I don’t often find myself in agreement with President Obama. But this time, he did the right thing.
Shirley Sherrod had been summarily fired because she allegedly made racist remarks at a recent NAACP meeting, when this was not the case.
CBS News reports: “Stating that ‘a disservice was done,’ White House press secretary Robert Gibbs today apologized to former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod over her firing after a conservative news outlet posted an out-of-context video of comments she made two decades ago.”
“‘I think without a doubt is Sherrod is owed an apology,’ Gibbs told reporters. ‘I would do so certainly on behalf of this administration.’”
It’s hard to say: “I’m wrong.” Obama did it here. Kudos Mr. President.
Which brings us to the NAACP.
On July 13, the NAACP approved a resolution that “calls on the tea party and all people of good will to repudiate the racist element and activities within the tea party.” Read more about the NAACP resolution here.
The statement is so vague that it lacks all credibility. “Racist elements and activities?” Who is engaging in racism? And where are they doing it?
I understand that the NAACP disagrees with many tea party members on politics. That’s fine. But use of the word “racism” for that reason is inexcusable.
Want to see real, explicit, hate-filled racism? I give you Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the black reverend who preached at the Chicago church attended for years by Obama. Wright’s hate speech is plastered all over You Tube. Within five minutes, you’ll have had more than enough of Wright’s anti-white, anti-semitic tirades. Wikipedia also has an excellent article on Wright’s outrageous hate speech. To visit the Wikipedia article, click here.
The NAACP opposes racism. Certainly, they must have condemned Jeremiah Wright.
To the contrary, in April 2008, the Detroit chapter of the NAACP invited Jeremiah Wright to give a keynote speech. True to form, Wright said that blacks were genetically different from whites, an affirmation of the discredited and disgraceful philosophy of eugenics.
So does the NAACP really oppose racists? Or does the group just oppose white racists, while condoning black racists? Or does the group just hate white people in general?
This is an opportunity for the NAACP to make amends. If Obama can do it, you can do it.
NAACP, apologize to the tea party members!