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USDA worker quits over racism charge (video)

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ATLANTA -- A black federal worker has resigned from a Georgia agricultural job after a video clip showed her saying she had not helped a farmer as much as she could have because he was white.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement Tuesday he had accepted the resignation of Shirley Sherrod. Vilsack says the USDA has no tolerance for discrimination.

Sherrod told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution she was forced out of her job as the USDA's rural development director for Georgia. She said the two-minute, 38-second video posted online Monday misconstrued her message.

Sherrod's taped remarks were from a local meeting of the civil rights group NAACP.

National NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous welcomed the resignation because the group opposes racism of all kinds.

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The truth is that EVERYTIME Obama gets himself into trouble he starts calling people RACIST.

This is a PATTERN - and it is vile.

In the South Carolina primary, it was Bill Clinton - Obama was called out by Tim Russert at a debate.

Later that spring, it was Gerry Ferraro - a convenient false racial incident to push Obama ahead.

In the summer, Obama called the Republicans all racist - Obama said "they haven't said anything yet, but they will."

Then after the health care debate - the nation witnessed a clear attempt to turn a legitimate political protest into a racial incident - complete with deceptions and lies.

Now we have the NAACP resolution - at another time when Obama is down in the polls -

This is another attempt to use false RACIST charges to ramp up the racially charged atmosphere - ALL FOR POLITICAL BENEFIT.

It is extremely important to point out that the goal of racial progress is NOT behind any of this - the objective is to shore up Obama's political standing.

So, we have an AFFIRMATIVE ACTION GUY - who when he is doing a horrible job, and things are not going well, RESORTING to false racist charges -


This behavior has to be called out.

This behavior is shameful, vile and has no place in America.

It is a witchhunt - it is searching to label someone for something that really has not been done.

This time, Shirley Sherrod was the person caught in all of this.


The NAACP jumped onto this last week - that did not help and those actions were wrong. What was said in the speeches at that Convention was wrong too.

The democrats and the media have a chance right now TO CORRECT THIS INJUSTICE AND TURN AWAY FROM THESE VILE TACTICS -

This has to be done - Obama has to be called out - because these tactics will only continue -


This is shameful - this is vile - the democrats and the media KNOW what is going on and they should be honest.


Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Here's the full video of her speech, as provided by the NAACP:

I haven't watched it yet, but I'm going to guess it tells at least a slightly different story.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | July 20, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Today is a millisecond world we live in ISN'T IT?!?!- because this video gets distributed around and in what hours or less - this lady is being told to pull over her car and submit her resignation on her Blackberry - right there - right now - in her car - on the shoulder of the road! How come NO ONE - apparently NOT even Tom Vilsack, her top boss (who I do dearly love) thinks to ask her about this video - or even better still talk to this farmer who she supposedly NEVER really helped 24 years ago, no less - STOP and CALL - Roger and Eloise Spooner in Iron City, GA. NO ONE ASKED anything it seems - no the video just goes viral with Faux News help - and Shirley gets the call to resign NOW! This is a SAD testament to the world WE ARE LIVING IN!

Posted by: rbarry13 | July 20, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Before the full story of Shirley Sherrod was aired on Fox News, I had quickly jumped at the 'apparent' racism coming from Ms. Sherrod, and added my contempt and disgust along with others.

For that I am deeply sorry, and apologize to Ms. Sherrod and all others who were hurt by my earlier posts.

Ms. Sherrod is a hero and should be apologized to by those much more important than myself.


Posted by: prossers7 | July 20, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

To me, the most informative aspect of this video, are the audience members laughing and shouting "That's Right" during the speech.

This isn't a case of one racist. It's a case of a room full of racists. And if that doesn't sicken you, nothing will.

Thanks Andrew Breitbart.

Posted by: grcac | July 20, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone posted her full speech? She claims that the story was about her actions 24 years ago--before she was working at USDA--and that the point of her story was that, as a result, she realized the error of her ways and began to rise above the issue of race. Not saying that what she now says is true, but if it is, she may be getting royally screwed here...

"But Tuesday morning, Sherrod said what online viewers weren't told in reports posted throughout the day Monday was that the tale she told at the banquet happened 24 years ago -- before she got the USDA job -- when she worked with the Georgia field office for the Federation of Southern Cooperative/Land Assistance Fund.

Sherrod said the short video clip excluded the breadth of the story about how she eventually worked with the man over a two-year period to help ward off foreclosure of his farm, and how she eventually became friends with him and his wife.

"And I went on to work with many more white farmers," she said. "The story helped me realize that race is not the issue, it's about the people who have and the people."

Posted by: jbs280 | July 20, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I'm shocked that the WP didn't continue the cover-up of this story. However I'm not surprised that there is a "broken link" to get to the story. Technical mistake or intentional???

Listening to the NAACP audience react to her hate speech, in the background, was just like listening to Rev. Wright's congregation react to his hate speech. That pretty much says it all regarding racism in America today.

Posted by: fury60 | July 20, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Is Ms. Sherrod a political appointee (Schedule C) or a career employee? I assume she is a political and thus the resignation. If so, who sponsored her appointment? Where does this trail lead?

Posted by: momo5 | July 20, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

The reality is that this kind of discrimination is commonplace in USDA. USDA, US Forest Service openly outreaches to hire diversity candidates and then only considers them for the position. An example is an email in 2007 from an Arizona Forest Supervisor that stated "I am looking for a quality diversity candidate to mentor before I retire". A diversity candidate was hired for that position. Diversity candidates always receive the first consideration and most often the only consideration. Today white males have to pay for the sins of their fathers. Discrimination in USDA is rampant!!!!

Posted by: ecoman1 | July 20, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

This happened back in march I IF this video never saw the light of day would anything have been done? The NAACP is harping on the Tea Party would this not have been a wonderful opportunity for them to put forth the racist rant? In the NAACP eyes this is okay behavior...Says a lot doesn't it...

Posted by: Immanurse | July 20, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

EVERY white farmer who had ANY contact with this woman should immediately sue the USDA.

Posted by: pmendez | July 20, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Will Eugene Robinson and Jonathan Capehart have anything to say regarding this incident?

Will DOJ investigate the actions of Shirley Sherrod?

There are bigots on both ends of the political spectrum but it appears only those who are conservative are condemned by the media!

Posted by: mwhoke | July 20, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

What, no mention of Andrew Breitbart and, which brought this video to light? If you broke a story that led to someone's resignation, wouldn't you expect to be credited?

Posted by: Rob_ | July 20, 2010 9:17 AM

Answer - When you're the dirty dishonest WASHINGTON POST, no.

The POST is the most corrupt political paper in the USA and has passed the NYTimes when it comes to lying and misleading the American people.

Their "CENSORSHIP" of major stories damning to our Great Divider-in-Chief and his clueless corrupt Party, the Dems is truely unbelievable.

POST = poison in the bloodstream of this great nation...........FACT

Posted by: allenridge | July 20, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Poetic justice, anyone?

Perhaps the NAACP will retract their racist remarks regardin the Tea Party. Not that I expect that to happen...

Posted by: fishguts | July 20, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

What, no mention of Andrew Breitbart and, which brought this video to light? If you broke a story that led to someone's resignation, wouldn't you expect to be credited?

Posted by: Rob_ | July 20, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: gth1
"Also says a lot about the reality of the NAACP if people feel comfortable talking about such things."

I think the reality is that many if not most racists feel comfortable talking about their racism. She appears to be no exception, and the NAACP welcomed her resignation.

Racism is an intolerant state of mind, not a skin color.

Posted by: HillRat | July 20, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Also says a lot about the reality of the NAACP if people feel comfortable talking about such things.

Posted by: gth1 | July 20, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I hope this case is seriously reviewed for full prosecution under all relevant federal and local laws.

Posted by: gth1 | July 20, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

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