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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Douglas Carroll

July 29th, 2010
12:55 pm

Mr A Conservative – WOW, I hope and pray she is getting legal support. Imagine if someone lied about you and you were fired because of it. Yes Ms Sherrod – sue him. He willfully destroyed your livlihood so he could make a political point. Yes sue him and just maybe if the suit is punitative enough others out there – black, white, hispanic, republican, democrat, independent, north, south, west, east – will pause and think about the consequences of distorting the truth. Sue him!!!

Douglas Carroll

July 29th, 2010
12:56 pm

…one other thing Mr or Mrs A Conservative, please be assured no person of color or intellect will model themselves after Sarah Palin.

Richard Hamilton

July 29th, 2010
1:52 pm

You have to love America. Sue someone else for comments that you made. This ranks right up there with suing McDonalds for making you fat.

It’s so funny the White House was responsible for getting this woman fired for no apparent reason and without actually doing any background check or looking at the entire video, which the naacp had at the time she was fired, and now everyone blames breitbart. I can’t stand either side and I still don’t get it. Politicians could care less what your skin color is, if they can exploit you they will. The Democratic party is king of exploiting the black community and spouting racist remarks all the time.

The clip is exactly that a clip of a longer video. In no way was the clip distorted or changed. Taken out of context based on what she said, yes, but not distorted.

If your white your a racist pig and if your black your angry over centuries of mistreatment. Isn’t that how the story goes?

What I don’t get is why does the black community embrace wealthy white democrats who throw the race card around all the time and then behind closed doors mocks the black community? Who is the biggest democratic white politician that has ever made a true difference in the black community?

President Lincoln and Eisenhower were both at the forefront of civil rights and equality for african americans, but they were both republicans.

During the twenty years of the FDR and Truman administrations, the Democrats had refused to enact any civil rights legislation. In contrast, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the 1957 Civil Rights Act, which had been written by his Attorney General, a former Chairman of the Republican National Committee. The original draft would have permitted the federal government to sue anyone violating another person’s constitutional rights, but this powerful provision would have to wait until the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The bill had to be weakened considerably to secure enough Democrat votes to pass, so violations would be civil, not criminal offenses, and penalties were light. Vice President Richard Nixon helped overcome a Democrat filibuster in the Senate. The GOP then strengthened enforcement with its 1960 Civil Rights Act.
Clever strategizing had won him the support of most African-American voters, but it took President John Kennedy (D-MA) nearly two years to make good on even one of his promises to them. He refused to attend a dinner commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and turned down Martin Luther King’s invitation to speak at the March on Washington. He did name Thurgood Marshall to the federal bench, but that was to an appeals court in New York, far from the fray in southern states. Kennedy did not honor his campaign promise to submit to Congress a new civil rights bill soon after taking office.” – Michael Zack

I could go on but what’s the point. White people are the devil and they hate everyone, especially black people. Democrats are angels and Republicans are determined to return slavery to America, despite everything history tells us.

No More Progressives!

July 29th, 2010
2:09 pm

HDB

July 28th, 2010
9:42 am
s. Sherrod has gone through is what many on the right deny what happens of many people of color!HDB

July 28th, 2010
9:42 am
“………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!!”

Does Ben Jealous or Julian Bond permeate racism?

How about Screwy Louie Farrakhan?

How about Reverend Wright?

How come I can’t joint the NAACP? or the Congressional Black Caucus?

How come I can’t benefit from an SBA 8(a) set-aside?

heartlandboy

July 29th, 2010
3:23 pm

“How come I can’t joint the NAACP? or the Congressional Black Caucus?”

1. Anybody can join the NAACP. Even conservatives who love freedom, justice and equality are welcome. (granted, there aren’t many of those.)
2. um, because you aren’t a member of Congress?

Why can’t I join the Daughters of the American Revolution? lol.

No More Progressives!

July 29th, 2010
5:39 pm

heartlandboy

July 29th, 2010
3:23 pm

Nice try.

Shelly

July 29th, 2010
6:18 pm

Funny how no one will hold Breitbart and Fox News accountable. They can make up all the stuff they want and dumb people still keep watching and reading…

Ain’t America grand?

whateva

July 29th, 2010
7:50 pm

sure he can say move on; he doesn’t have to worry about being a certain color or racism-he’s priviledged

No More Progressives!

July 30th, 2010
5:34 am

Shelly

July 29th, 2010
6:18 pm
Funny how no one will hold Breitbart and Fox News accountable. They can make up all the stuff they want and dumb people still keep watching and reading…

Question: Why do you watch, or are you dumb, too?

Who holds PMSNBC accountable?

Give us an example of something Fox “made up.”

No More Progressives!

July 30th, 2010
5:39 am

Why can’t I join the Daughters of the American Revolution?

“Do you have a Revolutionary Patriot in your family tree? Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) honors and preserves the legacy of your Patriot ancestor.”

http://www.dar.org/natsociety/content.cfm?ID=92&hd=n

Other than your Mother & Father, do you know who any of your ancestors are?

Mitch

July 30th, 2010
8:25 am

No Bob, No we can’t ignore this. For so long “Racism” and “Sexism” have only been scene to apply one way. And it should apply apply to all. This is the exact treatment anyone should get for comments like that. There have been so many times that I have thought “If a _____ person said that, it wouldn’t have been OK” does that sound like an equal or egalitarian society? I think not.

Now everyone gets a taste of the cry raciest behavior.

Poet of turth

August 5th, 2010
9:39 am

Bob,

You are right. We should be talking about how to get ourselves out of the Republican Recession. We have to work stopping the gridlock that Republican’s caused. We must start revealing to the American people on how the neo-con are using false issues of freedom to divert the public for their culpability in the mess of two fail wars and a failed economy. The republican battle cry in November should be, if it there is truth in advertising, “Vote Republican. Return to Failure cus’ Ideology Never Learns”

Poet of turth

August 5th, 2010
10:07 am

Richard Hamilton,

You are right in pointing out that Republicans of the 40s and 50s supported Civil Rights. Were you fail is understanding that that Republican party all but doesn’t exists anymore. (Most republicans from that era would be labeled Rinos today. Eisenhower, with his policies, would have as much chance of winning Republican nomination in 2012 as Sarah Palin winning the Democratic nomination.) The current Republican party is a product of Barry Goldwater’s deal woth the Dixicrats. The Dixiecrats, Strom Thurmond among them, become the ideological backbone of the Republican party. Before the mid-sixties few Republicans would tout States Rights, Limited Government, Freedom defined by keeping the Government out our business. They also brought a deep seated hatred toward the Government as they blamed it on the loss of the old South and the enforced elimination of the Jim Crows laws. Unfortunately Barry Goldwater sold the soul of the republican party to a coalition of Neo-cons, Ideologs and Dixiecrats.

V. Powell

September 1st, 2010
4:51 pm

Shirely Sherrod was explaing how she had moved past racial issues. Blacks should be upset that they murdered and no arrest was even thought about. Even through it has been years since the crime was committed, let the chickens come home to roost.

I can understand how your christain values would have you to focus on the wrong she did.

It is surprising how the NAACP reacted they were in the meeting, what were they asleep. Or are the a group of southern blacks that know their place.