Maureen Dowd is on to something....
[no, I didn't mean to write MD is on something...hush, now....]
She suggests that Shirley Sherrod should be in charge of black outreach for the White House.
That doesn't go far enough. There should be only two job offers Shirley Sherrod should be considering. And neither one is at the USDA.
Either at the White House or at the DNC, Shirley Sherrod should be in charge of working class development. Arguably we need black outreach...hispanic, Asian, Native American, anyone?
But even more, we need a crystal-clear voice to reach out to all the disenfranchised, and that includes the white working class. Ms. Sherrod gives the most powerful testimony we've heard lately of who is actually working against the interests of both black and white. And who has climbed over the walls of hate and division to make things better for everyone.
Her history lesson of how blacks and whites both worked through servitude side-by-side, intermarrying, getting by, until the powerful elites institutionalized division and racism is a compelling reminder of the power of education. Know your history. Know your nation's history. Seek truth for yourself, don't just rely on screeching heads.
White House, DNC? Do you care? Do you care more than the minority leader of the House who doesn't even know whether his own two brothers have found jobs yet?
We are all brothers. And one sister has shown us a powerful pathway to making sure both white and black can enjoy and aspire to the best of America, not the hate and division.
Now that's a "Southern Strategy" that folks can believe in.
crossposted at firedoglake's The Seminal
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