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Image and reality clash: from Christian Adams to Sherrod to Wright and Farrakhan.
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Why the NAACP, of course. Where his 1997 appearance has been preserved here on YouTube, replete with the rapturous reception.
Then there was the infamous anti-Bush commercial run by the NAACP National Voter Fund in the closing days of the 2000 campaign. The commercial focused on the horrendous murder of James Byrd in Jasper, Texas. Mr. Byrd was dragged to death by three white supremacists. Two were convicted of murder and sentenced to death, one to life in prison. The problem? Then-Governor George Bush had refused to sign a “hate crimes” bill into law because he believed Texans should be convicted for their actions — not their thoughts.
So the NAACP National Voter Fund ran their infamous commercial in the closing days of the Bush-Gore campaign effectively accusing Governor Bush of — yes — racism. Bush had never shown a shred of racism in his entire career, not to mention had his notable father. Yet the man who would have two black secretaries of state, a Mexican-American attorney general, who appointed all manner of blacks and Hispanics to the most critical offices in American government — was a racist.
Where was this commercial shown? Not just anywhere. It ran in Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Which is to say states that were in play in the close-2000 election. Not to mention that it ran in 18 radio markets along with print ads in black newspapers and the New York Times.
Which is to say the objective was to use the good name of the NAACP to deliberately smear Bush as a racist. For political purposes. To gin up the black vote by making a racist out of George Bush. Nothing racist or unfair there.
Oh, and the NAACP is demanding a moratorium on the death penalty. So what happened to the murderers of James Byrd who got the death penalty? Still drawing the breath James Byrd cannot. The phrase irony doesn’t do this justice.
And so another Gibsonian crack in the image of the NAACP appeared.
How can we forget the anti-Semitic and racist ravings of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright? And this cheering, stomping reception at an NAACP gathering in Detroit in 2008?
Meanwhile, a check of the campaign contributions of NAACP officers provides yet another glimpse into this once non-partisan organization. President and CEO Benjamin Jealous? Money to Obama and a Democratic Congressional candidate. Chairman Roslyn Brock? Money to Obama and Democratic candidates for House and Senate. Eugene Duffy, the chair of the NAACP Special Contributions Fund? All manner of Democrats from Obama and John Kerry on down the food chain to senators and congressional candidates such as the left-wing Maxine Waters.
Is this a big deal? So these folks exercise their quite American rights to donate money? So what?
So let’s get to Shirley Sherrod, the Obama-appointed Georgia Director of Rural Development who is responsible for a $1.2 billion budget of your tax dollars.
Take a look at this video found by our friend Andrew Breitbart over at BigGovernment.com. This is what got Shirley Sherrod booted from her job.
Here’s Andrew’s column discussing the Shirley Sherrod episode and more. /It’s impossible to improve on — and it was written before Ms. Sherrod departed her post. Bravo.
Ms. Sherrod was the speaker at an NAACP event — and up until hours ago was an official of the government of the United States. Responsible for a budget of over a billion dollars of your money. She is seen in this video openly bragging that she is using race to make decisions in her job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture where she has the budget with all that money. And the response from her NAACP audience? Applause.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
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