The right is using its media echo chamber to settle scores and reinforce its own "oppression narrative" in which black racism is a major national problem, and in which racism is not measured by material facts, but by what's allegedly in your head.
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 Shirley Sherrod fallout is not a time to point figures at one another for liberals but rather go on the offensive. Sherrod is the United States Department of Agriculture employee who came under fire for a supposed inflammatory speech.
My cynical heart has been tickled to watch the Obama administration frantically back away from the stupid decision to fire Sherrod. I'm being led to believe that this was all Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's call.
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.