Wednesday, February 23, 2005
I don't see the big deal. In the first place, Mr. Jackson is definitely sui generis, so it would be very difficult to find any group of citizens of Santa Barbara County who could truly be said to be his "peers," no matter what color or ethnicity they might be. Besides that, he has been trying to look like anything but African-American for years, to the point where the once handsome young man now looks like he belongs in a side show. I'm not at all sure there's a lot of affinity within the African-American community for someone like him.