Andrew Breitbart Perfects 'White Victimology'

Website twisted USDA video out of context to play on conservatives' fears
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2010 1:54 PM CDT
Andrew Breitbart, center, flanked by James O'Keefe III, left, and Hannah Giles, of the ACORN sting video.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

(Newser) – Andrew Breitbart has played on the fears of conservative whites to claim another black victim, writes Tom Scocca for Slate. The latest is Shirley Sherrod of the USDA, who had to resign over a video twisted completely out of context. Sherrod—who wasn't a USDA employee at the time—was actually making the case against racism, but no matter. Breitbart's "lie" stands, aided and abetted by Fox News.

"Breitbart is rapidly perfecting the 21st-century mau-mau: conservative white people are so afraid of being discriminated against that if you mention the fact that sometimes black people don't like white people—even if you are telling a story about why racism is bad—you are automatically committing a hate crime, against white conservatives," Scocca writes. "After three or four decades of whining about reverse racism, America now has achieved full-blown white victimology."

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