I think Jesse's comments were ugly and certainly changes my over all opinion of him, but any relevance is lost when introducing it with this seething letter.
As has already been evidenced on this board, African-Americans have many opinions on many things and it doesn't make sense to stereotype. You suggest that their community blindly takes care of their own. The first question that comes to mind is "how do you think the rest of the world feels about All US citizens?" It is pretty easy to pick on or be picked on, depending on how tightly a cropped view you bring in for discussion.
Why not just face issues as issues and invite everyone to the table to look for answers? Is the African American community dealing with too many employment problems? Negative media? Negative role models? Ok, how can we ALL work to change that?
The letter propels a totally useless and damaging us-them mentality that suggest they are off in their own little world still supporting OJ. Why not go visit your neighbors and learn what they are really thinking about. You may find you have a lot more civic issues in common than you thought.
Okay, the "OJ" comment was a bit racist. It scares me to think that our criminal justice system has become a sports arena in which judicial decisions are swayed by the "underdog" theory. Guilty or not, OJ's trial taught us all a great deal about our society and our legal system.
The "us-them" mentality is precisely the problem in most politically charged issues that face us as voters. We all expect everyone to see the world through our "whatever colored" shades... and it just isn't so. Our beliefs and values are a product of our individual past experiences and "prejudices".
As long as our community remains devided along racial lines, we will not progress! I totally agree with this author that we should all go visit our neighbors and put aside our preconceived notions and stereotypes. You will most likely find that we all want the same things for ourselves, our children and our community... and that by reaching out to one another through simple communication... we just might discover the solutions.