Lets clear the air right off the bat.
I consider myself a Southerner, I live in a rural community, I'm conservative, I'm white, I'm a farmer and I'm a Christian. So in the eyes of a liberal urbanite, it would not surprise me in the least if they were to automatically assume that I was an inbred, hog calling, "racist." I have no problem with first impressions. We all have them. It is those that pretend they see everything through an objective lens that irk me the most. My second biggest ire would be those that pass judgement upon that which they know nothing. To my limited knowledge, there has only been one perfect being to ever walk the face of the earth.
It would appear to me that the qualifications for being labeled a racist have been broadened to the point that no-one can escape its stigma. Enter the NAACP and poor Ms. Shirly Sherrod.
Now here is an organization that has clearly outlived its original purpose. Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that the organization didn't fill a need or that racism is not an issue today. Racism exists across the aisle, across the tracks, and across races of every kind. But as has been pointed out many times over the years, without social turmoil between the race it purports to champion and the [insert the race of your choice], this organization begins to fade from the limelight. Its feeling of self-worth dwindles. In today's world, don't we all have the ACLU as our advocate? A representative for all persons, not just one race.
But this isn't about the NAACP in particular. Its not even about the consequences of pretending that "our crap don't stink" and then stirring up the hornet's nest. Its about where we are today as a society when it comes to race and racism. And as I'm sure Ms. Sherrod will attest, we are heading backwards.
Individually, we have become far too pre-occupied in proving to the world that we are not racist. We have apparently redefined to the term to include any action or thought that remotely recognizes any difference among the races. Lets face it, there are differences. Instead of sweeping them under the rug we should acknowledge them. We should not flaunt them, but there is no harm in openly discussing our feelings or expressing our paradigms if we do it honestly and without reproach. It is the holier-than-thou crowd that continue to tear away at our progress.....