Racism in the NAACP? Say it ain’t so!
The larger context to this speech is that this occurred many years ago. That’s fine with me, lots of bad things happened years ago. The larger question is why did she decide to talk about it at a NAACP function? Why wasn’t she “repudiated” by her peers during the function? If you listen all you hear are murmurs of approval. Glass houses anyone?
I’m one of those people who believe the people by their nature discriminate. It’s part of our hard wiring, the fight or flight type of survival mechanism. People automatically discriminate against anyone (it’s not just about race) that is different from them. Race and color are just the two most striking characteristics to go by, but you can see the same thing when an urban yuppie meets a country boy. They usually start off distrusting of each other.
The way to get past racial tensions is to not be so different from each other. It’s a cultural thing. If we as a society want to be truly post-racial, then we need to stop self-segregating. It’s a choice we all have to make. No one can force it on us. So why do we self-segregate in the first place?
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) arrived on Capitol Hill three years ago ready to join the Congressional Black Caucus. His logic was simple: More than 60 percent of the people in his Memphis-based congressional district are black.
So was the caucus’s logic in its reply: The organization is reserved for black members of Congress, and Cohen is white.
In the end, like most things, we will never be over racial tensions until the previous generation dies out. The baby boomers were both at the forefront of racial equality and the barriers to it. While Mrs Sherrod, might have the best intentions (she at least realized what she said and tried to back track at the end) she still does and will always harbor racial biases and hatreds. We will never be done with racism until the previous generation that profits off of it are gone, along with their institutions. Yes I’m talking about Jackson and Sharpton as well as organizations like the NAACP. I think the only reason the NAACP even passed their resolution, is because they wanted some publicity. Think about the last time you heard people talking about it?
Why is the NAACP become increasingly irrelevant? I think it’s because the previous generation is dying out and along with it the institutions that, although necessary at the time, are not needed anymore. In short, it was one last chance at fame for the NAACP. People just don’t need them like they used to. As the younger generation, the internet generation, who thanks to they wondrous anonymity of the internet, might not even know what country the person they are talking to or gaming with are from. They probably could care less. They aren’t hampered by the racial tensions of the past, except for when people use it for publicity.Thank god they are so far ahead of their parents, that they don’t carry onto the old baggage. Imagine the Hatfields and McCoys if they lived now. They younger kids would probably be on facebook together, chatting or gaming together. Their parents will still tell them how horrible the other one’s kin are. But it won’t matter, because the kids can see for themselves that their parents don’t know what they hell they are talking about and as most kids do, just blow off their parents as dumb old people.
Most of the people I talk to, on political blogs, gaming forums, music forums or even social networks don’t know what race I am. It doesn’t matter to them. It shouldn’t. I could care less. I disagree with white liberals just as much as black and hispanic ones. And I get along with black libertarians just as well as white, hispanic or asian ones. All the matters is the content of ones character and the logic of their ideas. Period!
Well at least the NAACP isn’t using a double standard in their renouncement of Sherrod’s remarks.
We concur with US Agriculture Secretary Vilsack in accepting the resignation of Shirley Sherrod for her remarks at a local NAACP Freedom Fund banquet.
Racism is about the abuse of power. Sherrod had it in her position at USDA. According to her remarks, she mistreated a white farmer in need of assistance because of his race.
We are appalled by her actions, just as we are with abuses of power against farmers of color and female farmers.
Her actions were shameful. While she went on to explain in the story that she ultimately realized her mistake, as well as the common predicament of working people of all races, she gave no indication she had attempted to right the wrong she had done to this man.
The reaction from many in the audience is disturbing. We will be looking into the behavior of NAACP representatives at this local event and take any appropriate action.