Andy McCarthy - A Voice of Reason in the Shirley Sherrod Situation
As anyone reading this blog is likely aware, in response to the NAACP falsely accusing the Tea Party movement of being racist, Andrew Breitbart published a tape a few days ago showing some Agriculture Department official speaking to the Georgia NAACP. The taped portion of her speech included an admission of past racist actions on her part which was applauded by the NAACP audience. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack quickly moved to ask for her resignation. Then the tap[e of her entire speech turned up and it slightly mitigated her racism as she further explained how she transitioned from pure racism to a modified form of Marist classism/racism. Obviously, she did not explain the transition using the same labels I just used. So, all of a sudden the Obama administration and Secretary Vilsak are now falling all over themselves trying to apologize to Sherrod for jumping to conclusions. Coincidentally, this is the one year anniversary of President Obama jumping to conclusions and declaring the Cambridge Police "acted stupidly" in arresting his racist Harvard buddy who was acting nutty. Anyways, Andy McCarthy of National Review has a different view on this than all the folks (on both the left and right) who are now praising this woman.
So, in Sherrod World, mean-spririted, racist Republicans do nasty things that "we" would never do because we have a president who, being black, is above that stuff. Still, we have-nots need to band together for "change" because a cabal of haves, desperate to keep their power, is still imposing their centuries old capitalist system of institutionalized racism — the same racism that courses through the Republican Party and surfaces on "us versus them" issues like healthcare.Read the rest.
Pardon me, but I think I'll stay off the Canonize Shirley bandwagon. To me, it seems like she's still got plenty of racial baggage. What we're seeing is not transcendence but transference. That's why the NAACP crowd reacted so enthusiastically throughout her speech.
Post script to this mess is the administration is compounding their mistake of rushing to fire this woman by rushing to rehire the woman. The lesson they continue to fail to learn is to get facts before reaching judgments or taking action.