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White House Apologizes to Sherrod

Filed under: Obama,Race — DRJ @ 1:00 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The White House has apologized for calling for Shirley Sherrod’s ouster

“White House spokesman Robert Gibbs called the dismissal of Shirley Sherrod an injustice and a mistake and said he was apologizing for the “entire administration.” He said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was trying to reach her to extend an apology.”

Sounds like the White House admits it acted stupidly.



Shirley Sherrod (Updated x3)

Filed under: Government,Race — DRJ @ 5:04 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Updates on the Shirley Sherrod story:

  • The Washington Examiner explains why we shouldn’t be so quick to forget about Shirley Sherrod.
  • NAACP and Glen Beck agree: People rushed to judgment on Sherrod.
  • The [EDIT: or maybe A] white farmer and his wife strongly defend Ms. Sherrod.
  • How did the white farmer know Sherrod’s anecdote was about him? Maybe he wasn’t the one … but if he is, did he recall “acting superior” or was he the only white farmer she helped?

    — DRJ

    UPDATE: My thanks to Dustin who provided a link to the NAACP website that posted the full Shirley Sherrod speech. As Dustin notes, this section at 21 minutes is most relevant and evidences Sherrod’s racial reconciliation theme:

    “Working with him made me see that it’s really about those who have versus those who don’t. You know, they could be white, they could be black, they could be Hispanic … and it made me realize then that I needed to work to help poor people, those who don’t have access the way others have.”

    She also discussed the history of slavery that impacted poor whites and poor blacks, which she said led to racism created by elites to divide the poor.

    UPDATE 2: Dustin watches the rest and summarizes it here and here. Like Dustin, I’d like to know what was in the edited section of the NAACP video.

    UPDATE 3 — The AP reports President Obama agrees with the decision to oust Sherrod:

    “A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said President Barack Obama was briefed on the matter after Sherrod’s resignation and stands by the Agriculture Department’s handling of it.”


    Racism Within (Updated)

    Filed under: Government,Race — DRJ @ 5:38 pm

    [Guest post by DRJ]

    Today Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment released a videotape of Obama appointee and U.S. Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod “regaling an NAACP audience with a story about how she withheld help to a white farmer facing bankruptcy:”

    Sherrod has resigned.

    Will House Majority Whip James Clyburn add Sherrod and the NAACP to his list of racists?

    — DRJ

    UPDATED: Shirley Sherrod says the White House forced her to resign, even though she claims the point of her story was racial reconciliation.


    Racists Everywhere

    Filed under: Race — DRJ @ 9:21 pm

    [Guest post by DRJ]

    Today’s NAACP talking points: Tea Party tolerates racists.

    Today’s White House talking points: Al Qaeda is racist.

    Coincidence? Probably. Or maybe it’s synergy.

    — DRJ


    Racial Epithets

    Filed under: Race — DRJ @ 6:19 pm

    [Guest post by DRJ]

    Apparently Jesse Jackson thinks LeBron James is a multi-millionaire slave:

    “Shortly after James announced his decision last week, [Cleveland Cavalier owner Dan] Gilbert fired off an incendiary letter to Cleveland’s fans, ripping the 25-year-old and promising to deliver a title before James wins one. He called James’ decision “cowardly” and later told The Associated Press he believes James quit during a handful of Cavaliers playoff games.
    Jackson said Gilbert’s comments were “mean, arrogant and presumptuous.”

    “He speaks as an owner of LeBron and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers,” the reverend said in a release from his Chicago-based civil rights group, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave. This is an owner employee relationship — between business partners — and LeBron honored his contract.”

    Meanwhile, the NAACP is set to condemn as racist the Tea Party movement for harboring “racist elements that are a threat to our democracy.”

    Post-racial America: Denounce first, worry about proof later.

    — DRJ


    “I Hate White People”

    Filed under: Obama,Race — DRJ @ 8:06 am

    [Guest post by DRJ]

    Naked Emperor News looks at one of the New Black Panthers involved in the Philadelphia voter intimidation case — King Samir Shabazz:

    “You want freedom? You’re gonna have to kill some crackers. You’re gonna have to kill some of their babies.”

    — DRJ


    Insert White Lawyer Joke Here

    Filed under: Law,Race — DRJ @ 3:39 pm

    [Guest post by DRJ]

    San Antonio has nixed a plan by the State Bar of Texas to honor the contributions by early Anglo lawyers:

    “Remember the Anglo lawyers! The State Bar of Texas had hoped do to so with a plaque on Alamo Plaza, but the city’s historic commission has refused to approve the plan, citing concerns about singling out a profession or ethnicity for honor near the famed landmark.”

    I have a feeling this battle isn’t over yet.

    — DRJ


    Obama Hosts Second State Dinner

    Filed under: Obama,Race — DRJ @ 8:33 pm

    [Guest post by DRJ]

    President and Mrs. Obama are hosting his second State Dinner tonight in honor of Mexican President Felipe Calderón and wife, Margarita Zavala, but there were no gatecrashers this time:

    “Some of them were still clutching their embossed invitations, proof that they belonged. They had already been asked their names once, twice, three times to make sure they were actually on the list.

    And as the guests for the second state dinner of Barack Obama’s presidency arrived on Wednesday night, the White House tried to purge the memories of the uninvited guests at the first state dinner. What were their names again? Forgotten, White House officials hoped, in the mists of Washington trivia.

    “I’d say things are pretty secure around here,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.”

    How did they manage it? By refusing people who did not have their identification papers:

    “Kathryne Mudge, right, and her husband, Arturo A. Valenzuela, assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, leave a checkpoint after discovering Mudge did not have her identification for the State Dinner at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 19, 2010. They returned about an hour later with the ID and were allowed into the affair that President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama held for their Mexican counterparts, Felipe Calderon and his wife, Margarita Zavala.”

    Questioning and turning away Mexicans/Americans because they don’t have papers?


    — DRJ


    L.A. Times Editors Spit on Gates’s Memory and Botch the Facts in the Process

    Filed under: Crime,Dog Trainer,Race — Patterico @ 3:03 pm

    Several of you have written asking for comment on the death of Daryl Gates, and the L.A. Times‘s ridiculous editorial which blames Gates for the 1992 riots and a lot of other things.

    I asked Jack Dunphy for comment, and he has prepared a piece for Pajamas Media which he will link and excerpt here when it appears. I have seen a draft and it does a far better job than I could of dismantling the editorial, so I will wait for that. For now, I will make two observations of my own.

    First, the editorial is misleading when it says this:

    The most fateful day of his life arrived less than a year later, on April 29, 1992. A Ventura County jury devoid of African Americans acquitted the four officers involved in the King beating on charges of assault and excessive force.

    Not true. One of the officers was not acquitted of all assault charges. The jury did acquit three of the officers entirely, and acquitted the fourth, Officer Laurence Powell, on several counts — but it also hung (8-4 in favor of acquittal) on the charge of assault under color of authority against Powell.

    Second, a personal story about Daryl Gates, which I may or may not have told before.

    I could have forced him on to one of my juries once.

    It was 1998 or 1999, and I was doing misdemeanors in Alhambra. Gates was among the people in the audience for a DUI and resisting arrest trial. The defense exercised all 10 of its peremptories and I had three left. There were three people in the audience.

    If I had exercised my remaining three peremptories, I could have forced him onto the jury.

    I didn’t, because while I knew he would be a good juror, I thought of him as a polarizing figure — someone that some of the other jurors might react to negatively. Prosecutors have to get 12 people to agree. I was afraid that would be troublesome with Gates on the jury.

    As it happens, the case hung anyway. I now think to myself: you should have gotten him on. Maybe he could have explained to the jurors how the defendant’s actions would be considered resisting arrest.

    Also, it would have been fun.

    Anyway, Daryl Gates didn’t cause the riots. I’d say the editors of the Los Angeles Times were probably more responsible for the riots, because they (like all news media) failed to adequately report how weak the prosecution case was, and how strong the defense arguments were. The first few seconds of that videotape, which were hardly ever shown on TV, showed an aggressive Rodney King rushing officers, oblivious to Tasering and commands to stop. L.A. Times editors failed to explain the significance of this to the public — leading to shock at verdicts that should not have been a surprise at all, had the paper done its job properly.

    Plus, over the years, the editors have incited racial tension in this city on countless occasions by hyping flawed studies claiming to find racial injustice in the system, without reporting those studies’ lack of adequate controls. Regular readers know I have discussed this, time and time again.

    So, when assessing fault for the riots, the editors, instead of spitting on Gates’s memory with him freshly dead, should take a look in the mirror.

    They might also blame, you know, the rioters themselves. I always had this crazy idea that they were primarily responsible.

    But that’s me: a prosecutor, always wanting to blame the perpetrators for their own crimes. If only I were a newspaper editor, I would realize that crimes aren’t the fault of the perpetrators. They are the fault of society, and the police, and everybody but the person who actually commits them.

    I guess I have a lot to learn. Won’t you please teach me, Times editors??

    We’ll link Dunphy’s piece when it comes online.


    “Racism at the Capitol” Timeline

    Filed under: Politics,Race — DRJ @ 1:48 pm

    [Guest post by DRJ]

    Doug Ross posts a timeline of reports of racism at the Capitol during the health care debate on March 20. He concludes:

    “Democrats in Congress wanted to provoke a racial incident. That’s why their media drones started tweeting word of the incident just seconds after their walk began.

    And a state-run media complex — as liberal as the day is long — acted either as ignorant dupes or as complicit accomplices (take your pick) to market the scam.

    From all appearances, this entire incident appears to have been scripted by Democrat representatives to provoke a racially divisive incident. But because the Tea Party movement is freedom-loving, it embraces all races, creeds, religions and colors. Because the freedom tent is the biggest tent of all. And the tyranny tent gets smaller by the day.”

    I agree. Democrats staged an event and the media pimped it.

    — DRJ

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