting that he said it. Secondly you can preach no children before marriage but thos isn’t the reality. People have children out of wedlock…welcome to the new age and those unmarried parents (if they are working) pay taxes too so how does marital status play into what he will do as a republican representative? The issues in our community are fourfold, education, access to making a living wage, safety in our communities and exposing our young people to what the world outside of their surrounding communities. Telling young people to get married before they start a family is hypocritical when you aren’t giving people the tools to build themselves into strong individuals. Sorry but I don’t like this dude at all.

  11. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    There has been some crazy shigady (rhetoric) coming out in the news lately….and this mess is definitely one of them. Has the world gone Mad?? His comment about sexuality sounds like something Ted Nugent, or Pat Robertson would say

  12. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    if I roll my eyes like I want to, I might harm myself medically. So here is a dry LOL and business as usual, disregarding racngroes all around.

  13. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    Bottom line is that those who really need to hear his message don’t frequent this blog, or any other blog, don’t watch the news, read newspapers, or think about anything of cultural value. So he’s pretty much preaching to the choir. People make choices, and Intelligent Black people already know that it’s really not a good idea to have kids out of wedlock, that families with a husband, and wife, mother, and father in the home are more conducive to someone doing well in life. And NO I’m not saying women can’t raise kids on their own. Anyone can make one (1) mistake but some people have 2, 3, and 4 kids; and that’s ridiculous when birth control, vasectomies, and tubal-ligations are available. As for his comment that that black people should tone down their sexuality…..well that’s just flat out insulting.

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