E.D. Kain thinks through the Shirley Sherrod affair:

I’m tired of both sides lobbing these race-grenades. The Tea Party ‘movement’ – whatever that means – is not racist anymore than the NAACP is racist. There are racists in the very fragmented conservative grassroots movement cobbled together under the title ‘Tea Party’ just as there are racists in every other big organization. I don’t like it when cynical political entertainers like Glenn Beck play on this theme. I find it exceptionally disingenuous to say that the Tea Parties aren’t racist but progressivism writ large is. The whole race conversation has imploded in the past two years, and perhaps that’s to be expected. Did we expect anything less with the ascendance of our first black president?

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