First the NAACP let it out that it would pass a resolution charging the Tea Party movement with having racist elements. Then Andrew Breitbart released a video clip of Shirley Sherrod at an NAACP
describing an incident where she was called up as a governmental official to help a white farmer save his farm. She said she could feel that he was trying to make her feel that he was superior to her, and she reflected on the number of black farmers who had lost their land and that she was now called up to help a white farmer save his land and so "I didn't give him the full force of what I could do."
That resulted in Mrs. Sherrod being forced to resign from her post at the USDA.
Then the rest of the video came out with additional explanation from Ms. Sherrod, which gave context to the first story which changed its character. The USDA rehired her and publicly apologized.
So what do we make of all this? Not much. The NAACP demonstrated that it's still too quick on the draw when it comes to charging racism. Andrew Breitbart says he published the video as he received it. He's not a journalist, but an activist, another flavor of community organizer, has acted in accordance with Alinsky's rules. Liberals are angry at Fox News and Breitbart, but one would hope that they would have learned that cheap shots and false accusations of racism, such as those made against the tea parties, will not be ignored.
Is there yet another shoe to drop?
Some parts of the video cannot be covered by her excuse that she was telling a story of how she learned to be less racist. She refers to taking the white farmer to a white lawyer, "one of his own kind." I don't know what she meant by that, but if a white person had said that with the races reversed, it would have been treated as racism. She's also accused Fox News of trying to restore racism in the U.S. The reverberations will continue.
I think that we need to get over racism. That was Martin Luther King's dream. The laws are different now and there are government agencies to fight racism. Do we really need a group called the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
? How would they feel about an equally influential and politically connected group called the National Association for the Advancement of White People
? (Yes, I know that there is an organization by that name, but it has none of the influence, impact or membership that the NAACP has. The nation has turned its back on racism and continued demands that it do more than reject racism in any guise are tiresome, annoying and unhealthy.