Can we now put the Shirley Sherrod racial debate behind us?

Postscript for the Shirley Sherrod racial comment case:  can we move beyond it?  

After the flap involving her controversial comments to the NAACP, the even more controversial Breitbart Blog  “analysis” of her comments, her firing by the Agriculture Secretary, the mea culpa by the Agriculture Secretary, her indecision about accepting a new job offer, her becoming a media darling, and the Commander-in-Chief’s phone call, can we finally focus on some issues of immediate, vital and continuing importance to the future of our country?  Like an out-of-control national debt; a continuing mess in Afghanistan; continued erosion of individual liberty at the hands of federal, state and local governments; increased taxes;  government take-over of health care; a debate over illegal immigration that grows more heated every day; and a major corruption scandal in the Congress?

Apparently issues such as these are less interesting to many folks in Washington and in the media than one person’s racial epiphany, and they are difficult matters to resolve; but you know what — they really are important.

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LeeH1

July 28th, 2010
8:31 am

The “Sherrod Express” was certainly more interesting and elightening than the “Mel Gibson Car Crash” or the “Lindsey Lohan Jail Break Follies.”

Face it, there are times when Americans put aside their important business to pay attention to fools in the headlines. This was just one of them. There are many fools out there.

Port O'John

July 28th, 2010
9:19 am

Looks like things are settled — Briebart claims that he is the victim in all of this and continues to call Ms. Sherrord a racist; the American Spectator (a conservative magazine) has stated that her father wasn’t killed by a white man and that therefore the decision by the white prosecutor not to pursue the case is hunky-dory.

Sounds like the Right has agreed that Ms. Sherrord deserved what happened to her. I agree, case closed.

Barack

July 28th, 2010
9:24 am

Mr. Barr…you are 100% correct. There are more important issues that we should be focusing on. For instance, I have been trying to decide what to wear to Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. Just when I think I have something picked out, those pesky unemployment numbers come out and I get all like…you know…distracted. Dang…I just remebered…I forgot to call and make a tee time.

Barack

July 28th, 2010
9:36 am

PS…don’t forget to watch me get all touchy feely on The View. I mean what a great opportunity to do something really important with my time like being on a daytime morning show. That is really kicking ass!!!

HDB

July 28th, 2010
9:42 am

Can’t move beyond it until people realize that what Ms. Sherrod has gone through is what many on the right deny what happens of many people of color! Until those on the right come out of denial that they permeate racism…and those on the left keep pushing the agenda…then we’ll never get poast this!!

Sam ( The Cool 1 )

July 28th, 2010
10:51 am

The Cisco Kid and Pancho were not racist. Although the bad guys were mostly white. How do we know The Cisco Kid was not prejustice?…….. He rode a black and white horse. What a good guy!

Fang1944

July 28th, 2010
11:15 am

We have a (partly) black President, and the black lady got the shaft automatically from her government employer because of a doctored-up video on a rightwing blog.

No, we can’t put the racial debate behind us.

citizen

July 28th, 2010
11:23 am

Mrs. Sherrod was speaking in Douglas, Ga. to a group of leaders of the community and was making the reference to the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’. I can guarantee there was not one ‘have not’ in the audience. Every single individual that attended the NAACP Freedom Banquet was a citizen that holds a high position in the community. This was not an unusual circumstance, it’s just the way it is when you have a community forum and/or event to raise awareness on any subject. Taxes, crime, education, religious activity, anytime there is a forum to discuss these issues, the majority of time, only the citizens that are concerned show up to give their input.

Whacks Eloquent

July 28th, 2010
11:50 am

HDB, I beg to differ. You are too stuck on the partisan angle. There are just as many pasty white Democrats who are racist, but will lie about it, as there are pasty white Republicans who are racist, but will lie about it. Only difference is that the GOP has never pandered to the Black Panther types, so they don’t have as many black racists. Oh well…

Seriously, I have family up in the northern states. The racism is just is strong up there, it just is repressed and bottled up, but to hear some people talk behind closed doors! Meanwhile, here in the more conservative south, the culture is to air out true feelings rather than repress them. Not that either is pleasant, but you know what I am saying. I am a conservative libertarian who is not racist, and who has run into plenty of liberals who are much more racist than myself.

Whacks Eloquent

July 28th, 2010
11:52 am

Oh, and I will add that Breitbart was way out of line. But he is a media type, so anything he can do to stir the pudding!

Jeb

July 28th, 2010
11:55 am

The issue is the bias and lack of professionalism of Fox news who started this B.S. The voice of the GOP.

Big D

July 28th, 2010
12:08 pm

European-Americans have gotten past the race issue. It is the African-Americans who have not. I know many people who are conservative and are black that voted for him because he is black, talk about racism. The Dimocrat part is the party of Jim Crow and the KKK.

Up Yours

July 28th, 2010
12:08 pm

“The issue is the bias and lack of professionalism of Fox news who started this B.S. The voice of the GOP.”

Fox didn’t fire her. Obamao did.

neo-Carlinist

July 28th, 2010
12:17 pm

Bob, I think today’s comments answers your question (save the “Cisco and Pancho” comments, which are about as good as it gets).

itpdude

July 28th, 2010
12:28 pm

The one thing about the Sherrod debacle we should concentrate on is the media manipulation involved.

There is a neo-con media out there, Breitbart is a huge part of it now, that consistently distorts statements, issues, political positions, etc. Remember the black congressman who said something about having no rules and wanting to accomplish something? The neo-cons made that out to be him saying they were violating procedure (I didn’t agree with HCR, but damn, I do want to be honest) when he was in a different context and quoting Edison.

What is more worrisome is how the neo-cons have a pile of convenient idiots who unquestioningly accept this garbage.

ButtHead

July 28th, 2010
12:33 pm

Most whites, with the exception of fringe groups like the skin heads, have all gotten past racism. But it seems like the reason this story is still hanging around is to show that there is black racism. According to the new black panther party a black person can’t be racist; unfortunately a lot of blacks feel this way. This case is to show how wrong racism is be it a black person or a white, wrong is wrong. One set of rules for ALL races.

Up Yours

July 28th, 2010
12:52 pm

“The one thing about the Sherrod debacle we should concentrate on is the media manipulation involved.”

You must have forgotten about Rathergate. You know, the one where Dan Rather ran with a fake story about fake military documents….

But hey, you clowns on the left only think the right distorts its facts.

By the way, Sherrods husband is on tape railing on white people and “uncle toms” as he calls blacks who don’t agree with racist blacks like he and his wife.

Victor the Crab

July 28th, 2010
1:32 pm

Can’t wait ’till all this is out of sight, out of mind, eh? Business as usual, waiting for the next pack of lies to create phoney outrage all across the right. No wonder America is going down the toilet.

Geez Bob

July 28th, 2010
1:57 pm

Geeez, Bob. I thought you would have at least taken a look at what Brietbart first published. If you had you would see that the NAACP audience that Sherrod was addressing was fully amused and giddy (not horrified by the racist talk) as Sherrod described how she once considered shafting a white farmer… simply because he WAS a white farmer. Had you heard this, you too would understand that Breitbart was wholly correct in his assertion that a racist/Bigoted organization such as the NAACP was in absolutely no position to call out anyone, let alone the Tea Party as racists, bigots.

Either YOU are a dupe of the MSM or you are just clueless. You can do better, Bob

Mr. Holmes

July 28th, 2010
2:06 pm

Mr. Barr: The fact that the closest you came to denouncing the cause of all this ruckus–Andrew Breitbart–is by calling his blog “controversial” demonstrates the reason many aren’t ready to move on.

Equally as large as the issue of race is the willingness of “news” organizations on the right–and Breitbart does claim to be a journalist–are willing to blatantly fabricate stories to further their agenda. They did it with ACORN, they did it with Sherrod … who knows who will be the next target? Possibly the best outcome out of all this is that people in the respectable media will recognize Breitbart’s crap for the garbage that it is.

Drawing Black Lines

July 28th, 2010
2:35 pm

Hmmm….rushing to judgement over race??

Lets not forget Tawana Brawley and Crystal Mangum

phil

July 28th, 2010
2:39 pm

Yes Mr. Barr, I think you can let it go now. The main purpose for the overexposure of this story was to divert the public’s attention from the media machinations of the JounoList, and i think it succeeded in doing that.

Marcos

July 28th, 2010
2:45 pm

The reason this episode exists in the first place is because far right extremists took creative license in the editing of a video to make it look as though this woman was an avowed racists and to discredit her and the NAACP. You want this to stop? Then stop the likes of Breitbart from hijacking the once rational Republican party.

Up Yours

July 28th, 2010
2:57 pm

“Lets not forget Tawana Brawley and Crystal Mangum”

Sharpton and Jackson have never apologized for their racist smears. Idiots both.

Up Yours

July 28th, 2010
2:57 pm

Marcos blah blah blah……

FOX didn’t fire Sherrod. Your cult leader did.

hotlanta

July 28th, 2010
3:06 pm

Barr how come you and other folks are not making the comparison between Rev. Wright tapegate soundbites and Shirley Sherrod. It’s the same thing. Are you still passing as a white man is the reason why you don’t want to discuss Ms. Sherrod tapegate.

Ivan Cohen

July 28th, 2010
3:16 pm

Lots of luck in putting the racial debate behind you if you can Bob Barr. This episode will resurface when a year-end review of 2010 takes place. Having also read the comments of those who weighed in on Jay Bookman’s and Cynthia Tucker’s side of the AJC fence, the dead horse got beaten to the point that the remains are being bottled into two types of glues. Regular and Krazy. Briebart can claim he is the victim until the cows come home but he ain’t no Allan Bakke. As for the American Spectator, they must have had an informant around when Ms. Sherrods father was killed by a white man. One has to wonder why they were keeping mum all these years. The Right lacks compassionate conservatism. Heck, they lack compassion altogether. Bob Barr, is your question motivated by the fact that Al-Quida, the Tailban, Afghans, Iranians and Iraq’s see what is taking place in America via the news networks and say to themselves, who are the Americans to tell us to clean up our act, when they cannot get their own house in order.

Marcos

July 28th, 2010
3:19 pm

“FOX didn’t fire Sherrod. Your cult leader did.”

It’s comments like these that will keep this nation at odds for years to come. President Obama is the nation’s leader, as was President Bush before him. Show some class and stop your petty name calling. It is unbecoming of someone with the capacity to type.

Jeffrey

July 28th, 2010
3:21 pm

Bob, you are my favorite convervative but Sherrod was brought about by someone who calls themself a conservative. If y’all policed each other there might be more of you and less of the Limbaugh type. I know you can say the NAACP started it, but I know you’re too classy for that.

Drawing Black Lines

July 28th, 2010
3:29 pm

Tawana Brawley

Crystal Mangum

Marcos

July 28th, 2010
3:44 pm

Drawing Black Lines:

Bonnie Sweeten, Ashley Todd, Jennifer Wilbanks, Susan Smith, and Charles Stuart. Google them.

Sven Ottke

July 28th, 2010
3:47 pm

Aw whatamatter Marcos, does the truth (cult leader) hurt?

P.

July 28th, 2010
3:59 pm

Wow – you were all over this when you thought Ms. Sherrod was being racist but now that it’s been proven that breitbarg rigged the video now you want to move past this. Typical

Martin Williams

July 28th, 2010
4:00 pm

Bob Barr, here we go again. One of the people that drafted Contract with America. Mr. Barr, when you talk about deficit I hope you are looking yourself in the mirror and say……oops, I contributed a lot to that deficit with my votes. Think about it.

tom

July 28th, 2010
4:00 pm

Sherrod got more than her 15 min of fame and she did not deserve that. In the game of what if, farmers were black and Sherrod is white and says the same things. Damn, there I go still giving her time. Excuse me while I go sla[ myself.

Marcos

July 28th, 2010
4:00 pm

Thanks for proving my point Sven.

WW

July 28th, 2010
4:07 pm

So “tom” in the actual video she speaks about learning to get past her own racism because of how her father was murdered by a white farmer. And she has done so — a lesson for us all. Yet you want to fault HER for this situation? Please. Fault Brietbart, FOX News and the rest of the MSM for running with this false story and creating this issue. But for some reason I think you will always blame Ms. Sherrod despite the truth.

Drawing Black Lines

July 28th, 2010
4:22 pm

Marcos

You are a dirty bigotted racist. Google that

Marcos

July 28th, 2010
4:27 pm

How so Drawing Black Lines? Because I pointed out that not only African Americans are guilty of blaming other races for crimes that were not committed? Wow. Doesn’t take much does it… besides, I am a white guy.

Intown Lib

July 28th, 2010
5:15 pm

Why do you want to change the subject Bob? Does it make you uncomfortable, embarrassed to have ever been affiliated with the Republican Party or “conservatives”, or …

A Billups

July 28th, 2010
5:21 pm

African americans will move on from this because that is how we have survived through the years of being treated unfairly. I see the views of white americans are still the same. They just don’t get it and know the black experience. It will never be forgotten by me.

Up Yours

July 28th, 2010
5:46 pm

“Show some class and stop your petty name calling.”

Up yours.

Up Yours

July 28th, 2010
5:46 pm

“They just don’t get it and know the black experience.”

That’s because most people could care less about the black experience. Most people have a life.

Ray

July 28th, 2010
5:49 pm

No, we cannot get past this, becaue everyone isn’t being called to fully account on this. Breitbart is being called upon, but the White House & the NAACP can say a hollow “sorry” to Sherrod and that is fine and dandy with the media. But Sherrod was treated harshly by the White House and that must not be forgotten.

In this whole sordid affair, one can either believe Shirley Sherrod or they can believe the spin put out by Vilsack and the White House.

Shirley Sherrod said that the USDA’s Cheryl Cook called her & told her to pull over and resign, because Glenn Beck was going to air a past speech that she had given on his show that day, and Sherrod says that it was the White House who forced her to resign.

Vilsack, otoh, said that HE ousted her & that it was over some clip that he saw on Fox News website. But that is contradicted by Sherrod’s own words.

Again, Sherrod said that she was forced to resign over Glenn Beck, not some clip that Vilsack saw on Fox News website, and Sherrod said that it was the White House who forcd her to resign, not Vilsack. Another problem: Glenn Beck did not air her speech that day, actually defended her and said that her ouster was unjustifiable, regardless of her political views.

Enter the spin from the White House…

The White House & the NAACP say that they were “snookered” by Fox News, but that is contradicted on two fronts: 1.) Sherrod said that she was forced to resign over Glenn Beck, not some clip on Fox News website, and 2.) how could the White House (as well as the NAACP) have been “snookered” by Fox News when the NAACP had the full video of Sherrod’s speech at their disposal to peruse?

In the end, the White House threw Sherrod under the bus, just does not want to own up to what they did, and would rather shift all of this to Fox News. Coward White House.

Dave

July 28th, 2010
7:02 pm

“her controversial comments”

Huh? I agree with you main point; but, what did she say, versus what she was accused of saying, that was controversial?

Watching from afar

July 28th, 2010
7:50 pm

Its really funny watching both the Democrats and Republicans in this part of the world. Each one thinks that:

(A) The opposite party is a collection of retards and buffons incapable of any good (meanwhile their own party isnt any better)
(B)Quick to point out all the flaws, failed (and failing policies) in the opposing party (again while ignoring the flaws, failed and failing policies of their own party)
(C)After pointing out the flaws, failed and failing policies of the other party, neither of them can provide any solutions of their own!

The republicans on every discussion board I visit are quick to bash Pres. Obama for virtually every policy he enacts while convinently ignoring the entire mess that President Bush was able to achieve in the 8yrs he served.

Come 2012 or 2016 (depending on whom you ask), the saga resumes again. When can Americans look beyond the truly pitiful and sometimes really childish arguments and name calling and simply devise a way to move forward and tackle all the ill’s that ail them?

My guess is never, so I am simply going to sit back and enjoy the unscripted political comedy that unfolds everyday!

Its unscripted political comedy at its best!

ReadandWeep

July 28th, 2010
9:44 pm

The best commentary I’ve seen on this Sherrod story has been here:http://shuckinthejive.com/?p=222.
He’s absolutely right. “No one at all anywhere should look to the media for objective, vetted information. They are spewing entertainment as fast as they can acquire it. PERIOD!!!!!”

Ellen

July 29th, 2010
11:56 am

Why don’t you blame Breitbart? He started it…

Charlie

July 29th, 2010
12:03 pm

Bob Barr does not understand the reason why race in this country continues to be an issue. The reason is we all want to push it to the side. How about the country discussing it and then move ahead from our open dialogue. America needs a honest discourse about the subject. It’s looooong overdue!

A CONSERVATIVE

July 29th, 2010
12:14 pm

GOTTA BELIEVE SHERROD IS GETTING LEGAL-POLITICAL ADVICE FROM THE WHITR-HOUSE….& THE DNC……She wants to be the black Sarah Palin…SHERROD wants more than 15 minutes of fame…& her adoring Media will give it to her..