Dan Riehl provides the ingredients to substantiate the claim:
First, a note of heartfelt appreciation for Joan Walsh of Salon. Her moving post on Charles Sherrod – in defense of his wife, Shirley – provided the inspiration required to dust off my Google skills. I simply had to fulfill her stated desire to share the actual words of Civil Rights icon Charles Sherrod with her readers, so touched was I by her profound tribute. And she’s been swamped on TV, justifying Shirley Sherrod calling Fox and Andrew Breitbart racist. I can only hope she will be kind enough to direct her readers here, so we can all share his unique wisdom on race relations together, as one. That is, after all, the way it should be, is it not, Joan?
Andrew Breitbart sure picked the wrong people to symbolize black “racism.”
If there’s anyone more clueless about our civil rights history than Breitbart, as well as more abusive to it, I’m challenged to think of who it might be. He tests my commitment to nonviolent social change, but I’ll share the work of Charles Sherrod to remember my values.
If I get a chance to talk to Charles Sherrod, I’ll let him tell you what he thinks, in his own words, here.
Okay, Joan, though I do confess to being somewhat puzzled by the first quote I stumbled upon, especially as it came relatively recently – a full year after America had installed its first black administration in the White House.
Charles Sherrod: “We must stop the white man and his Uncle Toms from stealing our elections.”
Gee, Joan, can you tell me what’s so heroic about telling a room full of young black minds not even out in the world, yet – that if they ever embrace political, or socio-economic ideas that don’t jibe with your hero’s, the one elevated in a room before them, that they will be denounced as race-traitors? That is what Uncle Tom means, after all. What REALLY is heroic in that? It looks to me like what your hero does is build up their black identity to an extreme, then sends them a message that, if they don’t vote, or act the way he wants them to, he and his community make them outcasts, stripping that very identity from them as traitors to their race. Is that the message heroic Civil Rights leaders are passing on to young blacks today? It sounds like it to me, Joan.
Maybe it’s your hero’s racism there that keeps young blacks on the Democrat plantation year after after, generation after generation – and not some non-existent racism you imagine on the other side. Why is your hero poisoning young minds, Joan? Or, is that just too much for you to grasp?
There’s more at the link, including a video of Mr. Sherrod making the Uncle Tom comments.
Shirley Sherrod’s redemption may just have to go on hold.