Ever since Barack Obama
took office became a serious contender for the United States presidency, the right-wing media has been on a crusade to spur racial animosity among whites. The saddest part is, they know the Democrats will fall to their knees any time they accuse them of doing anything wrong. In an effort to prove that the NAACP is more racist than the Tea Party, conservative media hack Andrew Breitbart recently targeted black USDA employee Shirley Sherrod, accusing her of discriminating against white farmers.
One of his websites, Big Government, posted a portion of her remarks in a March 2010 speech to a Georgia chapter of the NAACP, in which she told of how she got past her prejudices when she worked for the Federation of Southern Cooperative/Land Assistance Fund 24 years ago. The selectively edited video shows Sherrod talking about her decision not to help a white farmer because she was “struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farm land.” That, according to Breitbart, is evidence that Sherrod keeps white farmers down and the NAACP and Obama administration are “racist” against whites. In fact, Sherrod ended up helping that farmer and he and his wife credit her with saving their farm. They consider her a friend to this day.
Sherrod told the story of overcoming prejudice and Breitbart cast her as a bigot. Keep in mind, this is the same outfit that destroyed ACORN last year with its deceptive videos. I think Breitbart and his ilk aim to do the same thing to the NAACP. Naturally, the non-story played on a continuous loop on Fox News. But no matter. Without waiting for context, or viewing the entire, unedited video, the administration took Breitbart’s word and pushed Shirley Sherrod out of her USDA job. The NAACP even condemned her before finally viewing and releasing the video in its entirety.
Now Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are scrambling to save face and are reconsidering the decision to oust Sherrod. The woman deserves her job and an apology. But, Sherrod says she’s wary. “I’m just not sure how I would be treated,” she explained. And who can blame her? The NAACP, the USDA, and the White House threw her under the bus to comfort and reassure insecure white people. What a bunch of cowards.