Sherrod: Breitbart wants to take us back to the days of slavery

posted at 5:17 pm on July 23, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via Dan Riehl, I can see that she’s going to do a bang-up job in that new racial-healing position that Vilsack’s lined up for her. Whether this is her lashing out in anger after having been treated unfairly or whether she really believes something this insane about Breitbart, only she knows, but it’s telling that Cooper doesn’t challenge it. One of the lessons of this week, supposedly, is that we should beware of caricatures in racial matters, not only because people are more complicated in practice but because the fallout from misjudgment is culturally poisonous. See, e.g., the initial clip of Sherrod versus her full NAACP speech. But here she is pushing a caricature of her own — with no evidence to support a charge this incendiary — and Cooper the journalist lets it slide, presumably because he’s squeamish about siding with Breitbart against someone who, to his audience, is a sympathetic victim. What a perfectly depressing note on which to end a depressing week.

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Let’s see…

…Breitbart posts a video that shows racism at an NAACP event and gets (incorrectly) branded as a racist and a liar (even though he never called her a racist)

Yet, Sherrod (through some psychic racist powers) knows that Breitbart wants “to take us back to the days of slavery” and no one on the left calls her on this?

What she did is:
1) a billion times worse than anything Breitbart did
2) again shows her super-racist-psychic powers (remember how she KNEW the white farmer thought he was superior to her)

Religious_Zealot on July 23, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Cooper the journalist lets it slide, presumably because he’s squeamish about siding with Breitbart against someone who, to his audience, is a sympathetic victim. What a perfectly depressing note on which to end a depressing week.

You would be surprised how much less depressing it is if you just don’t listen to these people.

It could also be that Anderson Cooper does not want to challenge her because she will just start sounding crazier if he does. Maybe he thinks the less said the better. I have a feeling that before this is over a lot of people are going to start thinking this woman is not so stable.

Terrye on July 23, 2010 at 7:37 PM

I don’t know about you but I feel so much better knowing this woman is employed by our Government to serve us…….

sandee on July 23, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Depressing yes.

This woman is a racist. She needs to be gone from public life.

scotash on July 23, 2010 at 7:40 PM

She just proved Breitbart’s entire point.

stevezilla on July 23, 2010 at 7:53 PM

She owes some major apologies.

ORconservative on July 23, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Sherrod: “I haven’t seen him do anything to PROVE he isn’t a racist”

She is so completely blind to how authoritrian it is to demand Breitbart has to PROVE he is not a Racist to blog what he thinks is racism at the NAACP. She says “What has HE done to advance racial relations?” For one thing his website published several black voices in response to the NAACP but she is so ignorant she has no idea who he is. Prove a negative? Man you should thank the ground you walk on Lady that you got a government job where performance doesn’t count because you have the analytical ability of an ant.

Conan on July 23, 2010 at 8:01 PM

How much would you like to see ole’ Shirley go up against Megyn Kelly? Please keep talking Shirley, I can’t get enough of you!

PatMac on July 23, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Except it did work. Far too many conservatives dogpiled on Breitbart and spouted nonsense about how inspiring her redemption was.

No, it hasn’t lost it’s ability to stampede conservatives as yet.

sharrukin on July 23, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Ed Morrissey, Ann Coulter, others…

I was highly disappointed in the list.

Hannity and Limbaugh did NOT fall for it though.

scotash on July 23, 2010 at 8:19 PM

— and Cooper the journalist lets it slide, presumably because he’s squeamish about siding with Breitbart against someone who, to his audience, is a sympathetic victim.

Not that there should be any question after Cooper’s “teabagging” comments but he is definitely NOT a journalist.

mizzoujgrad on July 23, 2010 at 8:30 PM

How much would you like to see ole’ Shirley go up against Megyn Kelly? Please keep talking Shirley, I can’t get enough of you!

PatMac on July 23, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Two women enter. One woman leaves.

Lily on July 23, 2010 at 8:35 PM

She had a tough situation with her father. But, she is clearly a racist.

proconstitution on July 23, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Ed Morrissey, Ann Coulter, others…

I was highly disappointed in the list.

Hannity and Limbaugh did NOT fall for it though.

scotash on July 23, 2010 at 8:19 PM

The more I see involving incidents like this and others, the more I think we will see a repeat of 2008.

Conservatives running scared while the leftists waltz into the White House.

The RNC is headed by Michael Steele and a more incompetent leader would be hard to find. Howard Dean built a dangerous DNC machine and with Organizing for America and the renamed ACORN groups it will not be as easy as some think. Obama will have the government treasury to buy off factions that he needs.

A weak candidate may put an end to any hope for the White House in 2012.

sharrukin on July 23, 2010 at 8:37 PM

I say that the more face-time Shirley gets, the better for Republicans. She’s an angry racist huckster, the kind that will never be happy. I am sure however that the liberal media understands this, and they will shut her down. Whatever has replaced Journolist or the morning conference calls will send out the message, -no more Shirley. Meanwhile blogs on the right are digging. What might they come up with?

Bammie on the other hand made a too-quick decision to fire her, and a too-quick decision to rehire her. They are stuck with her now and she cannot be controlled.

slickwillie2001 on July 23, 2010 at 8:38 PM

And that’s why I didn’t feel sorry for this woman when the “real” story got out. She’s still obsessed with her race and she still thinks that every white person is out to get her.

R. Waher on July 23, 2010 at 8:39 PM

Clearly, Ed & Allah (along with some other prominent center/right bloggers/journalists) should apologize for apologizing…

…and then apologize to Breitbart.

Or is the “context” of today’s reality not the context they’re interested in??

Religious_Zealot on July 23, 2010 at 8:44 PM

It’s starting to look like the Breitbart story was fake but accurate.

RightOFLeft on July 23, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Much better.

tom on July 23, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Conservatives running scared while the leftists waltz into the White House.

Sharrukin:

I am not scared of anything, but this whole incident was an unforce error all the way around. Breitbart is no racist, but he should have done due diligence before he posted that video, the whole thing was avoidable. And as far as who is running scared, well hell, Obama was falling all over himself to fire the woman and then apologize to her. I can’t tell that anyone came out of this looking good. I don’t think it is about running scared, it is about not making dumb mistakes…and a lot of people made a lot of dumb mistakes this week.

Terrye on July 23, 2010 at 8:56 PM

I know Esthier has left, but I wanted to address one point she makes:

This is racist? That a white farmer was acting superior to her, a farmer she later befriended and helped save his farm?

I’ve seen her do this on another thread and I simply don’t understand it.

How do we KNOW the farmer was acting superior to her?

Considering the preponderance of evidence at this point, isn’t it clear that Sherrod simply ASSUMED the farmer was acting like a racist?

Either that or she’s some kind of psychic (she KNEW what he was thinking!)

Religious_Zealot on July 23, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Sharrukin:

I am not scared of anything, but this whole incident was an unforce error all the way around. Breitbart is no racist, but he should have done due diligence before he posted that video, the whole thing was avoidable. And as far as who is running scared, well hell, Obama was falling all over himself to fire the woman and then apologize to her. I can’t tell that anyone came out of this looking good. I don’t think it is about running scared, it is about not making dumb mistakes…and a lot of people made a lot of dumb mistakes this week.

Terrye on July 23, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Well, to be more clear… The conservatives that act as spokesmen, representatives, pundits and media are, for the most part… lacking in intestinal fortitude.

sharrukin on July 23, 2010 at 9:01 PM

This is like the Reader’s Digest condensed version of Cindy Sheehan.

Mr. D on July 23, 2010 at 9:02 PM

If you need an example of how to go from Victim to Pinhead in just one interview, there you go.

Personally, I think Fox and Brietbart could have taken a little more time on this one but, to blame Fox for this is just absurd. Their news programing didn’t latch on to this and their commentators only took it up after the resignation.

The lucky one of the bunch is the NAACP, because the tea parties were honing in on them and they weren’t really looking good. NOw, everyone will overlook how they reacted to the parts, that everyone thought was racist, and how dumb they really are about the tea parties.

At least, after reading Journolist e-mails, we know the drill and understand why everyone is on the same page.

bflat879 on July 23, 2010 at 9:07 PM

The more this plays out the more I think it’s the best thing Breitbart has ever done.

smokinjoe on July 23, 2010 at 9:09 PM

No, it was fake. The video itself didn’t show racism. She may be one, but that video was not proof of it anymore than Rather’s memogate was proof of Bush’s wrongdoing.

Esthier on July 23, 2010 at 5:53 PM

The video unquestionably showed racism, though the full speech showed she was trying to move past it. Yes, overall, the full context made her look better than the original video. But she still said several things that would easily be recognized as racist if said by a white woman.

I understand that people felt bad because she lost her job, and that they wanted to defend her because she wasn’t as bad a racist as they first thought. But it was foolish to jump on that impulse, because Breitbart proved exactly what he set out to prove: that the NAACP was passing a resolution against racism in the tea party, but their own hands were not clean.

Imagine, if you will, a nice, pleasant middle-aged white woman addressing a tea party somewhere, talking about how she used to work at the unemployment office, and when a black man came in to find work, she didn’t send him to the best job openings because she figured he should go to his own kind for help, and she kept thinking of all those young white men who were unemployed. But she gets feeling guilty about it, and decides to help him the next time he comes in. Because even though he’s black, he still needs a job.

That would be the equivalent of Shirley Sherrod’s speech. You might want to defend such a white woman because she did right in the end. But her statements about preferring to help white men and wanting black men to go “to their own kind” would of course indicate racism, even if she did ultimately do her job. And if you tried to claim the video didn’t prove she was racist, you would deserve to be mocked.

And I can guarantee you that if such a tape surfaced, it would immediately be used as proof that the tea parties were full of racists.

You can defend this woman if you want to. You can even say she wasn’t treated well. But don’t blame Breitbart for posting a video that showed racism exactly as he said it did.

tom on July 23, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Now she needs to go.

Too bad the Administration acted stupidly in:

- asking her to resign,
- accepting the resignation,
- realizing it might have been a mistake to do that,
- groveling to her and offering her a brandy-new job,
- the POTUS having a phone chat with her at her request,
- now coming out with this bit of racial insanity.

Someone acted stupidly. Quite a few of them conservatives in the media, but mainly those in the Administration.

Andrew Breitbart did not, at any time, act stupidly. Those who couldn’t be bothered to read his article, watch BOTH clips and understand HIS context. Which was not about Sherrod but the NAACP.

He owes no one an apology for any of this.

The Administration could have done the RIGHT THING and let normal procedures run their course, which would have given everyone breathing room… but stupidity prevailed. Knee-jerk reactionism succeeded on the right and left when calm heads and rational thought should have stepped in to cause further examination of all aspects of this. It is almost like Breitbart had some idea of exactly the way this would go due to the way the reactions times from the left on racism have gone to zero… and the ever-ready apologists on the right then kicked in to not examine things in detail and ask: what the hell is going on with all this?

Now we can get to the ‘teachable moment’ on the right.

Think before speaking.

It worked for Breitbart.

There are reasons I am not a conservative.

ajacksonian on July 23, 2010 at 9:25 PM

I just watched the entire clip. (I wasted 45 minutes of my life)

FYI: At minute 21:00 exactly it skips. This is supposedly the NAACP’s “full video” account.

She said she did what her job asks her to do by eventually helping the farmer despite her racist tendencies.

She also said it with racist overtones. (i.e. racists at NAACP like Breitbart’s clip showed)

It was supposed to be inspiring but it was still racist, and the NAACP crowd still cheered at her racist remarks.

The speech later turned to Marxism and calling everyone racist for opposing Obama’s agenda. I know, so much better right?

scotash on July 23, 2010 at 9:33 PM

If she’s not a racist, she is definitely an a-hole.

darii on July 23, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Anderson Cooper drops the ball and lets the racist accusation go without a challenge…

And the lame stream media wonders why it is going the way of the buggy whip…

Khun Joe on July 23, 2010 at 10:44 PM

Does she have a slogan yet. . . .

Texyank on July 23, 2010 at 5:40 PM

“NOT the white man’s b1tch”

Oops, taken.

Phil-351 on July 23, 2010 at 11:24 PM

Beware the Alinskywock, my valiant one!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Obgolf bird, and shun
The frumious slursnatch!

Colonel West took his vorpal sword in hand
Long time the destructxome foe he sought
So rested he by an old oak tree
And stood awhile in thought

And as in thought he stood
The Alinskywock seeking the country to put to flame
Came whiffling through the tugly wood
And burbled angry slurs as it came!

One, two!
Red, White and Blue!
The Colonel’s vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left the Alinskywock dead, and with its head
He went gallantphing back

And will thou also defeat the Obgolf bird?
Call me to arms, my beamish knight!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
With you leading this epic fight!

Cheshire Cat on July 23, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Anderson Cooper drops the ball and lets the racist accusation go without a challenge…

And the lame stream media wonders why it is going the way of the buggy whip…

Khun Joe on July 23, 2010 at 10:44 PM

At this point Andy realizes that she is a wacko, and he needs to get out of this interview asap because she might start to rag on Bammie. Can’t have that.

slickwillie2001 on July 23, 2010 at 11:46 PM

Wow you mean a liberal made themselves the victim again??!?!

Donut on July 24, 2010 at 12:50 AM

I think Breitbart totally earned her contempt and, in fact, sounded bizarre with his quote the other day. I couldn’t believe it when he was so contemptuous of her in his interview and was amazed that he was trying to suggest he was the victim of the media in this. He sounded like some sulky teenager.

That guy is simply not ready to be taken seriously by anyone.

Laughable.

AnninCA on July 24, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Wow you mean a liberal made themselves the victim again??!?!

Donut on July 24, 2010 at 12:50 AM

In this case, she was victimized.

AnninCA on July 24, 2010 at 9:08 AM

In this case, she was victimized.

AnninCA on July 24, 2010 at 9:08 AM

If she was “victimized”, she did it to herself.

Breitbart was correct all along.

Religious_Zealot on July 24, 2010 at 9:54 AM

If she was “victimized”, she did it to herself.

Breitbart was correct all along.

Religious_Zealot on July 24, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Oh gosh, I totally disagree on that one.

AnninCA on July 24, 2010 at 11:52 AM

The NAACP is a Communist outfit. They might not all be racists, but they are all commies…..

adamsmith on July 24, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Oh gosh, I totally disagree on that one.

AnninCA on July 24, 2010 at 11:52 AM

So we’ve noticed.

Yet, it’s the truth.

Even the “expanded” video doesn’t change the fact that she:
- twice (using present tense) accused the farmer of being racist (“thought he was better than me”)
- referred to the white lawyer (again, in the present tense) of being one of their “kind”
- never apologized for those characterizations and never indicated that she felt bad about them
- that she didn’t help the guy because of her realization that what she was doing was wrong, but she “helped” him because she was worried that he might be an undercover agent

In the “expanded” video, we also get:
- blanket assertions of racism toward the GOP and Fox News
- a reaffirmation that it IS about black vs. white (“That’s when I realized it wasn’t about black & white; I mean it IS about black & white.”)

Since then, she:
- has not only NOT forgiven Breitbart, but she has attacked him as a vicious racist who wants the world to return back to slavery
- reinforced her view that the Tea Party and GOP and Fox News is racist

Yeah, SHE’S the victim here! /sarc /rolleyes

Religious_Zealot on July 24, 2010 at 12:03 PM

I don’t know about you but I feel so much better knowing this woman is employed by our Government to serve us…….

sandee on July 23, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Wspecially in a new job created specifically for her where no need previously existed.

AH_C on July 24, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Wspecially = Especially

AH_C on July 24, 2010 at 12:06 PM

I remember one time this bastard tried to make me into a slave. It sucked.

First he taped me saying things, then he showed that tape to people. The next thing you know – I’m a slave.

Thankfully I sued him and won back my freedom and about $13 million dollars.

Only in America.

Dorvillian on July 24, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Keep digging.

diogenes on July 24, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Laughable.

AnninCA on July 24, 2010 at 9:08 A

No, Ann. You are. You still cannot read or use logic properly. So sad.

Sporty1946 on July 25, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Stuck in EWR airport watching Cooper drivel on about how he was a fair journalist and that Brietbart (and Fox via his interviews) were far right wing nuts was just about enough. How can you do an hour lambasting someone and call yourself a fair journalist. There were no left wing examples put up for analysis. Cooper is a hypocrite of the highest order. If he believes that ooze coming from his own pie hole he is in deeper trouble than he knows.

moyeti on July 25, 2010 at 10:26 AM

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