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The thoughtful reflection of who Shirley Sherrod really is

This morning I watched the Rachel Maddow Show on-line. She was talking about the connection between ACORN, Van Jones, the New Black Panthers and Shirley Sherrod. I thought it was Brilliant.

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I talked about this today on Local Edge Radio. Many people never evolve. Some you do change never talk about it because in today’s world it is showing weakness. Shirley Sherrod changed her world view and had the nerve to talk about it. She should be bronzed.

From Glen Greenwald:

Everyone is presumably aware by now of the facts surrounding the disgusting fraud perpetrated on Shirley Sherrod, engineered by Andrew Breitbart, amplified by Fox News, and meekly submitted to by the Obama administration.  Those who aren’t can read excellent commentary from Jamelle BouieJoan Walsh, and Chris Martinez.  Much has been written about the incomparable sleaze of Breitbart, the standard propaganda boost from Fox News, and the typical cowardice of the administration in the face of such attacks.  All of that is well established by now and quite unsurprising, so I want to focus on what ought to be the enduring lesson from this ugly episode:  the courage of Shirley Sherrod.

Just as CNN fired Octavia Nasr for one of the few insightful and interesting observations she ever voiced about the Middle East, Sherrod’s speech — which caused her to be fired — is simply inspiring in its uncommon candor, courage and wisdom.  Few people are willing so publicly to confess to tribal biases and detail how they struggle to overcome them, even though that’s a challenge whichany person who evolves at some point must confront.  That process — far more than the pretense of having always been bias-free — requires difficult self-examination, and its public discussion offers vitally needed lessons for everyone.  Many people are unwilling ever to engage that process privately, let alone candidly describe it publicly.  Those with the courage to do so, like Sherrod, should be heralded for that candor.  Instead, she was slandered, falsely disparaged, and fired.

Contrary to the excuse being offered by those who did all of that, her actual message — that she was plagued by racial biases decades ago and overcame them with the recognition that it is poverty that unites people in need — was clearly evident even from the deceitfully edited Breitbart video.  This is part of what she said on that edited video:

That’s when it was revealed to me that it’s about poor versus those who have.  And not so much about white. It is about white and black, but you know — it opened my eyes.

But — just as happened with Octavia Nasr and so many before her,including the now-destroyed ACORN — the blinding, lying,depressingly common right-wing hysteria churned out by Brietbart/Fox meant that no nuances were permitted, no reason could breathe, and few people had the courage to defend Sherrod or even demand that she be allowed to speak before being thrown to the trash heap. (more…)

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Hope for Haiti raises $57 million for Haiti. Military contractor DynCorp has lost millions in Iraq. James O’Keefe was arrested for trying to wiretap Mary Landrieu. This is really crazy. We have never gotten the real story on O’Keefe and ACORN. These stories and more.

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What's going on – Evening News Roundup

Monday Evening News Roundup

  • Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for defeating the Boston Red Sox in game seven and advancing to the World Series. The Philadelphia Phillies have already defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers to make it to the ultimate show. Although major networks may not be happy since big time television markets (Los Angeles and New York) will not be directly involved, this should be a good series featuring excellent baseball. This continues a trend that we’ve been seeing over the last several years where the team with the most expensive roster is sitting at home watching the World Series. I like this trend.
  • Did John McCain solicit campaign contributions from the Russian ambassador? A generic “send a contribution to” letter was sent to the Russian ambassador. I guess the question is what mailing list was the Russian ambassador on?
  • It is now clear that the John McCain campaign will stoop to any level and renege on any promise in order to try to gain an advantage. Campaign manager Rick Davis (former lobbyist for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) stated in an interview that they were rethinking their position on Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
  • Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told members of the House Budget Committee that he favored another stimulus package for the economy. The White House is reportedly “open” to new proposals. Isn’t that a day late and several billion dollars short? Democrats have been calling for an additional stimulation package for months.
  • Governor Sarah Palin was on Saturday Night Live this weekend. It isn’t clear to me exactly how well the McCain campaign thought this out. Saturday night live was a show that not many people were watching before Tina Fey began lampooning Sarah Palin. Fey’s impression of the governor is hilariously accurate. She portrays the governor’s cluelessness perfectly. So how does this help the McCain-Palin ticket?
  • Congressman John Conyers (chairman of the House Judiciary committee) is seeing a lot of similarities between the US attorney scandal in this latest dustup over ACORN. Democrats tend to want to focus on the issues. We tend to downplay these “meaningless” distractions. I think ignoring this major Republican push would be detrimental to our chances of winning the White House and in gaining seats in Congress this November. The GOP is showing us a very coordinated effort to whip up public sentiment against ACORN. In a move typical of the Harlem Globetrotters, the Republicans will have America focused on ACORN (a group which has never committed voter fraud but has admittedly submitted erroneous voter registrations) while THEY THEMSELVES are committing widespread “voter caging” and vote suppression in multiple ways in multiple different states. This is serious.