Here’s what happens when you don’t post things to your blog timely. Now I have to completely change this post up because the story has completely changed. It doesn’t invalidate anything I had to say before, but now I have to say a lot more.
For context, for future generations who will read this like it’s the Hadith, Sherryl Sherrod is a Dept of Agriculture bureaucrat who gave a speech at the NAACP convention this year. (Future generations–if you don’t know what the Dept of Agriculture and the NAACP are, go look it up on Wikipedia. If you are reading this you sure as hell have Wikipedia, right?)
In her speech, Shirley allowed as to how she might have discriminated a little bit against whitey in her youth and she was somewhat sorry about that because she realized that the difference between rich and poor is even more important than the difference between black and white if you’re going to make a career about pretending to help those who won’t be helped.
(Of course, Shirley is right about the poor thing–all welfare bums have more in common with each other than they do with productive people. And there are almost zero multi-decade poor people in America who aren’t slimeballs, sleazebags, deadbeats and welfare bums. Shirley wuvs these asshowes wike Bwistow wuvs Wevi, and with about as much wationality. Yeah, I’m still pissed at Sarah Palin.)
(So when am I going to get around to defending Sherryl? Wait for it…. you’re going to be waiting a little while, but I will do it.)
Shirley Sherrod is a standard issue black racist worthless (till last week) federal bureaucrat.
She wasn’t just a racist 24 years ago. She’s still a racist now. Her full speech is full of banal racism. Everyone’s bitching about how it was wrong to quote just a little bit of it. It’s not doing her a favor to quote the whole thing. And what she’s had to say since then hasn’t covered her IQ in glory.
She’s always made a really good living playing the oppressed card in the quasi-governmental community organizing sector where Barack Obama also learned to tap dance for the guilty white liberal man.
Sherrod wasn’t a Fed until 2009. She sued the feds for some kind of racist something, and got mid-6-figures out of it. I don’t know the details and I don’t care. I just hate people who sue like this. This is why I hated John Edwards from day 1.
Anyhow, she got hired into the Dept of AG bureacracy in 2009, coincidence I’m sure, and other racists in the Obama administration cannot be proved to have anything to do with Sherryl the pilot fish serendipitously attaching herself to the biggest safest whale of all.
Now, we must stop and talk about what the definition of racism is. A too-large percentage of black people and white liberal people say that unless you’re a member of a privileged class you can’t be a racist. If you’re a member of an oppressed class, you can hate based on race all you want and that doesn’t count. Go listen to all of Sherrod’s speech and decide whether she thinks this is right or not.
My definition of racism is much simpler: hating people because of their race. By my definition, as a racial group, black people are the most racist people in America. Except perhaps for the Japanese, who keep it under their hats instead of using it for begging rights.
Ok, now, the main event…
In defense of Shirley Sherrod:
Watch her whole tape or don’t argue with me.
Shirley stood up in front of a (friendly) crowd and honestly, sincerely, said politically incorrect things to try to move them in her direction. Sure, in some of her speech she pandered to the crowd. Like people on the right don’t? Like Sarah Palin isn’t more pander than human? (Seriously, I’m so sick of Sarah that I’m thinking I must have an unconscious crush on her.)
Sherrod led with rehearsed shtick slamming Republicans to get crowd armor down for what she really wanted to say.
She wanted to admit mistakes, tell personal stories, get people to move more to less racism.
And for that she was crucified.
She spoke very seriously, without malice, about her own racism, about her regrets. There’s no question she was trying to do good and meant NO HARM. I’d have cheered her were I there.
I am sick and fucking tired of everyone who refuses to let those who mean no harm when speaking about race escape without being destroyed.
Al Campanis, Jimmy the Greek, Shirley Sherrod..
If you don’t get what they have in common, you’re a racist race monger.
Hey, Andrew Breitbart, you’re one of my heroes. But this is more than inflicting collateral damage and revenging yourself on the NAACP for calling the Tea Party racists. Way too much.
Andrew, you’re now a member of the lynch mob going after anyone who speaks honestly and without malice about race. I don’t give a flying fuck whether you only got a clip of the video and couldn’t wait to post it till you had the whole context. That’s what a lynching is–stringing someone up before you have all the facts. You lynched this woman, and I mean that with every bit of racial subtext and context that can be attached to the word “lynching.” I’m really interested to see what you will say about this fuckup. If you go all defensive and nitpicky, you’re dead to me.
The NAACP has had a great week and honest people have to admit that Mark Williams’ unforced error (see my previous post) proves them right about racism in the Tea Party: Mark Williams had 400,000 members of his Tea Party Express. Williams is a racist piece of shit. I hope almost all of Williams’ followers are as shocked as I am. Until they repudiate him, fuck them. Williams hadn’t outed himself as a vicious racist before Ben Jealous threw down the gauntlet. And then the racism boiling over in his sad little soul just boiled over like a boiling over thing….I’ve been watching too much Red Eye.
The Left was right. There’s significant racism in the Tea Party. True until otherwise proven, you 400K Mark Williams followers. What say you? Seriously, you Tea Party Express people need to do something.
UPDATE: Mark Williams has resigned from the Tea Party Express, gracelessly, dishonestly and exactly like the little bitch he is.
Hey, Eric Fuckwad Holder, you say Americans are cowards when it comes to talking about race, but I haven’t heard you yet defend this gutsy woman. I don’t care if you do it later this week–too little too late, as usual.
Hey, Barack and your SecAg Tom Shitsack. You fired this woman like she was radioactive based on You-Tube. Everyone says you jumped too soon. Well, yeah, governing by You-Tube is pretty pathetic.
But nobody I’ve seen yet has said this: You jumped too soon because you bought the original story hook line and sinker because you felt, deep in your heart, that it was true. You know goddamn well that black racism is a virulant undergrowth in mainstream black organizations. “Killing cracker babies” is way more a mainstream sentiment among blacks than you dare admit. You found Sherrod guilty because that’s what you expected to find.
Barack, this story felt true to you. Christ, you over-privileged little racist punk surrounded by all your little racist punk advisors.
Oh, and for everyone denying that the pressure to fire Sherrod wasn’t from the White House…
Barack Obama is a goddamn liar.
Robert Gibbs is a goddam liar’s bitch.
Tom Shitsack, Secretary of Agriculture, is trying to take one for the team. He’s after 72 virgins in heaven, which in America, is cushy jobs and perhaps an ambassadorship. Christ, we’ve become so third world when it comes to our privileged class. From now on, I’ll call him Secretary Bwana Shitsack.
I hate most everybody this week except Shirley Sherrod. Sure, she’s a racist. Sure, she’s done lots of bad things and made a career from race-mongering. But she’s the only person this week I’ve seen actually speak truth to power. And then she outed the liars in the White House who tried to keelhaul her. And she’s trying hard to think about her racism and talk about it and be honest.
You go girl.
UPDATED because I kept calling her Sherryl instead of Shirley Sherrod. My affinity for alliteration is absolutely asinine.