Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. needs black America's prayers
The Kansas City Star
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is picking up a lot of prayers from African Americans and justifiably so.
The Chicago Democrat’s office reported on Wednesday that he is receiving medical treatment for a “mood disorder.” That helps squash all of the rumors that the 47-year-old congressman is being treated for “alcohol or substance abuse.”
African Americans understand the pressure that Jackson faces. Under normal circumstances, being black in America is like being on probation in which individuals are second-guessed, scrutinized, doubted constantly and rarely fully accepted or welcomed.
It is enough to overwhelm anyone’s sanity. Add to that the investigation that Jackson is facing, and the need for a medical leave, treatment and prayer is understandable — to black professionals anyway who are trying to make it in white America.