Did the NAACP give cover to Obama on the Shirley Sherrod firing? Did Obama want her fired to appease the great white, black-baiting lunatic media fringe, but wanted to blame someone else so as not to piss-off his black base? Surely, if one needs more proof that Black political leadership is held hostage to the Obama Stockholm Syndrome, one need look no further than this deplorable incident.
There must have been collusion between Obama and the NAACP because the “White House” wanted her fired and the NAACP wanted her hung out to dry. The NAACP, after all, had the full tape of the 40 minute speech Sherrod gave to the organization and the hall was full of witnesses to Ms. Sherrod’s comments. Anyone amongst that group of attendees could have stood up for Sherrod against the false reverse “racism” charges the lunatic TEA party advocates perpetuate. Yet no one did; that is, until the sh*t hit the fan. Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP was pretty unequivocal in his condemnation of Ms. Sherrod. The pussyfooting of Mr. Jealous, on the defensive about black racism, resulted in an accusation against Ms. Sherrod that she was, at one point, a racist cut of the same cloth as former klansman Senator Robert Byrd or the “segregation forever” king, George Wallace:
The NAACP also has long championed and embraced transformation by people who have moved beyond racial bias. Most notably, we have done so for late Alabama Governor George Wallace and late US Senator Robert Byrd — each a man who had associated with and supported white supremacists and their cause before embracing civil rights for all.
Has the NAACP so lost its collective mind under the influence Obama’s post-racial campaign fantasies that they would forget the history of their own struggle for racial justice by equating the victims of historic American racism with its perpetrators? As a Mr. Welch said to Senator McCarthy during questioning from the House Un-American Activities Committee:
Have you no sense of decency sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?
Mr. Jealous’ open letter made another surprisingly pusillanimous statement:
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 apologized to Ms. Sherrod, clearly a committed and selfless public servant, who had been unfairly maligned
So, the most important evidence of Ms. Sherrod’s innocence was the testimony of the white farmers? Not the fully available TAPE? Not the response of Ms. Sherrod or the full spectrum of her history and reputation? Sad. Obama’s “victory” has sliced the gonads off Black “leadership”.
Duh. FOX News and Breitbart, Beck and Limbaugh make a mint fomenting race hate in America. That the NAACP claims it was “snookered” by these troglodytes is what’s surprising. It seems the NAACP is using its moral currency and justice advocacy to cover for Obama instead of pressing forward with a plan of action to better the lives of the “colored” (multi-racial) downtrodden regardless of who occupies the white house.
The NAACP’s gambit of calling on the TEA party movement and right-wing freak-o-sphere to stop being racist is beyond laughable. Never gonna happen. That’s their bread and butter. It’s really about defending Obama and re-focusing progressives and moderates on poor Mr. President’s raw deal at the hands of dead-ender bigots just at the outset of the 2010 congressional campaign and in the face of Obama’s falling poll numbers. Calling out the TEA party on its race baiting will not end the race baiting but it may rally Obama’s disgruntled erstwhile supporters. Throwing Ms. Sherrod to the wolves would have been a sop for Mr. Obama’s “centrist” sell-out. But the entire episode has blown up in both the president’s and the NAACP’s face, leaving them looking cynical, pathetically weak and out-of-touch.
How about Shirley Sherrod for president?