Shirley Sherrod


NAACP condemns remarks, saying 'her actions were shameful'


 black USDA official in Georgia has resigned after publicly admitting she didn't help a white man trying to save his farm to the "full force" of her power and instead referred him to "own of his own."

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he had accepted Shirley Sherrod's resignation, saying there was "zero tolerance for discrimination at USDA."

The NAACP, which recently condemned racism in tea party groups , also issued a statement Monday night saying: "Racism is about the abuse of power. Sherrod had it in her position at USDA. According to her remarks, she mistreated a white farmer in need of assistance because of his race."

The Huffington Post said a YouTube video clip of her speech was first posted on the biggovernment.com blog and a report was then aired by Fox News.

Sherrod, who resigned late Monday from her job as USDA's Georgia director of rural development, is shown talking about "the first time I was faced with having to help a white farmer save his farm." Her remarks came at a local NAACP Freedom Fund banquet, which the video says took place in March this year.

She says in the clip that the farmer had tried to show he was "superior" to her.

"He had to come to me for help. What he didn't know, while he was taking all that time trying to show me he was superior to me, was I was trying to decide just how much help I was going to give him," she says in the film.

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Okay, she should resign for being stupid enough to say this in public, but I sympathize with her position, and have done the same thing. How are you going to ask somebody for help in saving your farm and at the same time project an air of superiority to the person who is trying to help you. Your white privilege/superiority is not going to save your butt, but I might be able. The least you can do is to show me some respect.
I cannot tell you how pissed off I am about this!!!    While staying up waaaay too late last night, the TRUTH about this woman and what she did came out when she told her side of the story in a telephone interview with CNN.

The highlights include the fact that the incident she was referring to happened over 25 years ago!!  She was NOT working for the USDA at the time ... she was working for a non-profit group.  She was telling that story as a lesson of what NOT to do when you're in a position like that, to help someone (or not), based on discrimination and prejudice.  And in the end, she actually helped the White man to keep his farm!!!

The USDA fired her (made her resign) on the spot ... and the NAACP publicly condemned her without asking her a single question as to her side of the story!!!    While they are all-too ready to accommodate the White-mob Tea Party Movement - as long as they expel their "racist element" .... they wouldn't even give this Black woman two-sentences to explain herself before they they throw her under the bus??  

I take back everything I said about the NAACP possibly being on the "right road" to making themselves viable again.  Their new leadership is apparently just as inept as the old one was.    Ben Jealous can kiss my @$$ right about now! 

The CNN story and VIDEO is here.

This is so dumb & stupid on all levels; this is way beyond comprehension and both the actions by the White House & the NAACP is extremely unprofessional, lacks total common sense and why all this?


Because of the upcoming Nov elections, the White Houses' total fear & avoidance addressing race relations in this country and the NAACP's fight with the Tea Party.


This is all tit for tat. You (The NAACP) got one of ours, we (The Tea Party) will get one of yours)...GAME ON!!


It's just wrong and the "new" NAACP and leader Ben Jealous looks like a bunch of incompetent knee jerk high schoolers in their criticism of Mrs. Sherrod without any facts (the video was probably edited by the Republican radio talk show host to show her in a negative light) seeing the entire video or even talking to her directly to find out what really happened. And Roland Martin's take on CNN: "She was wrong and rightfully fired because in this day and age of politics"....Nigga Please!! I thought that he knew better than that.




And the actual elderly White farmer, 88 year old Ronald Spooner & his wife who she helped even called in to CNN and said that Mrs. Sherrod, who she called a good & lifetime friend, is the main reason that that they still have the farm since nobody would help him! He said that she did her best and the farmer said that there was no racism involved and he don't know "where this racism mess started from"...they both are in total shock.


And her speech & professional story was a learning tool OF WHAT NOT TO DO for her audience to understand and as leaders, they are learning curves that you encounter when dealing with these hard issues, especially in the racist South.


She learned from this as she performed her duties and when you live and work in a racially charged environment, especially being a Black person in charge in the Southern United States in charge of, working with and dealing with a majority White staff and White people like this farmer (who probably looked down on her as a Black person & woman despite her position) who are racist in their business dealings and everyday interactions with Black farmers and Black people in general, while Whites have historically, will, do and have taken advantage of (that's what she was dealing with everyday) then you do have an initial skew towards your own people, especially poor Black farmers, no different that the White's skew & use of the "good ole' boy network" that Whites take advantage of everyday, so for her to work with this man (who started out as racist and acted superior towards her) and based on her helping him and their close interactions, this was her metamorphosis, her epiphany...."it opened her eyes" and she then understood that it's not about Black or White, but rich & poor, the "haves and the have nots" this is what breaking down racial thinking & barriers is all about....and it also opened the eyes of that White farmer and his wife.....as she stated. "at the time, she thought and had the preception that all Whites (that's how she was raised & grew up) had the advantages and suddenly she realized that they did not."......HELLO! LEARNING CURVE!


For people who don't live in the South who are leaders, this is what you have to deal with, especially then and especially now.




YOU DO YOUR JOB AND ASSIST ALL PEOPLE DESPITE THE COLOR OF THE CLIENT DESPITE YOUR INTERNAL FEELINGS.....especially in the South....and we all have them...that's what she was relaying through her speech and her experiences.


This is something that you learn due to experiences and this is one of the principles that Dr. Martin Luther King stressed in his teachings and the White House and the "new" NAACP seemed to have forgotten and they don't seem to understand that reality, yet she gets canned for a situation that happened 26 years ago when NAACP Ben Jealous was a snot nosed, 18 years old and Roland Martin, a 15 year old.


The "new" NAACP has forgotten to "reach back" to the teachings and standards of the "old" NAACP and politics, not civil rights, rule the day.


As Mrs. Sherrod noted, "They (The White House) called me twice," Sherrod told the Associated Press. While she was driving home from work last night Sherrod told CNN that Cheryl Cook, the deputy undersecretary for Rural Development, called her three times on harassing her with warnings about the attention she was going to receive after the video surfaced."The last time they asked me to pull over the side of the road and submit my resignation on my Blackberry, and that's what I did."...What the hell? That's crazy! And she said that the White House staffer even mentioned that she was going to be on Glen Beck tonight....Glen Beck?..they wanted her gone for political reasons...Who in the hell is in charge in the White House and who gave the authority to do this?



And Mrs. Sherrod also stated that she gave the same speech at a HBCU to students in order to teach them what not to do.




NAACP Ben Jealous statement: NAACP STATEMENT ON THE RESIGNATION OF SHIRLEY SHERROD:


"NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous issued the following statement today after learning of the resignation of Shirley Sherrod of the United States Department of Agriculture.


"Since our founding in 1909, the NAACP has been a multi-racial, multi-faith organization that-- while generally rooted in African American communities-- fights to end racial discrimination against all Americans.


We concur with US Agriculture Secretary Vilsack in accepting the resignation of Shirley Sherrod for her remarks at a local NAACP Freedom Fund banquet.


Racism is about the abuse of power. Sherrod had it in her position at USDA. According to her remarks, she mistreated a white farmer in need of assistance because of his race.


We are appalled by her actions, just as we are with abuses of power against farmers of color and female farmers.


Her actions were shameful. While she went on to explain in the story that she ultimately realized her mistake, as well as the common predicament of working people of all races, she gave no indication she had attempted to right the wrong she had done to this man."


NAACP, She worked for a non profit and was not in the position that she was in her "now former position" at the time of the incident. And for the Republicans and the Tea Party? They are rollin' over laughing at both the the NAACP & The White House.


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this afternoon took responsibility for firing an official, Shirley Sherrod.


A White House official states that the White House backs Vilsack's decision -- but that it was Vilsack's alone. The official said the White House -- contrary to the Sherrod's charge -- did not pressure the Department to fire her.


Vilseck's Statement:


"Yesterday, I asked for and accepted Ms. Sherrod’s resignation for two reasons. First, for the past 18 months, we have been working to turn the page on the sordid civil rights record at USDA and this controversy could make it more difficult to move forward on correcting injustices. Second, state rural development directors make many decisions and are often called to use their discretion. The controversy surrounding her comments would create situations where her decisions, rightly or wrongly, would be called into question making it difficult for her to bring jobs to Georgia.


Our policy is clear. There is zero tolerance for discrimination at USDA and we strongly condemn any act of discrimination against any person. We have a duty to ensure that when we provide services to the American people we do so in an equitable manner. But equally important is our duty to instill confidence in the American people that we are fair service providers."
 


And President Obama? What are you gonna say and do? Vilseck & The NAACP put it in squarely in your lap. Another Beer Summit? Everyone's waiting...............


THE FARMER SAID ON CNN THAT NOTHING WAS WRONG, THESE PEOPLE DON"T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT AND THERE IS NO WAY THAT SHE IS A RACIST!!!...And now the White House is trying to deny what happened.


If that's the case then any African American or White person, at any point and time (no different than today) in a position of leadership, power, influence and authority would be fired and/or resigned. That includes me and many here on AA.org.******we all had or have a professional learning curve, especially as a majority of African Americans working with Whites. And to bring it close to home, the late senators Robert Byrd and Strom Thurmond should been fired or not have been US senators at all since Thurmond was a Segregationist and Byrd was an active member of the KKK.



CNN UPDATE @ 6:10 pm EST: NAACP Ben Jealous, after watching the entire tape, now says that they were "snookered" and are reversing itself and pulling their statement. Also asking the White House to reconsider their decision of firing Mrs. Sherrod....IDIOTS!!!!


*****1986 "White Farmer" Incident.*********
 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...n_of_Shirley_Sherrod

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It's just wrong and the "new" NAACP and leader Ben Jealous looks like a bunch of incompetent knee jerk high schoolers in their criticism of Mrs. Sherrod without any facts (the video was probably edited by the Republican radio talk show host to show her in a negative light) seeing the entire video or even talking to her directly to find out what really happened. And Roland Martin's take on CNN: "She was wrong and rightfully fired because in this day and age of politics"....Nigga Please!! I thought that he knew better than that.

Yep!!  Exactly, Cholly!!!  (And, no, Roland Martin doesn't know any better!  What he knows best is how to stick his nose up the &^%)* of whoever is paying him for his opinion at the moment!!  )

And where are all of these big-mouthed, quick to judge, civil rights protectionsists today???  They certainly aren't falling all over themselves to offer this woman a (deserved) apology as fast as they did to publicly condemn her, now are they??  Not one word from the "I'm choking on my foot right now" NAACP President Ben Jealous OR the "I wrongfully bullied this woman into resigning" White House Administration!!! 

I'll tell you, mannnnn ... politics just SUCKS sometimes, in the way it corrupts the minds  of folks with just a little bit of power ... too greedy for more to even remember the reason why they're there In the first place!!  In trying to be so "politically correct" and on their racial righteous indignation 'high horse' ... they rolled over this woman and left her in the middle of the street like so much road kill!! 

I don't know if she'd be willing to take her job back ... but the offer ought to come with a promotion and a raise!!  And as for the NAACP .... well, I'm just at a loss for words right now as far as that's concerned!
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CNN UPDATE @ 6:10 pm EST: NAACP Ben Jealous, after watching the entire tape, now says that they were "snookered" and are reversing itself and pulling their statement. Also asking the White House to reconsider their decision of firing Mrs. Sherrod....IDIOTS!!!!

And not only that, but Mr. Jealous also cast a negative opinion against the 'audience members' at the local NAACP chapter by saying that he found their response and behavior "disturbing."

Did he even bother to ask the people within his OWN ORGANIZATION about the incident before he went for the okey doke spoon-fed to him by the White-interest media??    No, of course he didn't. 

Now suddenly, EVERYBODY'S back-peddling, retracting, stuttering, coughing, choking, denying, hiding, passing blame and the buck, playing the "victim" ... while this woman's entire career in just 24 hours dropped from the sky like a lead balloon!! 

Okay ... Ima just leave this alone right now ... 'cause it's just making me madder by the damn minute! 

Obama and his administration fully supported the removal of Mrs. Shirley Sherrod. I wonder how does Obama and his administration feel now knowing that he and his administration were hoodwinked by fox news. Obama needs to man up and publicly reverse his position ...oh wait a second, didn't Obama trash his mentor of 21 years for the sake of political expediency?


Where is brother Noah?

That was a bad, bad move by Mr. Jealous. ALWAYS watch the entire tape before issuing a statement. And the USDA should not have fired her, but she brought that company embarrassment. And the one thing the government can't do is have any ties to racism, real or apparent.
NAACP Full Speech: Shirley Sherrod (Uncensored & unedited)



The video of Shirley Sherrod released by Andrew Brietbart's Big Government Blog on July 19 didn't tell the full story. It was selectively edited to cast her in a negative light. Here is the video, shot by the local NAACP unit that hosted Ms. Sherrod. Watch the video, and judge for yourself.





http://www.naacp.org/news/entry/video_sherrod/
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Okay, she should resign for being stupid enough to say this in public, but I sympathize with her position, and have done the same thing. How are you going to ask somebody for help in saving your farm and at the same time project an air of superiority to the person who is trying to help you. Your white privilege/superiority is not going to save your butt, but I might be able. The least you can do is to show me some respect.
Yeah that!  on this whole post...


She learned a hard lesson.  Now she will not be remembered for her decades of work with farmers, but for failing to think about the effect of what she was saying and how she phrased it.  I assume she believed that her friendship with the couple whose farm she eventually saved made her personal revelation ok.  The media is constantly looking for new Rev. Wrights to exploit for headlines and ratings.
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And the USDA should not have fired her, but she brought that company embarrassment. And the one thing the government can't do is have any ties to racism, real or apparent.

This is what is driving me nuts about this situation ... How is telling a 20+ year old transformational anecdote, where one ultimately follows their better nature and does not treat others in the manner you know they would have treated you were the roles reversed, an embarassment?  We really need to stop believing their hype ... or better, stop reacting to their hype unless we are willing to going to throw knock-out blows, rather than cower in the corner.


But that said ... I'm taking up a collection on what I think can be a homerun investment ... Bankrolling Sherrod's lawsuit against Breitbart and fox"news" for defamation.  


A party making a defamation claim (plaintiff) must ordinarily prove four elements:
  1. a publication to one other than the person defamed;  [Check]
  2. a false statement of fact; [Check]
  3. that is understood as
    a. being of and concerning the plaintiff;  [Check] and
    b. tending to harm the reputation of plaintiff. [Check]
  4. If the plaintiff is a public figure, he or she must also prove actual malice or a wanton disregard for the truth. [Check]  Actual Malice attaches to Breitbart ... he edited the tape and wanton disregard for the truth attaches to fox"news", especially in light of Fox's knowledge of Breitbart's prior conduct with respect to ACORN.  

A final consideration is the depth of pocket of the defendant.  Breitbart is a multi-million and Murdoch has more money than god.  Whose

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I cannot tell you how pissed off I am about this!!! While staying up waaaay too late last night, the TRUTH about this woman and what she did came out when she told her side of the story in a telephone interview with CNN. The highlights include the fact that the incident she was referring to happened over 25 years ago!! She was NOT working for the USDA at the time ... she was working for a non-profit group. She was telling that story as a lesson of what NOT to do when you're in a position like that, to help someone (or not), based on discrimination and prejudice. And in the end, she actually helped the White man to keep his farm!!! The USDA fired her (made her resign) on the spot ... and the NAACP publicly condemned her without asking her a single question as to her side of the story!!! While they are all-too ready to accommodate the White-mob Tea Party Movement - as long as they expel their "racist element" .... they wouldn't even give this Black woman two-sentences to explain herself before they they throw her under the bus?? I take back everything I said about the NAACP possibly being on the "right road" to making themselves viable again. Their new leadership is apparently just as inept as the old one was. Ben Jealous can kiss my @$$ right about now!

Sounds about right.
Obama knows that liberal and independent whites don't like "negroes" who are either not "half-breeds" OR are historically rooted in this country going back hundreds of years.


He and his television/music/movies/fashion industry handlers know those types of whites don't like "authentic negroes", and he cares a hell of alot more about white people than he does the "authentic non-halfbreed historically rooted negroes".


Both Obama and his entertainment industry handlers think "Authentic negroes" can go to hell and have absolutely no right to get in the way of a "divine half-breed" like Obama. See Jeremiah Wright and this USDA woman.


And watch you fools will still give him 95% support.
SCHNOOKERED!!!!!

AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

USDA fired her, but they do nothing...NOTHING... to the employees who beat African American-American farmers out of their land, their loans, their livelihoods, and in many cases their lives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND Congress continues to refuse to pay the farmers even after the courts have said their suit is valid..., AND The Chief Executive for whom everyone in the USDA works, has instructed them is issue the check.

OH....., that is when the financial gatekeeper of the nation say 'Okay'.

Let's wake up folks.

This Bright something guy is the same one who lied on 'ACORN' causing the federal government to stop funding the organization even though the organization was proven not guilty......IN COURT!!

PEACE

Jim Chester
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Obama and his administration fully supported the removal of Mrs. Shirley Sherrod. I wonder how does Obama and his administration feel now knowing that he and his administration were hoodwinked by fox news. Obama needs to man up and publicly reverse his position ...oh wait a second, didn't Obama trash his mentor of 21 years for the sake of political expediency? Where is brother Noah?

I am around lurking in the shadows...my brother. Remember when I said that a black president at this time would effectively bring an end to the “black struggle” as we know it by making it seem illegitimate? We have gone from white people being on the defensive about white racism…..to black people now being on the defensive for black racism. If anyone thinks that a black president can do ANYTHING, in such a climate, to address the issue of socioeconomic inequality, they are sadly mistaken. As I predicted before, a black president will be forced to OVERCOMPENSATE away from such perceptions, to appease white voters who are on hair triggers looking for any such target to fire at. I think this incident is a perfect example of the fear the administration has in losing the white vote, by throwing this woman under the bus without due diligence.

That having been said, I regularly listen to Joe Madison on “The Power”, at XM 169 satellite radio. He threw this woman under the bus as well, as well as the NAACP and other black folks. Why?  The answer is that they feared being hypocrites. There is a movement in white America, especially white conservative America, to make black people out to be just as racist as white people. The momentum was exacerbated by the election of a black president, which was presented, predictably, as “Exibit A” for the defense against the prosecution of white America as being “racist”. Now they are on a quest to put black people on the defensive as racist…..and it is working like a charm. Charges and claims from blacks and black leaders have zero gravity in this climate. The ability to target black people to deal with egregious socioeconomic inequality has no gravity in this climate. That is because black people and a “black administration” have been put on the defensive, because of its blackness.


White folks are shamed of t heir racist history. To be a racist today is to be seen as a low life or as amoral, even among whites. I know this because I spend a lot of time on predominantly white forums and I witness how defensive they are about the subject. The propensity and practice of racism has made white society, in general, seem morally inferior, when they fancy themselves as being morally superior, as well as intellectually and ethically. Thus, given the “record” on white racism, it cannot be denied. Therefore, the only way to get out from under the perception of moral inferiority is to equalize or “normalize” the propensity and practice of racism by making black people out to be just as racist as whites, hoping that white behavior will not seem like an abnormality or inferiority, if black people are just as guilty of the same thing. It’s a mental game.


It’s not just that, however. White supremacy, to be upheld, needs to see the black condition of socioeconomic inequality to be the result of black inferiority and not the accrued impact of past and present racism.  The election of a black president is used to demonstrate that white people are willing to promote and accept black people who are personally responsible, who does not focus on race and inequality, who works hard and follows a general script….like Obama did, getting white support to be President as a result. So claims of whites holding blacks down have been proven fallacious. Rather, it’s the proclivity of personal irresponsibility,  a poor work ethic, poor choice making and most importantly, excuse making (blaming white folks) that is the true reason for socioeconomic inequality and that “liberalism” only enables this. These “traits” are characterized as “endemic” to the black community….hence black people, however, they never state why or how it is “endemic”, but they certainly dismiss any “external” factors like the history of racism, leaving only “internal” causation….ie….inferiority to whites.


I really don’t even want to get too much into the Obama thing. I don’t think he was ready to be President and I really don’t think America was ready for him (a black man) to be president. However, America was going through an economic and identity crisis.....and Obama became president as a result. Now we can clearly see that America, white America, is not ready for a black president. The consequence of that, as predicted, is that black America, policy wise, cannot benefit from a black president and in fact, may suffer as a result of it and the need to overcompensate away from helping or standing up for blacks out of fear of white reaction and what that will do to the approval rating and reelection hopes of a black president.  As I said, black folks will be WORSE OFF, as the result of a black President, because White America is not and was not mature enough to accept a black president....resulting in a backlash.

What this also shows once again is how television, radio, and the internet are driven by patrons that are low intellectual idiots.


If a person does not know by now that audio and video clips can be edited to give off any impression the editor wants, that person is a first class numbskull.


The people who edited the video knew that 98% of the people who saw it would not use any critical thinking or analysis. They knew that the average adle brained individual believes anything they see or hear on the "tee vee".


There is a reason why companies spend a half-billion dollars or more on advertising. Because they know that just about all of the audience are dumber than most lab mice.
What kills me about this story is that, even in the ORIGINAL version of the clip I saw, Ms Sherrod's statements begin to indicate that this incident led to a realization and a change in her.  So when we see the video abruptly end, Vilsack, the NAACP and the White House should have KNOWN there was more going on. 

Even with that being the case, I would still have favored her being fired IF IT HAD HAPPENED WHILE SHE WORKED FOR THE USDA, because it meant that she did act in a racially biased way toward a farmer in the course of that position.  But it didn't.   It happened decades ago.  Kweli, I'm with you.  If I were barred in the appropriate jurisdiction I'd be showering leaflets all over Sherrods house with my slogan: "1-800-Vox-At-Law -- We Reprazint!" 

Obama, his administration, and the NAACP got bitched on this one, and they really shouldn't have fallen for it.  I'm sick and tired of this weak, cowardly shit.
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What kills me about this story is that, even in the ORIGINAL version of the clip I saw, Ms Sherrod's statements begin to indicate that this incident led to a realization and a change in her. So when we see the video abruptly end, Vilsack, the NAACP and the White House should have KNOWN there was more going on. Even with that being the case, I would still have favored her being fired IF IT HAD HAPPENED WHILE SHE WORKED FOR THE USDA, because it meant that she did act in a racially biased way toward a farmer in the course of that position. But it didn't. It happened decades ago. Kweli, I'm with you. If I were barred in the appropriate jurisdiction I'd be showering leaflets all over Sherrods house with my slogan: "1-800-Vox-At-Law -- We Reprazint!" Obama, his administration, and the NAACP got bitched on this one, and they really shouldn't have fallen for it. I'm sick and tired of this weak, cowardly shit.

That edited “clip” was simply akin to a psychological “Ink spot” test. That is when ink is dropped or smudged onto a white background and a psychologist will ask the study case what it is they see in the shape. What generally shows is that people see what’s on their minds. So whoever witnessed the basically saw what they wanted to see, because there was not enough evidence to really come to any conclusion, as I am sure that most people realized that what was presented was not presented in entirety or full context.


I don’t think that if her actions were current that she should be fired for racism, however. I think she should be fired for lack of professionalism. What was not established from the video is WHY and the DETAILS about how she was treated as INFERIOR. She was essentially saying that this farmer was treating her in a racist and or sexist manner, which led to her not applying the “Full Force” of assistance she, could have. I mean, if he was using the “N” word while talking with her, it would probably make her actions more understandable and less “racist like”.  However, there is more ways to belittle a person than by using epithets.


A rule of thumb is that you don’t bit the hand that feeds you. In any transaction or interaction that is partially subjective, you don’t want to slight or belittle the person there that controls your fate. You can be assured that a person is not going to want to help you as much as they can if you are talking down to them and belittling them. However, if the Grand Wizard of the Klan came to a hospital under cardiac arrest, had his Grand Wizard uniform still on and an "I hate N1ggers tattoo" on his chest, a black doctor is still, as a professional, obligated to try to save that person’s life just as much as any other patient. Personal emotions and feelings should not alter a person doing their job as a professional. If the doctor chooses not help the Grand Wizard, who was white, as much as he could have, that would not, in my opinion, make him a racist, however. It would make him, rather, not professional and let his emotions interfere with his work. The same is true for Mrs. Sherrod. The only thing that mattered were the numbers and criteria for making the decision, not whether or not the farmer was a racist and treated her in an inferior manner.


We are in a tit for tat stage of race now. We are under attack for racism as much as white are under attack. Whites have basically changed the rules of the game by redefining black racism to equal ANY reaction to white racism. Thus, it’s racist for black people to think whites are racist. Its racist for blacks to link the black condition to historical white racism. It’s racist for blacks to resent being mistreated by whites. It’s racist for blacks to feel that they have to have something like BET, Miss Black America, JET, Affirmative Action, etc. It’s racist for the majority of blacks to have voted for Obama. It’s racist for blacks to say that the Tea Party has Racist elements. It goes on and on and is really like a CHECK MATE for the black struggle because we cannot react to white racism without looking like hypocrites due to their defining our reactions as RACIST. They control the Narrative because they control the media and whoever controls the narritive controls how the story ends.

 

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That was a bad, bad move by Mr. Jealous. ALWAYS watch the entire tape before issuing a statement. And the USDA should not have fired her, but she brought that company embarrassment. And the one thing the government can't do is have any ties to racism, real or apparent.

As long as and until the government can bring itself to apologize to Black people for its sanctioning and participation in slavery, it will forever be tied to its (real or imagined, past and future) perpetuation of racism.

I was thinking the other day, though, that Ms. Sherrod just may become our 21st Century "Rosa Parks"!!   Everybody in the country knows she was unjustly dogged out!!   Not only by her enemies, but (unfortunately) by some of her own, as well.

Her father was killed by the KKK, yet she's stood for equality and justice - for White & Black farmers - in spite of that circumstance.  She may be the next match that lights the next (racial) fire for this country!!  I guess we will just have to wait and see.
White House: USDA chief will apologize to Sherrod The Atlanta Journal-Constitution WASHINGTON -- White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack will apologize to fired Georgia USDA official Shirley Sherrod, but stopped short of saying whether she will get her job back. "Secretary Vilsack has tried and is trying to reach Ms. Sherrod," Gibbs said. "When the secretary reaches her, he will apologize for the events of the last few days and they will talk about the next steps." Gibbs also said that President Barack Obama was briefed on Sherrod's firing, which came after a video tape surfaced on a conservative Internet site in which Sherrod supposedly made racist remarks. Those remarks were later disproven. Gibbs denied the White House was directly involved with her firing, however. "A disservice was done for which we apologize," Gibbs said. "I think clearly that a lot of people involved in this situation ... acted without the facts." http://www.ajc.com/news/white-...da-chief-575482.html


White House aides said Wednesday they do not expect President Barack Obama to call Shirley Sherrod.




To add to bigddouble's post...........


Aides: White House trying to distance Obama from Sherrod controversy.



4:50 pm EST*****As I blog. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack is holding a press conference right now apolizing to Shirley Sherrod and he offered her a brand new job but never said what it was or where it was*****probably in Washington, D.C. which IMO, tell me that if she accepts the new job (probably a promotion), it takes her away from helping farmers and takes her visibility and voice away from the people of Georgia &  the public, the very thing that Tom Vilseck wanted when he fired her since he said "this incident will make her job harder to help farmers"....and his....move up and move out...her voice is silenced.

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Washington (CNN) - White House aides said Wednesday they do not expect President Barack Obama to call Shirley Sherrod, the black former USDA employee who resigned after a video clip of her discussing a white farmer surfaced earlier this week.

Obama did not appear at the White House briefing Wednesday to discuss the issue. At the briefing, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs apologized to Sherrod on behalf of the administration.

Last year, the president did make a surprise appearance at a briefing to address reporters regarding the controversy surrounding the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., even though White House officials had said he wouldn't speak publicly about it.

 "No more beer summits here," one aide said. After Gates' arrest, Obama, Gates and police Sgt. James Crowley met at the White House for beers.

Aides are doing all they can to keep the resignation of Sherrod as far away from the president as possible. They are emphasizing that it was not a White House-driven decision and the review of the situation now taking place is not a White House review. The aides said the White House is trying to convey that this story expressly belongs to the Agriculture Department.

White House aides acknowledge that Americans have seen the tape of Sherrod's remarks, that it speaks for itself and that even Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has acknowledged the case merits a complete review.

Aides say there was a good deal of debate Tuesday among White House officials over whether Sherrod should resign.

Many initially supported Vilsack's conclusion that her position at USDA had been compromised over the controversy and she should step down, they said. Others believed a more thorough review of her remarks was required.

After the full tape was made available on the internet through the NAACP about 7 p.m. Tuesday, the White House contacted the USDA later that night to push Vilsack to reopen Sherrod's case.

Gibbs confirmed that account at the Wednesday briefing, saying the White House contacted the Agriculture Department on Tuesday night to ensure that "fairness" occurred in the Sherrod case based on the more complete information available about her remarks.


http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/07/21/aides-white-house-trying-to-distance-obama-from-sherrod-controversy/?fbid=BpgoqJG5TnD#more-114345

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Will there be any firings over this or even severe reprimands by the White House? I seriously doubt it.




****Two things, (1) Tom Vilsack said that he never spoke to President Obama directly face to face about the incident and (2) according to protocol, with AG Secretary Tom Vilseck being the Department Head of the Agricultural Department, a division of the White House, he has every right to make that decision, reprimand and/or fire an employee who works directly under him and for his mistake and err in judgment, he has taken total responsibility and fallen completely on the sword for his knee jerk reactions.



BUT.....President Obama will not talk to her at all and offer anything thing in a form of a White House visit, a sit down conservation, an additional statement/apology...despite the fact that it's correct protocol...for President Obama and African Americans...not directly conferring/talking to her, after Press Secretary Gibbs and Vilsack's apologies, him not talking to her in public or in private, the first African American USDA's Georgia director of rural development under these circumstances and him being the first Black President......  this may be a huge problem for him throughout the African American community........SOMEBODY in his inner circle better get in his ear and get in it fast...for White folk and other minorities? Everything's OK,...for Black folk? Not so much....White folk want Black folk to turn on each other, and you also.... President Obama? With this move, you're helping.....Michelle?......I suggest some "pillow talk" with your husband, not the President, before lights out tonight.


m anymore, but about American Black racism, Black people and the Black leader of this nation.

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Personal emotions and feelings should not alter a person doing their job as a professional. If the doctor chooses not help the Grand Wizard, who was white, as much as he could have, that would not, in my opinion, make him a racist, however. It would make him, rather, not professional and let his emotions interfere with his work. The same is true for Mrs. Sherrod. The only thing that mattered were the numbers and criteria for making the decision, not whether or not the farmer was a racist and treated her in an inferior manner.
I don't know whether it was her professionalism that was at issue or not, I don't know why she felt the need to self disclose that she had not done her very best for this client (in the distant past) due a racist attitude perceived to be directed toward her. 


Every working african-american now, and in history, has had to deal with saltines who come across as smug, superior, self-important, etc and still do our jobs to the best of our ability.  So her story isn't even unique. 


The fact that she used her story to arrive at the conclusion that it's not about black and white, but rather, the poor, while speaking to members of an organization devoted to racial equality seems weird to me.  


Was her "transformation" an evolution to racelessness?
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That edited “clip” was simply akin to a psychological “Ink spot” test.
Sure, if you didn't view the whole shortened version of the video released by Breitbart which happened to include Sis. Shirley Sherrod relating how she came to see things from a class perspective -- i.e. the "haves" and "have nots" -- as opposed to black/white race perspective.
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White House aides said Wednesday they do not expect President Barack Obama to call Shirley Sherrod.

I really don't see any reason why he should.  I do believe Sec. Vilsack when he says that he handled the situation entirely on his own .. including the decision to force this woman to resign. He is, after all, a Cabinet-level administrator.  He no doubt had the authority to handle what he thought was a 'public relations' issue.

Therefore, if the President wasn't involved, why involve him now?   Personally, if he wants to call Ms. Sherrod - in private - and talk to her, I think that would be nice, but that'd be his business, IMO.  A nice gesture.  Not a matter of national disclosure.

The man has bigger fish to fry.
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I really don't see any reason why he should.
Well, I think you already made the case for why he should given who Shirley Sherrod is and what she represents:

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... M[r]s. Sherrod just may become our 21st Century "Rosa Parks"!!   Everybody in the country knows she was unjustly dogged out!!   Not only by her enemies, but (unfortunately) by some of her own, as well. 

Her father was killed by the KKK, yet she's stood for equality and justice - for White & Black farmers - in spite of that circumstance.  She may be the next match that lights the next (racial) fire for this country!!  
Someone who has a story to tell like hers, someone who is such an icon in her own right (not to mention her husband, Charles Sherrod)... not only doesn't deserve this but deserves recognition (and apologies) from the highest office especially since this is another episode in a blatant and readily recognizable pattern of racist hit-jobs that have occurred because of Obama's presidency and, most importantly, Obama's reluctance to, as they say, MAN UP and confront the enemies of his administration and of this country he has chosen and was elected to LEAD.

He has allowed this character and career assassination to happen to Van Jones, ACORN and the untold number of its employees and citizens it served... (and to Rev. Wright and Trinity United before them). Again, a blatant and readily recognizable pattern given those incidents along with the birther bs and the New Black Panther non-f^ckin-sense.

See, I'm with the CBC.  This is a national conversation moment... given how Obama has squandered several chances to nip this series of assaults in the bud.  (And, no, the bs beer summit doesn't count.)  Cowering in fear, especially now, is not an option. Now is the time to LEAD (with vision).

The buck stops with Obama.

The president's Deputy Chief of Staff reportedly praise how fast they kicked Sis. Sherrod to the curb.  Anyone with that kind of a title can't help but reflect directly on Obama.  So, either Obama's own personal philosophy about what to do in this situation is the problem or his lack of leadership in this area making sure his staff shares his Joshua Generation philosophy (remember that shit??  He claimed he/we are indebted to people like the Sherrods).  You don't repay people you are indebted to with this kind of disrespect.

A reporter who wrote a book about the first year of the Obama administration said that, because of the administrations "no drama" attitude and what Obama's administration feels are their important issues and policy objectives... he said the administrations looks at things like the scandalous treatment of Sherrod as "distractions."  This from an administration that has yet to win the messaging war over ANY of its policy initiatives (meaning they must be distracted by a lot stuff not marked 'race' and therefore insignificant little small issues).

So, yes, Obama is on the hook for this right along with Breitbart.  

So far, Obama's been content no to throw punches.  Fine.  But it makes no sense whatsoever to not have your guards up and now, because of Obama's conscious posture which allowed this to happen... he has to come out punch, show some leadership.


Sherrod actually deserves a medal, said former Atlanta mayor and U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young.

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Sherrod actually was talking about how she overcame the race prejudice she felt after her father's still-unprosecuted murder at the hands of white men in 1965 in rural South Georgia. The 2 1/2-minute clip was part of a 43-minute speech Sherrod made this March at an NAACP dinner in Douglas. And the elderly South Georgia white couple she spoke about stepped forward to tell reporters that she actually had helped to save their farm.

But Sherrod deserves more, said Young, who has known Sherrod and her husband, an honored civil rights activist, for decades.

"She should really be given a bonus or a promotion," Young said. "When they say, give her job back - I think they ought to give her the Congressional Medal of Freedom."

Young actually met Charles Sherrod nearly 50 years ago in Albany, when both were young men protesting racial segregation in Albany, along with Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders.

Young, King and many of the others moved on, but Charles Sherrod stayed to fight for civil rights in Southwest Georgia, eventually marrying Shirley Sherrod in 1961.

"The first night I spent in Albany in 1961, I wound up spending it in a room with Charles Sherrod," Young said.

In her speech in Douglas, Shirley Sherrod was telling a story any black person in America could tell, Young said . . . 


http://www.onlineathens.com/st.../new_680583251.shtml


Quote by Nquest: "The buck stops with Obama.  He was chosen and was elected to LEAD"....despite what's on his full plate and this incident belonged on that full plate.


That's what real leaders do and you don't relegate that leadership or shun that responsibility to one of your branch employees in order to shy away in political and opposition fear; in order to evade/avoid contraversy & convience yourself especially when you as a leader failed to/don't investigate, fire and/or reprimand the individuals or individuals who severely bungled this. Instead, he defends & protects them (the same as George Bush) and wave it off as an "non issue" when their internal decision & actions caused Shirley Sherrod, the innocent in this fiasco, to be tarnished & relieved of her duty to American people and her life's work.


Offering a forced apology (though warranted) and giving her a new job & more money does not replace what Shirley Sherrod has lost.



He wanted it, he got it and unfortunately for him (and a complete aggerivation for him), race, racism & race relations is a huge part of it so deal with it.....AND LEAD!
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Conservatives Try To Bash USDA Anti-Racism Suit, Shirley Sherrod

In defending his decision to fire Shirley Sherrod, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack explained multiple times that his department has a "sordid" and "checkered" history of both overt and institutionalized racism. But with the term "racism" being tossed around rather a lot recently, it is important to understand both what he meant -- and what role that acknowledged racism played in Shirley Sherrod's life.

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It's also important to understand that Andrew Breitbart's timing of the release of the grossly distorted video of Sherrod, which he admits having had for weeks, may not be entirely random. Congress will soon vote on whether to fund part of a settlement between the USDA and African-American farmers who faced acknowledged discrimination -- farmers like Sherrod and her husband used to be. It's a tiny piece of the upcoming war supplemental bill. The USDA settlements with African-American farmers are a longtime bête noire of the right, which they deem a giveaway to a core Democratic constituency. It's not clear whether Brietbart's release of the video was specifically intended to hurt the chances of other African-America farmers to receive recompense from decades of discrimination that caused them to lose their farms, but conservatives immediately used the video to attack the settlement. The discrimination claims, known globally as the Pigford settlement, is the elephant in the room . . .
Shirley Sherrod Wants to Talk Race With President Obama.


Shirley Sherrod, the Department of Agriculture staffer who was ousted from her job this week, has said that she would love to sit down and talk about racial issues with President Barack Obama.

Having found herself in the middle of a manufactured racial controversy, which not only saw her pushed out from her job but threatened to undermine her reputation as well, there is probably a great deal that Ms Sherrod could discuss with, and teach, the president and his administration. " I think [they] need to understand a little more what life is like. I'd love to talk to [the president], though, or people in his administration ... to help them understand," said Sherrod.


This week's blunder suggests that the White House does indeed need to learn a few things, the least of which is that their haste to get involved in matters which turn out to be hoaxes or purposely constructed manipulations actually does a huge disservice to the very real issues that people are facing.


Sherrod said that she does not want an apology from the president, even though the White House at large has offered one. She does, however, believe that he is not "someone who has experienced some of the things I've experienced in life." In reality, that isn't so much of a criticism as it is a statement of fact. Sherrod's background is one that has been marked by living and working with race-related issues in the South.

According to Sherrod, a conversation with the president would expose him to the realities of life for black farmers in the suburbs. "I'd like to talk to him about the experiences of people like me, people at the grassroots level, people who live out here in rural America people, who live in the South. I know he does not have that kind of experience," Sherrod told NBC's "The Today Show."


Sherrod has since been offered another job in the USDA, within the Office of Civil Rights and Community Outreach, but it is likely that she may decline. USDA secretary Tom Vilsack, who took full responsibility for her resignation, admits to feeling rather foolish for having jumped to conclusions and even conservative host Bill O'Reilly has apologized to Sherrod.


So, If the president is willing to sit down for beers with Henry Louis Gates and a police officer, he should at the very least talk to Sherrod.



http://www.bvblackspin.com/201...ith-president-obama/
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He has allowed this character and career assassination to happen to Van Jones, ACORN and the untold number of its employees and citizens it served... (and to Rev. Wright and Trinity United before them). Again, a blatant and readily recognizable pattern given those incidents along with the birther bs and the New Black Panther non-f^ckin-sense.

Amen to that!!!
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So, If the president is willing to sit down for beers with Henry Louis Gates and a police officer, he should at the very least talk to Sherrod.
  I agree Brotha Cholly. And I didn't wanna respond until I got ALL the facts.  I didn't wanna put my foot in my mouth based on a pre-mature stance by the NAACP.  I thought this was a straight out betrayal attempt on their part without ever viewing the ENTIRE tape-their tape!  How idiotic is that?  This reminds me of a house negra listening by the door of a slave and misinterpreting what is heard thinking it's gonna be a slave revolt........and then running to directly massa with news.  Innocent slaves have DIED because of this nonsense.  And those who picked up the flaming torch of Sherrod's Epiphany and ran with it without KNOWING the full throttle truth need to apologize on bended knees(including my President since he represents the white house). ...but!  I'm just sayin
Well .... for those who thought it necessary, here ya go!! 


Sherrod speaks to President Obama in a telephone call

By the CNN Wire Staff


(CNN) -- President Barack Obama spoke Thursday with Shirley Sherrod, the former Agriculture Department employee who was forced to resign from her job based on incomplete and misleading reports about a speech she gave in March.

Sherrod received a text message telling her Obama had been trying to reach her since Wednesday night, said Julie O'Neill, a CNN Special Investigations Unit producer who was with her at the time. Sherrod called the White House and was asked to call back in 10 minutes, at which time she spoke to the president.

Sherrod was "very, very pleased with the conversation," O'Neill said, and told her Obama had said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was "very apologetic and very sincere." Vilsack apologized to Sherrod on Wednesday and offered her a different position within the department.

Obama compared some of the events this week surrounding Sherrod to things he has written about in his books, O'Neill said. Sherrod "invited him to South Georgia," she added.

During the seven-minute conversation, "The president told Ms. Sherrod that this misfortune can present an opportunity for her to continue her hard work on behalf of those in need, and he hopes that she will do so," the White House said in a statement about the phone conversation.

Obama "expressed to Ms. Sherrod his regret about the events of the last several days," the statement said.

"She's feeling pretty good after talking to him," O'Neill said.

Earlier Thursday, Sherrod said she was "not so sure" about the new job offer.

"I'm not so sure that going back to the department is the thing to do," she told CNN's "American Morning."

Sherrod said she was offered some type of civil rights position in the department's Office of Outreach, and that she was expecting to receive something official in an e-mail from the department. She said Thursday morning she had not had a chance to see that yet.

But "I would not want to be the one person at USDA that's responsible for issues of discrimination within the agency," she said. "You know, there's a lawsuit by black farmers, there's a lawsuit by Hispanic and Native American and women farmers ... There are changes that would need to happen in order to once and for all really deal with discrimination."

She said she has heard from farmers and others in Georgia telling her to come back to rural development. She previously was the USDA's director for rural development in that state. "But that's not what the offer is," she said.

Sherrod, an African-American, stepped down Monday under pressure after a video clip surfaced of her discussing a white farmer.

"I was satisfied with it," Sherrod said of Vilsack's apology. "In fact, I told him I appreciated the apology and I know that we need to move forward from here."

Vilsack told reporters that he alone made the decision regarding Sherrod, with no White House involvement -- a statement Sherrod questioned.

"If not the president, someone there at the White House was involved in that," she said. According to Sherrod, she received direct pressure from White House officials to resign, and no one gave her an opportunity to explain.

Sherrod told O'Neill the matter did not come up in her conversation with Obama. Earlier, Sherrod said, "It would be great to talk to the president, but ... I would not insist on an apology from him."

Vilsack said Sherrod is "a good woman -- she's been put through hell." He admitted to acting too hastily in the case, acknowledging that he was focused on reversing a history of racial discrimination at the department.


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*****It's about damn time!!!******


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"Well .... for those who thought it necessary, here ya go!!  ...Sherrod speaks to President Obama in a telephone call..............thanks First Lady for pillow talking to your husband and not the President, last night....or did it have something to do with Sherrod requesting via the media outlet interviews to speak to President Obama first?....if that's the case, it should have been the other way around.



and this quote: "Sherrod received a text message telling her Obama had been trying to reach her since Wednesday night,...what's all this business? The White House can't find or contact her (they have her personnel files which contains her persona home and celll phone number and she was fired only two days ago.) and she's all over television, especially CNN?....so no excuse...and Sherrod did not turn off her cell phone.


And "Obama compared some of the events this week surrounding Sherrod to things he has written about in his books, O'Neill said......real world knowledge vs knowledge via fact finding ...not the same. 
Not trying to rehash old news, since Obama is in an apologetic mood it would be admirable of him (lol) to provide an official apology to ACORN now they've been fully vindicated - but I wont hold my breath.


Right Wing manufactures false flag racist operations against ACORN and Mrs. Sherrod. Obama runs away faster than Usain Bolt. Damn.


Don't bring a butter knife to a gun fight.
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As Mrs. Sherrod noted, "They (The White House) called me twice," Sherrod told the Associated Press. While she was driving home from work last night Sherrod told CNN that Cheryl Cook, the deputy undersecretary for Rural Development, called her three times on harassing her with warnings about the attention she was going to receive after the video surfaced."The last time they asked me to pull over the side of the road and submit my resignation on my Blackberry, and that's what I did."...What the hell? That's crazy! And she said that the White House staffer even mentioned that she was going to be on Glen Beck tonight....Glen Beck?..they wanted her gone for political reasons...Who in the hell is in charge in the White House and who gave the authority to do this?
How is a federal employee terminated INSTANTLY?   Sherrod did not murder anyone, go to prison, lose track of a dead foster child, sell the influence of her office, etc.  What warrants an instant firing in a fEDERAL GOVERNMENT JOB?  Where everything is notorious for red tape/beauracracy and taking a long damn time?  


 Isn't there like a long drawn out process involving progressive discipline. corrective plans, performance coaching and evaluations that should have taken place before a federal employee can be terminated? If there is no record of poor performance or unethical conduct in her personnel file, what justification is there that will hold up in court, for firing her in the manner Vilsack et al did?


Other than political appointees, I've never heard of a federal employee (or state worker for that matter) being instantaneously fired via blackberry. 



Even if the tape had been unedited and she was saying what she was miscontrued as saying, it would still seem fishy that her firing went down like hyperdrive warp-speed

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