Wednesday, July 21, 2010

PostPartisan - 'A disservice was done' by Andrew Breitbart

PostPartisan - 'A disservice was done' by Andrew Breitbart

Last week, the civil rights organization passed a resolution calling on the leaders of the Tea Party movement to disavow the racist elements within it. Breitbart says the point of posting a small portion of Sherrod’s speech to an NAACP chapter in March was to show the hypocrisy of the NAACP tolerating racism within its own organization. “I have evidence that shows, based upon [the NAACP’s] standards, that shows people in the audience behaving racist,” Breitbart told Mara Schiavocampo of NBC News. “We have an NAACP-sanctioned event in which the speaker is talking in a racist narrative, in which the audience, when she refers a white farmer to a white lawyer... and when she talks about not giving him the full weight of what she could do with her position, the audience cheers in this video. That to me is the standard of showing that racism existed in that room.”

Race is already a difficult issue to discuss. But it is made so much worse when irresponsible people go out of their way to inflame tensions or create them where none exist for the sole purpose of scoring points.

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