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Pot calling the kettle black!
Jonathan Pait
February 25, 2002

Typically the editor attempts to avoid writing about particular individuals for the purpose of focusing on issues instead of personalities. However, some people seek to use themselves as the issue. They present themselves as examples for how everyone should approach issues.

I read about one of those guys today in The Greenville News. I read the article because it pointed out the bravery of particular black business owners. The story, "Blacks in business aren't all behind NAACP 'patrols'" mentioned Mr. John Ingram who gave up his post in the NAACP rather than support the boycott of the Heritage Golf tournament. Hats off to Mr. Ingram.

However, I got to the end of the article and read the quote by Jesse Jackson, "You must always put dignity over dollars." I nearly spit my Dunkin Donuts coffee all over page 3B of the Metro Section. What?! He went on to say, "We had jobs in slavery, everybody had a job—full employment. But you must always put dignity first. You should have dignity and a job, not job or dignity."

Now, let’s see. Jesse Jackson. . . does he have a job? Who knows? Does he have any dignity? You be the judge. So, what do you do when you don't have a job or dignity?

Who has dignity? Mr. Ingram does. He has it because he goes against the grain of the NAACP to do what he thinks is right. That takes courage--and dignity. Who else has dignity? The business owners who support the boycott at the possible loss of their own businesses do. I don't agree with them, but I can respect their willingness to sacrifice for their perceived concerns.

Jesse Jackson? I actually agree with his pithy saying, "Dignity over dollars." But he certainly isn't the one to lecturing Mr. Ingram. His life is an example of "dollars over dignity." Talking about the pot calling the kettle black!

Can anyone tell me the origin of the saying, "The pot calling the kettle black"? I assume it refers to the idea of two containers, a pot and a kettle over a fire. The pot looks over at the kettle and says, "Boy, the fire is really turning your shiny sides black!" However, the pot never looks to notice that the fire is doing the same thing to him.

Of course, with my luck, it probably has some kind of racist meaning. Well, as you read this editorial, use the above explanation instead of any other one.

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