Glass Houses, The NAACP, Shirley Sherrod and Dishonesty

Conservatives, the subdivision that smokes its tea and uses it’s interpretation of the Constitution as a cudgel has discovered “glass houses”. Those would be the houses the NAACP lives in because they are allegedly racists against white folks. Googling NAACP+glass houses provides plenty of examples. Ed Morrissey at the fringe right-wing site Hotair provides a typical example, Breitbart hits NAACP with promised video of racism,  posted at 12:55 pm on July 19, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The NAACP is about to learn one of the most basic of all lessons in life — those who live in glass houses should avoid provoking a stone-throwing war.  After the civil-rights organization threatened to issue a condemnation of Tea Party activism by equating it with racism (a position from which they ultimately retreated), Andrew Breitbart announced that he would publish at least one video of the NAACP itself cheering racism.  Breitbart delivers on that promise today at Big Government, showing USDA official Shirley Sherrod explain to an appreciative NAACP audience in July 2009 how she deliberately withheld information from a white farmer in Georgia trying to save his land and his business:

There is no statement by the NAACP condemning tea bagger activism. None, zip, zero. If such a statement exists why didn’t Morissey or the dozens of other conservatives blogger who have repeated what Morrisey and Breitbart wrote posted it along with their stories. Where is the NAACP statement that calls all tea baggers racists. It does not exist. No such statement has been issued. The conservative political analysts and champions of all that is fair and balanced not produce the evidence? How could that be. Maybe because what the NAACP wrote was,

Today, NAACP delegates passed a resolution to condemn extremist elements within the Tea Party, calling on Tea Party leaders to repudiate those in their ranks who use racist language in their signs and speeches.

Hotair typifies the kind of spin the far Right must use in order to win the debate. Let me admit Morrissey and the rest of hyperventilaters are absolutely correct about the NAACP living in a glass house as well as everyone else for that matter. Its none of my business but Morrissey has written multiple times about his conversion to Catholicism. Converts especially are aware of the concept of original sin. We’re all sinners thus all live in said glass houses. On the other hand most Conservatives live in a 60 story tall glass skyscraper. If it’s all about the glass disqualifying one from passing judgment on anyone else – conservatives should be beating a path to the discount curtain shop. Needless to say that if casting stones be the new golden rule conservatives will stop boring us all with the values they clearly do not have. At least to the degree that hypocrites such as Morissey and Andrew Breitbart would have us believe.  And after all this glass house business, breaking stories, NAACP hypocrisy exposed – always take a breath and realize it is the umpteenth story the collective Wingnuttia have either lied about, spun and distorted, or as a result of their unrepentant laziness have failed to do their homework – Breitbart Utterly Destroys Something

The whole story is BS. Brietbart has conveniently edited out the context of this story, but he forgot one crucial detail. Notice where she says that the story took place just after Chapter 12 bankruptcy was established for family farms? Andrew really should have edited that out. You know why? Chapter 12 was so established in 1986. What was Shirley Sherrod doing in 1986? She was running the New Communities black farm coop in Georgia. She was not employed by the government in any way. Some white farmer called a black coop looking for help. She helped him, but not as much as she “could” if, you know, he were a black farmer and thus would have some interest in the coop. They also gave farmers help restructuring their loans and whatnot, so she referred him to a lawyer who could help him, despite his condescending attitude.

I should also note that the her coop and the associate RDLN recently won a $1 billion+ settlement for black farmers after they were systematically denied loans provided to white farmers in the early eighties, complements of Ronnie Reagan (Pigford v. Glickman). But we all know it was those black farmers banding together in their cooperative farming blackness that are the real racists.

Having Republican friends I’m happy to defend Republicans from any blanket accusation that all Republicans are racists. I cannot find an example right now, but should there be such a person they need to stop the cue tip ear cleaners when they meet resistance ,least you know, brain damage. What is puzzling or maybe not, is the far Right’s inability to admit they do have a problem. Racist New Hampshire State House Candidate Advises Tea Party To Be More Open With Its Racism

The Tea Party at its core is all about race but most of the Tea Partiers do not even realize it. They downplay the race issue every chance they get because they are afraid of being perceived as racist. (Ryan J. Murdough)

He also called on them to stop the “jewish appeasing.” “If the Republicans continue to put out weak, israel first, zionist, anti white, neo cons, the tea party will be for nothing,” Murdough warned.

To their credit the local tea baggers have called Ryan J. Murdough a “despicable racist”. See Hotair and Breitbart and Powerline and Gateway Pundit etc etc. It’s not that difficult. It will take a while dismantling the glass skyscraper, but it can be done. One of your own showed the way.

Past the smelling salts. The Right is playing drama queen victim and as usual it ain’t pretty, St. Louis Tea Party suggests ‘bigoted’ NAACP should be taxed

At the St. Louis Tea Party blog, leader Bill Hennessy writes, “Normally, we ignore childish hostility from belligerent people and groups. But the NAACP today intends to condemn 20 million tea party activists as racists. The millions of good, decent, and loving Americans who have participated in Tea Party events deserve nothing less than our full condemnation of the NAACP’s hatred and lies.”

Bill Hennessy is not one of the more rational, well informed or patriotic people you’ll ever meet.

update: Farmer’s wife says fired USDA official helped save their land; USDA will not rehire

The wife of a white Georgia farmer on Tuesday defended a federal agriculture official who lost her job for saying she once withheld help to the couple on the basis of race.

The former official, Shirley Sherrod, “kept us out of bankruptcy,” said Eloise Spooner, 82, of Iron City in southwest Georgia. Spooner, in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, added she considers Sherrod a “friend for life.” She and her husband, Roger Spooner, approached Sherrod for help in 1986 when Sherrod worked for a nonprofit that assisted farmers.

It appears to be too little too late as Sherrod has been forced to resign based solely on Breitbart’s edited video – NAACP ‘snookered’ over video of former USDA employee

The NAACP has retracted its original statement condemning comments made by a former Agriculture Department official who resigned after a video clip surfaced of her discussing a white farmer.

The NAACP said in a statement Tuesday that it was “snookered by Fox News” and conservative website publisher Andrew Breitbart.

“Having reviewed the full tape by Shirley Sherrod, who is the woman who was fired by the Department of Agriculture, and most importantly heard the testimony of the white farmers mentioned in this story, we now believe that the organization that edited the documents did so with the intention of deceiving millions of Americans,” the statement from NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said.

[  ]…Sherrod said Tuesday that the incident with the farmer in 1986 occurred before she started work for the USDA and was working at the nonprofit Federation of Southern Cooperatives. She said the experience helped her learn to move beyond race and she tells the story to audiences to make that point.

The whole video shows the lesson Sherrod learned that while working for a black cooperative that what mattered was the difference between poor and well off, not the difference between black and white. A lesson that Breitbart and some of the tea bagger conservatives need to learn.