July 26, 2010 | 2 Comments
For approximately 15 minutes last week Shirley Sherrod was a sympathetic figure. She was fired from her position at the USDA after a selectively edited video made it seem as though she advocated what was tantamount to bigotry against whites. The full context of the video exonerated her (for the most part), and that led to the counter-reaction. Certain conservative pundits decided to be the first in line to apologize on behalf of Andrew Breitbart. One day she was a villain, the next she was an iconic figure somewhere on the plane of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Theresa. This piece in Salon typifies how silly the rush in the opposite direction got to be.
Soon it became obvious that those that fell all over themselves to laud Shirley Sherrod were acting just as stupidly – if not more so – than those that condemned her. As I blogged about last week, in a segment of her speech she labeled Obamacare opponents as racists and seemed to indicate that all opposition to Obama was motivated by racial hatred. Then, in an interview on CNN last week, she asserted that Andrew Breitbart:
would like to get us stuck back in the times of slavery. That’s where I think he would like to see all black people end up again.
And I think that’s why he’s so vicious against a black president, you know. He would go after me. I don’t think it was even the NAACP he was totally after. I think he was after a black president.
Charming to the last.
And today Dan Riehl has an extensive post chronicling the, err, interesting politics of Mrs. Sherrod and and her husband Charles. He includes a link to this video, which contains the quote mentioned at the top of the post.
There’s much, much more at the link to Riehl’s site.
Civil rights heroes? I think not.