Being Falsely Accused of Racism: How Does it Feel?

Posted: Jul 22, 2010 11:10 AM

How Does it Feel?

In light of the Shirley Sherrod fiasco, one question needs to be answered: Why isn’t the Tea Party, made up of everyday Americans of every race, receiving an apology and national attention for being falsely accused of racism for months?

Although there is debate over whether Sherrod was taken out of context, there is video evidence of Sherrod openly admitting to engaging in racial prejudice against white people early in her career and in fact, in the video she says:

That’s when it was revealed to me, that it’s about poor versus those who have and not so much about white; well it is about white and black.

Sherrod fully admitted in the past that she had engaged in racist activity but says she is now a changed woman.

Now the White House is apologizing, the media is apologizing; everyone is apologizing to Sherrod for accusing her of being a racist and for her forced resignation. 

There is absolutely no video evidence of tea partiers engaging in racism. In fact, there is video evidence of tea partiers condemning and kicking a real racist out of their rally.

Anderson Cooper from CNN in April:

            It’s hard to talk when you are tea bagging

Rachel Maddow from MSNBC in April:

            I speak of course of tea bagging.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN):

            The Tea Party people are, are kind of like without robes and hoods. They have really shown very hardcore, angry side of America that is against any type of diversity. And we saw opposition to African Americans, uh hostility toward gays, hostility to anybody who wan’t just, you know, a clone of George Wallace’s fan club. And I’m afraid they’ve taken over the Republican party.

The unanimously passed resolution demanded that the leadership of the Tea Party repudiate its racist elements and make it clear that there is no space in the organization for bigotry.

It is unfortunate that at a time when our nation is reeling in the midst of one of the most devastating downturns in our economy since the Great Depression, the NAACP is compelled to deal with a disturbing, corrosive attack from the Tea Party.

 Janeane Garofalo in April on Keith Olbermann:

There is nothing more confusing than seeing a bunch of racists become confused and angry at a speech they’re not quite certain what he’s saying.

Let’s be very honest about what this is about. Its not about bashing democrats, its not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston Tea Party was about, they don’t know their history. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of tea bagging rednecks.

Where is the apology to everyday Americans from the Left? Along with an apology from the media for calling tea party goers derogatory names like “tea baggers"?

People on the Left are getting a taste of their own medicine, and its really really bitter.

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