Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hey Ben Jealous: Context Matters

Ben Jealous must be terminally confused.

After Ben Jealous admitted that Ms. Sherrod's full story, when taken in context, supported the narrative that she learned to be less racist from her experiences, he still supported her ouster from the USDA. Then he blamed Fox News and Breitbart for getting Sherrod fired, when neither of them actually fired her.

Who did fire Sherrod again? Vilsack at the FDA and someone unnamed at the White House, providing plausible deniability to the occupant of the Oval Office. Oh, plus Jealous supported it in his role as spokesman of the NAACP. It seems that when the chance came to throw Sherrod under the bus under the pretext of racism, he was happy to do it. Even though he knew that the context of her anecdote showed that she had learned that racism was no good, he was happy to throw her under the bus.

If he really thinks that racism is the unalloyed bad that he claims, why does he repudiate someone when their true story is about escaping racist/racialist ways of thinking? Could it be that he isn't really against racism at all? Or is he just so confused that he doesn't know what he believes?

Now I'm confused. Maybe you can explain it to me.

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The NAACP’s after-the-fact back pedaling can’t hide the fact that they knew there was a contextual problem and they still condemned her (and the audience) anyway, making her the roadkill on their path to demonize average Americans.

Here is Jealous’ statement on Monday, proving he knew there was more to the story and still proceeded with the condemnation her anyway:

Her actions were shameful. While she went on to explain in the story that she ultimately realized her mistake, as well as the common predicament of working people of all races, she gave no indication she had attempted to right the wrong she had done to this man.

The reaction from many in the audience is disturbing. We will be looking into the behavior of NAACP representatives at this local event and take any appropriate action.

Context is everything, Mr. Jealous.  You knew the context of Ms. Sherrod’s comments on the tape and you still condemned her anyway when the White House forced her resignation.



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