By Bob Herbert
Moving with the swiftness of fanatics on a hanging jury, big shots in the administration and Bill O’Reilly of Fox News came to exactly the same conclusion: Shirley Sherrod had to go—immediately! No time for facts. No time for justice.
Later, after officials at the organization had found and released a tape of Ms. Sherrod’s entire 45-minute speech, the group’s president, Ben Jealous, apologized and said the N.A.A.C.P. had been “snookered.”
Rachel Maddow's Mega-Takedown Of Fox News' 'Scare White People' Tactics (VIDEO)
By Jillian Rayfield
Maddow continued that now, "making white people feel like they are victims of black people" is one of the "Fox News agenda items" designed to fear-monger about race.
(Click on the barely visible pause button if you don't want to watch the whole video.)
Finally, Herbert tells us the deeper meaning of the Sherrod incident:
Ms. Sherrod came to the realization, as she witnessed the plight of poverty-stricken white farmers in the South more than two decades ago, that the essential issue in this country “is really about those who have versus those who don’t.”
She explained how the wealthier classes have benefited from whites and blacks constantly being at each other’s throats, and how rampant racism has insidiously kept so many struggling whites from recognizing those many things they and their families have in common with economically struggling blacks, Hispanics and so on.
“It’s sad that we don’t have a roomful of whites and blacks here tonight,” she said, “because we have to overcome the divisions that we have.”
In short, the brown-skins are coming to get you. Only the Republican Tea Party, the party of whites, can save you. Vote for one of your own kind.
For more on the connection between racism and classism, see Is Racism Really Classism? For more on conservative fearmongering, see White Conservatives "Angry About Racism," Why Americans Hate Welfare, and Conservative Worldview = Fear of Cooties. For a history of conservative race-baiting, see America the Conservative.