IT WAS SOOO FREAKIN' EERIE
It is still pretty hot but when the story of Shirley Sherrod's seemingly inflammatory speech at a NAACP function first broke, I wanted to see exactly what was said to get the entire context of what she said. After all, she spoke at a banquet specific to the state where she was born and it seemed doubtful to me that she would have said anything out of turn at that kind of gathering. Earlier this week, I had the lack of protest being levied at the New Black Panther Party and how voter intimidation cases were being addressed in the media. I distinctly remember how things were shaking out in Florida and in other places suspected of voter improprieties during the W. Bush (see, I respect the Bush the elder and don't like typing numbers, so '43' is always 'W' to me) Presidential elections. There was a big hue and cry about what did or did not happen from the liberal side of political world.
Anywho, the moment that many people feared, a black person in a high governmental position gets caught with saying something inflammatory and, possibly even racist, at a banquet under the imprimatur of the NAACP. So I was stunned when I heard that the group's President, Benjamin Jealous, was among the voices calling for Ms. Sherrod's dismissal.
THE WAY THAT YOU TALK WHEN YOU WANT A JOB
It is hard to communicate the black experience here in America. The only group of people who experienced cultural assimilation similar to 'us' are the Native Americans, and theirs is the standard by which the struggles of any surviving people and culture should be judged. The thing is, when you have such an omnipresent social juggernaut as White America looming over everthing you do as a group, yours is the group that has to adjust and cope. Not that other ethnic cultures has not influenced White Culture, but minorities HAVE to make the adjustment because you guys are the 'straw that stirs the drink'. Not trying to 'guilt' or create any kind of issue, but that is the way it is.
In her story, Ms. Sherrod had explained how she had evolved and her story about the farmer was but one element that had help to shape and form her purpose as a government worker, a servant of the people. ALL people. But it was couched in a way that connected her to the people she was speaking, full or references to Georgia, where she was from and other things that while non-threatening, would have a person who was not 'part of the club', confused by the alliterative meanings that was a part of her speech. She certainly didn't mean anything that I think Andrew Breithart wanted people to believe.
But the 'cut' by the NAACP President who spoke in hasty judgement reminded me of how things get so twisted to where the people who you would think know you better than a third-party who claims you have done something uncharacteristic, would and that they would be the first to your defense. That has been the most disappointing thing about the affair and that is where I am going to end my observations.