Shirley Sharrod isn’t exactly clean and pure as the wind driven snow

Shirley Sherrod
Not exactly the hero she's being made out to be

I’ve been following the whole Andrew Breitbart vs. the NAACP/Obama Administration dustup involving the videotape of Shirley Sharrod of the USDA admitting to racial discrimination in carrying out her past duties before an audience at an NAACP event, and it’s just unpleasant.  Brietbart has a point, of course – Sharrod’s admissions of racism do garner murmurs of approval from the crowd, which is awful.  Critics of Brietbart have a point as well when they note that the statements made by Sharrod in the video clip released by Brietbart were tempered somewhat by her later comments in the address.  But Brietbart supporters also have a point when they respond by saying that the whole point of releasing the video clip in the first place was not to go after Sharrod, but to point out the approving reaction of the NAACP crowd to the awful things Sharrod was saying.  And almost everyone agrees that the White House acted too quickly in dismissing her from her job.

Opinion on Sharrod have whipsawed from her being a contemptible villain to her being a blameless victim over the course of just a few days.  With reflection, it seems that neither position is totally correct; she certainly has been victimized to some extent, but she’s certainly not the angel she’s being portrayed as at this moment.  I’m inclined to agree with Andy McCarthy at NRO, who comments on the contents of the full video of Sharrod’s speech, which still makes her look bad:

So, in Sherrod World, mean-spririted, racist Republicans do nasty things that “we” would never do because we have a president who, being black, is above that stuff. Still, we have-nots need to band together for “change” because a cabal of haves, desperate to keep their power, is still imposing their centuries old capitalist system of institutionalized racism — the same racism that courses through the Republican Party and surfaces on “us versus them” issues like healthcare.

Pardon me, but I think I’ll stay off the Canonize Shirley bandwagon. To me, it seems like she’s still got plenty of racial baggage. What we’re seeing is not transcendence but transference. That’s why the NAACP crowd reacted so enthusiastically throughout her speech.

With an ever-expanding federal bureaucracy assuming overlord status in what used to be private industry and private matters, are we supposed to feel better that this particular bureaucrat’s disdain, though once directed at all white people, is now channeled only toward successful white people … most of whom — like successful black people — worked very hard to become successful? Are we supposed to forget that when the Left says, “It’s always about the money,” you don’t have to have a whole lot of money to find yourself on the wrong side of their have/have-not equation? Are we supposed to take comfort in having our affairs managed by bureaucrats who see the country as a Manichean divide beset by institutionalized racism?

At the very least, Sharrod seems to have some toxic ideas about the American political and economic system guiding her actions.  Is it possible for people with toxic ideas to be treated badly?  Yes.  Does that mean that those people should be absolved of responsibility for or shielded from criticism of their ideas?  Absolutely not.

It’s nice to constantly be generalized using stereotypes that may or may not have applied to my grandparents.

CNN claims that Obama didn’t dare be anything but über-cool about the oil spill because us white folks would get all creeped out by the “angry black man.”

[sigh]

There are times that I hate the left and the media more than others.  This is one of those times.

Helen Thomas Is Far Beyond Being The Butt Of Jokes Now

This is unbelievable:

So the Jews should get out of their historic homeland to return to the countries in which they were slaughtered wholesale within the past century?  Really, Helen?

The Weekly Standard describes this as “beyond disturbing.”  It most certainly is.  I want to hope that this attitude isn’t reflective of the MSM as a whole, but I fear I’d only be kidding myself.

Idiots At MSNBC Fail To Grasp Simplest Concepts

MSNBC's Contessa Brewer
Not the sharpest tool in the shed

Actual MSNBC chyron: “Law Makes it a Crime to be Illegal Immigrant.”

Hey geniuses: it’s already a crime to be an illegal immigrant. You might have been tipped off by the term Illegal Immigrant.”

Ace notes that the idiocy isn’t restricted to MSNBC, and adds:

In related news, Minnesota is “seriously considering” a law that would make the intentional killing of a human being a crime. This new crime is being called “Murder,” as an obscure old English common law provision termed it, at least until they come up with something catchier.

This is weapons-grade stupidity; weaponized obtuseness.  Why anyone watches cable news anymore, I have no idea.