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It Can’t Be about Black and White

Perhaps the comment that shocks me the most is “I took him to his own kind…” As a born-again Christian, I can’t help but think of Galatians 3:28… if the Greeks and Jews could look past their differences, why can’t the “white man” and the “black man?”

Now, I understand that racism still exists in America (as the video shows), but it’s important to remember that it isn’t just one sided. There is racism found IN ALL races, and only when we put aside this whole crock about having a “kind” just because of the skin we are born with, can we truly defeat this ignorance. Unfortunately, many people (on both sides) have found great power from this debate, and [imho] are more committed to their own self-glory than truly overcoming these ridiculous ideals.

As a man I have nothing but the utmost respect for once said:

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Let us now, nearly 50 years later, stop talking about this dream and make it a reality. Let us stop trying to build walls, and work on tearing them down. Let us be known as THE PEOPLE, instead of focusing on the level of melanin.

Update from CNN

She explained the “full force” remark by saying that she didn’t know what to do to help Spooner. With black farmers, she could rally other farmers to support them, but “I didn’t know of any black farmers who would come out and try to support a white farmer at that point. … I wasn’t really sure of what I could do because at that time, I thought they [white people] had the advantages. I learned that was not the case.”

The statement that the NAACP issued late Monday backed Vilsack’s decision…

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday he had accepted Sherrod’s resignation…

“Racism is about the abuse of power. Sherrod had it in her position at USDA. According to her remarks, she mistreated a white farmer in need of assistance because of his race,” said Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the civil rights group. “We are appalled by her actions, just as we are with abuses of power against farmers of color and female farmers.”

“Her actions were shameful,” Jealous continued. “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.”


Another Update & Full Video
To her credit, Sherrod does clearly use the story as an example of overcoming her own prejudices, and in explaining that (despite saying “it is about black & white”) it really isn’t about whether a person is black or white, but rather those who have and those that do not. She then continues to explain the origin of slavery, and tells the crowd they need to tear down the barriers between them and those of other races. For this she should be absolutely applauded. I think that while the wording of the story was extremely unfortunate, she was trying to relate with the crowd members to whom she was speaking (some who may have experienced similar feelings and events in their lives).

I still must strongly disagree with the ideas of one having a “kind” simply based on their race (unless perhaps we group other attributes as well… I’m guessing my kind would be those with Hypoglycemia… so I need a Hypoglycemic lawyer :-p ), “it is about black and white,” and lastly the idea (as presented in the second video) that Republicans [in general] are speaking out against Health Care because Obama is black– there has of course been those who have shown blatant racism towards our President, but I do not believe they speak for the majority, and should not be represented as much.

Anyways, without further ado, here is the video:

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