Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Update--Racism Within The NAACP

As always the crack team of journalists at PYY (who work tirelessly into the wee hours of the mornings to bring you the freshest perspective on the net), want to get it right. They want to be fair and honest about what they write. So as the news takes its twists and turns, there are instances when we must assume we may have jumped the gun in our conclusions.

Yesterday's post assumed that what we heard was real and straight forward. And why not? It was there, we heard it and it was clear. The WH heard it because we are now learning that the official was made to resign. But in the same line of thought, we find that we may have cause to think, this wasn't what it seemed.

Asked about the NAACP’s actions during an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Sherrod said the only reason the video surfaced was in response to an NAACP resolution accusing the tea party of using “racist” tactics. “They got into a fight with the tea party, and all of this came out as a result of that,” Sherrod said

I agree with Jeff Dunetz at Breitbart. He writes:

It is also hard to understand why the NAACP would instantly condemn Ms Sherrod, if the speech was indeed as she said, why wouldn’t they respond by releasing the entire speech? One explanation may be that she is lying, but if you listen closely to the end of the clip she does seem to be pivoting toward saying it was about income not race (and then seems to change her mind again).

It's true. She could be lying her ass off. But as someone who can read people pretty well, I am not so sure she is. Besides that, the white farmer's wife thinks she did a great job for them.

But let's read on:

Another explanation for the White House and the NAACP not releasing the entire tape is the possibility that Shirley Sherrod is their sacrificial lamb. Possibly they do not care about the truth. Perhaps they realized their resolution attacking the Tea Party as racist was such a political loser, especially coming right after disclosure of DOJ Black Panther scandal, they see the condemnation of Sherrod as a way out of theses crises and seem racially balanced.

The "union/mob/thug model" of conducting government business uses this kind of system when bargaining behind closed doors. They turn on people and sacrifice them for PR, for return of favors, and whenever political heat is turned up on them for something.

Clearly there was an angle here. The heat was on the NAACP (and more importantly the WH) to act as if they were not looking the other way on black racism within the ranks.

But it gets better.... it gets more confusing as we read this story.

But the NAACP, after earlier condemning Sherrod, reversed its position Tuesday and called on Vilsack to "reconsider."

NAACP CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous originally released a statement overnight calling Sherrod's comments "shameful" and saying the group was "appalled by her actions." But after Sherrod started telling her side of the story, the NAACP said it would conduct an "investigation" and review the full tape, which was shot for the NAACP by DCTV.

Late Tuesday, Jealous effectively retracted his earlier statement and blamed the media for the confusion.

"With regard to the initial media coverage of the resignation of USDA official Shirley Sherrod, we have come to the conclusion we were snookered by Fox News and Tea Party activist Andrew Breitbart into believing she had harmed white farmers because of racial bias," he said. "Having reviewed the full tape, spoken to Ms. Sherrod, and most importantly heard the testimony of the white farmers mentioned in this story, we now believe the organization that edited the documents did so with the intention of deceiving millions of Americans."

I have one way to settle this.

Show us the whole tape, in it's entirety.

If what Ms. Sherrod says is true, the entire speech will bear it out. If she was truly doing a good job and the WH had this video leaked to make her the sacrificial lamb, the NAACP needs to take on the WH on this matter. If this is true, then Ms. Sherrod needs to realize that Obama is not her friend and start to realize that she was merely a pawn of injustice, to make Obama's thugs look just. If it true that this is the case, it shows how low these people in power are.

If she can come to this realization, I think those who can empathize with her might be able to see that Obama is not a friend to blacks at all. He wants them to think so, but they are only there to serve his purposes when he thinks it is fruitful.

Like I said, let's see the whole tape. I know they have it. If the NAACP is truly sincere, they will see this through and prove this woman was improperly set up.


The complete video has surfaced
. It is lengthy, but you can find the area in question beginning at the 16:30 mark.

The NAACP has stepped up their defense of Ms Sherrod and apparently the USDA is reconsidering her dismissal. But I from first glance, she may not be interested.

Frankly, I don't blame her. If I were her, i would re-evaluate how this "hope and change" stuff has helped HER.

There are three possible motives for this story's existence:

1) It was leaked to provide a sacrificial lamb to combat charges of racism within the Administration.

2) The NAACP's racist rants and the resolution over the TP has backfired, so there needed to be a shift in the narrative.

3) Someone wanted to set up Breitbart, Fox News, the conservative bloggers, and anyone else who would run with this story.

Maybe it was all of the above. The result is the same though:

The heat is off of Eric Holder for dismissing the Black Panther voter intimidation case. The heat is off the $3.7 trillion it has cost taxpayers for bailouts, stimulus, and job creation....with NO jobs being created. The heat is off the Administration for it's reckless foreign policy that rewards nations traditionally hostile to our own.

That's the Chicago/Alinsky/Thugocrat way.

Time for us to get back on message and turn the heat back up. Time to ignore the bastards when they want to control the narrative and time for us to stay on task until November (and after).


The tale just keeps getting more sordid as time goes on. Take a look at this Washington Examiner piece that asks some tough questions about Ms. Sherrod's employment with the USDA. Read the entire thing.


Anonymous said...

I just commented at Z's ... this is not about Sherrod. It is about the NAACPs claims that the Tea Party is a racist organization. All Breitbart wanted to illustrate was that the NAACP needs to get its own house in order.

Sharrod losing her job is another issue altogether. That wasn't your call, mine, Z's, Breitbart's or Fox News. It was USDA and the White House's call.

There is no room in this country for a double standard. If we expect a non-racist white society, then we have a right to demand a non-racist black society as well.

Benjamin Jealous is an idiot.

LASunsett said...

//It is about the NAACPs claims that the Tea Party is a racist organization. All Breitbart wanted to illustrate was that the NAACP needs to get its own house in order.//

You are correct, it is about the TP being branded as racist. That's what started this whole thing. And Breitbart cannot be blamed for anything, he just did what any respectable journalist would have done. He put up what was leaked to him in the form that it was.

//Sharrod losing her job is another issue altogether. That wasn't your call, mine, Z's, Breitbart's or Fox News. It was USDA and the White House's call.//

Again true. But this story now takes a twist that in effect becomes the story, in a different form.

Maybe that was by design, maybe not. Maybe they thought they would use her to counter the TP claim that there is racism tolerated in this Administration. I know it is awfully peculiar that it happened so quickly.

I know it's about all of the things you mention here in your comment. I know it is not acceptable that racism should be used as a boogie man by one side, and tolerated on the other. It is hypocrisy and an abomination at best.

But isn't this also about getting it right?

How fair is it, if this turns out that the Administration decided to get rid of one set up black woman to counter the charges of racism within their ranks?

How fair is it that they did this while continuing to tolerate the blatantly racist policy makers like Eric Holder, while sacrificing the policy followers?

I think it makes them lower than they already were, and you know what I think they were lower than before.

Greg said...

I read an interview with Sherrod this morning, and she said that she was never given an opportunity to explain herself and that "the Administration was not interested in the truth."

I know you're all shocked to hear that....

LASunsett said...

//I know you're all shocked to hear that....//

Greg, check out the link in Update #2. It just keeps getting better and better. I think they figured she'd just go away.

Anonymous said...

Our government is corrupt? Say it isn't so. Let's release Bernie Madoff and put Obama in the slammer. Or Pelosi. Or Frank. Or Dodd. Or ... shit, just pick anyone.

A.C. McCloud said...

I like your deception/deflection theory. The guy who originally offered the tape to Breitbart sent him a blank CD, then when the Tea Party letter surfaced he contacted the guy again, who sent him the bits he aired. At least that's what he said. Sounds like Breitbart could have been set up. And where was Dridge? He's a friend, but was absent the entire story until today.

Anyway, a much more egregious story was buried--the proven collusion of mainstream journalists during the election.