Self interest seems to trump "doing what is right," dragging the world into more and more of the kind of "caveat emptor" thinking that helped created the economic crisis that seems to pervade life these days.
The White House referred to Sherrod's firing as "a teachable moment." I learned that a black woman can be fired for the accusation that she discriminated, yet instances of discrimination against minority farmers go unresolved.
There are two ways for Democrats to fire up the base. One is to focus on results. The other is to let ultra-conservatives carry the ball for them by scaring the bejeezus out of key Democratic constituencies.
We face many serious problems, from a crashed economy to the largest oil spill in our history. But no American should ignore another serious threat to our integrity as a nation and a culture: the far-right propagandists.
The White House should not be bullied, intimidated, badgered, and ultimately hit the panic and appeasement button every time the bogus shout is made that the administration is tilting toward minorities.
Shirley Sherrod, who has helped countless farmers keep their land, was accused by Fox of racism based on manipulative editing of a tape of a speech she gave about how she learned that race should never matter in helping the poor.