Are Conservative Sherrod Apologists The Real Racists?
As you'll learn below, supported by video, Shirley Sherrod believes Andrew Breitbart did what he did because he genuinely wants to see a return to actual slavery for blacks in the United States. Think about what that view says about her and her views on race.
Without making a sweeping generalization, I suspect some of Sherrod's Right-side apologists do so without realizing they are displaying the soft bigotry of low expectations not untypical of upper-middleclass whites.
I grew up in a lower middleclass neighborhood fairly well integrated – by economics, not by buses. There were blacks and whites who treated their own and the other race with a disciplined set of reasonable expectations. They tended to rise up economically, leaving behind what were less than ideal circumstances. Then there were those, both black and white, who had no positive expectations for self, or for others, white or black. They tended to remain stuck.
Anyone viewing both Breitbart's original video snippets and the fuller tape and not appreciating how Sherrod doesn't come close to living up to a set of reasonable standards, or expectations for a public official, while displaying significant signs of racial bias is missing the point, in my opinion. And I can't help but wonder if the soft bigotry of low expectations for blacks to be found across many would be and actual white elitists isn't the reason.
Here's a new snippet of the Shirley Sherrod you believe is owed an apology discussing Andrew Breitbart. The full video of her with Anderson Cooper is here. Who really deserves the apology here, given Sherrod's views?
I think he 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.