“Shirley Sherrod’s remarks were taken out of context.” “She said she realized it wasn’t about race, it was about wealth.” “She should be given her job back.” “We were snookered by the racist conservative media.” And we’re back full circle. Seriously, is there any issue in this country that causes more whiplash than race? I mean, I could kill a gay dolphin, in a public school, while wearing a shirt that says “God hates gay dolphins” and it wouldn’t cause this much of a fuss.
Let’s recap: Brietbart releases a video, which was discussed here yesterday, of some random lady named Shirley Sherrod speaking to the NAACP. So far, so good. During the speech, Ms. Sherrod stated that, as an employee of the USDA, she didn’t give all the help she could to a white farmer because he was white. Now, that’s what she said. It’s in Breitbart’s video. Later in the same video posted by Brietbart, she stated she realized it wasn’t about black vs. white, it was about poor vs. wealthy. Everything then exploded and the White House began tripping over itself getting to the phone to force her to resign. That was yesterday.
Today, the whole world is yelling and screaming about how the racist conservative media has pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes and Ms. Sherrod’s words were taken out of context…that she later realized she was wrong, and it wasn’t about race…and that the tape was edited to leave that part out. Now, everyone is calling for Sherrod to be given her job back and conservatives are back to being racist. Sigh. Let’s get a few things straight before we go on. Fact: Ms. Sherrod said she didn’t give the white farmer all the help she could because he was white. Fact: She later realized it wasn’t about black vs. white, it was about rich vs. poor. Fact: that last part wasn’t edited out of the speech by Breitbart; it’s right there at the end. Fact: The media is a disgrace because it couldn’t sit down and watch a two and a half minute video clip from start to finish. Now, let’s move on.
Everyone is missing the point of the video released by Breitbart. It’s not about what Ms. Sherrod said or didn’t say. In fact, it wasn’t about her at all. The point was the NAACP crowd’s response to Sherrod discussing how the white farmer thought he was superior to her and how she wasn’t going to give him all the help she could because he was white. They verbally agreed with the former, and chuckled at the latter. The point of the video was to prove, albeit indirectly, that the NAACP has racist elements in it. That’s it.
Bigger picture: Why is race such a big deal? I’m not sure, but everyone needs to grow up and stop acting like high school girls (no offense to all of my readers who are high school girls). In other words, stop being so damn sensitive. Here are the realities of life: everyone has prejudices. Everyone uses stereotypes. Neither of these things make you a racist. The difference between racists and everyone else is, everyone else actually gets to know each other and then lets the prejudices and stereotypes go while being able to chuckle about them. Racists don’t get to know anyone, simply rely upon their prejudices and stereotypes, and get ugly tattoos.
Are there racists in this country? Of course. Just like there are sexists, and homophobes, and people who like to kick ducks. The world isn’t perfect. Are there very many though? I doubt it. In fact, I can honestly say in my 33 years of being a white guy, I’ve never met one. How do we truly move beyond race? Stop being so stupid about it. Should I refer to myself as a German-Dutch-English American? Of course not. I’ve never even been to those countries.
I feel like this is will be a little after-school-special, but it needs to be said. We’re all different, but we’re all Americans. And yes, I blame liberals like Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton, and the NAACP for purposely focusing on our differences and race-baiting every chance they get. Do they do it because they’re truly concerned about racism? No. They do it because it keeps them relevant. Don’t forget…it was the NAACP that started all this nonsense by voting to repudiate the “racist” elements of the tea parties. There are “racist” elements in every group. Why not vote to condemn the racist elements in the World Adult Kickball Association, or the World Chess Boxing Organization, or how about the NAACP? The vote was done to cause a ruckus, and it did. And Breitbart’s video was released to hit back at the NAACP, and it did, sort of. The point is, the overwhelming majority of the tea parties don’t think Obama’s evil because he’s black; they think he’s an idiot because he says things like unemployment benefits are good because they create jobs. We should all just focus on that.
The NAACP is the gift that keeps on giving. I enjoyed its referendum on the Tea Party’s alleged racism, which it bases on the Tea Parties consisting of some old white people. Of course, at the same time, Brietbart releases fun video of some USDA farm bureaucrat telling a NAACP audience how she helps white farmers. I’ve embedded it below, from Hot Air:
Racism continues to be a hot-button issue due to those who use it to further their own agenda. The idea that the Tea Parties are racist because they consist of a lot of white people is as stupid as arguing the NBA hates white people because it consists almost entirely of black people. Personally, I find all of this nonsense about conservatives being against Obama because he’s black to be an intentional distraction. I mean, I can only speak for myself, but I dislike Algore and John Kerry almost as much as I dislike Barry. I dislike Nancy Pelosi just as much as Barry. And I disliked Ted Kennedy even more than Barry. So, I’m not racist. I just don’t like liberals.
UPDATE: After the Breitbart video surfaced, the USDA forced Sherrod to resign.
‘There is zero tolerance for discrimination at USDA, and I strongly condemn any act of discrimination against any person,’ Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a written statement. ‘We have been working hard through the past 18 months to reverse the checkered civil rights history at the department and take the issue of fairness and equality very seriously.’
No word on whether NAACP gives a damn.
Wow, busy day for the “every cracker is a racist” crowd. First, Jesse Jackson proves, once again, that he’ll do anything to try and remain relevant. In case anyone has forgotten, Lebron James doesn’t work in Cleveland anymore. Instead, he’s moved on to less taxing pastures in Miami (literally, no income tax in Florida). So, instead of acting like an adult, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert decided to put on his “jilted lover” hat and boil Lebron’s bunny, figuratively of course. More precisely, Gilbert collected all of his pent-up anger and unloaded in a local newspaper. To everyone else, Gilbert’s soliloquy simply provided a good chuckle. Not to Jesse Jackson though, who, I believe, once accused Mr. Rogers of being a racist because he didn’t have more black puppets in his Neighborhood of Make-Believe. He said this about Gilbert’s tirade:
His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave. This is an owner employee relationship — between business partners — and LeBron honored his contract.
Maybe this is just me, but I didn’t read slavery into Gilbert’s motivational speech to the people of Cleveland. I viewed it as more of a Midol moment (sorry ladies); or a “crap, now no one’s going to pay to see my sad excuse for a basketball team” experience. Of course, Jackson’s perspective brings up several questions: what if Gilbert didn’t have a meltdown? Would Jackson then argue that Gilbert was still the slave-master, but that he only considered Lebron to be a mediocre slave? How would Lebron feel about that? Also, does this relationship cross employment lines? Can the master-slave relationship be present in a middle-management kind of setting involving cubicles, or does one of the parties have to be the owner of the company? Wouldn’t it be more accurate to say that Lebron was the master, and Gilbert the slave? While Lebron moves on, Gilbert remains chained to Cleveland? I don’t think Jesse really thought this one out.
At the same time, Michelle “you’re all fat” Obama gave a speech to the NAACP the night before it votes to condemn the evil tea parties for the totally factual and not at all made up racial epithets and mean posters. In a statement revealing her deep concern for making sure she’s in the newspaper, NAACP spokeswoman Leila McDowell said,
‘We’re deeply concerned about elements that are trying to move the country back, trying to reverse progress that we’ve made…We are asking that the law-abiding members of the Tea Party repudiate those racist elements, that they recognize the historic and present racist elements that are within the Tea Party movement.’
Hey, I’m law-abiding. I hereby repudiate all of the non-existent racist elements of the tea-party. I also repudiate you annoying me with your nonsense.
And finally, apparently because he’s looking for work, Eric Holder announced yesterday that the Dept. of Justice would actually enforce existing federal law in the event racial profiling occurs in Arizona. Usually such a proclamation would be met with a “well duh…of course you’ll enforce federal law…you’re the DOJ.” Due to Holder’s novel, “i’ll enforce it if i feel like it” stance on crime, however, his proclamation was indeed news-worthy.
I’m going to watch WKRP in Cincinnati now. Why? Why not is the question.
Another day, another artificially manufactured racial issue. Brief replay of facts: Johannes Mehserle, a former transit cop, shot Oscar Grant in the back while trying to subdue him during a confrontation early on New Years Day 2009. He was charged with murder. During the trial, Officer Mehserle testified that when he went to grab his taser, he accidentally grabbed his handgun instead, and ended up shooting and killing Grant. Grant was allegedly resisting arrest at the time.
Present day: the Los Angeles jury convicted Officer Mehserle of involuntary manslaughter, thereby finding that he did not intend to kill Grant. He was convicted of killing him though, and will spend time in jail because of it. The real story here, as it is too often, is a community rioting because of perceived injustice due to racism. See, Officer Mehserle was white and Grant was black. Therefore, in the eyes of a small minority of people in Oakland, CA, rioting is warranted. And of course, the race-baiters aren’t far away,
‘We are outraged that the jury did not find guilty of murder in a case that is so egregiously excessive and mishandled,’ said Benjamin Todd Jealous, head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Well, thanks for the objective analysis Ben.
‘It’s unbelievable this guy is getting less jail time than someone who wrote a bad check,’ said Barbara Plantiko, a 41-year-old immigration lawyer at the protest. ‘I just don’t buy he got confused. I don’t think that it was an accident.’
Well, you are certainly entitled to your opinion. I wonder if Mr. Jealous or Ms. Plantiko think destroying one’s own community is a good way to deal with events like this? What is Officer Mehserle had been found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to death? What would their response be if I started rioting?
Simply put, this country will never get beyond race if people like Mr. Jealous continue searching for “racism” under every rock. Of course, the riots themselves are only half about racism. Many of those people who were looting would be looting anyway. Why? I don’t know. Maybe because they’re bored. Maybe because they think they’re entitled to the cell phone they just stole.
Oh, and where’s our post-racial president in all of this? I don’t know…probably golfing. But his DOJ has announced that it will review the shooting to determine whether it warrants federal prosecution. Keep in mind, this is coming from the same group that decided to drop its investigation of a black panther group allegedly violating voting laws with intimidation for no particular reason. I have to ask again: Where the Hell is Kanye?!