Race, Sherrod, and Victimhood

Racial issues ought to be receding in America. Yet they have once again intruded onto the national consciousness. It all started [at least the latest round] when the NAACP passed a resolution calling on the Tea Party to excise the racists in their midst. No real evidence was presented that racism was a major problem within the movement, but that apparently was beside the point. I commented on this in my July 14 post, if you want to review it.

Let’s be honest: the NAACP’s only reason for existing is to fight racial discrimination. If it isn’t a big threat, its reason for being is called into question. Consequently, it is necessary to manufacture a racial divide to maintain relevance as an organization. Sad, but true.

Obama was supposed to be the harbinger of racial healing; he was going to usher in a post-racial society. That was before he accused the Cambridge police of acting foolishly [without real evidence] in regard to his friend Louis Gates. That was before his Justice Department decided to drop the case against the New Black Panthers and accusations that the department was not going to enforce any laws for white defendants in racial cases.

So, at this point we have the Obama administration and the NAACP making race an issue.

Then, in response to what the NAACP had done with its resolution, Andrew Breitbart, who is the brainchild for the Big Government site and many others, broadcast a video of a Dept. of Agriculture employee named Shirley Sherrod apparently showing her racism toward whites. Sensitive now to the charge of racial politics, the administration immediately fired her. When the full tape was eventually seen, it showed that she was trying to say she had gotten beyond race as the determining factor in life. Then they fell all over themselves to hire her back.

In either case, no one did much checking. Getting all the facts didn’t seem to be a priority.

Was Breitbart wrong to do what he did? Many are jumping on him for releasing a partial video, yet he says the point was made no matter how the video ended—the audience [an NAACP crowd] liked her comments about not wanting to help a white farmer. He says that reveals the attitude of the organization, which was his main point.

Meanwhile, Sherrod has become somewhat of a celebrity. Yet it is obvious she is not really a heroine. Her Marxist approach to policy is highlighted in the video, and it appears she not really over her focus on race. She is now calling for the Big Government site to be shut down by the government. So there is no longer a First Amendment?

She’s also accusing Fox News of wanting to push blacks back into segregation days. On what basis is she making this accusation? As one commentator has noted,

Despite Glenn Beck being one of the very first people to stand up for Sherrod; despite the Obama administration dismissing Sherrod before Fox ran the footage; despite Bill O’Reilly being the first cable news host to show the FULL video to reveal its context; and despite Fox’s Bret Baier inviting Sherrod to appear on the network a number of times, she has declined and instead given exclusive interviews to the likes of Media Matters and MSNBC–groups who are seizing this opportunity to attack Fox News. 

Media Matters calls the “Sherrod smear” a “wake up call” not to trust Fox.  Sherrod’s so cozy with the far-Left, she granted the propagandists an exclusive interview to play up the “victim” card against Fox and Breitbart, all the while ignoring the people who actually fired her.

Sherrod was not treated properly by the administration, and she should not have lost her job for the reason cited. Yet, as the facts above show, she was not the victim of a Fox agenda to roll back civil rights. No one bothered to get the facts straight when she was fired. Now she doesn’t care to get the facts straight regarding how Fox handled her story.

If this is the path she has chosen to take, she doesn’t deserve anyone’s sympathy.