I am not going to post a very long blog today. I am fairly sure that there is nothing more I could add to this Shirley Sherrod story. I have posted many times on how I feel about race relations in this country, but today I read and interview Media Matters
did with Ms. Sherrod and one paragraph in particular took my breath away:
"I think they should but they won't. They intended exactly what they did. They were looking for the result they got yesterday," she said of Fox. "I am just a pawn. I was just here. They are after a bigger thing, they would love to take us back to where we were many years ago. Back to where black people were looking down, not looking white folks in the face, not being able to compete for a job out there and not be a whole person."
This woman, knows of what she speaks. Her father was murdered in a racially motivated crime in 1965 and the all white jury refused to prosecute. Instead of crumbling, she chose a life of civil activism. She helped people do better in their lives.
Now she is unemployed, and the monsters at Fox (and all those that represent by association) are asking her for an interview to 'better understand' her side of the story. She has refused, and they don't understand why.
It's insulting. It's disgusting. It's hateful and it is exactly what Fox News wants. They did it with Acorn, Van Jones, the Reverend Wright and they tried to do it with Michelle Obama and the 'Whitey Tape'. They are still trying to do it with the black panther nontroversy. Glenn Beck fans the hate on a regular basis, as does Rush Limbaugh. It's divisive and dangerous.
It makes us a less tolerant society. It divides us. I don't know what the teachable moment is here. A woman's life is forever altered because of hateful smear merchants. It's not like this is a new story. It's just been repackaged and resold.
The Right Wing wants division. It wants to hurt people. It thrives on this stuff. It keeps the hate machine alive. Stop feeding the machine. They profit off of hate, bigotry, misogyny and racism.
There is a lot of blame to go around regarding this incident, there is no question about that, but it is time for everyone on the right and the left to stop allowing hate merchants to control the message. People -- real people with families and loved ones get seriously hurt.
When you hurt my sister, you hurt me.