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Sherrilyn A. Ifill Washes Ben Jealous' & NAACP's Dirty Laundry

So the NAACP finally went to find a Black woman who would do their dirty work for them. I am supposed to be on Blogcation today, but I could hardly ignore an ATTACK POST via the TheRoot.com dedicated ENTIRELY to this tiny little blog via some woman who claims to be an attorney named Sherrilyn A. Ifill.  I say claims to be a lawyer because she's a dim bulb indeed.

In a post about "Canabalizing" Black leaders, apparently Sherrilyn A. Iffil thinks that Black leaders are being devoured by US?  Really? All I see are a bunch of "CIVIL RIGHTS" leaders who keep getting richer while the Black middle class languishes. They fly in private jets. They are feted at nice restaurants. They get hefty salaries and write books and get obscene "speaking fees" while we languish.

Is Ben Jealous embarrassed? I would certainly hope so, but he'll be alright, he's got a lot of perks to console him.

What is most disturbing about this delusional woman is her enthusiasm to marginalize and ridicule advocacy related to combatting violence against women.  She sees the Sherrod incident as an aberration. WE see it as part of a long-standing pattern by the NAACP.

Men have such little work to do when there is a line of women who will volunteer for the job.

But using the Sherrod incident to open a barrage of unrelated criticism of Jealous, designed to do little more than malign him and the NAACP, is selfish and silly. The Root

The fact that she dismisses the concerns about Dunbar Village, the NAACP throwing a press conference on behalf of the  violent gang rapist of another woman and her child, just demonstrates that this woman just doesn't care about other Black women and girls... or not as much as she seeks the approval of men.

Most HYSTERICAL about her call for an end to the post-Sherrodgate finger pointing is that WE'VE. MOVED. ON!

We haven't posted about this in over a week, which by blog standards is a lifetime.  She's the one bringing this up LATE and LOUD. It must have taken her two weeks to get her words together.

Ms. Ifill, keep playing the role of washer woman.  You need to increase your pace however because when it comes to abusing, misusing, marginalizing, raping, torturing, and killing Black women we fully intend to hang the dirty laundry out for ALL the world to see.

P.S. This woman is none too bright as well. Any SANE person could see that the "Snookered" store is a work of SATIRE. If I really wanted to sell t-shirts, I would have exported the image at a higher dpi.  Its so tiny it looks like a postage stamp on a T-shirt.  Mr. Dreyfuss, you really need to hire people with some common sense. This woman is one egg short of a dozen.  This is the internet Ms. Ifill.... its called SNARK and we're proud of it.

Reader Comments (15)

Break it down Ms. Gina. I'm gonna donate to your site again as soon as I get the money :)

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdeb98126

These CRIC folks are so clearly out of their depth, it's depressing. She should have read some old posts before serving as the NAACP's female attack dog.

Notice how she extended an invitation to "join". It's all about message control and corralling black folks needs and funds into this male-focused organization.

NAACP's mealy mouthed message is tardy to the party. Where were they 2 years ago??

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaJane Galt

This is to be expected.I'm glad you left a message on that site.
this right here pretty much sums it all up @.........she seeks the approval of men.
Typical crab in the barrel.

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTruth P.

Ms. Gina,

You are so on point...we are done with this discussion. How about Ms Ifill get with current times and talk about Congresswoman Waters and her impending indicment. Geez!!!

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShe Speaking

The encouraging thing is that most of the responders to her post disagreed. Not all mentioned the obvious disdain for black women the NAACP has shown but nearly all mentioned a lack of leadership whether it was due to their treatment of black women, a failure to take action against the problems in our community or just the fact that Jealous made "black leadership" look stupid. Some also mentioned the Obama administrations compliance in denying black farmers compensation (don't know much about this action but some of the posters seemed to). So I think for the reasons you raise Gina and for many more people are starting to see through this sham organization. The only problem is there is little to nothing (that is on a national organized level) coming up to take its place.

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBee

I have read her message and noticed that she had failed to mention Boyce or Roland. However, I was particularly more bothered by the following passage:

"Jealous is bright, committed and ambitious, but perhaps overly confident and still feeling his way. We should push them both -- hard -- to seize this moment. A young leader like Jealous needs a kitchen cabinet made up of diverse leaders outside his organization"

If this is the case, then perhaps he has no business leading any organization. It is almost as if he needs to be coddled in his role.

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTosha

about the underlying settlement


Let's see what the NAACP has to say now...

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaJane Galt

Can somebody help me out here? Seriously, correct me if I'm wrong, but I didn't see anything in Ifill's piece about "s-e-x-i-s-m"; is she denying sexism/patriarchy in our community, in our movement? Did the NABJ mention the sexism toward Shirley Sherrod? I only recall the interview with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson where he seems to be the only person, woman or man, to mention sexism in our community, in our movement.

In all fairness, I do appreciate the work the NAACP has done on the death penalty, i.e., Troy Davis, etc. But does anybody know of any campaigns the NAACP/Women in the NAACP has done on unjustly imprisoned Black women? Black women unjustly on death row? Black women who have killed in bona fide self-defense? The M-to-F transvestite sex worker in Mississippi who was sentenced to life in prison after stealing bras? Etc.?

It seems the NAACP is now in a serious circle the wagons mode and rightly so. They have messed up big time and many people are taking time to pause, reflect and figure this all out. I think that's a good thing, we'll see if the NAACP will learn anything and do better. Perhaps not, hun? :(

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

Just read the full article. What a joke. I'm glad that there was some deconstruction in the comments section though. Way to light the fire under their bottoms, blogmother! :)

August 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpoliticsgurl

I think the true irony in this case comes out when you compare and contrast the NAABM's actions: A black male convicted murderer is given benefit of the doubt. A black woman who has committed no crime and was accused by a duplicitous blogger is immediately thrown under the bus. I don't think there's really anything else to be said about this organization. Let the dead bury the dead.

August 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoslyn Holcomb

I posted my attacks on Ms. Ifill directly on her column. You can bet your bottom dollar that Anson Asaka was there pretending to be a "regular" citizen who supported Ms. Ifill's rediculousness. I politely called him out and then of course he kept trying to deflect.

Sharon Ifill needs to take some cues from her cousin Gwen.

What I think most people (besides WOAD) have glossed over is that the NAACP, led by Benny, have indirectly admitted that they were so incredibly STUPID that they were SNOOKERED by their own video. Breitbart wasn't at the Sherrod meeting. Vampira Jr.'s were. If the NAACP can't manage the simple pedestrian task of screening its OWN video to determine if, in fact Ms. Sherrod's remarks were "racist " (giggles), how can millions of black people trust them with being the beacon organization for civil rights?

Ifill, Asaka, and anyone else who feels as though black "leaders" ought not be questioned and that black people should just fall in line are incredibly delusional.

August 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

Hi Gina,

I just wanted to post my suppport for you. I have just recently became aware of your blogs and podcast. I have been gobbling them up (the podcasts) since then. I hope that you will be able to continue to do them again since they support my busy lifestyle. Over all Gina we, I (black women) need your voice. Your blogs, podcasts, personality, and focus represent exactly how I feel as a black woman. I love your activist spirit and especially your ability to demystify and simplify what we can do to effect change in our own community. Most importantly, where our real focus should be. You really inspire me, as I am an activist (at heart) Do not become discouraged, and just know that you have supporters and fans. Please, please continue on, as it is obvious to me you were meant to be here for this reason. I love what you are doing.

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterarobinbird

I want to second Sis. Arobinbird, I've been thinking about how I came to your blog, three years ago, a suggestion from a sister-friend.

Starting in the 1990s, and for many years since then, I had these ideas that I could only discuss with only a few others, such as why do our organizations not speak up about violence against women? Why do some of our organizations act like old boys's networks? Why do some our "down for the sisters" sisters make excuses for men's bad behaviour? Why are Black men's crimes against Black women and children not counted/discussed in those "Black-on-Black crime" discussions at town hall meetings, conferences, church meetings, etc? Why can't Black folks discuss sexism, patriarchy, homophobia, etc?

So I too want to thank you so very much for raising your voice, helping others to raise or find their voice. So when some folks said I was "crazy", "angry" or "one of those dyke feminists that hate brothers", etc., with your blog and others I have visited for the past three years, I am reminded that I was never crazy, but indeed I've been in good company all along! God bless you Blogmother!! We got your back sister!!! :) :) :)

August 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

Great work, once again, Gina!

Got them!
Stay on it!

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTama

I'm late commenting on your post....a good job in responding to this woman's stupidity and delusion. It does not surprise me that Ms. Ifil is what I call 'Male Identified Woman,' more dangerous than a man since the likes of her are the biggest apologist for sexism and patriarchy.

August 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHodan
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