Making Sure We Don’t Go Post-Racial

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    The Sherrod story has achieved an intended effect. It has hardened one base being played. It has emboldened the uninformed to display their often closely guarded colors. It is giving comfort to the right wingnuts in their efforts capture their own minority without being called out. And our side helped.

    Can’t be certain why, and maybe this was purely coincidental, but the stars and bars were boldly displayed in the Virginia Beach Town Center last evening at the busiest intersection in the city. Looks like the discussion Eric Holder said we were too timid to have is occurring but it is neither the type of discussion nor the between whom he envisioned.

    Frankly, this might not work out that well for the right. The uninformed are not all racists. In fact, the number of racists in America who will act on their prejudices may be disappointingly low for the baiters. However, the struggle will be to provide a motivation to those who would reject the baiting that can match the power of fear, hate, and loathing. A little leadership and candor would be a good start. Else the right will keep us in this ditch.

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      As she watched from the CNN studio as Robert Gibbs briefed the press today, Shirley Sherrod blamed what happened to her on too many people “being so afraid of the machine that the right has put out there.” She was adamant on this point: “What can [the right] do if we can all stand together…and counteract that with the good?”

      “We need to stop looking just at race. We need to get beyond that. We can’t forget that, but we need to move beyond that.”

      When asked if she had been hurt by blogging, by someone taking a few moments out of an entire speech and putting in on a right-wing political blog, Sherrod said, “Yes. I am now an unemployed person.” She then said, “I accept the apology [of the White House]. I’m bigger than some of them. I can move beyond this.”

      Shirley Sherrod was the first black state director of rural development in Georgia. She was asked to leave her job by people working for the administration of the first black president. She wondered just what her grandchildren might have thought of that if the news media had not assisted her in getting out the truth.