Andrew Breitbart is a one-eyed trouser snake, and so is Ben Jealous (I’m looking at you too, Vilsack)
OK, I’ll admit it. At times I’m quite amused by Breitbart sticking it to the lefties, sort of like a modern day Lee Atwater. My amusement notwithstanding, this doesn’t make him any less of an asshole, he just happens to be our asshole, if you know what I mean.
This time he’s gone too far, and it really isn’t amusing at all. By now most of you have heard the tale of one Shirley Sherrod, who up until yesterday was USDA’s Georgia Director of Rural Development. Breitbart did a little hatchet job on Ms. Sherrod earlier in the week, which resulted in her forced resignation of yesterday. Breitbart posted a highly edited video clip in which Sherrod is giving a speech at an NAACP banquet and relates a story where she recounts an instance where she may have discriminated against a white farmer. Basically, it’s (well deserved) hit piece on the NAACP (more on the well deserved part later). Here’s the language that caused the uproar:
“The first time I was faced with having to help a white farmer save his farm. He took a long time talking but he was trying to show me he was superior to me — I knew what he was doing. But he had to come to me for help. What he didn’t know, while he was taking all that time trying to show me he was superior to me, was I was trying to decide just how much I was going to give him. I was struggling with the fact that so many black people have lost their farmland, and here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land. So, I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do. I did enough so that when he — I assumed that the Department of Agriculture had sent him to me; either that or the Georgia Department of Agriculture — and he needed to go back and report that I did try to help him. So I took him to a white lawyer that we had — that had attended some of the training that we had provided ’cause Chapter 12 bankruptcy had just been enacted for the family farmer, so I figured if I’d take him to one of them, that his own kind would take care of him.”
So, after seeing this, everyone starts screaming RACISTRACISTRACIST™ at the top of their lungs, Ben Jealous (who, incidentally, had the entire unedited footage) of the NAACP condemns her, and Vilsak has her fired. But wait, there’s more (not that Breitbart is going to show you this). She concludes her speech as follows:
“I couldn’t say 45 years ago, I couldn’t stand here and say what I’m saying — what I will say to you tonight. Like I told, God helped me to see that its not just about black people, it’s about poor people. And I’ve come a long way. I knew that I couldn’t live with hate, you know. As my mother has said to so many, if we had tried to live with hate in our hearts, we’d probably be dead now. But I’ve come to realize that we have to work together and — you know, it’s sad that we don’t have a room full of white and blacks here tonight ’cause we have to overcome the divisions that we have. We have to get to the point as Tony Morrison said race exists but it doesn’t matter. We have to work just as hard — I know it’s — you know, that division is still here, but our communities are not going to thrive — you know, our children won’t have the communities that they need to be able to stay in and live in and have a good life if we can’t figure this out, you all. White people, black people, Hispanic people, we all have to do our part to make our communities a safe place, a healthy place, a good environment.”
Got all that? Basically, the woman was admitting her own prejudices and describing a life-changing experience where she discovered that it’s not all about skin color. She was admitting an error. In essence she said “I was wrong.” How often do we hear that?
The quick reaction from the NAACP was, I think, quite instructive in the sense that it demonstrates that they’re far less about protecting African American interests and far more about being tools of the Democrat machine as the administration had already decided to throw the woman under the bus. Plus, Ben had the entire tape so if he’d just bothered to watch it he’d have seen a lady with the huevos to stand in front of a crowd, confess to bigotry and admit she was wrong. Also, never mind the fact that she saved that farm and the farmer and his wife consider her a “friend for life.”
Assholes abound in this story, starting with Breitbart. Ben Jealous says he got “snookered.” Gee Ben, ya think? In fact, you got snookered twice, once by Breitbart and once by the administration. You had the entire tape, but never bothered to look at it since you already had your marching orders from the West Wing. That makes you an even bigger asshole than Breitbart, and I didn’t consider that possible…
Embedded is the unedited version of the video.