The Moral of the Story? At FOX "News," Context – and Reality – Apparently DOES NOT Matter…
Time For "Our" Side to Start Effectively Fighting Back
Posted By: Michael Sweeney
July 22, 2010
This whole ugly mess – dragging an honest, reflective, effective, and trail-blazing official and her name through the dirt for NO GODDAMNED REASON other than imagined, political-points-scoring, philosophy-based race-baiting – is disgusting, illuminating, and, one hopes, a potential certain turning point. For those perhaps late-arriving to all of this, let me fill you in…
Just a few days ago now, right-wing blogger (and self-admitted Arianna Huffington-wannabe) Andrew Breitbart released a video online that appeared to show an African-American woman – who worked in the US Department of Agriculture – speaking to an NAACP gathering about how she had previously denied aid and assistance to a "white farmer" because "he was trying to show me he was superior to me." Well, that WOULD BE officially racist activity and incredibly deplorable (the action AND the seeming "bragging" about it) – HAD IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED THAT WAY. Of course, it did not.
The woman, Shirley Sherrod, has been a career-long crusader to help underprivileged farmers – many times on behalf of Southern African-American farmers, but not solely. Sherrod was hired in August 2009 to be the Georgia director of rural development for the USDA; she was the first black person to fill that position. AND – in a sad bit of history (perhaps "proving" her latent reverse racism for those among the right…but, for those of us with actually-functioning brains. I’d like to think it more clearly shows her capability for forgiveness, learning, and reality) – when she was 17 years old (in 1965, in Georgia), her father, who was a deacon at a local church, was shot and killed by a white farmer, reportedly over a cattle dispute; no charges were returned against the shooter by an all-white grand jury. She has called this a turning point in her life, leading her to want to stay in the South and try to help bring about societal change.