Monday, July 19, 2010

Their Own Kind

Washington (CNN) -- A black Agriculture Department employee resigned Monday after conservative media outlets aired a video of her telling an audience she had not given a white farmer "the full force of what I could do" to help him save the family farm.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he had accepted the resignation of Shirley Sherrod, the department's state director of rural development for Georgia.

The poor quality video shows Sherrod telling her audience that the farmer she was working with "took a long time ... trying to show me he was superior to me." As a result, she said, she "didn't give him the full force of what I could do. I did enough."

To prove she had done her job, she said, she took him to a white lawyer.

"I figured that if I take him to one of them, that his own kind would take care of him," she said.

Sherrod mentioned that the lawyer would help the farmer with a bankruptcy filing but did not say whether his farm was saved.

------ Supposedly "Sherrod's remarks were delivered March 27 to an NAACP Freedom Fund banquet." The video comes from Breitbart.

Sherrod, Obama appointee, resigned already. Wonder who ordered that... she has only held the position since last August. Can you believe some folks are trying to justify this by saying her comments were taken out of context? It's clear the lady was laughing, along with the audience, about basically stickin' it to the white man.

I wonder how much money she has pocketed during her career in "rural development" at the local and state level.

After reading/hearing this story today I thought of Tim Wise, prolific race writer, poster boy for white guilt and "anti-racist" writer/lecturer. I remembered a piece a few years ago where Wise explains that reverse racism is not possible/blacks cannot be racist - because " ... when a group of people has little or no power over you institutionally, they don't get to define the terms of your existence, they can't limit your opportunities..." I guess Sherrod has accomplished something - institutionalized reverse racism - change you can believe in.

The rise of Wise to expert/authority on race and privilege made me uncomfortable. There are hundreds of black Americans who have written and lectured on the subject long before the subject was trendy or lucrative or even safe, yet Wise, as pseudo-intellectual, has been elevated to exalted white person, making a good capitalist living pimping diversity and anti-racism seminars, hustling books, and folks follow him right along as the white prophet of enlightenment.

Amazing huh how many folks I can insult in one short post.

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