Recently rapper 50 Cent, also known as Curtis Jackson, told Fox News that he’d endorse Hillary Clinton in the Democratic elections.
“There’s nothing bad about Obama in my eyes…but I just think Hillary would-that would be my choice,” Jackson said.
Why are celebrities endorsing candidates without giving the public any real reason to follow their lead? By saying there is nothing wrong with Obama, supportershave no legitimate reason to change their votes.
Instead of giving people any real incentive to vote for Clinton, Jackson decided to inform the American public that it was not ready for a black man in power.
“I’m not sure America is ready to have a black president,” Jackson said. “I think they might kill him.”
Although we’ve been hearing that some people share Jackson’s sentiment, the possibility of Obama’s assassination shouldn’t affect people’s votes. It’s sad that this pessimistic view has overtaken our country.
50 Cent is a public figure who may have the power to influence young voters, but he doesn’t seem to know anything substantial about the candidates.
Jackson’s comments reflect the fact that the black community isn’t unified. If the black community wholeheartedly supported Obama, America might be more willing to embrace a black leader.
There is strength in numbers and with 50 Cent proving to the world that all black people are not supporting Obama, the weakness of our community is exposed.
Christine Thomasos for the Editorial Board.