Skip to comments.In Defense of Andrew Breitbart
Posted on 07/22/2010 11:08:38 AM PDT by Qbert
The media and progressive-left Democrats now appear in a rush to convict Andrew Breitbart of shoddy journalism, while exonerating Shirley Sherrod and the NAACP from charges of abiding racism within their ranks. Both Sherrod and the NAACP have charged the Tea Party movement and the Republican Party with racism, while offering less proof than Breitbart did of the racism he correctly alleged. In many cases, the Left has outright manufactured evidence of racism regarding Tea Party events, yet no one has raised a voice about that slander at all. If one didn't know better, this wouldn't be today's news, but an Orwellian script circa 1984.
At approximately 17 minutes into the now-released full video of the event, Sherrod can be heard relaying a tale from her past in which she initially failed to help a white farmer with the full effort she would reserve for a black farmer.
The assembled crowd of card-carrying members of the NAACP took great pleasure in that, their laughter was not nervous at all. That is a contemporaneous expression of racism by today's politically correct standards, not racism from some 40 years ago.
Sherrod later says, "It's not so much about white " then catches herself and says, "It IS about white and black." Perhaps Sherrod should explain why, even today, color is so centrally important in her work, be it at the Agriculture Department or elsewhere.
Breitbarts web-posting of the speech showed more racism at one NAACP event than those charging Republicans and Tea Parties with racism have yet to produce after making accusations for months on end. The people making that charge include both Sherrod and the NAACP, neither of which has produced any proof. But it is Breitbart who should be convicted for false charges in the court of public opinion? That is totally absurd given the actual facts.
Sherrod twice decried present-day racism, as if it was 400 years ago. That suggests a person whose views on race have not truly changed at all. But she doesn't stop there. Sherrod says, "I haven't seen such mean-spirited people as I have seen lately over this issue, healthcare. Some of the racism we thought was buried, didn't it surface."
In Sherrod's world, no one is allowed to object to a significant Obama-supported policy change impacting the healthcare of all Americans without being labeled a racist. Clearly Sherrod sees everything through the lens of color or race. If her view is not racist, it is supremely ignorant and unfit for a public official. It is meant to marginalize any and all legitimate opposition to a political act. Sherrod is merely projecting her own racism into a perfectly rational, legitimate political debate so as to avoid it. That is not democracy; it is race-based demagogy commonly employed by racists everywhere. And still she was not done.
During the Bush years, says Sherrod, "We didn't do the stuff these Republicans are doing because you have a black President." Gone is any valid argument over actual policy, fiscal restraint, government growth, or control of healthcaresupported or opposed by entire national political parties. In Sherrod's world, everything is all and only about race. If that isn't a tenet of racism, then what is? Without ignorant race-based presumptions, otherwise known as racism, Sherrod's entire scope of political argument falls apart.
Atty. Gen. Eric Holder said America is a nation of cowards on matters of race. He was correct, but in a manner he likely didn't predict. The racism Breitbart revealed is the racism of the Shirley Sherrods of the progressive-leftist Democratic Party and the NAACP. Afraid to honestly look at and address that, the usual leftist suspects are simply turning the tables as a distraction in a weak effort to instead attack Breitbart.
Breitbart did exactly what he set out and claimed to do, put the inherent racism of the NAACP and the American left on full display.
Additionally troubling are Sherrod's race-based political views that amount to Marxism. She sees an America in thirds. Evil capitalists are at the top, exploiting racist divisions to maintain control. She argues that whites were deliberately propped up to make them feel superior to blacks, which they apparently still do in Sherrod's view. Blacks then bring up the rear, seemingly oppressed by all. The racism in that view is inherent and severe, no matter how much she would try and dismiss it with an anecdote or two. Clearly in Sherrod's view, what is needed is the type of government-dictated economy more like a Marxist state, than the America we know and live in today.
Sadly, Sherrod wants to pass on that view to young black Americans. How tragic that she would saddle a next generation of black Americans with such an ill considered, ignorant, utterly divisive and ridiculous view.
If there's anyone who needs to apologize, it is a Shirley Sherrod unfit for public service and the NAACPnot Andrew Breitbart, who did precisely what he claimed he set out to do.
As far as I’m concerned, he doesn’t need defending. However noncontextual the clip was, there was enough in what I heard to conclude overt racism and an air of ‘we are in power now’.....
Its nice that Sherrod was converted from her racism, but Gov’t admin positions are NOT voyages of self-discovery. She needs to follow the law, and she herself admits she did not.
It just proves once again that Gov’t apparatchiks being their greed, biases, and stupidity to work with them - why would anyone trust them with managing our money, health-care, jobs - as they do now??
I think the bigger story was that the NAACP audience was laughing while she talked about how she mistreated the white farmer.
The left will continue to pursue their taking point, but Sherrod has a big mouth and is almost certain to make more incendiary remarks.
Yup. Sherrod and the NAACP are about as racist as any racist can be. The NAACP is an un-American Marxist thug cult with tendons and fangs extending throughout the unconstitutional monstrous institutions of the government behemoth (federal, state and local), infesting our congress and right on into the White House! It should be shut down!! Obama is a Marxist puppet!! God bless Andrew Breightbart!
Did you see her comments yesterday on CNN where she accuses Fox of mega racism? She is a racist bigot b!tch!
“...However noncontextual the clip was, there was enough in what I heard to conclude overt racism and an air of we are in power now.....”
Yeah, it’s like she wanted a medal for doing what she was supposed to be doing in her job: representing everyone equally, regardless of skin color. I understand she had reasons for seeing things the way she does because of her father’s death. But if she didn’t believe that she could be fair to all individuals- especially in a profession dealing with farmers (that tends to have more whites), then why did she take the job in the first place?
It’s Obama’s problem, not mine. It was the government that fired her.
Breitbart was on CNN very early on in the whole mess CLEARLY telling the truth about the excerpt and the point of the whole posting.
Then, later in the day, CNN boldly ignored every word he said and repeated the Media Matters talking points to their audience, and using an accusing tone while doing it.
The Concubine Marxist Media is just as Rush says: The Ministry of Truthiness....
The well played fiasco afterward is how they managed to change the topic. They are good, I'll give them that.
It's the "well meaning" conservatives kissing up that makes me scratch my head
Along with enough of the message of her redemption to make it clear it was included as a saving clause like a porn movie contains a semi-serious message or a particle of artistic content in order to claim the entire work has socially redeeming value .
This is ideological bigotry.
big·ot·ry noun, plural -ries.
1. stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one's own.
2. the actions, beliefs, prejudices, etc., of a bigot.
The NAACP is as fully racist as the KKK ever was/is..
Breitbart is a genius.
I don't see that in her speech. She just added a variable to the issue of black and white. It's kind of hard to argue that she stopped seing things as black and white when she clearly corrects herself and states, "it is about white and black."
I still cant make much sense of her story. In March she talks (and rolls her eyes) about a white farmer who she claims wasted lots of her time trying to demonstrate his superiority to her but now claims they are great friends. I cant imagine talking about a friend that way. She says the KKK murdered her father but CNN says the shooter was another farmer in a dispute over cows. (Sure he could have been a Klansman, but you’d think CNN would report that). If she knows who did it, as she appears to, why hasnt she continued to press for charges to be filed?
She says she doesnt understand what Breitbart was trying to do, but he has articulated it as clearly as the English language allows. I think I am done trying to figure her out.
She wasn’t working for the Federal government at the time of the incident.
I’m just saying that so we get our facts straight when we talk about this.
The bigger problem seems to be her advocacy of a HUMONGOUS Federal government ... with billions of dollars to dole out to people. She seemed to positively relish that.
Breitbart was right. Sherrod sounds like a racist, and she sounds like she is dumb as a rock, perfect for a glorified position in the Obamao thugocracy, especially if she never had a real job.