Breitbart’s Landmark Video And A Genuinely Post-Racial America
An excerpt from the NAACP's statement on the resignation of Shirley Sherrod via Big Government in the wake of a potentially landmark video released by Andrew Breitbart. The USDA is now considering taking her back. If one is willing to step back from the now emotionally charged case, I believe the facts are clear. Racist, or not, Sherrod should in no way be taken back at the USDA. Also, in broader context, if we open our minds to it and remain strong, the video first exposed by Andrew Breitbart at Big Government may well serve as a landmark on the road toward a genuinely post-racial America.
We are appalled by her actions, just as we are with abuses of power against farmers of color and female farmers.
In both the full video and a 3 minute excerpt I produced, Sherrod labels the entire Republican Party racist, claiming they simply can't stand to see a black man in the White House. She also characterizes totally legitimate political opposition to ObamaCare from average citizens as mean and ultimately racist in the end. Had some previous Bush appointee called the Democrat Party a bunch of race-baiting hucksters, or poverty pimps – putting black citizens in that camp, too – there is no way said official would be able to keep their position. Yet, that is precisely what Sherrod did, only it was Republicans and her political opponents she so openly smeared.
The standards are ugliness, ignorance and divisiveness. There should be absolutely no doubt that those are the standards to which a Bush appointee would be held. I see no valid reason to not hold Sherrod to the very same standards, as well.
As far as the original video being a landmark on the road to a truly post-racial America, here is my argument. I believe many of us know where the real racially divisive force comes from in American politics today. Progressive Left Democrats and organizations like the NAACP thrive on racially divisive politics. What Sherrod accused the elites of, divide and conquer, is precisely what the Left in America has been doing for years when it comes to black Americans.
While Democrats are quick to condemn Republicans for what was once called the Southern Strategy, they do nothing to shed light on their own racially divisive politics in play now consistently for the last fifty years. And they will not abandon it until it no longer works, or they are consistently and relentlessly called out for it.
That seems to be a decidedly difficult challenge for many white Americans and especially Republicans on Capitol Hill. They have shown absolutely no real leadership on the cause of racial harmony in America. While certainly not racist, that much is true. Only a united, even if mostly white, majority of Americans forcefully speaking out against the constant race cards and racial divisiveness of the Leftist Democrats can begin to turn that sad state of affairs around.
If we are willing to see Breitbart's original video in that larger context, I do indeed believe it, not Shirley Sherrod, not the NAACP, nor Barack Obama, could be a landmark, a turning point on the road forward to a more genuinely post-racial America.
I believe most all Americans, white and black, would truly like to see that America one day. It will not be easy and it will not be for the timid. It takes courage to stand up and yell back when you know you are going to be shouted down and be falsely charged with racism yourself, as incredibly strong forces combine to undermine both you and your character at every turn.
I believe shouting back against the same old racially divisive politics of old is precisely what Andrew Breitbart did in releasing this recent video. And I'm proud to stand solidly by him in the fight. I only wish more good people on the Right had the judgment and vision to understand the larger dynamics and ultimate worthiness of an admittedly very difficult battle. I believe it's a worthwhile fight, one it seems America must have if we are ever to get to the genuinely post-racial future every American should want.