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What About Jesse Jackson's Daughter? Acolytes Gone Wild

Some of you have emailed me copies of Najee Ali's open letter to Jesse Jackson where he invokes the full name of Jesse's ten year old daughter with Karin Stanford. This letter was posted on both Eurweb and NPR. It can't be gossip if its on NPR, right?

In the open letter, LA Activist Najee Ali, invoked the name of Jackson's ten year old daughter in attacking Jesse Sr., provides details regarding the Jackson family's alleged treatment of the child and then throws in a barb alleging that it was Jesse, Jr. that leaked the story about Senior's affair with Stanford. I had suspected that Al Sharpton did it :)

I don't like grown folks using children as weapons in their warfare so I am going to say Ali crossed a line by revealing details of this child's life or the fact that she allegedly has been ignored by Jesse, Jr. This issue should have been about Jesse and Barack, not a ten year old child. We all know Jackson is an absentee father, we didn't need the gory details.

I also have to cry foul about showing a picture of this child on internet websites. The only purpose of this open letter was to hurt Jackson, but in the process you exposed the very private life of a child. Jesse screwed up on Fox, not his daughter. Her classmates don't need to know she's been rejected by her father's family.

You Obama Acolytes need to slow your roll. Its okay to support and defend a candidate, but don't use kids to do it. Whether you like it or not, I suspect that that little girl loves her Daddy, absentee or not. Just because you are mad at her father doesn't give you leave to use her as a weapon against him. Leave her out of grown folk's games. You can't be a champion of the exploitation of Black women and girls and then turn around and use a ten year old child to gratuitously attack her father. You have to lack a great deal of creativity if you could not have come up with unlimited legitimate criticisms you could lob at Jackson without acting as the National Black Enquirer.

Now if her MOTHER has written the letter then MAYBE I would feel differently, but a purported family acquaintance of dubious motivations? Sorry, flag on the play.

Reader Comments (20)

You are absolutely correct. I had no problem with Roland Martin referencing the situation loosely - as it related to the context of JJ Sr's comments. However, directly involving the child oversteps the boundary.

July 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRuth Ferguson

Thank you for what you have said. Shame on us for bringing a child into a grown folks brawl. Be mad at the daddy but leave the baby out of it. Yeah, Jesse is all kinds of wrong and jealous when it comes to the Obama candidacy. Let's focus on what Jesse can do to motivate the people to come out and vote in November and stay out of the Baby Daddy Drama.

July 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShell

I guess people must have forgot the interview that Dr Karin Stanford and her daughter did with Connie Chung on national T.V. with 20/20. Karin wasnt going to hide her daughter and the truth then and wont do it now.Since I speak them to them on a regular basis including today Were all good.Najee Ali

July 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNajee


You are mighty cavalier about toying with a young child's life. Your ignorance and narcissism amazes me. Instead of saying "Hey, maybe I should not have placed these intimate details of this child's life out there." I remember the Connie Chung interview. It was YEARS ago and before Google. In addition, I believe the only reason Stanford came out then was damage control.

If you are now saying that Karin Stanford authorized you to use her daughter in this way then I would say it was a short sighted and neglectful thing for both of you to do.

A real man would have taken Jesse Jackson on without hiding behind the pigtails of a ten year old girl.

If his daughter wants to pull a Rebbecca Walker and write tomes about her father when she gets older, that is her choice to make not yours.

Your flippant and dismissive attitude towards the welfare of this child is disturbing.

Ladies, please note that this man has used a little Black girl to beat up another Black man. We're always either props or prizes, but never human beings with feelings.

July 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterg-e-m2001

No What im saying is People like you pretend to care about Karin and the welfare of the child but dont know or have never even met them .It was me and others who were there for them and never turned our back on them.But that's not unusual for me.I have a long 15year history of being at the forefront in L.A.of defending Black girls and woman. Sometimes people dont like the tactics but my heart is in the right place is yours?

July 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNajee

Oh so now you are questioning whether my heart is in the right place because I disagree with your use of a child as one of your "tactics."


I don't think anyone finds it revelatory that the Jackson family isn't throwing birthday parties for their half sister.

Certainly Karin Stanford can't be offended that Jaqueline Jackson's children might have a problem. She also probably contemplated that when she was engaging in her extramarital affair that any progeny produced by that affair would likewise not be welcomed by Jaqueline Jackson's children. I was actually surprised by the fact that Jesse apparently has spent some time with the girl and that she came to his birthday party.

You could have spoken about this in another way. But selfishly, you provided all of these details in addition to a photograph of this child and her full name so that her friends can google her and print all of this out.

Its exploitation, I don't care if it was approved by Karin Stanford.

It was exploitive and for what purpose? So Jesse will visit more? So Jesse Jr. will meet his younger half sister? How has your tirade done anything to advance this purported cause?

Just accept the fact that you used this little girl to get attention and some people find that exploitive. However you have reconciled your mind to make this okay, that was your choice.

If Karin Stanford wanted this information out there then she should have been the one to write the letter.

Just because you may have given support to her mother didn't give you the right to exploit the daughter. PERIOD.

IF you are okay with your decision, that is your choice, but we disagree. If your conscience is clear then you won't need to respond further, but I suspect your continued explanations are an indication that you know you are not on firm moral ground.

It was out of line.

July 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterg-e-m2001

@ gem2001

Thank you for standing by moral principles. I'm not a Jesse Jackson fan, but "child activist" Najee crucifying his daughter for his crude, short-sighted behavior is hypocritical. This is as bad as a drug dealer using the "I need to feed my kids" excuse to hook other people's kids on crack.

July 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFrederick

The problem with our dirty laundry is it's hidden. There will be unfortunate victims along the way. Too me this is an example of this.

Folks, you've got kids in the Congo that will suffer far worse than this little girl. Yet these kids survive and sometimes Thrive.

I'm glad Najee broke this story. I had no idea that Jesse was being so irresponsible. That's probably, why he got so angry at Barack's fathers day message because it was really about him. Knowing this information does make me reflect differently on reaction about his 'Nuts' comments.

I'm glad that Najee broke it down and gave specifics. If he didn't, I don't know if I would have believed him. The story seems legit. Yes, he probably shouldn't have used the little girls photo or given her full name. However, Jesse's non-involvement is far worse than Najee breaking this story. Kids are smart. When we were little we all knew had daddies and didn't. So, I'm sure he friends knew her daddy wasn't in her life anyway.

Najee has defended black women and girls. He is one of the few notable black men who does. Thank you Najee! I don't agree with the brother all the time but at least he takes a stand for us.

Do I think he used this ittle girl to throw Jesse under the bus. No. Jesse did that all by himself.

July 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermonicka1st

I only found the letter last night. You hit the two reasons why it bothered me: naming the child and showing a picture of her.

The info about his Jr. supposition was just well...damn.

July 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrikyrah

damn, in that it blew me away. I had been on the Sharpton conspiracy theory myself. but JR? that was too deep, and that kind of psychology, especially coupled with this note he sent out this week after Jesse's fiasco....let's just say, dinner would be very interesting in that house.

July 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrikyrah


Is this the first you ever heard of Jesse Jackson's child with Karin Stanford? This has been around. I had always assumed Jesse was an absentee father and his children weren't interacting their half sister. So the only thing Najee Ali did was put this child's full name and face out there to get attention. It was a weak move.

@ rikrah,

Exactly. He could have written a powerful letter to Jackson while limiting the impact on a child that is about to enter preadolescence, a very difficult time for any of us

Notice he didn't write this one year ago or three years ago, only now as Jesse Jackson has temporarily come under the media glare. By placing her full name along with the allegations and a photo, he was clearly being gratuitous. This letter wasn't about rebuking Jesse Jackson, he could have done that without all that. This was a public chest beating to let the world know he was privy to the intimate details of this child's life.

July 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterg-e-m2001


we don't know that it wasn't Sharpton. Actually, the fact that it was his oldest son would not surprise me. These aren't just Jesse Jackson's children, their mother is Jaqueline Jackson. You can bet that Junior loves his Mother. I can so see Junior being highly ticked.

Again, I point to Sharpton. None of this information has been confirmed, this is just some strange man in LA attempting to get some attention by exploiting a young Black girl. What else is new. It's LA afterall.

July 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterg-e-m2001

Honestly, I had no idea Jesse was an absentee father. I honestly didn't know. I remember when this story first broke Jesse mentioned that he would not abandon this little girl. Specifically, he spoke out about his own father abandoning him and that he would not do this too this little girl. He seemed sincere. I guess, for some reason I gave him the benefit of the doubt. I realize he was irresponsible in the first place but I didn't think he would leave his little girl like this.

Again, I disagree with Najee using this childs full name and picture but her life won't be shattered. I'm sure all the neighborhood kids know her daddy is Jesse Jackson. I'm also sure they also know he doesn't give a damn about this child.

It's one thing to know Jesse's got an illegitimate child. She was child 'X' too me, another statistic who has a famous father. But to see her face and know her name has really touched me in a different way. The visual was profoundly saddening too me. How in the hell could he do that too this little girl. Shame on Jesse for abandoning his own child. He needs to sit down PERMANENTLY!

July 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMONICKA1ST

This whole situation is sad from start to finish. I agree that the child's name and definitely her image were unnecessary to get the point of the open letter across. My daughter is 10 and if someone had irresponsibly used her in that way, I would want to cut their NUTs off!

July 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTrina B.

There is just no circumstance that justifies publishing the name and photo of a minor when critiquing their parents. She already has enough to deal with the circumstances surrounding her birth and any ongoing conflicts between her parents. She certainly does not need strangers having access to information and other children making fun of her.

July 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfaith

I'm not feeling the revelation of the child's identity either. Being a child during the Google age is rough. Maybe her friends knew about her dad but now everybody will know that her dad doesn't care about her.

And I don't mind Jesse being put on blast though. He's not God.

July 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymiss

There is no justification for using that little girl's picture and name.

And if Najee Ali thinks that defending the irresponsible Karin Stanford is a noble act (she is an unmarried individual who conducted a long-term affair and bore a child by an equally irresponsible, publicly-married man...), then I question his perception of Black female dignity to begin with.

A pimp is a perverse "defender" of women, too...

July 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWanda

I love how people are limiting the frustration with Obama to Jackson's own guilt when other who had not even the slightest reason to feel annoyed did! Why is that?

July 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRhondaCoca


And those people would be? I don't anyone is limiting this to Jackson's own guilt.

It does seem quite hypocritical of him to criticize Obama for something that hits so close to home for him. I had the same problem with Bill Cosby, but not Obama because there was a clear difference between the two.

Cosby had no moral standing to chastise anyone. His money insulated him from becoming a deadbeat father, but doesn't excuse the fact that he was a man whore.

Obama can chide some black men for being irresponsible all he wants because has this satage in the game, he has the MORAL standing to do so. Until information about any possible indiscretion is brought to light, Obama has what no other black male leader can claim at this point; personal integrity and fidelity to one's spouse and children.

Jesse doesn't have it.

Cosby doesn't have it.

Al doesn't have it.

July 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

I have just become aware of this site, and I am so pleased that someone took the initiative to challenge the misrepresentations of black women and girls in the media and society. Unfortuately, my awareness is the result of some aggregious comments that I must respond to. I am only responding because of the nature of purpose of this site, of which I hope to contribute one day.

Let me be clear, no one speaks for me. I can do that quite well, if prompted. I had no idea that my daughter's picture was on the EUR website, or any other. When I found out today, I was mortified and demanded that it be removed! My goal has always been to protect my daughter from the vicious comments made about her father and me.

For those of you who express concerns about her welfare, they are greatly appreciated. For those who gain joy from judging other people's lives, then I will pray for you.

In the end, I just want my daughter to grow up respecting her dad and me, for the work we have tried to do to help our community and for loving and protecting her.

I hope this site will be used to promote the well being of black women and girls, not for petty namecalling and personal attacks.

Karin L. Stanford

July 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKarin Stanford

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