Shirley Sherrod is the latest champion of civil rights whom the cowardly Obama administration has thrown under the bus because Barack Obama apparently would rather betray his supporters than to defend them from the white supremacists who want to drag the United States of America backasswards with them. (Photo from http://aglawllm.blogspot.com/)
Make no mistake about it; we have plenty of big problems to worry about: Climate change. A ruptured oil well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico that may or may not be securely capped. A bunch of mysteriously dead penguins.
Instead of solving any of these problems, however, the right wing still wants a do-over of the Civil Rights Era.
Nineteen people were arrested in North Carolina today in a scuffle with police at a school board meeting over the board’s alleged intention to bring back the days of segregation in busing.
There is the ongoing Great White Freakout in Arizona, of course, and the “tea-party” dipshits are calling the NAACP and pretty much all black Americans “racist” for not just loving to death the race that formerly enslaved them and kept them down for generations, and still keeps them down.
Whenever the wingnuts can get a “racist” black on tape, they have multiple orgasms.
The Obama administration threw yet another champion for civil rights under the bus today after she was videorecorded at an NAACP banquet in Georgia admitting that she once discriminated against a white man but then realized that that was the wrong thing to do.
That’s my understanding of what happened with former U.S. Department of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod.
The current controversy began [yesterday] when [wingnut website] biggovernment.com posted a two-minute, 38-second video clip in which Sherrod describes the first time a white farmer came to her for help.
It was 1986, and she worked for a nonprofit rural farm aid group. She said the farmer came in acting “superior” to her and that she debated how much help to give him.
“I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farmland, and here I was faced with helping a white person save their land,” Sherrod said.
Initially, she said, “I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do” and only gave him enough help to keep his case progressing. Eventually, she said, his situation “opened my eyes” that whites were struggling just like blacks, and helping farmers wasn’t so much about race but was “about the poor versus those who have.”
Sherrod said [today] the incomplete video appears to intentionally twist her message. She says she became close friends with the farmer and helped him for two years.
The wingnuts squawked “racism!” and the uber-pussified Obama administration just handed over to the pointy-hood-wearing wingnuts the black woman whom they demanded for their next lynching — even though the incident Sherrod described happened more than two decades ago, even though she wasn’t a federal employee at the time, and even though she plainly stated that it was wrong of her to initially discriminate against the white man.
Sherrod’s initial reaction to the white farmer’s plight all of those years ago is understandable. Given their historical oppression and given the gross power imbalances based upon race that exist to this day, blacks in the United States of America have a lot more reason to hate whites than vice-versa.
As a white male, I don’t want any blacks hating me, but can I say that I just can’t understand it at all if some of them do?
I would hope that a black person wouldn’t judge me by my race, but by the content of my character, but the fact of the fucking matter is that my race enslaved them, and not vice-versa.
So for the wingnuts to claim that black-on-white hatred is just as bad as white-on-black hatred is pure, unadulterated bullshit.
And again, Sherrod told her story at the NAACP banquet not to say that blacks should hate whites, but to relate that she once had judged another person at least in part because of his race — and that she realized that she was wrong and she therefore reversed course.
Didn’t Jesus Christ, whom the wingnuts claim to follow, teach forgiveness?
Even the white farmer’s wife says that Sherrod should not have been canned by the Obama administration. Reports the AP:
“We probably wouldn’t have (our farm) today if it hadn’t been for her leading us in the right direction,” said Eloise Spooner, the wife of farmer Roger Spooner of Iron City, Ga. “I wish she could get her job back because she was good to us, I tell you.”
Whose word are we going to take? That of the wingnutty white supremacists or that of the man’s wife?
The balls-less Obama administration needs to stop knee-jerkedly throwing good people under the bus for political expediency. Because he will not stand up against the white supremacists, I, for one, plan not to cast my vote for Barack Obama should he run for re-election in 2012, and I regret my vote for him in 2008.
Licking the neo-Nazi asses of white supremacists is not what the Democratic Party is supposed to be about.
And we, the people, need to stand up to the white supremacists who are calling non-whites “racist” for standing up for their rights.
If the neo-Nazis who call themselves “Americans” truly want another Civil War, I say — as I have said many times before — we real Americans should give it to them.
P.S. MSNBC reports today that the president of the NAACP also has called for Sherrod to be reinstated. Reports MSNBC reports:
NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous said in a statement that the group was “snookered” into believing that USDA employee Shirley Sherrod expressed racist sentiments at a local NAACP meeting in Georgia earlier this year.
Jealous said conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, whose website posted video of Sherrod’s remarks, deceived millions of people by releasing only partial clips. He said the full video makes clear that Sherrod was telling a story of racial unity.
“The tape of Ms. Sherrod’s speech at an NAACP banquet was deliberately edited to create a false impression of racial bias, and to create a controversy where none existed,” Jealous said [today]. “This just shows the lengths to which extremist elements will go to discredit legitimate opposition.”
The Obama administration said it was standing by its decision to oust Sherrod, despite evidence that her remarks were misconstrued and calls for the USDA to reconsider.
Again, I’m not voting for Barack Obama again.
All of that “hope” and “change”?
To borrow from Benjamin Jealous, we were fucking snookered.