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Breitbart Don't Bluff

Note to self: do not EVER play poker with Andrew Breitbart. The man does not know how to bluff.

Last week, the NAACP decided to declare war on the Tea Party movement, with a resolution that condemns them for not tar and feathering, then lynching anyone who might be a racist in their ranks. Or maybe not. They won't release the text of the actual resolution passed until October, so it'll be nice and fresh in people's minds for the election.

Well, Andrew Breitbart decided that someone ought to show the NAACP some real "racist elements," and he announced that he would do just that -- and he had video of racism that the NAACP had no problem tolerating.

That should have made the NAACP very nervous, because Breitbart does not bluff. He doesn't say he has something unless he does. In fact, he makes a point of not saying just what he has. During the ACORN video scandals, he specifically refused to say how many videos he had or where they were shot -- giving ACORN and its defenders plenty of rope to hang themselves.

He released the first video, and ACORN went ape. "That was just one rogue operation! It didn't happen anywhere else!"

Next video: "OK, it happened twice. But nowhere else! In fact, they were turned away from several other ACORN offices, including New York!"

Next video: New York.

And he STILL hasn't said if he has more videos.

The man is one cagey bastard.

Anyway, the day after he said he had video of racism tolerated within the NAACP, he released it. And hoo boy, was it a fun one. An Obama administration appointee, receiving an NAACP award at a banquet last March, admits that she willingly discriminated against a white applicant based purely on his race.

Four months ago, at an NAACP function, the guest of honor and federal official told a whole roomful of NAACP members that she had violated federal civil rights laws -- and not one person there attending cared enough to pass that information up the organization. Or, if they did, the higher-ups didn't think it worthy to publicize her admission or even take back the award.

Well, less than a day after that video was released, the official in question -- Shirley Sherrod, the USDA's Georgia Director of Rural Development -- has resigned her position. She offered no defense, put up no fight -- she went quite quietly.

It seems she was pushed, though. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack -- who had appointed her to that job -- didn't bother with the typical mealy-mouthed regrets and best wishes.

"There is zero tolerance for discrimination at USDA, and I strongly condemn any act of discrimination against any person...We have been working hard through the past 18 months to reverse the checkered civil rights history at the department and take the issue of fairness and equality very seriously."

The NAACP wasn't far behind in their condemnation, and it needs a bit of Fisking:

"Since our founding in 1909, the NAACP has been a multi-racial, multi-faith organization that-- while generally rooted in African American communities-- fights to end racial discrimination against all Americans."

Even whitey. When we have to.

We concur with US Agriculture Secretary Vilsack in accepting the resignation of Shirley Sherrod for her remarks at a local NAACP Freedom Fund banquet.

Which happened four months ago, when we were giving her an award for her achievements and efforts. And we're only now rethinking that because we got caught.

Racism is about the abuse of power. Sherrod had it in her position at USDA. According to her remarks, she mistreated a white farmer in need of assistance because of his race.

Remember that, "racism is about the abuse of power." Which means that the powerless can't be racist. That's why we didn't have a problem with the Black Panther case until we got called on that one, too, and why we don't have a problem with "reverse discrimination."

We are appalled by her actions, just as we are with abuses of power against farmers of color and female farmers.

None of which we can document at this point, but let's throw around the accusation and smears to give this lady a little cover.

Her actions were shameful. While she went on to explain in the story that she ultimately realized her mistake, as well as the common predicament of working people of all races, she gave no indication she had attempted to right the wrong she had done to this man.

All of which we didn't realize until someone posted that video of what happened AT OUR OWN EVENT, when we were GIVING HER AN AWARD.

The reaction from many in the audience is disturbing. We will be looking into the behavior of NAACP representatives at this local event and take any appropriate action.

And when we say "the audience," we mean "many of our proud members and supporters."

We thank those who brought this to our national office's attention, as there are hundreds of local fundraising dinners each year.

Andrew who? And hey, there's always a bad apple or two. Don't let that mess with our carefully-cultivated image.

Sherrod's behavior is even more intolerable in light of the US Department of Agriculture's well documented history of denying opportunities to African American, Latino, Asian American, and Native American farmers, as well as female farmers of all races. Currently, justice for many of these farmers is being held up by Congress. We would hope all who share our outrage at Sherrod's statements would join us in pushing for these cases to be remedied.

Hey, still got that bucket of slime handy? Our gal -- who we haven't asked yet to give back that award -- needs some more cover!

The NAACP will continue to advance the ideals of America and fight for freedom, justice and fairness for all Americans."

Especially when caught honoring those who do that, backed into a corner, and left no other choice.

Note, also, that the press release is only accessible through the Google-cached version of their web site. It's currently been scrubbed. Are they (dare I say it) trying to white-wash things?

Breitbart hints that this isn't the only video he has like it. I'm betting he'll drop another today, then wait for the furor to die down a little before #3 hits the net. He's a master at keeping the story going, of keeping the pressure on, and never showing all his cards.

I predict a very, very rough few weeks for the NAACP -- as they will never know when he has released all the videos he has.

Because Breitbart doesn't bluff.


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Comments (65)

OMG I am SOOOOO shocked. B... (Below threshold)
epador:

OMG I am SOOOOO shocked. Black people in a position due to affirmative action sticking it to whitey. WOW. I never saw that before!

Given the arrogance and utt... (Below threshold)
OLDPUPPYMAX:

Given the arrogance and utter lack of concern for the law exhibited by Hussein & Co, I'm frankly surprised she was fired!! After all, the MSM would NOT have covered the story (it may now, given the fait accompli status, but don't bet on it) so the odds are pretty good no one would have heard of it except on the web. And what could have been done about it anyway? Write nasty letters? THAT would certainly cost Hussein a lot of sleep--while on vacation.

So if people not in power c... (Below threshold)
Glen Harness:

So if people not in power can't be racist, then the people in the Tea Party, who have no power, can't be racist.

Nobody except head-up-their... (Below threshold)
6Kings:

Nobody except head-up-their-ass lefties (meaning most Democrats) is surprised by this revelation about the NAACP or any other pseudo civil rights organization. I am just happy that it is finally getting attention.

Jay Tea, check yer email. ... (Below threshold)
James H:

Jay Tea, check yer email.

Dammit Jay,Another... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Dammit Jay,

Another one. ANOTHER issue I was going to write about and you snatched it away.

I have one word for you:

sigh

-Shawn

Martin Luther King Jr would... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Martin Luther King Jr would be disgusted with the current crop of race-baiting poverty pimps and professional victims. If you want equality, that equality HAS to be unilateral and across the board. Someone's skin is darker than yours? It doesn't matter. Someone's skin is lighter than yours? It doesn't matter - any more than "Wow, his hair is red" or "she's awfully tall" is a reason for you to treat someone badly.

What matters is that they're EQUAL to you, as deserving of respect as anyone. And if you DON'T give them that respect, whether their skin is darker or lighter - then you're being a racist no matter how dark or light your skin or how self-serving your justifications are.

If you CAN'T look beyond skin color - then it's your problem.

I spent part of last week at a college-sponsored aviation camp for middle schoolers. The mix was about 50-50, and the kids had a great time forming their own groupings for projects... without any apparent regard for race. What was important was the goal - building planes, model rockets, hot air balloons, flying, playing with simulators and the like.

But at some point - they'll get taught that color is more important than anything else. That it should determine who their friends are, what kind of clothes they wear, what kind of music they listen to.

And that'll be a sad day for them.

As InstaGlenn pointed out: ... (Below threshold)
Roy:

As InstaGlenn pointed out: "Hey, it's not called the 'National Association for the Advancement of Racial Equality', you know."

Good post JT, but you messe... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Good post JT, but you messed up your metaphor in the first paragraph. You should want to play poker with people who don't bluff. It's the people who do bluff and are very good at it that are very good poker players and very challenging opponents in the game.

I suppose you could say you only want to play with bluffers who are good at it so the game is more challenging to you, but if you want to make the most money (which for most is the point of the game) than playing against those who don't bluff is a very good thing.

"But at some point - they'l... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"But at some point - they'll get taught that color is more important than anything else. That it should determine who their friends are, what kind of clothes they wear, what kind of music they listen to."

50 to 100 years ago it would have been the whites who did that teaching. Today it is the blacks. It is mainstream in their leadership. It is mainstream in their elected officials. It is mainstream in their churches. It is mainstream in their organizations. It is mainstream in their communities. The black community and especially its leadership resembles the white reconstruction South more than anything else today in its racial obsession and animosity.

Andrew is a national treasu... (Below threshold)
John Galt:

Andrew is a national treasure.

"50 to 100 years ago it ... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"50 to 100 years ago it would have been the whites who did that teaching."

I think you're wrong there Jim. Maybe in the last 50-100 years the whites have become much less likely to do this and have gone out of their way more to not do this, and perhaps the blacks have become more likely to do this over that same time, but still 50 or 100 years ago both races did this.

This is the natural consequ... (Below threshold)
mark:

This is the natural consequence of defining equality as a thumb on the scale in favor of a particular race, sex or sexual orientation. It is inevitable.

I'm suggesting that from th... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I'm suggesting that from the post civil war to the civil rights era there was a reasonable likelihood that segregation would be enforced through institutions that were dominated by whites. Since the civil rights era the pendulum has swung to the other side and racism, racial preferences and segregation are enforced almost exclusively by blacks. It gets dressed up as affirmative action and talk of righting past discrimination but at its core it is racism.

Breitbart has a mean set of... (Below threshold)
Sir Toby Belch:

Breitbart has a mean set of brass knuckles.
Now if the Repubs would only ask to borrow
them on occasion, the right would be in
better shape in this epic rumble in the
political alley.

RE #14. Thats true Jim, bu... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

RE #14. Thats true Jim, but the origional statement was about "teaching" racism--that begins at home.

Chone, if you got another a... (Below threshold)

Chone, if you got another angle or something different to say, run with it. Different people, different takes.

But then again, I'm still slightly annoyed at Kim for running over MY Massachusetts companies dropping health coverage story on Sunday...

J.

Apparently the stat... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:


Apparently the statement about Obama being elected would set race relations back 100 years wasn't hyperbole.

When I look at ANYONE, I see a person---period. People are either people or assholes, they get there on their own, race being irrelevant.

Denigrating them on color or ethnicity is a pretty shitty thing to do. Character is the ONLY way to judge, seems to me.

"the origional statement wa... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"the origional statement was about "teaching" racism--that begins at home."

Yes at home where they are taught to think the things their leaders tell them. Where they go to church were people like he Rev's Wright, Sharpton, Jackson and others teach them. Where the community organizer comes to their neighborhood and teaches them.

My point was that year after year the black community has become one focused on racism and racial victimhood. One that is focused on getting handouts based on race and getting back at white people like the Duke Lacrosse players not because they are guilty but because they are white and white people should pay for the alleged crimes of centuries past.

This is not about just the family but the entire culture that has been promoted by the churches, the media, the politicians and the community organizations like the NAACP.

re: teaching racism. The l... (Below threshold)
mark:

re: teaching racism. The law teaches. What the law teaches today is that equality = discrimination against disfavored groups. This is what is taught by the law today.

I found the second video in... (Below threshold)
DJ:

I found the second video in Brietbarts series more damning of the problem with government at all levels.

When an appointed director with a billion dollar budget of tax payers money says ".. you've heard of a lot of lay-offs, have you heard of anybody in the federal government losing their job?" It's time for some long overdue changes.

Statements like that come from individuals with absolutely no accountability. Granted, she was thrown under the bus and forced to resign over her previous racist comments, but, is anything ever going to be done about the environment that enables the belief of permanent job security simply because of working in the public sector?

Have you ever stopped to wonder why public services are so inefficient, this 'un-fireable' mentality of so many public employees is probably a big part of the reason.

My son and I watch TV poker... (Below threshold)
Andy:

My son and I watch TV poker. It looks like to me in any kind of poker, you need to be able to bluff (scare people so that they drop out) without always having the cards. If you never bluff, but always have the goods, someone who bluffs well can eat your lunch -- at least that is what my son says.

Just goes to show, when you... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Just goes to show, when you're deceitful, best watch your ass. Sooner or later, Karma is going to bite you in the ass. And Karma picks the place and time.

I just think the video of t... (Below threshold)
Rich:

I just think the video of this woman is a bit weak as a bad racial event. Apparently this event happened 24yrs ago and this little speech of hers was more her personal story of dealing with race in a position of power for the first time while working at some nonprofit group. She didn't go out of her way to do everything she could for the white farmer,but she "did enough". She did help the guy. He could have been a bit of a jerk himself as she told the story. How many of us go all the way for some jerk? Another job lost because of politics.
The more interesting thing this video does is show the reactions by everyone else involved since it was put out there by Brietbart. The accusations,condemnations,firings,and all that spin. Pretty dramatic stuff.

He may not bluff, but he do... (Below threshold)
max:

He may not bluff, but he does lie.

Just goes to show,... (Below threshold)
Senor Cardgage:
Just goes to show, when you're deceitful, best watch your ass. Sooner or later, Karma is going to bite you in the ass. And Karma picks the place and time.

You're speaking, of course, about Breitbart's deceptive editing of the piece, right?

You'd think wingers would have learned from the ACORN con job he pulled, but I guess when you're being told what you want to hear, that brown people are racist criminals, well, who wants to look that gift horse in the mouth?

(Note to anyone who'd like to play Breitbart's game at home: merely isolate the words between "hear, that" and "well, who" in my previous sentence and you can make me look just like a Klansman. Fun, isn't it?)

Having been born in The Sou... (Below threshold)
Maddox:

Having been born in The South in the 50's,
I witnessed racism which usually consisted of forced segregation and denying good jobs based on race. It happened.
That said, many times the racist accusations lobbed at people here were lies promoted by media and race profiteers. We endured the horrible labels given to many of us just because we were white and resided here.
I also experienced a denial for promotion in the 70's because a quota had to be met before those of us who were more qualified could receive what we earned.
We have all experienced or witnessed the ugliness associated with racism.
Isn't it about time politicians stopped trying to buy votes with incitement so
"we can all get along."

"Apparently this event happ... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

"Apparently this event happened 24yrs ago..."

No, this happened March 27th of THIS year. I'm betting the farm you didn't even look at the video where the date is clearly visible.

Damn, beat me with the clue... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Damn, beat me with the clue by four... what she described happened 24 years ago... duh.

Jay Tea, the extent to whic... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Jay Tea, the extent to which Breitbart misrepresented this public servant's words by ignoring the overall context would count as lying to a reasonable adult.

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/white-houses-weak-back-hand.html

Another scalp for the lizard brains and another pathetic example of the White House's inability to ignore the shittiest people in the world. Good job you fckng sshls.

The "event" happened when? ... (Below threshold)
tfhr:

The "event" happened when? It happened and she felt comfortable recounting it in front of an approving audience a few months ago.

Racist NAACP Honoree, Sherrod: "There I was...knee deep in Crackers...." Part of her lovely speech actually did include a comment that she referred him to a "white lawyer" to be taken care of by his "own kind". Really? "Own kind"?

Racist NAACP audience: no complaints.

Racist NAACP leadership: no action - until caught.

Now apart from Robert Byrd, can you think of any white guy that could get away with saying something disgusting like that about a black person? I hope not but then I also hope that these kind of scummy political appointees don't end up lording over our new, free health care. Oops, I used that "hope" word again. That's so passe now.

Anyway, Shirley Sherrod, a federal appointee, that once lorded over billions of dollars of federal largess can plow a new field in agriculture just as soon as she likes because I heard CNN was looking for someone to do the "farm report".

tfhr, you're a fucking idio... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

tfhr, you're a fucking idiot. Breitbart left out the part of her speech where she realized that it was wrong to discriminate on the basis of race; and he ignored the fact that this farmer's wife has described her as a friend of the family who helped save their farm.

Vilsack should be fired and Breitbart should be shamed into obscurity but then there's really no accounting for how incredibly stupid and evil his audience is, is there.

So 24 years ago is beyond t... (Below threshold)
John:

So 24 years ago is beyond the statute of limitations for racists, good to know. The problem here isn't just the public official it's the response of the audience.
If this is no big deal why is the administration and NAACP throwing her under the bus?

Some want to excuse this wo... (Below threshold)
Maddox:

Some want to excuse this woman's words and actions because the incident took place 24 years ago, it is not relevant to her job today.
Let it go.
Slavery was abolished over 200 years ago.
Numerous programs have given advantages to those who were disadvantaged.
Discrimination is illegal.
Let it go.

I think you're missing an i... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

I think you're missing an important point here Hyper, assuming what you claim is true -which it may be, is that her initial reaction was racist. She was in a position of controlling a massive amount of money and from now on all her decisions could rightfully be questioned so she had to go.

Another important point is the reaction of the audience to her statement.

Any paint-huffing retard c... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Any paint-huffing retard care to address the fact that the Spooners considered Sherrod to be a friend who did everything she could to help them? Or the fact that Andrew Breitbart--vile piece of shit that he is--deliberately cropped the video to make Sherrod look like a racist instead of the decent public servant that Mrs. Spooner believes her to be?

Here's the quote:

Spooner's wife, Eloise, confirmed to CNN that she and her husband considered Sherrod friends. "She helped us save our farm by getting in there and doing everything she could do," Eloise Spooner said. "They haven't treated her right."

So Vilsack is a pussy who kow-towed to Breitbart out of fear of what Glenn Beck might have to say about his department.

P. Bunyan, you can't fire <... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

P. Bunyan, you can't fire her audience. What did she ultimately do?: her job. She helped them keep their farm. She realized that her initial reaction was not appropriate and did what any decent, responsible person would do.

Andrew Breitbart is a snake. Human debris.

Hey, hyperbolist!W... (Below threshold)
Sky Captain:

Hey, hyperbolist!

Wasn't the NAACP decrying the Tea Party for its "racist elements"?
The point Breitbart is making is that the NAACP has its own "racist elements" within its ranks. They were in the audience in march 2010.

And you do a "Lee Ward' and resort to name-calling.

According to her, the guy w... (Below threshold)
Rich:

According to her, the guy was being a jerk and seemed to be talking down to her. It could have been because she was black or not. Finding him a white lawyer was one way of relieving him of any discomfort if that was truly the case. I think that was a smart move.
The end of her story before the clip ends is her telling the audience that it is not all about black and white,but rich and poor. I wouldn't mind seeing the rest of that speech before and after. CNN (ick) did talk to her and I heard her side of the story. Brietbart doesn't give that part or even have a part other than tossing out this little clip.
I am not a fan of NAACP or NBBP or Obama,but that little clip doesn't make me as nervous as the "killing crackers" stuff. I expect better from Brietbart. He probably has better stuff. At least I hope so.

"P. Bunyan, you can't fi... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"P. Bunyan, you can't fire her audience"

That wasn't the point. The point was that the NAACP just passed it's Tea Party resolution based on zero evidence whereas here we have clear evidence of NAACP members acting favorably to an admission of racism.

She realized that her in... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

She realized that her initial reaction was not appropriate and did what any decent, responsible person would do.

So...what's your reaction going to be if/when the other shoe drops, and it turns out that she didn't do that?

You might start thinking about that, since Breitbart has a history of withholding some toxic information just to sandbag the Reds with after they've made up their initial excuse. Remember the ACORN tapes? Learn anything from them?

Yup. ACORN didn't actually ... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Yup. ACORN didn't actually commit any crimes and he was made to look like an imbecile except in the eyes of people who... what?... have a tenuous grasp of English? Seriously, what is it that separates a normal person from someone who gets hung up on those idiotic ACORN tapes?

Rich: exactly. This is such a weak, half-assed attempt at smearing this woman, and the NAACP members in attendance, that it would make more sense if this were posted at TheOnion News Network and not BigGovernment. But the same could have been said for that douchebag who failed at tapping a phone... or the ACORN tapes... or Breitbart's entire career as a "citizen journalist"... Honestly, if you're too fucking dumb to get a job at FOX News, reconsider your career path.

Seriously, what is it th... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Seriously, what is it that separates a normal person from someone who gets hung up on those idiotic ACORN tapes?

S.Amdt. 2394 to H.R. 2996 (Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010) Prohibiting use of funds to fund the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN):

Aye: 85
No: 11

Ayes included: Boxer, Cantwell, Feingold, Franken, Kerry, Levin, Mikulski, Reid, Specter, and Stabenow.

Final Vote Results For Roll Call 718 (to defund ACORN):

Aye: 345
No: 75

I believe we were discussing who got hung up on those idiotic ACORN tapes. Well, here are 430 candidates for you.

Yeah, no shit Jay. You've b... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Yeah, no shit Jay. You've been governed by total fucking retards since Kennedy's head got blown off. And on this current issue I hold Vilsack in greater contempt for caving in to this cockroach than the cockroach himself.

Or maybe they realized that trying to explain to the American public how Breitbart and O'Keefe are lying con-men playing gotcha journalism, driving up and down the seaboard until they find some ACORN employees dumb enough to say what they wanted them to say, is a fool's errand, because the American public are (generally speaking) even stupider than those who are elected to represent them.

Either way, Breitbart is only taken seriously because a lot of morons enjoy being in the same emotional state as rabid animals. Always need to be shrieking and gnashing their teeth about somebody.

Hyper,Don't rope m... (Below threshold)
Rich:

Hyper,

Don't rope me into your rabid world. I just commented on the clip of Brietbarts. I have no problem with anything else I have seen him do.

Your about as offensive and sick as you claim Brietbart to be.

Oh I knew you wouldn't like... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Oh I knew you wouldn't like that Rich. Don't worry, I'm not pointing out how much Breitbart sucks to make friends.

Everything else he's done is also terrible, by the way. Your disappointment in him is hilarious because it implies a degree of respect. Hey, you pick your own media heroes...

because the American pub... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

because the American public are (generally speaking) even stupider than those who are elected to represent them.

Yep, we're incredibly stupid.

But we're ahead of you.

hyperbolist - the first p... (Below threshold)
Marc:

hyperbolist - the first post here that I'm awares of in some length of time and you end it with calling everyone "fucking assholes."

Asswipe.

Either way, Breitbart is... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Either way, Breitbart is only taken seriously because a lot of morons enjoy being in the same emotional state as rabid animals. Always need to be shrieking and gnashing their teeth about somebody.

Btw, you owe me a new irony meter.

Seeing reports now that She... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Seeing reports now that Sherrod got hosed, so I tentatively withdraw my comments above until we get further clarification.

Lets look at the facts. Di... (Below threshold)
RicardoVerde:

Lets look at the facts. Did she do everything she could do within her power to help? No, by her own admission. Did she do as much as she would have if they had been racially similar to her? No, by her own admission.

It really doesn't matter what she said after the edit. It would be redeeming if she had said she was wrong to act as she had, but that wouldn't make what she did any less racist. A sinner can be forgiven yet sin remains sin.

And as others have noted the REAL issue here is the overt signs of approval for the racist act(s) by the audience. Ms. Sherrod can be forgiven but the institutionalized racism obvious in the audience is another matter.

"And he STILL hasn't said i... (Below threshold)
Sean P:

"And he STILL hasn't said if he has more videos."

Actually he did. He said there were plenty more and that he would release all of them on the eve of the mid-terms if Holder did not seriously investigate Acorn. And the time for Holder to take Breitbart's threat serious is just about passed.

Aren't you ever gonna get t... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Aren't you ever gonna get tired of being embarrassed by Breitbart?

We're not embarrassed by yo... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

We're not embarrassed by you, and you're a lot more talented in that direction than Breitbart.

The lefties really hate the... (Below threshold)
John:

The lefties really hate these tatics when they are applied to them, but I don't remember hearing much moaning and groaning over the crap that spews from media matters or center for american progress, odd that.

<a href="http://tpmmuckrake... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/07/watch_full_video_of_sherrods_speech.php?ref=fpa

Jay had the integrity to recant his defense of Breitbart at #50 but everyone else soldiers on. Onward, brave rearguard of the internet noise machine!

Ricardo, your #51 would make more sense if white people had one tenth the reason to resent black people as black people do white. Some of the people in the audience are old enough to remember white people working like hell to prevent equal rights in the South. You think bygones like that can be so easily forgiven and forgotten, in one or two generations, such that black people who join a civil rights organization will have absolutely no resentment whatsoever to white people? That's not how people work. Ask a Catholic in Belfast about the English, or talk to a Korean over the age of five about Japanese people. Black people in the United States, in my opinion, have been remarkably gracious and forgiving compared to other brutalized and fucked-over populations in modern history.

56Nice rationalizati... (Below threshold)
RicardoVerde:

56
Nice rationalization, but it still doesn't make it right, does it?

Ricardo, your #... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Ricardo, your #51 would make more sense if white people had one tenth the reason to resent black people as black people do white.

Blacks who have any reason to resent white people are in their golden years. Blacks under 50 have no squawk coming.

Some of the people in the audience are old enough to remember white people working like hell to prevent equal rights in the South.

Let's be more specific than the racist "white people;" your statement should read, "Some of the people in the audience are old enough to remember Democrats working like hell to prevent equal rights in the South."

There. Fixed that for you. Recall that Bull Connor, Lester Maddox, and George Wallace were all Democrats. Bonus question: what city had the greatest number of lynchings? Answer: New York, in the draft riots of 1863 (11).

Recall also that Democrats: 1) supported slavery, 2) in the post-Reconstruction era lynched Republicans, black and white, 3) supported segregation, and 4) filibustered to impede passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which garnered a higher percentage of votes from Republicans in Congress than from Democrats.

You think bygones like that can be so easily forgiven and forgotten, in one or two generations, such that black people who join a civil rights organization will have absolutely no resentment whatsoever to white people?

So we're excusing racism now? Good God. But as you raise the topic, for what, if anything can white people legitimately resent black people? Or are they perfect, and above reproach, and hence the first human beings ever to achieve that exalted status?

Blacks under 50 have no ... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Blacks under 50 have no squawk coming.

Considering that one was recently elected President, in the total absence of any achievement or qualification.

What's the highest elected ... (Below threshold)
Larry Dickman:

What's the highest elected office that a black republican holds right now? Any in congress? Senate? Governors? Lt. Governors?

You needed a woman to counter Hillary, and you went out and got Palin. The gift that keeps on giving.

To counter Obama, you went out and got Steele. Purfekt.

When the GOP steps outside of what it knows (white men), it's most clearly evident how racist and chauvinist they are. "Here's yur woman, vote for us now." "You want a colored guy, here we got a colored guy for ya."

So please show American how much you love minorities and run Palin - Steele in 2012.

It's a winner.

hyperbolist - "Jay ha... (Below threshold)
Marc:

hyperbolist - "Jay had the integrity to recant his defense of Breitbart at #50 but everyone else soldiers on. Onward, brave rearguard of the internet noise machine!"

Add me to the list, Brietbart has done a lot to expose the sleezy bastards both in and around Big Gov, but in this case he's obviously jumped the shark.

That said isn't it very typical of this WH to leap before looking She says the WH pressured her to resign both the WH and Vilsack claim no such thing.

But it fits this WH's pattern, when a buddy, specifically a black buddy and judge got into trouble obamas first words, after admitting he didn't "know all the facts" claimed the Mass. police "acted stupidly."

A jihadist-cut-throat fails at blowing up a plane and obama claims it was an isolated incident, again knowing little to no facts of the case.

The same can be said to the Ft. Hood shooter he and everyone in the admin completely downplayed any speculation about jihadist ties.

BTW funny how DAMN quick the NAACP jumped on the condemnation bandwagon wasn't it? Also funny how they tried to use Fox and or Glenn Beck as an excuse, they were "snookered" by them according to them assholes.

From their perspective Beck and Fox and nothing but a bunch conservative trailor-trash rubes yet the presumably highly educated pres and CEO of the NAACP was "snookered" by them.

Funny stuff that.

P.S. as of about 30 minutes prior to starting this post a new alert came across the wries saying the Dept of Agra was reconsidering the firing of Sherrod.

More nonsense by the most immature amature group ever to reside in the WH.

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Marc:

larry dickman - "So please show American how much you love minorities and run Palin - Steele in 2012."

Ge larry where ya been? Get tired of commiserating with the slugs at MSNBG and media matters?

Surely that pairing is your dream but I'll give you more credit for smart than to actually believe that BS. You just got nothing else of value to add.

P.S. How 'bout all then "racist bastards" in carolina.. oh WAIT that can't be they elected not only a female but one of East Indian extection to run for Governor.

I have a theory that Brietb... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

I have a theory that Brietbart is a Soros-funded Democrat dispatched to make Republicans/Tea Partiers look bad. Or perhaps he's just a whackjob.

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olsoljer:

I find it somewhat amusing that the NAACP condemns the TEA Party for what a very few (who are ususally "outed') attendee radicals might say or imply, yet Sherrod was addressing a NATIONAL meeting of the NAACP getting verbal support from some of those members for the "racial" comments she made early in her speech.
Regardless of how Breitbart presented the video, the overriding point of the video was when you heard supportive comments from the participants - NAACP members. Because of their recent attacks on the TEA Party, the NAACP knee jerk reaction was to hurry and call for her firing/resignation - without knowing all the facts - much as they do to the TEA Party. The damning part of the video was the laughter and comments from the NAACP during the early speech. So, Shirley who was trying to make a point that the bottom line is not race, but economic conditions, gets thrown under the bus - And the NAACP gets a pass?

CLEAN YOUR OWN HOUSE YOU RACIST BASTARDS

I have a theory that Bri... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

I have a theory that Brietbart is a Soros-funded Democrat dispatched to make Republicans/Tea Partiers look bad. Or perhaps he's just a whackjob.

Don't worry, Adrienne. You're not about to get laid off. Soros has lots of money, and he needs all the help he can buy to destroy America.




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