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When Shirley Sherrod, a black woman, was fired by the government (not by Fox News or Andrew Breitbart), I thought she got a raw deal. She was fired because the cowardly government feared what was contained in Breitbart's initial video, which allegedly showed Sherrod making racist statements to an NAACP crowd. The government feared what Fox News would say about that video, coming on the heels of the NAACP's grandstanding resolution condemning alleged racism in the Tea Party movement. The NAACP's resolution was itself racist, because it attempted to paint a grassroots movement of millions of Americans seeking fiscal sanity and Constitutional liberty as nothing more than a bunch of bigots. The cowardly NAACP also condemned Sherrod initially, even though Sherrod's allegedly racist comments were made IN FRONT OF THE NAACP. Go figure that one out.
When Sherrod was fired by the government. she was forced to pull her car off the road and resign over the phone immediately, without being able to offer any defense of her actions. That conversation went as follows:
Sherrod told CNN that the White House urged her to resign Monday afternoon after the video clip surfaced.
"They harassed me," she said. "I got three calls from the White House. At one point they asked me to pull over to the side of the road and do it because you are going to be on Glenn Beck tonight."
Sherrod said the White House calls came from Cheryl Cook, USDA deputy undersecretary for rural development. "The administration was not interested in hearing the truth. They didn't want to hear the truth."
Sherrod wasn't on Glenn Beck that night. The first segment Fox News did on her was on The O'Reilly Factor at 8pm EST. By the time that segment aired (though it was taped a few hours earlier), Sherrod had already been canned. In that segment, Fox host Bill O'Reilly did say Sherrod should be fired for her racist statements. He has since apologized, after discovering the full context of Sherrod's NAACP speech, which showed Sherrod redemptively saying she came to realize she should not judge people by the color of their skin. The first segment Glenn Beck did on Sherrod was on tuesday, when Beck SUPPORTED her and came out against her being fired without being able to tell her side of the story.
So, who was to blame here ?...
Breitbart ? Yes. He aired a video without knowing the full context, which started this whole thing.
Government ? Hell yes. They are the ones who fired Sherrod without cause and without a hearing.
Fox News ? Yes. They aired the Breitbart video without properly vetting it, and some of their hosts jumped to conclusions (others, like Beck, did not).
NAACP ? Yes. They had the same knee-jerk reaction to the Breitbart video as the government and Fox News did.
Now, everybody has recanted and apologized for jumping to conclusions about Shirley Sherrod (though I'm not sure if Breitbart the instigator has apologized), and she is getting her job back, or getting a new job.
So, all is well now, correct ? The wrong has been righted.
No, it's never that simple. Not when politics is involved. When politics is involved, an edge must be gained. The nature of that edge, from the liberal perspective, is that Fox News must be cast as racists, which by extension casts all conservatives as racists in liberal minds. That edge is illustrated in the recent words of none other than Shirley Sherrod, the black woman who was fired without cause or a hearing by a DEMOCRATIC administration. Here's Sherrod talking to Media Matters:
“When you look at their reporting, this is just another way of seeing that they are (racist),” Sherrod told me about Fox in a lengthy interview Tuesday night. “But I have seen that before now. I saw their reporting as biased during the Bush Administration and the Clinton Administration.”
She said Fox showed no professionalism in continuing to bother her for an interview, but failing to correct their coverage.
“I think they should but they won’t. They intended exactly what they did. They were looking for the result they got yesterday,” she said of Fox. “I am just a pawn. I was just here. They are after a bigger thing, they would love to take us back to where we were many years ago. Back to where black people were looking down, not looking white folks in the face, not being able to compete for a job out there and not be a whole person.”
Still, Fox continued to push for an interview with her, Sherrod said.
“It was unbelievable. I am refusing to be on there. They have been calling me and calling me. I have refused to do an interview because they are biased,” she explained. “I don’t think Fox News does it fairly. It is worse so now. I have sat and listened to the way they cover the news even before this administration and I saw what was going on.”
Sherrod said this situation has worsened her view of racism in media coverage.
“I think it is race. You think we have come a long way in terms of race relations in this country, but we keep going backwards,” she said. “We have become more racist. This was their doing, Breitbart put that together misrepresenting what I was saying and Fox carried it.”
Think about this. Sherrod says she won't talk to Fox News, who has made numerous requests to interview her, but at the same time she says Fox has it's facts wrong (which was true initially, just as the NAACP and the government had the facts wrong). Isn't that the whole reason she SHOULD have gone on Fox, to set the record straight ??? Not to mention that Sherrod did decide to talk to Media Matters, a known left-wing propaganda outfit. For Sherrod to say "we have become more racist" is obviously false, and for her to say Fox News "would love to take us back to where we were many years ago. Back to where black people were looking down, not looking white folks in the face, not being able to compete for a job out there and not be a whole person,” is just totally, off-the-wall, batshit crazy and outrageous. It's actually far worse than anything Fox News said about her.
Thus, we've come full circle back to the left-wing agenda, which is to cast conservatives as racists, whether they be in the Tea Party movement, at Fox News, or wherever. And now Shirley Sherrod, who thinks Fox News wants to re-institute slavery, Jim Crow laws, or some other claptrap, is a part of it. Sorry Shirley, but being treated unfairly for a day or two doesn't explain away statements like this. You are now engaging in the same kind of tactics the NAACP engaged in when it cast the Tea Party movement as racist (I still haven't heard an apology for THAT yet, btw. Fox News DID apologize for their mistake).
Being a white male fiscal conservative, I have no street cred in liberal eyes, because wild-eyed liberals all suspect I'm a big fat old racist too (they don't really think that. They just have to pretend they do. It's for the greater good, you see. Alinsky outlined the strategy long ago). So, instead of offering my opinion on the race card games being played by left wingers, I'm going to defer to Tea Party speaker Katrina Pierson, a black woman. This was her response to the NAACP's lousy resolution against the Tea Party movement:
The NAACP should only propose resolutions that they have exercised themselves. The Tea Party, having only been active for a year and half, is the only group being singled out for racism in today's society. There are races committed to the destruction of our entire nation and the Tea Party is being targeted as a threat. Perhaps it is a threat. Could it be that the 2008 election served a greater purpose? The existence of the NAACP, and others like it, are threatened by the existence of the Tea Party. The reality is that we colored people no longer require the assistance from other Negros for advancement in 2010. These groups run to the rescue of distressed brown people only when the media deems it newsworthy. Meanwhile, there are inner city black children who continue to grow up fatherless while sharing a neighborhood with stray bullets, drugs and a plethora of liquor stores on every corner. To my understanding of the "I Have a Dream" speech, Dr. King's intention was far from gang-banging and gangster rap. I don't believe that the true meaning of this nation's creed was to move black people from one form of slavery to another. The NAACP has been completely ineffective in my lifetime, and the lack of leadership in the black community has contributed to the ability of these groups to speak on behalf of the rest of us. The ignored and forgotten society that lives among the projects has been abandoned by the likes of NAACP. As well as with other groups and individuals that rode in the coat-tails of MLK, they are irrelevant but continue to feed off of the codependence that they have created among blacks for validation. They are Democrats who bow to a Democrat master today as they once did two hundred years ago. Once this is realized by the forgotten society, race in this country will be as irrelevant as those who thrive off of it. -Katrina Pierson
Thanks, Katrina. I think race is irrelevant too. It's a non-issue within the Tea Party movement, but the left wants to continue playing that race card forever. We aren't a "nation of cowards" on racial matters, as Attorney General Eric Holder once said. What we are is a nation divided along lines of people who either think - A) race does not matter (all men are created equal), or B) race should be used as a political weapon for advantage. I choose option A. I'll leave it for others to decide who the racists are.