In all the back-and-forth about the Shirley Sherrod/Fox News issue, nobody has taken advantage of the real teachable moment in all this, which is: Shirley Sherrod's point in her original presentation that was excerpted for the smear was that the issue in our economy isn't black vs. white, it's rich vs. poor. All the pundits and news-hounds want to make this about finding out who in Obama's administration made the decision to fire her. Or they want to highlight the grudge match between the NAACP and Fox News. What they're missing is the fact that this issue goes to the core of all the problems we currently facing (including the economy, the environment, war and peace, etc.), the fact that the major corporations and the super-rich, through their servants in the Republican Party, have always tried to pit the races against each other in an attempt to win the war against the poor (and in the current case, against the middle class, whose very existence threatens the feudal economy they want to maintain). It's a time-proven method of controlling people. It's NOT about race; it's about controlling the country and preventing the people from getting together to take it back. The partnership between Shirley Sherrod and the white farming couple she helped is the sort of thing that scares the right wing to death, because once it catches on, it's the key to winning the war against the corporate oligarchy. I think Faux News made a mistake here, and it's a great opportunity to play some "rope-a-dope" and turn it back against them! C'mon, Mr. President, you can do it!

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