What Else Andrew Breitbart Doesn’t Know About Shirley Sherrod? He Doesn’t Know $%*@! About the Black Church

Keith in full sail last night on Countdown.
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Shirley Sherrod on The View this morning.
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and the second one where she (and Joy Behar) puts down Elisabeth “talking points” Hasselbeck is really good, too.

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Andrew Breitbart, attempting to pick his teeth off the ground since he was roundly discredited, said this in defense of his doctored video of the former Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod:

Breitbart, the conservative guru who posted the video with the headline, “Video Proof: The NAACP Awards Racism — 2010,” said it was not meant to be an attack on Sherrod but rather a lesson to the NAACP that they use accusations of racism to stifle dissent.

“What this video clearly shows is a standard that Tea Party has not been held to, is that the NAACP shows people in the audience there applauding her when she discriminates against a white farmer. That was the point I was trying to make,” Breitbart said on “GMA” today. “This was not about Shirley Sherrod. This was about the smears that have gone on against the Tea Party.”.

I call bullshit on yet another outright lie from this hater. He doesn’t have a leg to stand on. Why? Because he misinterpreted not only Sherrod, but the audience she was addressing.

I may be a Buddhist, but I was exposed, like all other blacks, to the culture of the Black Church. That is, the African Methodist Episcopal (AME), the Baptist, the Methodist, the COGIC (Church of God in Christ), the Spiritual Church of New Orleans, the holiness churches.

Most of the people in that audience who was listening to Sherrod’s personal experience were from the Black Church.

Such experiences are much like those who come up to the podium testify about the glories of the Deity. What usually happens in church is that the experience evolves (or can build) into a kind of call and responsea shared experience that is cathartic for both speaker and audience. Wikipedia states briefly:

Call and response is a form of “spontaneous verbal and non-verbal interaction between speaker and listener in which all of the statements (‘calls’) are punctuated by expressions (‘responses’) from the listener.

In African cultures, call-and-response is a pervasive pattern of democratic participation—in public gatherings, in the discussion of civic affairs, in religious rituals, as well as in vocal and instrumental musical expression (see call and response in music). It is this tradition that African bondsmen and women have transmitted over the years in various forms of expression—in religious observance; public gatherings; even in children’s rhymes; and, most notably, in music in its multiple forms: gospel, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, hip-hop and go-go.

So, those people weren’t necessarily applauding Sherrod’s choice to discriminate against a white farmer. They were responding to her story, urging her on, encouraging her. Asking her, in effect, to preach on. I doubt whether many of them were actually agreeing with her that she should actually discriminate against the white farmer. But they certainly knew how she felt, and that they could relate. This is where they were coming from. The superior attitude that Shirley Sherrod felt Roger Spooner exhibited when they first met was definitely not helpful to his case, and many people attending probably had gone through the same thing, or knew something else, relative or friend, who had had the experience. The temptation is really strong to retaliate, even quietly and politely, to let power lower them to the level of those whites who have been racist towards them.

But she went from a situation that could have made things worse for her and eventually entered into a state of grace.

That’s what I saw and what I claimed from the video.

So frankly, Breitbart doesn’t know shit. Nothing about Shirley Sherrod. Nothing about the audience. Nothing about the NAACP. Nothing about black people, period. We’re cartoons to him, just one-dimensional individuals, cardboard, easily pegged with having a Big Problem. We–and other conscious whites like Tim Wise–keep saying we’re a bit more complicated than that, like any other human culture; that relying on stereotypes and outright racism to explain us will get one continually into trouble. As a result, Breitbart wouldn’t know what racism was if it smacked him upside the head. He would deny that racism even exists, and that it’s a ploy against whites and their pocketbooks.

What I also know about Breitbart is that he supports the enemies of black and brown people and would lie and lie freely to aid and abet their efforts. The fact that he lies should give people pause before giving him any more credence in a public or media forum.

One last thing: the name Sherrod made my ears prick up and now I know the reason why. Shirley Miller Sherrod is married to Charles Sherrod. And do you know who Charles Sherrod is? Wiki again tells the story:

Charles Sherrod (born in Petersburg, Virginia, in 1937) was a key member and organizer of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. He became the first SNCC field secretary and SNCC director of southwest Georgia. His leadership there led to the Albany Movement. He also participated in the Selma Voting Rights Movement and in many other arenas of the ’60s movement era.

He went north, to New York City, where he received his master’s degree in sacred theology from the Union Theological Seminary in 1967. He then returned home to direct the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education. He served as an elected member of the Albany City Council from 1976 to 1990.

A former chaplain at the Georgia State Prison in Homerville, the Rev. Sherrod teaches at Albany State University. He is married to former U.S. Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod.

You don’t mess with people like this. Not ever.

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~ by blksista on July 22, 2010.

2 Responses to “What Else Andrew Breitbart Doesn’t Know About Shirley Sherrod? He Doesn’t Know $%*@! About the Black Church”

  1. Were the journalists in the Sherrod affair so much different than the blogger? Moreover, are bloggers who provide news not journalists as the “journalists” claimed after getting the story wrong?

    See: http://euandus3.wordpress.com/2010/07/23/1005/


  2. “That’s what I saw and what I claimed from the video”.

    I saw the same thing!


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