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NAACP, White House respond to ouster of USDA worker Shirley Sherrod

By Ed O'Keefe


Video by BigGovernment.com, via YouTube

Updated 8:12 p.m. ET
By Ed O'Keefe and Krissah Thompson
Tuesday's resignation of an Agriculture Department official from Georgia continued to reverberate throughout the day, with the White House denying that it pushed her out of a job and the NAACP reversing course to defend the employee.

NAACP President Benjamin Jealous had condemned Shirley Sherrod for describing at an association banquet how, 24 years ago, she did not help a white farmer as much as she could have because of his race.

But Jealous responded just as forcefully Tuesday in accusing conservative activist Andrew Breitbart and Fox News of distorting Sherrod's remarks and said the NAACP had been "snookered."

"Having reviewed the full tape, spoken to Ms. Sherrod, and most importantly heard the testimony of the white farmers mentioned in this story, we now believe the organization that edited the documents did so with the intention of deceiving millions of Americans," he wrote.

Meanwhile, a White House official insisted to the Plum Line that Sherrod wasn't pressured to resign, nor was USDA chief Tom Vilsack pushed to fire her.

Vilsack, who had appointed Sherrod last July to be the USDA's state director of rural development in Georgia, said in a statement that he asked her to resign because she had damaged the department's efforts to "turn the page on the sordid civil rights record at USDA" and because her judgment had been called into question.

The controversy stemmed from a March 27 speech Sherrod gave to an NAACP Freedom Fund banquet. Portions of the speech surfaced in a video clip posted Monday on Breitbart's Web site, BigGovernment.com.

In the clip, Sherrod told the crowd that black farmers have faced years of discrimination and difficulty saving their farmland. She recounted the story of a struggling white farmer who visited her in 1986. At the time Sherrod worked for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund, which was focused on organizing cooperatives and working with black farmers. Its slogan is "fighting to save black-owned land since 1967."

"Here I was, faced with having to help a white person save their land," she told the NAACP audience (see above). "So, I didn't give him the full force of what I could do. I did enough so that when he, I assumed the Department of Agriculture had sent him to me. Either that or the Georgia Department of Agriculture. He needed to go back and report that I did try to help him."

As Sherrod describes denying aid to the white farmer, she explains that she ultimately realized her mistake. (The NAACP has posted a tape of the full speech on its web site.)

In an interview Tuesday with CNN, Sherrod said she told the story to make the point that at the time she thought white farmers had advantages because of their race but she learned that was not the case.

"The point was to get them to understand that we need to look beyond race," Sherrod said.

Breitbart said in an e-mail that his site obtained the video from "a Good Samaritan" who wished to remain anonymous for fear of liberal backlash.

Sherrod told CNN that the White House urged her to resign Monday afternoon after the video clip surfaced.

"I had at least three calls telling me the White House wanted me to resign," she said.

The clip plays into a narrative advanced by some conservative commentators -- that the Obama administration is racist against whites. It's a story line that dates back to President Obama's relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Critics most recently have pointed to the Justice Department's handling of voter intimidation complaints against the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia as an example of what they say is the administration's selective enforcement of civil rights laws.

Sherrod said the White House calls came from Cheryl Cook, USDA deputy undersecretary for rural development. "The administration was not interested in hearing the truth. They didn't want to hear the truth," Sherrod said.

Sherrod said she and the white farmer she referred to in the video, Roger Spooner, became friends. Spooner's wife, Eloise, confirmed to CNN that she and her husband considered Sherrod a friend.

"She helped us save our farm by getting in there and doing everything she could do," Eloise Spooner said. "They haven't treated her right."

Roger Spooner, who also spoke with CNN, said, "They don't know what they are talking about. I was never treated no nicer." He said Sherrod rode with him and his wife to see a lawyer and helped him save his farm. She had "no racist attitude. Heck no," Spooner said.

Sherrod spoke for about 40 minutes to 200 people attending the NAACP banquet at a senior’s center in Douglas, Ga., according to Johnny Wilkerson, who filmed the event for a Douglas Coffee County paid-access television station.

The full video is the property of the local NAACP chapter because it paid $350 for Wilkerson’s station to film and broadcast the event, he said. His was the only video camera in the room.

“We don’t know how it ended up out there,” Wilkerson said of the video clip. “Somebody could have picked it up from cable. I just don’t know.”

The episode follows the NAACP's decision to denounce "racist elements" of the tea party movement.

Black, Hispanic, Native American and female farmers have large discrimination lawsuits pending against USDA. Black farmers have been awarded a settlement worth $1 billion for similar claims of discrimination.

Before joining the USDA, Sherrod served as Georgia director of the Southern Cooperative/Land Assistance Fund and has worked with other rural and women's groups. Her office is part of USDA's Rural Development program, which administers more than $114 billion in loans and loan guarantees. It is part of a larger network that manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure programs at about 500 state, local and federal offices nationwide.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | July 20, 2010; 11:50 AM ET
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July 20, 2010

Documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Jeremiah Wright

It was the moment of greatest peril for then-Sen. Barack Obama’s political career. In the heat of the presidential campaign, videos surfaced of Obama’s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, angrily denouncing whites, the U.S. government and America itself. Obama had once bragged of his closeness to Wright. Now the black nationalist preacher’s rhetoric was threatening to torpedo Obama’s campaign.

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Posted by: FraudObama | July 20, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Racism is about an attitude of the heart. Anyone can be a racist from the poorest person on earth to the richest. Only God can deal with racism because only God can do heart surgery on people.

Discrimination is about abuse of power. Ms. Sherrod may well be a racist -- and her actions seem to indicate she is -- but the issue here is discimination. She discriminated illegally against a citizen and she lost her job.

Posted by: InTheMiddle | July 20, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Just plain old stupid remarks! Sounds like she thought she was at home talking with her girl friend........

Posted by: guerridolee | July 20, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

This is just affirmative action to redress decades of USDA racism against black farmers. No worries, well within civil rights guidelines.

Posted by: ronjaboy | July 20, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse


FOX News neglected to mention that the event occurred 26 years ago while at another agency, that the woman later reversed herself and that she and the white farmer became friends. Extraneous details FOX didn't want to bother its viewers with.

Posted by: jack824 | July 20, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Racism?

Barry Soetoro's Black Liberation Church for over 20 yrs. Rev Wright's Racist Hate White America Spewing while Barry sang and danced in the aisles.

Liberalism is at is core Racist and this Administration raises that to a whole new level.

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

guerridolee: you just don't get it. You must also be a racist. The remarks weren't the problem, it was her actions or inactions. You are the stupidist in America guerridolee idiot. FU.

Posted by: englundc | July 20, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

No justice... no peace. Justice will be done. NAACP has become a caricature of itself. What a shame.

Posted by: lingering_lead | July 20, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

She must have had a serious lapse in judgment to admit that in public. We know that White people do the same thing when they are in power, but they know not to admit it in public. I feel sorry for the White farmer, though. He didn't do anything personally to deserve her contempt. Yet another example of why the Federal government should not have too much power...too biased.

Posted by: forgetthis | July 20, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

the way money is doled out has to be reviewed...
you can be certain that if you live in a affluent area, a redevelopment agency in your area is working to relocate dems to your area...
on your dime...
these agencies pay the majority of the rents and help few whites if any...

Posted by: DwightCollins | July 20, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Will every white Federal employee who ever engaged in an act of discrimination (no matter how long ago) be fired?

Posted by: jimb | July 20, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

The farmer should have started growing tomacco. It tastes like grandma.

Posted by: foosball | July 20, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

How odd that other than the credit line under the video, there's no mention of the role of Big Government.com and Andrew Breitbart in bringing this matter to light. And they brought it to light because they wanted to embarrass the NAACP after its allegation of racism in the Tea Party movement. Mission accomplished, it seems.

Would it kill the Post to give BigGovernment.com recognition for breaking the story? Or are new media outlets beneath the Post's notice?

Posted by: Rob_ | July 20, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

"FOX News neglected to mention that the event occurred 26 years ago while at another agency, that the woman later reversed herself and that she and the white farmer became friends. Extraneous details FOX didn't want to bother its viewers with."
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When it took place is really irrelevant. The fact that she trumpeted the event at an NAACP event just 3 short months ago is the point. You blaming fox news doesn't change that fact

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Posted by: JDB1 | July 20, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Another BLACK BIGOT in the Obama regime?

Why am I not surprised?


Posted by: Jerzy | July 20, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

She did this 24 years ago, and the point of her remarks was the she learned that she needed to look past race.

Posted by: mike_midwest | July 20, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I don't think it's right that she was fired for something she did at *a different place of employment* 26 years ago.

Reprimanded for bringing it up? Absolutely. But fired? That's unreasonable.

Posted by: mandikaye | July 20, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

FOX News neglected to mention that the event occurred 26 years ago while at another agency, that the woman later reversed herself and that she and the white farmer became friends. Extraneous details FOX didn't want to bother its viewers with.

Posted by: jack824 |
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Yeah, eeeevil FOx News. I guess the NAACP and Obama's Sec of Ag didn't get the memo either.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | July 20, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

When is Obama going to resign?

Posted by: OldAtlantic | July 20, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Wow, it's now a contest between the tea partiers and the NAACP over who is or is not racist. Another meaningful moment in the annals of American history.

Posted by: 44fx290 | July 20, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

guerridolee's comment is a classic. She (he?) expresses no concern about the hypocrisy or wretched ethics and judgement on display (to say nothing of the fact that the woman was clearly crowing about her anecdote while speaking to a group of people who have chosen an organization specifically because of skin color) ... no, she thinks the remarks are "stupid" only because she didn't limit them to her circle of friends, with nobody else watching.

Ethics ARE about what you do when nobody else is watching. Don't complain about racism if you proudly practice it yourself, and publicly mention (right here) your strategy for sharing it with your friends. 'guerridolee' IS a racist. The real deal. A person proud to announce how clever she is about her racism.

Posted by: NotSoFastThere | July 20, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand why she's getting fired for something she did 26 years ago, when she wasn't even a USDA employee. And she wasn't even bragging about the incident. Quite the opposite. She was trying to make a point about how racial attitudes have changed by recounting an incident in her past of which she is now ashamed. Apparently now you can get fired for a racist act from 26 years ago. Even for a horrendous crime like rape, most states have a statute of limitations of 10 years or less. (Personally, I disagree with that, BTW.) Is racism now the unforgiveable sin? If that is the new standard, can anyone measure up?

Posted by: dmm1 | July 20, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Will Eugene Robinson and Jonathan Capehart write about Shirley Sherrod? Afterall she bragged about her actions at a NAACP dinner.

There are bigots on both ends of the political spectrum but it seems only those from the conservative side are condemned by the media.

Posted by: mwhoke | July 20, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

"This is just affirmative action to redress decades of USDA racism against black farmers. No worries, well within civil rights guidelines."
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Wrong! Affirmative Action does not allow a USDA rep to deny assistance to an eligible farmer because of his racial category, or to treat white farmers differently in administering assistance.

Posted by: mightysparrow | July 20, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

If Robert Byrd had been held to the same standard that we seem to be holding Mrs. Sherrod, he would have been forced to resign years ago. That she is being punished for a self admitted indiscretion that happened in the 80's is a serious over-reaction and clearly misses the point of her story.

Posted by: amazd | July 20, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

This can't be right. Only white people are racist. Just ax any black person.

Posted by: theBozyn | July 20, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Someday we will be able to speak the truth about racism. In my professional world in the South I have never heard a racist statement seriously made by a white person. I have never heard a remark that revealed racial animus toward a black person. But I have heard over and over and over again statements by Blacks that are undeniably racist and if the term "Black" were substituted for "white" all who heard it would be appalled. Yet the race mongers like the NAACP get away with this hate speech all the time because white liberal reporters don't have the anatomy to call them on it. They cower like the cowards that they are. 95% of the racial animus in this country comes from blacks who have had their minds polluted with lies about how whites just sit around all day secretly planning on how to keep the black man down. This is poppycock, but the Jeremiah Wrights, the Julian Bonds and the Morris Dees of life keep convincing the Blacks the White man hates them. So what is the natural result? Resentment toward whites that easily slips into hatred. Who are the racists in this country? Who has a massive ship on their shoulder over race? Don't they understand all this breeds indifference and causes most of America to simply tune out these agitators?

Posted by: beachbum09 | July 20, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

She did the wrong thing and got fired in a deep recession after admitting to doing it 27 years later. This is kind of heavy handed. I was living down in the South 30 years ago so figures I knows where she's coming from. I woulda jes' suspended her for 30 days or sumthin' but I guess if you's Black you's gotta pay double.

Posted by: glenglish | July 20, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Whoa! Be still my heart. Frankly, I did not expect to read a WP story of this most recent example of institutional racism by the Obama administration for another three weeks. Why now?

My only question is, has Ms. Sherrod committed a crime by violating the civil rights of an innocent man based solely on the color of his skin? If so, she should not only have been fired, she must also now be charged by the DOJ.

And so it goes...

Posted by: pgould1 | July 20, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

How sad and stupid to make someone resign over such a minor thing so long ago. When will we grow the hell up?

Posted by: croaker69 | July 20, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Am I racist if I hate everyone...?

Posted by: 123cartoon | July 20, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

26 years ago. Ridiculous. All this kind of stuff does is encourage people to not admit to their failings, not admit they've made mistakes, and not come clean about anything they've ever done wrong. Apparently, you're not allowed to ever do anything wrong in modern society. If you commit a minor crime, it will haunt you for the rest of your days. If your views on race were warped when younger but evolved over time, no matter; it will haunt you for the rest of your days.

It is so stupid. We don't want to give people second chances anymore. And all we're doing is encouraging people to cover up things they've done. Why admit to anything when the consequences of admitting it are so dire? Whatever happened to the normal human failing of making and learning from mistakes?

Posted by: nanter1 | July 20, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

As a black person let me be the first to say what this woman said and did was beyond wrong. A person needed her help and she was obligated to provide it, to do anything other then help is inexcusable. She probably never once considered that if she helped and routinely followed up with this person maybe his views would change. This person who was wronged should be fully compensated for his losses.

Now for all you Teabaggers screaming reverse racism / discrimination– you guys really need to get a grip. Do you honestly think there are enough minorities in power to enact some subvert discrimination policy against whites? What are you scared of; the US’s 13% of blacks taking over the country? Look, there are racist blacks, congratulations on realizing that, yet this is not a major problem like the economy and two wars. Likewise, blacks getting on Obama for not helping out blacks enough need to get a grip. Obama is running a country full of a lot of different people; his priority is not and should not be our race.

Posted by: doesntmatter | July 20, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

ROFL! Jealous & that racist group known as the NAACP are APPALLED! Well, only after they accuse the Tea Party of racism and THEN FOX when runs the video of the racist giving the speech at a NAACP event. Umm, why did they wait MONTHS?????

Posted by: illogicbuster | July 20, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Pure PC garbage - 24 years ago - How does this compare to Robert Byrd & the KKK?

Posted by: expostcarrier1951 | July 20, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

ALL of the race treading groups need to disband. All of them are based on antiquated principles, that no longer necessarily apply. Now, all they do is serve as paychecks. None of them are doing ANYTHING to promote EQUALITY. They ALL just point fingers at other races. We all have problems w/in our OWN races that encourage racism, discrimination, & bigotry. How about eduacting & dealing w/ these issues from w/in, & promoting change that way? It's sad that in all of the evolution that humanity has experienced, overcoming racism has not been one of them. Just consider how much furtther we could, & would get, if we stood together, as a PEOPLE. IMAGINE...

Posted by: The_Funknician | July 20, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Whites are getting the shaft everyday. On the job, getting into college, on the news, everywhere. It is about time the issue of prejudice against whites is brought to the front.

Posted by: Phil5 | July 20, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Former Ag Sec. Mike Espy once referred to USDA as - "The Last Plantation" - but I don't believe that Shirley Sherrod epitomized exactly what he was then-referring to.

Posted by: connerabr | July 20, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Whites face this kind of "passive" racial discrimination every day from blacks. A friend recently visited a Baltimore City government public works office to pay a large, overdue water bill that arose from renters' failure to pay. He stood in the office for some time ignored by four grossly overweight African American women until he found a supervisor. He was told that he could not conduct the business he'd come to conduct because he had not followed certain procedures. He had been told otherwise in an earlier phone conversation with the office. He finally spoke up and said: "You mean to tell me that with the City of Baltimore laying off firefighters and reducing essential services due to lack of funds, you are not going to allow me to pay this large water bill? I'll bet the local news media will love this one." Someone finally accepted his check for the water.

Posted by: Watersville | July 20, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

This is absurd.
This woman should be reinstated immediately.

Posted by: zukermand | July 20, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

You mean black people are racist? Who knew?

Posted by: antispy | July 20, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

foosball: LOL Tomacco! great episode!

Posted by: subkool | July 20, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

FOX News neglected to mention that the event occurred 26 years ago while at another agency, that the woman later reversed herself and that she and the white farmer became friends. Extraneous details FOX didn't want to bother its viewers with.

Posted by: jack824 |
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I understand what you're saying, but I don't think seeing the error of one's ways and gaining enlightenment after the fact is sufficient enough to forgive the original act, especially when one is in such a position of power. She admittedly abused the power she was granted and did so out of prejudice and racism. She projected her own feelings of prejudice onto the farmer in question, and decided to act in a vindictive manner. Behavior out of any manager anywhere, private sector or public, should not be tolerated. Wether she should have been forced to resign from her agency or simply removed from a supervisory position is another matter altogether.

But my understanding of all of this is not to shed light on her actions per se, but to show the widespread approval of the NAACP-centric audience regarding her actions. This would be analagous to someone digging up a clip of a speaker at a TEA Party meeting making disparaging comments about blacks, and having the audience erupt in applause. Both the instances should be treated equally and unilaterally condemned.

Posted by: pswift00 | July 20, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

One senseless act followed by another. Another otherwise capable public servant sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. What a waste.

Posted by: thuitink | July 20, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

But isn't that the way it always is with our giverment?

Posted by: mtndance | July 20, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

doesntmatter: well said

Posted by: subkool | July 20, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

nanter1: couldnt agree with you more

Posted by: subkool | July 20, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

This is just hilarious propaganda! She quit over an "1986 incident"? She told the story of her racism to an NAACP audience a couple months ago -- and they cheered her on. They cheered her on! They actually cheered for bigotry.

Anyone defending Sherrod had better not ever call the Tea Party "racist" based on the word of some black politician -- with no evidence.

And here's the truly funny part: you know why the NAACP jumped into action? You know why the USDA pushed her to resign to quickly? It's not because they're principled. It's because they know the truth: there's a lot more racism to be uncovered in the NAACP and the Obama administration.

Breitbart has claimed his first scalp. But he's not done.

When he's done, the race card will be dead. You liberals can't call someone a racist and end the debate. You're trying it today with the Tea Party. It won't work. That's because we all roll our eyes when we hear charges of racism today -- and they never turn out to be real or substantive.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | July 20, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I am white and I think she should not resign or be pressured to resign. This happened 24 years ago and her own account shows she is not the same person. It seems like she is the type of person who knows she was racist and is no longer so. Good for her. So, what is the problem?

Posted by: sunsol | July 20, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Inappropriate actions and remarks. The evil ways and unfair/ unjust legacy of racism clouded her way of thinking, which can easily happen when your victimized. Somethings should be left unsaid or at least explained a politically correct manner. She's a product of those times it was pretty bad the hate and abuse all because of skin color...WOW that's evil.. But hopefully she can retire with full benefits...

Posted by: pusha-d | July 20, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps she should go and apologize to Newt Gingrich and in fron tof the American public, then enter rehab. A white political appointee or politician would have had to prostrate themselves at the feet of Jessie jackson and Al Sharpton in front of the media. We are being governed by evil and hateful people. Vote them all out.

Posted by: sero11 | July 20, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

"I was telling the story of how working with him helped me to see the issue is not about race. It's about those who have versus those who do not have."

Sherrod told CNN that she lated developed a friendship with both the white farmer and his wife.
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Are you people not reading the article. If you remove your bias, preconceive ideas before reading the story, you can see that she was using the event as a life lesson that she learned. It is and always has been the HAVES verse the HAVE NOT. Get focused on the real issues and stop race-baiting. What about the continuing TAX breaks for the wealthy (HAVES)and the holding back of the unemployment benefits for middle class(HAVE NOT). Lets keep it REAL!

Posted by: p316queen | July 20, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

"I was telling the story of how working with him helped me to see the issue is not about race. It's about those who have versus those who do not have."

Sherrod told CNN that she lated developed a friendship with both the white farmer and his wife.
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Are you people not reading the article. If you remove your bias, preconceive ideas before reading the story, you can see that she was using the event as a life lesson that she learned. It is and always has been the HAVES verse the HAVE NOT. Get focused on the real issues and stop race-baiting. What about the continuing TAX breaks for the wealthy (HAVES)and the holding back of the unemployment benefits for middle class(HAVE NOT). Lets keep it REAL!

Posted by: p316queen | July 20, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I guess the people calling her racist and all manner of names didn't view the entire video? What she did was initially wrong and she was laying out the story but the rest of it was conveniently left off...Why not let the whole thing play? YOU KNOW WHY?

Posted by: Angryman | July 20, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Had these statements been made by a white person, referring to dealings with a black farmer, the Reverend Jackson, Al Sharpton, and more reverse racists would be beating down the doors of the USDA and DOJ demanding reparations. If this woman was so moronic as to be so frank at such a public function, how the heck did she ever get to such a high level in the US Government?

Posted by: Rvnsfn | July 20, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Bottomline it goes both ways racism is racism and blacks are just as guilty

Posted by: lildg54 | July 20, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Racism is like malaria, it can be preventable(education) and cureable but one must look for the cure once you contract it. The cure for racism is education and that tranforms into knowledge. And once you obtain knowledge you obtain wisdom and from wisdom comes an understanding that we are the same and in this together.

Posted by: Realistic5 | July 20, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Sherrod was not fired for what she did, she was fired for admitting a mistake. This is wrong. Fox is wrong in publishing the admission without publishing the rest of the explanation. Knowingly giving a partial story is lying.
Ms. Sherrod's work with the USDA should be reviewed. If she has behaved fairly and responsibly she should be allowed to keep her job.
The government needs to make it clear that all people will be treated fairly and equally.
The incident of Rev. Jeramiah Wright was very illuminating of the attitude of some African Americans that it is acceptable to discriminate against other races. It revealed a dirty secret but it opened up an important national discussion about rights.
It is important that in the U.S. everyone is treated with respect. Everyone needs to feel that they have a real chance to succeed and will not be held back because of race, sex, religion or sexual orientation.

Posted by: OhMy | July 20, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

An incident 24 years ago in which the person admits they were wrong? How is that grounds for firing today? This is wrong.

Posted by: Jayne | July 20, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

All these excuses for what was initally a very racist ideal coming from Ms. Sherrod. Hopefully she can obtain some racial sensitivity training.

Posted by: robertmthomasjr | July 20, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

As a just retired USDA employee - I feel the need to shed some light on a few items.

First; Regardless of WHEN the incident took place or even IF her words were taken out of context, It is against The Law and the U.S. Constitution for her to do what she did, using her position to IN ANY OUTSIDE political statements. Read the HATCH ACT.

Second; No she did not get fired - she resigned. That is a huge difference!!! She was not even reprimanded in writting for it! As a former supervisor at the USDA who was involved in several EEO complaints, and also was told this in my "Supervisor Training" as well as by a U.S. Attorney, representing the USDA, - The Agency will not allow a person in an Adimistrative Position (which she was) to be found wrong and/or guilty of an EEO complaint, WITHOUT going all the way through the Federal court system; as it would reflect poorly on the Agency (tough luck if you aren't administrative or above, as you will be used as an example of how the Agency polices itself). If it is an individual who made the EEO complaint, the Agency will use up to what it would cost to go to Federal Court, to reach a monetary agreement with the "victim" to drop the case

Posted by: rauwerda | July 20, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Were these comments denounced by the NAACP AT THE TIME this actually happened? I have not seen any information regarding this, and it is important for this organization to clear this up also.

I do feel sorry for the lady if she really was using it to show how she had learned what she did was indeed wrong, especially for a person with obvious monetary power over another. But the feigning total outrage by FOX and others while this type of thing was perpetated on African Americans for so many years is more than disingenuous.

Posted by: Tparty | July 20, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Had these statements been made by a white person, referring to dealings with a black farmer, the Reverend Jackson, Al Sharpton, and more reverse racists would be beating down the doors of the USDA and DOJ demanding reparations. If this woman was so moronic as to be so frank at such a public function, how the heck did she ever get to such a high level in the US Government?

Posted by: Rvnsfn | July 20, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Very True we have what we call a huge dbl std in this country

Posted by: lildg54 | July 20, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Ok, so the point of her story is that 24 years ago she had a realization that she herself needed to look past race--and she did so. Meanwhile, USDA has paid out hundreds of millions of dollars for actual discrimination carried out by federal employees against black farmers. Has 1 person lost his or her job as a result of that discrimination and causing that liability to USDA?

Posted by: snarkygirl | July 20, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

So after she took the white farmer to "his own kind" and repented of her racist ways and became friends with the farmer who was filing for Chapter 12 bankruptcy, did she ever help him? She says they're friends now. How so?

Posted by: 2partsgin | July 20, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Gov't is chock full of apparatchiks like Sherrod who are happy to bring their personal problems, biases and greed to work with them. Sherrod and her ilk will soon be in control of your health care too.

Remind me again - why should I trust the Federal Government?

Posted by: pgr88 | July 20, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

This is absurd.
This woman should be reinstated immediately.

Posted by: zukermand | July 20, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

You are kidding right LOL

Posted by: lildg54 | July 20, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

And I agree Zombie Kleagle is much much worse than this woman was, who at least made the case that the government should be helping the poor regardless of their race. But that Kleagle called his constituents a racist name that means "white trash" plus the N word. I want to know how he got a visitor's center in a national park in VA named after himself.

Posted by: 2partsgin | July 20, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

An incident 24 years ago in which the person admits they were wrong? How is that grounds for firing today? This is wrong.

Posted by: Jayne | July 20, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

If the person was white and the victim black there would be calls for hanging wrong is wrong even for blacks

Posted by: lildg54 | July 20, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Given the full story, Ms. Sherrod should be reinstated to her job at USDA. Both Secretary Vilsack and Mr. Jealous owe her public apologies.

Posted by: Itzajob | July 20, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm more amazed that nobody in the audience was offended by this. They laughed and cheered her on.

She basically hosed somebody over based on the color of his skin. Did nobody look at the video camera in the back and think "hey - if this gets on YouTube and everyone sees us laughing at some poor white farmer who got dumped on by the government, it's going to make us look like bigots?"

Sheesh.

Posted by: mwcob | July 20, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

1.Any "tea-bagger" that tries to promote the concept that "racism is dead," or that the "tea party isn't racist," is obviously in denial. Why? Because 2/3's of inmates in the US aren't white, because black males get less then white males in the workplace. Because "driving while black" is an acknowledged problem by POLICE departments. Because women fear a "black man" alone at night in their neighborhoods. Because, because, because.

2.Anyone who tells us that Sherrod is a racist is not reading the entire story, and hopes they never do. The women specifically told us that it was a mistake, a single mistake, she made 26 years ago. The mistake was quickly rectified apparently, since she's friends with the "victim."

3.Affirmative action was designed to BE UNFAIR. Even a cursory reading of the philosophies behind AA reveal that the main argument was this: Whites have an illegal old boy network. They hire their kids, their cousins and their friends first. Blacks have no network (this is in 1966). Thus, AA is designed to create an ILLEGAL BLACK OLD BOYS NETWORK. WHY?? Because, THEY NEED TO COMPETE WITH WHITE CONTROLLED ILLEGAL HIRING! This was the MAIN argument for affirmative action, and can be found in old MLKjr. speeches. The good Doctor enunciated this position clearly and concisely.

I'm interested in knowing if all these self-righteous "anti-racists" would have the same position about removing from office:
Strom Thurmond (in '48 he said that segregation would occur over his dead body)
Robert Byrd (former KKK member)
Ronald Reagan (he claimed he had fought in WW2 as a fighter pilot, a lie)
Prescott Bush (He originally supported Hitler and the American Bund)

The list goes on and on.

Posted by: owlk | July 20, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

For those of you that do not think she should resign or be fired please refer to rauwerda comments at the 11:06 time slot. She is required to go.

Posted by: Tparty | July 20, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

mwcob, can't you read? Sheesh.

Posted by: Itzajob | July 20, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

When do we have hearing on this...

This appeared on Israeli television (Channel 10) on Friday (7/16). But, true to form, the US press, as directed by AIPAC, did not deem this a worthy news item.

The Israeli PM told illegal Jewish settlers that the United States was "easily manipulated" and that they had no reason to worry about Israel going back to the UN mandated 1967 borders.

For this, the American taxpayer should be very worried.

Posted by: w32e31 | July 20, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

@doesntmatter:

You don't get it and I'm not white. First, off the so called post-racial is anything but racial. Obama himself made it about race by intervening in the Gates situation as well as Reverend Wright.

When Addressing the tea Party, don't address them as white or Republicans. The last even I went to had Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Women and even the speaks were diverse. Where as in the NAACP race is discussed, in the tea Party the relevant topics had to do with taxes, freedom and less government. Learn the facts about the tea party before you decide to make some comments.

Posted by: godpere | July 20, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm a little confused by all this. It does seem like a confession in parts, maybe a half-hearted one, but a confession nonetheless. On one hand, she didn't talk about it for a long time (I presume) and got paid for a job living with that lie but on the other hand, she may have wanted to unburden herself about it, albeit these many years later (and in front of sympathetic audience that didn't acquit itself well by laughing in parts) Did she really resign? If so, she's found the judge within herself and paid the fine; she can go free now.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | July 20, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

She also said that she referred him to a white lawyer because she thought he would get more help from "one of his own". Who even thinks in those terms?
FYI, Fox did not have this video. It was first reported on biggovernment.com. Fox just reported on it. You know. Reporting. That's what the former MSM used to do. If you are old enough and try hard, you can remember when they used to report on what was important to our country.

Posted by: trink59 | July 20, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

After watching her on CNN just now along with the wife of the white farmer, I am betting somebody's going to have to fess up and apologize to this woman...FOX, the White House, NAACP, Glenn Beck, all are at fault for doing this injustice to Ms. Sherrod.

Posted by: jordor | July 20, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

The story THIS MORNING - AFTER SHERROD TALKED TO OBAMA'S POLITICAL PEOPLE - is the story took place 25 years ago


Well - what is going on TODAY in her office

In light of the BLACK PANTHER CASE - we need a FULL INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST WHITES BY THE OBAMA APPOINTEES.


We need a full investigation - not some lame story phoned into a morning show after someone gets in trouble.


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 20, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

the amazing part of this story is that the ag dept has so much tax-payer money to distribute to farmers/others ..... i particularly like this part:

"It is part of a larger network that manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure programs at about 500 state, local and federal offices nationwide."

Who knew the ag dept had such latitude? .... i remember hearing over a decade ago that there were more people working for the dept of ag than there are farmers in the US ... imagine all the useless codes they have written over the years ... can this dept be downsized? these are jobs that the country can afford to lose.


Posted by: ptandcarol | July 20, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm more amazed that nobody in the audience was offended by this. They laughed and cheered her on.

She basically hosed somebody over based on the color of his skin. Did nobody look at the video camera in the back and think "hey - if this gets on YouTube and everyone sees us laughing at some poor white farmer who got dumped on by the government, it's going to make us look like bigots?"

Sheesh.

Posted by: mwcob | July 20, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

They are bigots!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: lildg54 | July 20, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Once again another "story" was posted by a "conservative" organization which again is manipulated completely out of context and receives the reactionary response it intended. And Fox of course picks it up and runs with it because it is their business model to cater to the low brow xenophobes to begin with.

Then to make matters worse groups like the NAACP and the USDA respond without any fact checking. And even after the facts are made apparent, idiots still continue to post racist nonsense.

Now because of the flurry of moronic activity over an anecdotal story with a moral the woman who told the anecdote is forced to resign.

I'm really getting sick of the idiocy of this country.

These same people who raise this outcry are the same ones who consistently believe they have an imaginary friend in the sky who is going to make things all better for them when they die.

Time to skim the gene pool folks.

Posted by: 1FLWB2 | July 20, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Just to clarify: This incident took place 24 years ago when Ms. Sherrod was employed by the Federation of Southern Cooperatives. She talked about it last March and, at the time of her remarks, she was a USDA politically appointed official.

There is no allegation of discrimination or misconduct related to her tenure at USDA.

Posted by: NW_Washington | July 20, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Funny how conservatives and Republicans zero in on Mrs. Sherrod (whose actions at the time were wrong), but turn a blind eye to any claims of discrimination made by any other ethnic group.

These same politicians also refuse to fund the one billion dollar settle for black farmers after decades of discrimination by the USDA.

Posted by: dmlworx | July 20, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

So by the NAACP's thinking, this bad apple at USDA now makes the entire USDA, and Obama's administration, racist, right?

If America wants to have an intelligent discussion on race relations, then it needs to start with the premise that people of all races harbor some who are racist against others. Obama's DOJ policy of not enforcing "black on white" civil rights violations, particularly those that pertain to election initimidation, is just plain wrong.

Posted by: samwoods77 | July 20, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"Another BLACK BIGOT in the Obama regime?
Why am I not surprised?" Posted by: Jerzy

Let's see . . . someone does something wrong, and they are forced to resign. No cover up, no backtracking, no scandal. You want Obama to resign because . . .?

Oh yeah, 'cuz he's black. Your racism is SOOO much less offensive than Shirley Sherrod's.

Posted by: tomguy1 | July 20, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Uppity white people Unite! Get this story/history out now! There is still time to get your real white history in the textbooks before they are printed in Texas! Just do it!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | July 20, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

@Itzajob - I can read fine, and I read every one of her words. I can also read the "brought to you by the NAACP" caption. I can also hear, and I didn't hear any objections from the audience. I heard some laughter.

It's not funny when a poor black person suffers. It's not funny when a poor white person suffers.

It shouldn't matter if someone is black, white, purple, spotted or green - we've got to move past evaluating need by race.

Posted by: mwcob | July 20, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

As a white man married to a black woman, living in Miami, Fl. I have to say that this whole thing about racism is such B.S. that it makes me wonder why people like me fight for the freedoms we enjoy only to see people play the he said she said game. I just got done watching her do an interview on CNN and she came out and said that the White House told her to resign. If the president wanted her gone, why aren't people accepting that. Appartently everyone likes to talk s**t or give their opinion about everything. People need to grow up and learn that we are Americans and that our attention should be on important things and not high school drama.

One more thing, how is it that this makes the news channel but not the fact that only 2% of the promised aid to Haiti as been kept or why police officers can break the laws the are supposed to enforce and nothing happens. Why is all this attention going towards politics, doesn't isn't body remember that all politicians are liars.

Posted by: VeteranWarrior187 | July 20, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

CNN just had a lengthy interview with Shirley. And the farmer's wife that she was helping 25 years ago.

It was quite enlightening. Shirley was asked to resign while she was driving to an appointment. Told her to pull over and resign over the phone. USDA.

NAACP has never contacted her to get her story. They should before they put out press.

The farmer was out in the fields but his wife endorsed Shirley stating that she saved their farm back then

So the farmer, Shirley said, that 25 years ago he came with a slight "superior attitude".

Well, I would have too if they were taking my farm on a shortsale. I'd be mad but my superior attitude would not have been towards a black lady working with me.
I believe they have taken the "superior attitude" that the white farmer came with
wrong. In context. I would be mad as heck if I was the farmer, which may or may not translate to a "superior attitude".

The farmers wife was interviewed and said nothing but good things about Shirley.

25 years ago. Jesus frogs. Why can't we get over this stuff.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 20, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Sherrod reflected on how she did not give a white farmer the fullforce of her help because she felt a white lawyer could help him. He came back to her and she helped him save his farm. They are now friends. She said she relized that when the white attorney did not help the white attorney, it was about not about race but about rich against poor. She further stated this lesson that she learned 24 years ago while working for a nonprofit that supported farmers. She said that white attorneys and USDA has descriminated against black farmers not white farmers. Therefore, she said she thought he would recieve help. To her surprise the white farmer came back to her. She found a chapter 11 attorney for him that saved his farm. As such she still friends with the farmer today.

The tea party has leaders today that were racist and still are racist. They are weilding their power with the inclusion of aryan nation and david duke followers. There is correlations between Ms. Sherrods circumstance and the Tea Party's current racist acts. If every person who weilded racists acts against minorities and women 20+ years ago, then every white male conservative would loose their job. Clearly this is a spin job sponsored by the conservatives.

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

Does everyone make mistakes? Do most people 50+ have holdover racist views that they fight daily to overcome?

The problem with all this is the fact that repentance is all in the eye of the beholder.

We throw the race card out when we are loosing an argument or we play a gotcha game with those that do when we find that they don't practice what they preach.

So much for a post racial Presidency. So much for Change, Hope and transcending racial hatreds and prejudices.

So much for the NAACP Pot calling the TEA Kettle Black.

Posted by: obtel29 | July 20, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

It doesn't make any difference how long ago it happened, the woman is a sick RACIST, and she needed to leave! This is a very good example of how black people hate white people and if given a chance will treat them this way. HEY, OBAMA, ARE YOU LISTENING, BUDDY? DEMOCRATS ARE HORRIBLE RACISTS! LOOK AT HOW THE DEMOCRATS ARE TELLING LIE AFTER LIE TO TURN THE LATINOS AGAINST REPUBLICANS!!! DEMOCRATS ARE SICK RACISTS!

Posted by: georges2 | July 20, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Black bigots? No, can't be. Where are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton? Aren't they against racism and bigotry in every form? Like h3ll they are! Those two are nothing more than two bit extortionists in expensive suits, and I hope the white farmer sues this hag for everything she's worth!

Posted by: panamajack | July 20, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

EVERY white person who has had ANY contact with Ms. Sherrod in the past 24 years should sue the USDA.

Since, as everyone loves to point out, white people will soon be a minority in the US, we should start learning how to act like one.

Posted by: pmendez | July 20, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I meant to write the is NO corelation between Ms. Sherrods circumstance and the tea party's racist acts.

Posted by: alecniles | July 20, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the NAACP will vote to call her racist.. at least we have a tape of that. Oh by the way.. 100K is still up for grabs if anyone can show the video or audio of the congressmen being called the N word or spit on as they suggest.. anyone?

Posted by: redsky28 | July 20, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

1FLWB2 - DMLWORKS & TOMGUY1
I think you three are just trying to justify actions. Your statements reek of ignorance and discrimination.

Posted by: VeteranWarrior187 | July 20, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I was ready to denounce her until I read that this incident took place more than a quarter century ago. And that the bureaucrat in question did in the end help the farmer. There has to be a statute of limitations for such behavior as noxious as this is. I would hate for the dumb things I said and did when I was in my youth to come back and haunt me now. It's bad enough that I remember and regret, I don't need to be publicly pilloried decades later. To what end?

Posted by: pirate1 | July 20, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

To all those saying it was 26 years ago: Slavery was 150 years ago so get off your crosses.

Posted by: Phil5 | July 20, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"I would take him to one of them, his own kind would take care of him."

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 11:58 AM | Report abuse

All the parties involved including the Post, NAACP and the White House will have egg on their faces when this finally unfolds. The White House and NAACP because they over reacted, not to what sherrod said but to the ranting from the right.

But the real losers are the right wing haters who think they scored on this.

It so happens that Sherrod DID save this white family's farm for them and they love her for it. What ever internal racial tension she had at the time she over came.

The only person, network or organization that comes out of this without a stench is Sherrod herself.

Posted by: timothy2me | July 20, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

The difference between bigotry and racism is this. A bigot dislikes someone because of the way they look. A racist is someone hates on someone and is a position of power to do that person a real injury. This Sherrod creature and her poverty pimp cheerleaders in the hate group, the NAACP are the perfect example of racism in practice our country!

Posted by: carlbatey | July 20, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

"It doesn't make any difference how long ago it happened, the woman is a sick RACIST, and she needed to leave! This is a very good example of how black people hate white people and if given a chance will treat them this way. HEY, OBAMA, ARE YOU LISTENING, BUDDY? DEMOCRATS ARE HORRIBLE RACISTS! LOOK AT HOW THE DEMOCRATS ARE TELLING LIE AFTER LIE TO TURN THE LATINOS AGAINST REPUBLICANS!!! DEMOCRATS ARE SICK RACISTS!

Posted by: georges2 | July 20, 2010 11:50 AM"
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Whatever school you went to obviously taught you to spout your mouth off, but didn't teach you how to read. She may have been racist 26 years ago when this incident occurred, but she obviously understood the error of her ways. She brought the incident up to talk about how wrong racism was, and idiots like yourself seize on it without even understanding what happened.

You are what's wrong with America, not Ms. Sherrods. At least she understood what she did wrong and corrected it. She is now friends with the white farmer. You, on the other hand, want nothing more than to score political points.

Posted by: ClandestineBlaze | July 20, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

@alecniles:

Of COURSE you can't compare what Sherrod did to Tea Party ads. She actively discriminated against a person she was supposed to be helping because of his race. The Tea Party ads are just ads.

ALSO -- so what if the incident happened 26 years ago? She was still bragging about it in March of 2010. And the NAACP audience seemed to approve.

Posted by: pmendez | July 20, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Where were the conservatards when black farmers were getting shafted? Black farmers have been suing for their fair share of farm welfare for decades, with no help from white welfare farmers. The conservaturds open their yaps only when white farmers get a taste of their own medicine.

Promote Ms. Sherrod and put her in charge of the whitest farm district in the country.

Phil5: Slavery didn't end until WW II. Read the Pulitzer-prize winning book by Douglass Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name. Blackmon works for the liberal, America-hating Wall St Journal.

Posted by: Garak | July 20, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Jack824 wrote: " FOX News neglected to mention that the event occurred 26 years ago while at another agency, that the woman later reversed herself and that she and the white farmer became friends. Extraneous details FOX didn't want to bother its viewers with."

It doesn't matter that the actual event occurred 24 years ago, she made these comments on March 27th of this year! Stop trying to defend her. You look like a fool for doing so!

Posted by: liberalsareblind | July 20, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

You just HAD to go there, didn't you, Shirley?

I bet you've been sleeping better at night...

Posted by: hmorrisjr | July 20, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Nothing is free, not even freedom. The pendulum has swung back and blacks are being held accountable for the racism they practice in a knee-jerk reaction to the racism they have endured for over 350 years in this country. I think that it is a bit much though to force a person out of a job for something they did, while not an employee, thirty years ago. Even Robert Byrd got a second chance. What about the tens of millions of white people who denied jobs and health care to blacks simply because they were black? See? We will never be free of this one-ups-manship.

Posted by: postosty | July 20, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

redsky28 wrote: "100K is still up for grabs if anyone can show the video or audio of the congressmen being called the N word or spit on as they suggest.. anyone?"

There's still an award offered for anyone who can show W didn't go AWOL and desert his unit during the Vietnam War. No video or audio of him reporting for duty.

Posted by: Garak | July 20, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

"@alecniles:

Of COURSE you can't compare what Sherrod did to Tea Party ads. She actively discriminated against a person she was supposed to be helping because of his race. The Tea Party ads are just ads.

ALSO -- so what if the incident happened 26 years ago? She was still bragging about it in March of 2010. And the NAACP audience seemed to approve.

Posted by: pmendez | July 20, 2010 12:01 PM"
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Where was she bragging about this? Are you seriously lacking in reading comprehension too? From the article:

"Sherrod said she and the white farmer she referred to in the video, Roger Spooner, became friends. Spooner's wife, Eloise, confirmed to CNN that she and her husband considered Sherrod friends.

"She helped us save our farm by getting in there and doing everything she could do," Eloise Spooner said. "They haven't treated her right."

She was discussing how racism was bad, and used her own experience as an example. She also fixed the situation by ultimately helping the farmer.

We need more people like her, and less like you.

Posted by: ClandestineBlaze | July 20, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse


FOX News neglected to mention that the event occurred 26 years ago while at another agency, that the woman later reversed herself and that she and the white farmer became friends. Extraneous details FOX didn't want to bother its viewers with.

Posted by: jack824 | July 20, 2010 9:41 AM |
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jack is right. The bureaucrat wasn't the problem. The problem 26 years ago was Fox News.

Posted by: llrllr | July 20, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least there are a few intelligent posters in this threads - the ones who realize that she is NOT bragging about what she did, and actually saying that what she did was WRONG and that it taught her that it is NOT about race - it is about the "haves and have nots".

And what she did, btw, was not RACIST. It was BIGOTED. HUGE difference in those terms.

I have had it with the way the word racist is just thrown about in such irresponsible ways these days. The word racist carries a lot of real weight, and the majority of things you see in the media and discussion boards labeled as "racist" are very far from actually being racist. Bigoted? Okay. Prejudiced? Sure. Racist? Not a chance in hell.

We are ALL harbor some bigotry and prejudice - it is just a part of human nature. To deny that is to lie to yourself.

Posted by: Snowdog | July 20, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Garak wrote: " Where were the conservatards when black farmers were getting shafted? Black farmers have been suing for their fair share of farm welfare for decades, with no help from white welfare farmers. The conservaturds open their yaps only when white farmers get a taste of their own medicine. Promote Ms. Sherrod and put her in charge of the whitest farm district in the country."

As if that is any excuse at all for what Ms. Sherrod did! You liberals are drowning in your own BS by trying to excuse this woman's actions. You're so utterly and completely full of BS you don't even see your own hypocrisy. That's just pathetic.

Posted by: liberalsareblind | July 20, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

there the NAACP goes again. trying to redfine racism as the "abuse of power" (i.e., blacks are powerless so only tea partiers can be racist). i have had it up to HERE with these race hustlers and anyone who doesnt have the integrity and sense of right to treat them the same they would some "powerless" lone tea partier with a questionable sign like the ones used against bush.

the left is owned and run by these race hustlers and infected with their mentality - you see it in the immigration debate. and it will infect every debate in this country until we throw the left out of power or at least given them a pretty sturdy counterweight in a congress run by conservatives.

but hey, at least she has the "I have white friends defense!".

Posted by: dummypants | July 20, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

She's stupid, stupid, stupid for even telling the story. The only reason I can figure why she even told the story was to demonstrate to the audience that she was one of them and had stuck it a white man.

Posted by: ahashburn | July 20, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I have read some really stupid posts. One post said that 95% of blacks are racist!!! What, racisim is about power so HOW can blacks discriminate, by in large blacks don't have power to hire, fire, discriminate. Two; black old boys network, give me a break. Again, read the definition of racism. Every human being may have a situation where they use racism, like a white person being mad that a black driver cut in front of them. As opposed to calling him a rude driver, he becomes a black rude driver. Additionally when she said she didn't fully help him implies she did something to help but not enough. Same can't be said to the plight of black, Native American farmers who have SYSTEMATICALLY discriminated against. This is isolated. BIG DIFFERENCE. People just need to keep their mouths shut. Problem with today's society, everyone wants to be heard!! and sometimes what they have to say is not worth repeating.

Posted by: common2 | July 20, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I must admit that only about 10% of the comments I have read so far are not in some form 'racist'themselves--and certainly 90% are politically motivated. No wonder our country cannot move 'together' in any positive direction. Remember George Wallace? He 'repented' and changed his ways and his words -- if only we all could. Bravo to this lady who also did so. Any person, and I mean any person, who thinks that he/she can point a finger in this arena, without four fingers pointing back at himself/herself is self-delusional, arrogant, and a bigot. Our country has come a long way in the 'race arena', but we obviously have a long way to go. As one lady commented, real change must be in the heart -- let's commit to renewed efforts to changing our hearts -- then and only then does the country change for the good (in this area or any other attitude, value, and human interrelationship).

Posted by: rickpost | July 20, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

all that matters is how long this speech was given because nobody in the crowd seemed taken aback, if anything people were smiling and heard voicing approval. that's were the NAACP's racist elements come in.

Posted by: dummypants | July 20, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"This Sherrod creature and her poverty pimp cheerleaders in the hate group, the NAACP are the perfect example of racism in practice our country!"

This statement is an example of real racism by a bigot.

Posted by: timothy2me | July 20, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"ah naw naw, god damn america, god damn america"

-obama's pastor

Posted by: dummypants | July 20, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

She did this 24 years ago, and the point of her remarks was the she learned that she needed to look past race.

Posted by: mike_midwest
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It took her 24 years to learn this? LOL!!!

This is just typical attitude coming from the Obama administration. Just like the article said, racism is an abuse of power. So by this definition all Democrats are racist! Stupid liberals!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | July 20, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I have read some really stupid posts. One post said that 95% of blacks are racist!!!
******

well, if you follow democrats logic, opposing obama is sufficient to confirm racist tendencies. ergo, supporting him must be too..what is that, 95% of blacks voted for obama? the liberals have been mushroom slapped by there own hateful logic.

Posted by: dummypants | July 20, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

i love laughing at democratic hypocrites - regardless of color. im equal opportunity :).

i can't wait till some black tea parties get elected to the congress. then it will be ON!

Posted by: dummypants | July 20, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

This story makes me want to breakdance. Or line dance. I'm not sure which one.

Posted by: foosball | July 20, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

1986? Really?

I'm more concerned with what's been going on in—oh I don't know—THE LAST DECADE than say, 1986. How pathetic is it that you have to go back to 1986 to dredge up your controversies?

Well, the Tea Party wants to take us back to 1886, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | July 20, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

The NAACP did not say the Tea Party is racist; rather, it said that the Tea Party must repudiate the racism that some of its members espoused. Some of you knee-jerk conservatives must learn how to read more closely and less selectively. Moreover, this happened in 1986, not now. That people are trying to link this to Obama only shows the desperation of many extremist conservatives.

Posted by: binaryboy | July 20, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Good to see the Obama Administration is still willing to ruthlessly purge anyone who might embarrass it.

Move over, Rev. Wright, lol.

Posted by: ZZim | July 20, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter who you are. Whether you are white, black, asian, latino, etc. Every person on this comment board has at one time made a racist comment or a racial act either defending their own race against another person, or got frustrated over what another race does or does not get away with. Doesn't make you any less of a person, it only makes you fallible and human. This woman is yet another person who stuck it to another race for whatever reason she had, and I am sure that the farmer she stuck it to probably stuck it to another race by paying them next to nothing to do back breaking work all day. Let it go and move on to better things.

Posted by: sgore10 | July 20, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse


"As Sherrod descibes denying aid to the white farmer, she explains that she ultimately realized her mistake. But the video clip does not include any indication that she rectified the situation"


How many other farmers over the years faced discrimination from this lady and weren't even aware of her deceit?

How many years of employment the USDA did it take for her to realize her "mistake"?

Will there be an investigation of her conduct and cases she oversaw during the years she acknowledged she held racist views?

Posted by: chicago77 | July 20, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many other White people this woman was allowed to hurt before she was forced to resign? The fact is there seems to be alot of racism against White people...like some sort of revenge.

Posted by: runbycrooks | July 20, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line is she is gonna be back working that night shift at Burger King as an assistant manager (if she's lucky).

Posted by: john_bruckner | July 20, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

There was no visual remorse over her action (or lack thereof). She was very plainly proud of her treatment of the white farmer during her speech. You have to wonder how many other "white farmers" were treated in the same manner during her career.

Posted by: bethg1841 | July 20, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

After watching her on CNN just now along with the wife of the white farmer, I am betting somebody's going to have to fess up and apologize to this woman...FOX, the White House, NAACP, Glenn Beck, all are at fault for doing this injustice to Ms. Sherrod.

Posted by: jordor
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The only person who needs to apologize is Obama. He fired her for doing something 20+ years ago. That's totally ridiculous. If the democrats didn't have so much invested in calling white people racist this would be non-issue. How many people is Obama going to throw under the bus before everyone sees through his BS.

Posted by: peterg73 | July 20, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Reading and listening comprehension are dead.

Posted by: charodon | July 20, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

FOX News neglected to mention that the event occurred 26 years ago while at another agency, that the woman later reversed herself and that she and the white farmer became friends. Extraneous details FOX didn't want to bother its viewers with.

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Hmmm. CNN says the video is from this March 27th. You say it happened 26 years ago. Who am I to believe???

Posted by: john_bruckner | July 20, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I am astounded at the number of posts here that totally miss the point of Sherrod's statement. Using poor judgement, she did not help a white farmer as much as she could have because of his race. Her statement was about the fact that this helped her see that racial bias is never a good thing, and that it should never be a factor in determining how people are treated.

The point is not that the incident occurred 24 years ago, or while she was working for a different agency. The point is that she was saying, "I realized my mistake, and I have grown from it."

How many of us can say we have never had a racist thought, or have never had our thoughts about a person be affected by their race? Racist behavior should not be tolerated, and for that reason Sherrod should be commended for confronting and dealing with the racist attitude that she had 24 years ago.

Posted by: jjjessek | July 20, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

She worked for a non-profit organization 24 years ago, whose sole mission was to help black farmers. She related the story recently to explain how wrong she now understands her beliefs to have been -- that all white people are privileged.

This is a sad story, no? Fox News wins again.

Posted by: MeriJ | July 20, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

1986....The only thing that date does is show me this racist has been allowed to abuse her government position all these years with out fear of being corrected or disciplined by the leadership of yet another mismanaged and unprofessional government office. She would still be 'attacking' whites if she had not shot her mouth off trying to impress a group of 'her people'! ...I tried years ago to file a complaint about a rude, ignorant and gutless black women in a Social Security office. Went to many sources from her boss up as well as my Congressman and was told there was no program in the Social Security network to file a complaint except at the local office level. In my opinion, government employees of any color are useless, just worse when they are racists!

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | July 20, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Fantastic. Out of 3+ MILLION federal bureaucrats, the ONE AND ONLY black racist has been identified and removed!

Yeah, right.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | July 20, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I am disgusted at how the Administration and NAACP completely threw Shirley Sherrod under the bus and backed up over her. She was telling a story from 25 years ago about OVERCOMING racism.

Posted by: uh_huhh | July 20, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse


All who applied and were denied by the USDA during this woman's tenure, should gather their records NOW.

The open question is how many Americans were denied their claims improperly, due to her acknowledged racism.

Posted by: chicago77 | July 20, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

gunnysgt77: "1986....The only thing that date does is show me this racist has been allowed to abuse her government position all these years with out fear of being corrected or disciplined by the leadership of yet another mismanaged and unprofessional government office."

This is why people--correctly--call tea partiers morons. The woman has only worked for USDA since 2009. The story was from when she was working for a non-profit organization whose mission was to help black farmers. The point of her story is how she and the white farmer overcame racism. Damn, you people are stupid.

Posted by: uh_huhh | July 20, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

I love all the liberals defending this racist. You are such pathetic hypocrites.

You fall into 2 categories both equally ignorant.

1. You think that racism against whites is ok, excusable or can't happen.

2. You have this white guilt for things you are not guilty of and support racism to assuage your guilt.

This was not said in the speech to be a "teaching moment" she was telling it like some funny story about how she stuck it to a white man and the fact the audience is laughing at her description is very telling as to the assumptions and racism in the audience.

Guess what liberals. Your non-stop race card used as an excuse when you can't win an issue on merit is what caused this. Equality is equality people are tired of these double standards.

Posted by: Cryos | July 20, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

chicago7: "All who applied and were denied by the USDA during this woman's tenure, should gather their records NOW."

Are you morons illiterate? Her story was from 25 years BEFORE SHE WORKED FOR THE GOVERNMENT.

Posted by: uh_huhh | July 20, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow. This is such a different spin than the clip I saw earlier. She should see that the apology or admission of a mistake is shown and known. It makes me angry to have this partial info out there making me less informed.

We are all racists and until we acknowledge it we cannot over come it. It is just a damn human condition that we need to strive to correct. This partial clip I saw earlier is just one tiny example of why we are and need to be on guard.

Did everyone notice the cool reception this admission got? That was heartening...

Posted by: kechip | July 20, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Her apology only came because she got caught. It means nothing.

Nice attempt at spin libs but middle America is getting tired of your fear tactics screaming racist and bigot like religious nuts do with "heretic" for "non-believers."

Posted by: Cryos | July 20, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Thanks uh_huhh... saved me the trouble.

I second.

Posted by: dablues1 | July 20, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse


The question remains;

When did she have her "epiphany", that discrimination by race is wrong?

Likewise, how many people did she discrimate against, before her epiphany?

Posted by: chicago77 | July 20, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

This White House is extremely reactionary. It takes an interview in a magazine or a video clip surfacing after months to find something inappropriate, and take actions. And the actions invalidate their initial decision to appoint these people in their positions. If the appointees are inherently subversive, disobedient or racist, how come they did not find it out before the appointments?

Posted by: kishorgala | July 20, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

"The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/
Land Assistance Fund
is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization"


Which means they are getting tax emempt status, as such are NOT allowed to discriminate by race.

How much taxpayer money, if any does this organization receive?

Posted by: chicago77 | July 20, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

This lady and her husband just won a 13 million dollar lawsuit against the USDA. What was the lawsuit over, you guessed it racial discrimination.

Posted by: JDB1 | July 20, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Well this is a bgi week for Shirley! She qualifies to run for T-Partee president AND gets the Stan McCrystal Boot'n Mouth Award.
You go girl! See you on Oprah!

Posted by: bgreen2224 | July 20, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Libs please keep spouting these double standards and justifying racism. It shows most Americans how dishonest liberals are and who are the real racists.

When the shoe is on the other foot your posts show you are as ignorant as racists throughout human history.

Posted by: Cryos | July 20, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

"She must have had a serious lapse in judgment to admit that in public."

No, she knew she was in a like minded crowd who probably accepted her racism as the way it should be.


"Are you morons illiterate? Her story was from 25 years BEFORE SHE WORKED FOR THE GOVERNMENT.

Posted by: uh_huhh


The actions of a person before her appointment to a government job is indicative of how she will approach her government job. Why would a racist cease to be a racist just because she is employed by the government? Would you say, "No big deal" if David Duke were appointed to a government job?

Posted by: groovercg | July 20, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

This White House is extremely reactionary. It takes an interview in a magazine or a video clip surfacing after months to find something inappropriate, and take actions. And the actions invalidate their initial decision to appoint these people in their positions. If the appointees are inherently subversive, disobedient or racist, how come they did not find it out before the appointments?

Posted by: kishorgala | July 20, 2010 1:10 PM
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The sad thing is they do know and the liberals who support them know.

They have gotten arrogant and figure with control of the media they can do what they want and no one will notice or they'll spin it away.

The spin has worked for some things but you can't hide everything.

Posted by: Cryos | July 20, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

So much for the idea that you never hear about government workers losing their jobs Shirley!

Now, do civil rights apply to white people? Is the civil rights commission going to investigate how many people had their rights denied by MS. Sherrod?

That was a joke, of course. the ACLU will probably sue the Govt on the basis that this racist had her First Amendment rights violated when she was forced to resign.

How is that hope in change working for you?

Posted by: fairfaxgoper | July 20, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh my gosh. I've been called a name (tea party moron) by another Monica wanna-be. Crawl back under the desk clown! ....Why is it these Democrat 'rah rah' goons want to call everybody who does not think like them 'tea party'? Never been to a Tea Party meeting, but I agree with much of the positions I hear that 'they' have. I also agree with a few Democrat positions. But I don't agree with the all or nothing Democrats!

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | July 20, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Seems like this is about a person describing her past prejudice and how she has since realized that exploitation in america isn't white vs black it's rich vs poor.

What's the big deal?

Posted by: smt123 | July 20, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

24 years ago. I would have been for burning her at the stake back then. But a person can change over that long a time. The people who were discriminated against --according to this story -- are fine with her staying on. If it's as this story indicates, this action needs to be reviewed.
(NAACP leadership and White House again appear clueless, Fox should have mentioned the time element.)

Posted by: kls1 | July 20, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

More hope and change from an administration that promotes racism? Was she out playing golf with the anointed one?

Posted by: nmg3rln | July 20, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

More hope and change from an administration that promotes racism? Was she out playing golf with the anointed one?

Posted by: nmg3rln | July 20, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Is this now a Fox News off shoot? PLAY THE WHOLE TAPE! She went on to say that she and the white farmer worked together for 2 years and that she became friends with him and his wife. And that her lessoned learned that race does NOT matter; it's about the individual.

Posted by: NMP1 | July 20, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Even more shocking that her remarks are the NAACP audience's approval of them.

Posted by: thebump | July 20, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I wish more white USDA Employees would stand up and admit how they have denied black farmers aid and farm subsidies for most of their career lives.

I have heard many of horrific horror stories from people working at the Dept., of Agriculture and how racists and prejudice many of the white (male) senior level employees are at the department level.

It is apparent to me that Ms. Sherrod has been singled out because of the color of her skin. It's unfortunate that she has been forced out of the agency for telling the truth and being honest about something that happened 24 years ago.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | July 20, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: thebump
"Even more shocking that her remarks are the NAACP audience's approval of them."


The applause at the discrimination against the farmer on the basis of his race, at the NAACP meeting, was telling.

There is a story there, if any reporter has the fortitude to take it on.

Posted by: chicago77 | July 20, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

This is how the propagandists at Fox work: by establishing a false equivalency - for every old white racist you can show at a tea party rally, we can find a racist black person. See, it's all the same! The problem is, it isn't the same by degree or by scale.

The worst part is that these really heinous comments from 24 years (when Ronald Reagan was President, btw) are conflated with the current administration. That being said, this woman should lose her job for her stupidity as much as for her discriminatory behavior, regardless of when or where. By giving the propagandists ammunition, she discredits all who try to combat the baldfaced bigotry of the teabaggers.

Posted by: buckbuck11 | July 20, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse


She's just trying to keep the white man down.

Posted by: nuke41 | July 20, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post:

NOW THAT THE TRUTH IS OUT, WHY NOT CHANGE THE TEASER ON THE HOMEPAGE TO ACCURATELY REFLECT THE STORY????

Clearly the woman has been wrongly terminated for telling of an example of personal growth.

I wonder how many of the racist teabaggers commenting on this thread have learned to put aside racism like Shirley has? Oh wait, none, or they wouldn't even be here spouting racist comments.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 20, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

The whole idea in the year 2010, of having conventions based on race is abhorrent.

The NAACP convention included.


Posted by: chicago77 | July 20, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many of the posters on here are paid by the Democrats to rant, whine and accuse others of being 'tea party'? These people never seem to have much of an agenda or position except to try to demonize the members of the Tea Party. I am not a member of any party at this time. I've always been an Independent but the lowlife actions of some on here are moving me to support others. We need more Tea Parties and groups like them. The two party system is dead I think. Too many people and issues for a straight party lever to be pulled.

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | July 20, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Fox violated the number one rule of journalism...get all the facts and look at all sides of the story. The facts of this story are that this incident occured before Sherrod worked for the federal government. If anything this issue is more about the golden rule; if you are in a position where you need help and you treat that person like s@#&, you shouldn't expect them to work overtime to help you. Adding race brings up a new dymanic, particularly in the South. The truth is, and what Sherrod was trying to say in her speech, was that she initially had a screw you attitude toward the White farmer, a natural reaction but that she was able to overcome that feeling to help them, something the farmer and his wife says Sherrod did. I think Sherrod might a wrongful termination suit against the ag department because she didn't apparently didn't violate any federal rules.

Regards to Jeremaih Wright...the last 5 years of Dr. King's life his views changed significantly, the Dr. King of the "Dream" speech was very different from the "Why I Oppose the Vietnam War" Dr. King. Rev. Wright's views changed in the time from when Wright married Obama 20 years ago and now. When Obama was elected to the legislature, he was spending less time at Rev. Wright's church & even less once elected to the Senate, so out of about 250 Sundays before 2008, Obama might have been at Wright's church maybe 20-30 times?

Regarding the New Black Panthers...top conservatives in the Bush Administration said this group was nothing more than upscale gang members. It's interesting that Fox hasn't talked to the original Black Panthers, who have denounced the group that have usurped their name and legacy.

Posted by: oorfenegro | July 20, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I would be fascinated if I were not so infuriated. This is just another example of the distortions of truth that are taking place today. I'm white, 53, born/raised in new orleans. I listened to the video and the interview and what I heard was the story of a personal evolution and the lesson Shirley ultimately gained. I saw a public official brave enough to speak the truth, a rare thing in today's political climate of 'let's just see how dumb American citizens really are'.
The quick reaction of the Obama administration is quite disheartening however. We were promised a President who was going to do it differently. Instead, we appear to have a President who is reacting to the fear he is being fed by his advisors. Advisors who in my book are leading him down the wrong path. I was under the impression that we'd overwhelmingly elected a thoughtful President, one who considered the facts before acting. Instead we see a President who caves into the fear based garbage that he is going to be viewed as racist against white people (of which he is half, lest we forget that too). If he's listening to the polls I'd like to say that I'm 53 and I've never once been asked my opinion....so why am I to believe what I'm told are Americas feelings about any issue?
No, I believe that Shirley Sherrod should not only be reinstated but she should be promoted. Or maybe she can start her own company that teaches politicians how to speak the truth and instead of viewing the truth as something to fear, that in so doing they just might perhaps gain votes from those like me who see quite clearly through all their current distortions. We're not all so dumb and uninterested after all. Thank you Shirley Sherrod and Mrs. Spooner for taking the time to call and prove that there is still some integrity and honesty in the world. I challenge any of the naysayers to put themself in Shirley's place and ask yourself if you would have been able to overcome what she overcame. Yes, in her own words she "could have done more" but in Mrs. Spooner's words "she did enough to save their farm." I don't think given the facts that anyone should expect more.

Posted by: kristopher50 | July 20, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Breitbart knows he can get away with editing videos because the rightwing has journalists cowering in fear. Witness how quickly the ombudsman at the Post does their bidding.

Posted by: oldabandonedbeachhouse | July 20, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

People -- Your opinions would hold a lot more water if they were based in fact. Sherrod did not get fired, she stepped down!!! that goes for you jimb, mandikaye, dmm1, ohmy, and glenglish and anyone else who's unaware of what they're actually mad at.
Also -- please stop mistaking the ACT of discrimination while in a position of power, for the ATTITUDE of racism. Two DISTINCTLY different things. One is a crime. the other, though flawed and ignorant, not a crime....

Posted by: factsndata | July 20, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately this is the type of comment you can only make after you retire because regardless of how you qualify your actions at the time, the people who you are serving will begin to question your credibility. It's sad because this type of frank discussion about race and how a person overcame racism could be very productive. You just can't do it while you're still on the job.

Posted by: anjos | July 20, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Let's reverse this. If this was a white man who admitted during a Tea Party meeting that he had denied a black farmer his full benefits, how would you feel? This is directed at both sides of the fence.

Does "once a racist, always a racist" only apply to whites?

What is the statute of limitations on an act like this, particularly from someone whose job can effect so many?

Posted by: ouvan59 | July 20, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse


People need to get over race, period.

The whole idea of race today is nonsense.

It is simply a tool used by hucksters to divide people, who would otherwise get along or not... based on their personalities, likes and dislikes.

Be COLOR BLIND, it's NO disability!

Posted by: chicago77 | July 20, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

This is disturbing because it appears that Ms Sherrod was pressured to resign not because of her mistaken act of 1986, but because she began to own up to it.

Posted by: MarkDavidovich | July 20, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

People: Please look up the words
-Terminate
-Resign
and
-racism
-discrimination

I believe many of you will have an easier time understanding what actually took place here once you have these concepts well sorted out.

Posted by: factsndata | July 20, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse


If she willfully discriminated against a person or persons based on race while a federal employee, or employed by a
non-profit receiving tax exempt status;
she violated the law.

Posted by: chicago77 | July 20, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

FOX News neglected to mention that the event occurred 26 years ago while at another agency, that the woman later reversed herself and that she and the white farmer became friends. Extraneous details FOX didn't want to bother its viewers with.

Posted by: jack824 | July 20, 2010 9:41 AM
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...........lol ! jack824 do you have any ....ANY idea how many stories and FACTS are censored from the left-wing Washington POST?

Not to mention the rest of America's corrupt liberal/progressive MSM wolfpack press?

Bro......get de-contaminated because We The People are determined to bring down the Democrat Party's propaganda outlets....

We are in it for the long haul and we are going to wear you down.........DOWN...

No justice in our Press....... NO PEACE

Posted by: allenridge | July 20, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

The video first appeared on BigGovernment.com, a site run by conservative activist Andrew Breitbart.
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So the Left-wingers at the POST want to label conservative outlets do they?..OK

"The video first appeared on BigGovernment.com, a site run by conservative activist Andrew Breitbart." -

....the corrupt liberal/progressive activist political paper WASHINGTON POST

....there you go now We The People will "label" you too..........lol crooks

Posted by: allenridge | July 20, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse


The REAL healine should read;

"WOMAN GETS ROUND OF APPLAUSE AT NAACP CONVENTION, WHILE TELLING HOW SHE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST OTHERS"

Posted by: chicago77 | July 20, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Bro......get de-contaminated because We The People are determined to bring down the Democrat Party's propaganda outlets....

We are in it for the long haul and we are going to wear you down.........DOWN...

No justice in our Press....... NO PEACE

Posted by: allenridge | July 20, 2010 2:17 PM

Apparently FACTS don't matter to you either, allenridge? When you are drawing conclusions from a speech, the full context is everything. If FOX had given the full context it wouoldn't even be much of a story. But as a faithful FOX watcher, I'm sure that facts, context and fairness are not conepts that you are too familiar with.

Posted by: NMModerate1 | July 20, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

The Obama Administration should not have waited for Shirley Sherrod to resign. She should have been fired for illegal discrimination against the white farmer. There is no place for any kind of discriminatory conduct in today's professional workplace. Everyone must be treated equally and fairly. Being a minority person does not give Sherrod or anyone else a pass or license to discriminate against people of other ethnic groups. White folks were and are wrong to discriminate and black folks are equally wrong for doing so out of retailiation or a desire to even the score. Shirley Sherrod's actions were wrong and reprehensible and should not be condoned period!!

Posted by: abishop2 | July 20, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse


To the Washington Post, congratulations for finally showing some guts. Although it took a couple of hours for you to run the story, the New York Times still has not run it. Can we finally get some balanced stories by these two newspapers.

Posted by: FormerNewYorkerNo9 | July 20, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow! I find this story to be really absurd. Ms. Sherrod was explaining what she did and that she had learned from her experience. She was using this as an example. I can't believe she was fired for something that occurred in 1986!

Posted by: maehenrie | July 20, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

This is disturbing because it appears that Ms Sherrod was pressured to resign not because of her mistaken act of 1986, but because she began to own up to it.

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I'm guessing that if this had come out two months ago she wouldn't have had to resign. But on the heels of the NAACP calling for no tolerance among the ranks of the Tea Party there really was no other choice without looking like hypocrites.

Posted by: ouvan59 | July 20, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Reading interviews Sherrod might be a good person who is a victim of the NAACP becoming a puppet of the Democratic Party's trying to stay in control in November with fear tactics.

The audience's reactions to the story were pretty telling and appalling but it does sound like Sherrod herself could be a good person who learned from the experience.

HOWEVER

Regardless of the "context" her "intention" etc liberals have designed the playing field. Now they need to play by their own rules. Turnabout is fair play you can't enforce 2 standards.

However of course liberals take their own rules on racism about as seriously as their own rules on PAYGO. It is always for the OTHER person to follow.

Posted by: Cryos | July 20, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

"Looks like Fox violated the number one rule of journalism...get all the facts and look at all sides of the story."

Like, that's ever gonna happen on FOX

Posted by: destinysmom | July 20, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

This whole thing is a symptom of the press and fear mongers like Jesse Jackson and Glen Beck who use the press to forward their personal lust for celebrity. People like this women and Imus get become casualties of the process. Ms. Sherrod apparently helped the farmers and are now friends, successfully rising above the racial stereotyping. Still, the comment, like many before it, draws out the call for blood, just like burning heretics at the stake long ago. Their is no fairness in the court of public opinion. More the pity,

Posted by: wolfnotsheep | July 20, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. If you watch the entire video and read the context, it's not clear at all what she did. It sounds like she was explaining it was a learning experience - she had a certain (racist) attitude, and got beyond it.

What I find more reprehensible is the mindset of everyone covering their own behinds in this by firing her for something that occurred 24 years ago in a job she doesn't currently hold. Was she fired for the act, or for the impolitic speech she gave? I think we know.

I also find reprehensible media coverage that doesn't bother to dig to get the whole story - this occurs on both sides.

Posted by: jay4811 | July 20, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse


Ms. Sherrod's actions while in a position of authority could constiute a crime.

While everyone applauds her "rehabilitation";

That does NOT excuse, nor does it take away from the fact, that she admittedly discriminated based on race.

In fact, she even appeared to have relished "getting even" in a recent speech.

She was applauded by the audience at the 2010 NAACP Convention, when she detailed how she discriminated against a farmer.

Posted by: chicago77 | July 20, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

More hoaxy crap from Fox.

This is not a new strategy. This is like stories about the Jews poisoning the wells and drinking Christian babies' blood.

It's the white trash girl lying about being raped in "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Then the surly peasant mob tears someone to pieces.

Posted by: BurfordHolly | July 20, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I am a Democratic white man. Do I belive this woman is racist and deserved to be fired, No. It happened to long ago. Do I think Rwv. Wright is a racist, Yes, because he is still doing it today. Do I think the tea party is racist,No. I was curious so I went to a tea party meeting in Searchlight NV. Not one racist sign or talk. There may be a few mixed in but if you watch TV they only show the same five signs over and over again. They are 90% white who are middle aged and up. The only bad behavior there was by the Seiu who egged the buses and the tea party just melted away.

Posted by: farmsnorton | July 20, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

The proper term is resigned under pressure, i.e. Sherrod said she didn't want to leave but the head of the agency told Sherrod her services were no longer needed; its just another word for fired. Legally she wasn't fired because she apparently violated no rules or regulations since the incident occured before she was hired by the feds, and since she was an appointee rather than civil service employee, she serves at the pleasure of the director so technically she was not fired. Also in the feds, most employees who mess up, particularly employees near retirement, are given the option of resigning rather than being fired to avoid prosecution, the loss of pension and the inability of getting a new job because of being fired from the fed govt. Also it's much harder to sue for wrongful termination if you agree to resign.
People are missing the message of Sherrod's speech, which was reflective in the life of the late Robert Byrd, in that we all bring some kind of bias to the workplace. Byrd was once a Klansman but he overcame that racism to earn a 100% voting record from the NAACP. Sherrod overcame the perceived racism she was receiving from the farmer to help them out. The posters criticizing Sherrod and the govt. would be justified if this happened last week but it happened nearly 3 decades ago.

Posted by: oorfenegro | July 20, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

If she admitted doing this then she has no place in government employment. If she broke federal iscrimination laws she should face the consequences. Racism is racism, whether it is tea party bigots with their epithets and smears or this. Of course fux the news is trying to conflate her actions with the actions of the NAACP as if she is somehw a representative of that Civil Rights group.

Posted by: John1263 | July 20, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

How does what a Reagan administration USDA official did back in the 1980s reflect on the NAACP then or now? It doesn't. We know that black farmers were nearly wiped out back then due to discrimination, sued, and won. Discrimination complaints by blacks against the USDA were literally ignored after Reagan dismantled its civil rights division.

While Shirley Sherrod may claim to the NAACP that she discriminated against a white man in Georgia, the proven truth is that she discriminated against blacks like herself. Her claim sounds like a highly unethical person trying to redeem herself by bragging that she discriminated against "a white man." It didn't work apparently, because the NAACP recorded her comments and turned her in.

Posted by: Reesh | July 20, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Indpnt1 | July 20, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

As usual we have the right wing whining about the WAPO not covering the issues of the right on a minute by minute basis as Faux news does.

As usual we have the giant Faux news crucifying a little person for something done (not done) 26 years ago.

As usual we have the right screaming about coverups and Rev, Wright, etc., etc., etc. ad infinitum.

One day soon, the right will return to power. At that point we'll see a new day, full employment, low or no taxation, the media run by Faux news, Limbaugh and Beck. All of our enemies conquered, Palin president, Christ risen again, and the right will be in its glory.

Of course, we'll also have rampant borrowing, serial adulterers in power, the western toilet troll back in DC, and corruption menus ala Cunningham the issue du jour. Not to worry though because then the right will be blaming the WAPO for publishing the stories and Faux news will be out of business because they'll not be publishing anything.

I wander how Sarah will explain the enormous oil spills in Alaska after her years of not making BP maintain the pipeline?

Posted by: Freethotlib | July 20, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

How many other government employees share this ladie's sentiments and are doing the same thing....now?

Posted by: chicago77 | July 20, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Question: Who is watching Fox news?
Answer: America is watching Fox news.

.


Somebody is watching Fox.
Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for July 14, 2010
P2+ Total Day
FNC – 1,240,000 viewers
CNN – 416,000 viewers
MSNBC – 398,000 viewers
CNBC – 211,000 viewers
HLN – 359,000 viewers

P2+ Prime Time
FNC – 2,587,000 viewers
CNN – 564,000 viewers
MSNBC –882,000 viewers
CNBC – 331,000 viewers
HLN – 686,000 viewers

Posted by: Indpnt1 | July 20, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

What's the saying again, if you live in a glass house, don't be the first one to throw stones?

Just a week into the NAACP's sloppy denunciation of alleged "racism" amongst Tea Partiers, video surfaced of Shirley Sherrod, formerly of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, bragging to an NAACP audience that she withheld aid from white farmers in Georgia because, well, they were white. Oops! But wait, I also seem to recall the Senate Majority Leader--Dingy Harry--musing about Barack's light skin and absent "Negro dialect," don't you? Where were the NAACP toolbags then? For that matter, where are the resolution-happy members of this group condemning the billy club-wielding, paramilitary-wearing dudes from the New Black Panther Party?

Posted by: NO-bama | July 20, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse


Discrimination is not a right-left issue.

It is a right-wrong issue.

It's WRONG for ANYONE.

Posted by: chicago77 | July 20, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

The WaPo is desperately trying to exonerate Sherrod, but the most damning part of the video is the audience reaction. Do they get up and walk out? No. Do they shake their heads in disagreement? No. Do they challenge her racist views? No.

They cheer her on. The NAACP is a bigoted organization.

The reason the NAACP and the Obama administration aren't back Sherrod is that they know something the WaPo doesn't know: Breitbart isn't done collecting scalps. He's got more videos. If they leap to Sherrod's defense, they looked doubly guilty when the next one hits.

They've learned from the ACORN affair: after the first ACORN video, all the liberals claimed it was an aberration, a trick, a manipulation. The WaPo ignored it, hoping it would go away. But Breitbart had more, lots more.

But the WaPo has learned nothing. That's what you get for living in a far-left cocoon.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | July 20, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Worse still is promoting a lesser qualified minority because of their race or sex.

Posted by: TooManyPeople | July 20, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

How is a black woman telling a story like it is a joke she played getting past her 'racism'? She was there to get the response she received from 'her people'. Watch the ladies face and eye rolling. Well, her racist smart mouth picked the wrong time in our history to play her game. After that group at the NAACP wanted to crucify a whole movement for the act of one, they showed their true colors. The NAACP has no more credibility than FOX, CNN, the skinheads or KKK. By the by, is that idiot from the New Black Panther party that was at the polls in Philadelphia also a NAACP member?

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | July 20, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight...Robert Byrd was once openly a member of the KKK, but it was still okay for him to serve 50 years in the Senate, but Shirley Sherrod denying assistance to one white farmer gets her booted from a USDA post? Can anyone say "double standards"? It is shameful that the Obama administration did not review the full story before taking action.

Posted by: bpbailey1 | July 20, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Can you remember what you did or said 24 years ago? We see Law Makers today use racist terms and even block jobs based on their racism but never was one asked to resign. But different rules for different people. My best friend of 50 years got so upset she used the N word then looked at me and apologized. Well she's still my friend and will always be but if anyone had to go back 24 years years you can bet there was at least one mistake made.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | July 20, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Have you noticed the administration only rushes decisions when they are bad. Come on, everyone should have the chance to explain their comments and then make a decision. What are they more concerned with being on Glenn Beck then doing the right thing - well it is all about appearance with this administration not substance or fact. I don't know the truth here but if she did realize her mistake and correct it then she should be re-instated. Trust me I am no fan of the administration but effectively firing someone because of an act more then two decades ago is just wrong. When most politicians run for office they don't want to talk about their decisions a year ago saying it is irrelevant or I changed my mind and they get a pass. To turn around and hold their employees to a higher standard is just plain hypocrisy.

Posted by: caspiansails | July 20, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Chicago77--"If she willfully discriminated against a person or persons based on race while a federal employee, or employed by a
non-profit receiving tax exempt status;
she violated the law."

She was not a federal employee, and the "willful discrimination" consisted of referring Mr. Spooner to someone else. Then, she realized she was wrong, that the lawyer she referred him to would not help, and spent two years helping Mr. Spooner save his farm, becoming his friend in the process. It doesn't sound like much of a crime to me.

Posted by: julie18 | July 20, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Obama threw her under the bus FAST! I bet she's met Reverend Wright and Obama's grandma under there.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | July 20, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

She quit, so what's the story?

Posted by: arby1 | July 20, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Reading these comments is so depressing.

Have we the people always been hateful morons -- or does the Internet merely give ingnoramuses a louder voice than in the past?

Posted by: MeriJ | July 20, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: guerridolee
Just plain old stupid remarks! Sounds like she thought she was at home talking with her girl friend........
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If this is how blacks talk in private then they are far more racist than whites. You consider racist actions stupid? If so, then how stupid are you?

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | July 20, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Scott J. Bloch pleaded guilty in April to criminal contempt of Congress. His sentencing, originally set for Tuesday, was rescheduled for Friday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson in Washington after admitting to withholding information from House investigators about having private technicians "scrub" computer files at the Office of Special Counsel in December 2006. The files had been used by Bloch and other political appointees.

Lets see - gets probation and gets to keep his job (political reward) for betraying his staff and his country by NOT DOING HIS JOB and COVERING UP ABOUT HIS ACTIONS.

Is Faux News covering this story? Probably not, Faux News is spending every minute it has on a failure to do the right thing -- 26 years ago.

Posted by: Freethotlib | July 20, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Rushed decision. Will bite Obama hard.

Posted by: AlanBrowne | July 20, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Defend yourself. Don't quit, it shows guilt.

Posted by: arby1 | July 20, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

On closer examination this is a great example of the fux new lie machine distorting an out of context piece of video. Just like the ACORN story. if this woman is actually credited by the farmer she is speaking about with saving his farm and doing exactly the right thing then this is just a witch hunt. President Obama should stand behind her and tell beck and the bogots in the tea bag conspiracy to shove it where the sun shineth not.

Posted by: John1263 | July 20, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Worse still is promoting a lesser qualified minority because of their race or sex.

Posted by: TooManyPeople | July 20, 2010 3:05 PM
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We just introduced establishment racism, sexism and discrimination into the financial sector with the financial "reform aka pay off your new regulators" bill.

We even have 20 new federal offices dedicated to enforcing the bigotry.

Go liberals.

Posted by: Cryos | July 20, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

This is a sad story of a black woman and white family becoming friends and political racism of the two parties giving it an unhappy ending.

Hopefully the story does not die so that it prevents situations of good people paying for the mistakes of bad people from happening so often in the future.

Posted by: Elisa2 | July 20, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

After Faux had looped the video a zillion times and then learned they'd been duped by the EDITED video - they then bashed the White House for firing the USDA worker.

Faux News - more propaganda than news in North Korea.

Faux was also duped by James O'Keefe and his EDITED videos of ACORN employees appearing to say stuff they never said - but Faux concealed the UNEDITED videos from their cult followers.

Posted by: angie12106 | July 20, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

ouvan59 asks:

“Does "once a racist, always a racist" only apply to whites?”

It should not apply to anybody. People can and do change, as Robert Byrd did, and as Ms. Sherrod apparently did also. I assume that many of you who are so upset consider yourselves Christians - you know, the religion that hods that because of our human condition we are all sinners, and as sinners we all sin, but those who sincerely repent shall be forgiven. The gist of Ms. Sherrod’s talk, however inelegantly stated, is that she realized her sin and sought to rectify it.

In the broader context, this is another example of Fox News (motto: “We incite, you panic”) and the right wing media whipping up racial and ethnic fears for political purposes, be the targets be Blacks (Black man in the White House hates Whites! Black men in camos!), Hispanics (Here they come! They are everywhere!), Muslims (They want to build houses of worship!). We have seen this movie many times before, and it generally does not have a happy ending. As Ms. Sherrod stated, the real divisions in this country are not among various racial groups, but between the haves and the have nots. But that is the last thought that right wing politicians and Fox News want to enter your frightened minds.

Posted by: dwells3 | July 20, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Modern time but same old crap. If one disagrees with a black person of prominence he's still called a racist, just the words 'Tea Party' are added to the racist accusations today! Same old Democrat crap! No Party position, just whining and name calling.

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | July 20, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"If Robert Byrd had been held to the same standard that we seem to be holding Mrs. Sherrod, he would have been forced to resign years ago."

And that would have been a bad thing??

Posted by: BEEPEE | July 20, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

First of all, her speech was not, as many here have posted, made at last week's National NAACP convention, but at a local NAACP chapter event...
There are people working for the federal government who have admitted to doing all kind of things decades before they were employed; there are former Klan & Nazi folks, child molesters, tax cheats, hackers, anti semites and even former terrorists in their youth who were never caught now working for the federal govt. These people have denounced their past life & the statute of limitations prevent prosecution of what people did 30 years ago when they were teenagers or in their early 20s & they can't be fired because they haven't violated any rules or regulations. If unspoken things we did a generation ago were revealed and linked as a condition of our current employment many of us would not have a job.

Posted by: oorfenegro | July 20, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Ms. Sherrod didn't do a good job of making her point. So she's not a public speaker...maybe she should stay away from the podium, but she shouldn't stay fired. Would be nice if the powers to be would reconsider and maybe admit they made a mistake too.

Posted by: cib2 | July 20, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

This woman should have NEVER been asked to resign or been fired. We need MORE people like her to tell their stories of moving BEYOND the past and racism.
Sec. Vilsack should reconsider his decision - and NEVER, NEVER, NEVER believe a Fox video without further research.


Posted by: angie12106 | July 20, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

This woman should have never been asked to resign or been fired! We need more people like her to tell their stories of moving BEYOND the past and racist attitudes.
Sec. Vilsack should reconsider his decision - and NEVER, NEVER, NEVER believe a Fox video without further research!!

Fox's goal is to create conflict where none exist. Period.

Posted by: angie12106 | July 20, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

This woman should have never been asked to resign or been fired! We need more people like her to tell their stories of moving BEYOND the past and racist attitudes.
Sec. Vilsack should reconsider his decision - and NEVER, NEVER, NEVER believe a Fox video without further research!!

Fox's goal is to create conflict where none exist. Period.

Posted by: angie12106 | July 20, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow, did some of the commenters even READ the story? Why shouldn't someone own up to an act of racism in her past? Doesn't the process of getting beyond mistakes start with OWNING THEM?

Q. "Which is worse, apathy or ignorance?"

A. "I don't know and I don't care."

Posted by: kaattie | July 20, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

So according to some of you ....if I tell a racist joke that I told years ago, just to get a laugh from a bunch of 'my people', it is OK as long as I claim now, after getting caught by the people that the joke is on, that I am a reformed bigot???

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | July 20, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I am a white farmer who's never asked the government for anything except to leave me alone. Bigotry is wrong no matter from what direction it comes and in what direction it is aimed.

This woman was undoubtedly making six figures a year and will (also undoubtedly) collect a handsome, taxpayer-guaranteed federal pension, when she should have been canned and prosecuted 25 years ago.

Posted by: chrisinwien | July 20, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The details of the forced resignation of USDA official Shirley Sherrod are emerging and it looks like this woman was forced out because of a selectively and dishonestly edited video from a right-wing source. That is no surprise. W

What's needed here is an explanation from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on why he demanded Sherrod's resignation based reports from an extremist hack and Fox "News."

http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2010/07/20/in-the-curious-case-of-shirley-sherrod-lets-see-the-whole-tape/


Posted by: losthorizon10 | July 20, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

if all the hypocritical white/black,liberal/conservative A....... in this country would cease jumping at every opportunity to keep the race BS upfront for their own special interets it would go away. a black woman made a poor decision 25 yrs ago. SO WHAT. politicians and their minions do it every day.is the fool a hero telling her to resign?

Posted by: pofinpa | July 20, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Let's see . . . she talked about an incident which have 26 years ago, and made sure that the white farmer got the help he needed to save his family farm.

And, for that, she now loses her job.

Funny how Faux News fails to mention how Breitbart edited the video, or to mention that she enabled the farmer to keep his farm.

Posted by: Continuum | July 20, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: farmsnorton
I am a Democratic white man. Do I belive this woman is racist and deserved to be fired, No. It happened to long ago.
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Actually it didn't happen long ago. It happened last week. This woman decided to share her racist thoughts with an audience and why was that? She never said that what she did all those years ago was wrong. She used it to justify racist feelings to her audience. I bet she has been doing racist deeds for YEARS and probably still does them regularly. She looked proud of her actions in the video I watched. The crowd gave their approval of her actions. This is why the NAACP is more racist than any other legitimate organization that exists. Just because they represent blacks and "colored people" doesn't give them an exemption from being racists themselves.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | July 20, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Problem is with the New Black Panther Party that when the Tea Party was harassing Hispanic voters, no one said a word. If the administration investigates one "party," then they've got to investigate the other. They did not handle the Tea Party voter harassment correctly,so what they do for one, they must do for the other.

And as to this woman not helping the white farmer, the people who told her not to help him should have been fired a long time ago. Who stuck that one under the rug, and why didn't she say something THEN? I wouldn't have been afraid to lose MY job over such a heartless thing; it'd have been in the morning newspapers.

Posted by: greeneink | July 20, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I seem to remember when this article first appeared, it said that as this ho was recounting how she screwed the white farmer, the crowd laughed. This proves the naacp is every bit as racist as the kkk. Just not reported

Same crap, different color.

At least she was fired but as chrisinwien states, 25 years to late.

Posted by: rcubedkc | July 20, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Her own mouth forced her out! Doesn't she think that "politically correct" doesn't apply to her? Good riddance!

Posted by: elby | July 20, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Blacks are never racist!

Posted by: beenthere3 | July 20, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Gee WaPo, we're still waiting for that story on the Justice Department's handling of the Black Panther voter intimidation case. What gives? Oh yeah, you might have to bang on someone in the Oboob administration and of course you aren't going to do that, are you?

Posted by: flintston | July 20, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

gunnysgt77 wrote: "So according to some of you ....if I tell a racist joke that I told years ago, just to get a laugh from a bunch of 'my people', it is OK as long as I claim now, after getting caught by the people that the joke is on, that I am a reformed bigot???"

No, unless you're telling the same joke today. There's no evidence Sherrod is currently involved in any discriminatory activity and in fact the point of her speech was to acknowledge what she did was wrong and that she helped the people she initially wronged.


Posted by: oorfenegro | July 20, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

gunnysgt77-"So according to some of you ....if I tell a racist joke that I told years ago, just to get a laugh from a bunch of 'my people', it is OK as long as I claim now, after getting caught by the people that the joke is on, that I am a reformed bigot???"

Her entire purpose in telling the story was to illustrate how wrong she was, which she does in the parts of the speech that Fox left out...There was no "getting caught".

Posted by: julie18 | July 20, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I once failed to give the time of day to a white person. Which makes me a white-people-hating racist bigot person who could never be nominated for anything if Andrew Breitbart has video proof of my racist anti-white-people bigotry. It also makes family reunions very awkward!

Posted by: 20009matt | July 20, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I read some time ago many Black Farmers in the South were discriminated by the USDA and either there was a settlement between black farmers and the government or one pending. Prejudice is as natural as hunger or sexuality or any other human need or emotion. We like ourselves and work in our own interest. That is selfishness. We like our kin when it is called nepotism. We like people who look like us and speak the same language and share the same faith. For these others call us racists and bigots. We like our own country and we think we are patriots. If you don't like any of these labels and want to be 100% objective, my advice to you is to cease to be a human being!

Posted by: tjohn1 | July 20, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

What an oddly reported story. Here is what is buried under the lead:

"She helped us save our farm by getting in there and doing everything she could do," Eloise Spooner said. "They haven't treated her right."

Sherrod said she told the story to make the point that at the time she thought white farmers had advantages because of their race but she learned that was not the case.

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But the first part of the story gives the impression that she didn't help the farmer. Yet it turns out she did after realizing she held a mistaken belief about privilege. Yet the WaPo has embedded a clip with the words "NAACP Bigotry in their ranks."


Wow. Talk about sloppy reporting.

Posted by: bluicebank | July 20, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Sherrod did that 24 years ago. How many other people were not helped by her in the years since?

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 20, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"Apparently now you can get fired for a racist act from 26 years ago. Even for a horrendous crime like rape, most states have a statute of limitations of 10 years or less. (Personally, I disagree with that, BTW.) Is racism now the unforgiveable sin? If that is the new standard, can anyone measure up?"

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Good point. Ask Trent Lott why he was fired for an event that happened 60 years ago involving Strom Thurman, when Lott was only six years old.

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Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | July 20, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

The White House are such punks by making her resign, this happened 24 years ago. Gimme a break!

Posted by: artbee2000 | July 20, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I admit I’m a little ticked off at the media and myself (myself for not double checking the whole story). I saw this clip in passing this morning on Morning Joe and my mouth dropped to the floor. However, the media only gave me half the story (typical) and now as I read the actual article which is not fully reflected in the clip, I feel like the Morning Joe lied this morning by not addressing the whole story. I posted a comment earlier (10:18 AM) chastising this woman and now I would like to take the comment back, my apologies to her. However, my comments to the crazy Teabaggers remains; you all need to get a grip!

Posted by: doesntmatter | July 20, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

MikeJ9116 wrote>>>She never said that what she did all those years ago was wrong.

Yes she did!! but once again, Faux aired an EDITED video for the sole purpose of creating conflict where none exists.

Never, Never, NEVER believe Faux News "exclusive" videos!

Posted by: angie12106 | July 20, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Apparently there is more than one way to look at this video. I see it as a smart mouthed women trying to be funny and gain the comradeship of the people listening to her and others see it as an apology for past actions. Possibly some of us get tired of some of the others yelling 'racism' at a group at every turn, rather than singling out the individual and looking at that persons motivation. I've been called racist this week on many posts, for as little as agreeing with a particular stand of the Tea Party, or for disagreeing with someone just calling everyone in the Tea Party names. And, heck, I'm not even a member of any party, including the Tea Party. When you attack a group and speak as a herd, expect to receive the same amount of understanding and respect you gave! Why is that so hard for some of you to understand?

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | July 20, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

HawaiianGeck wrote>>>Ask Trent Lott why he was fired for an event that happened 60 years ago involving Strom Thurman, when Lott was only six years old.

You LIE! several years ago - NOT 60! - Sen. Lott was "encouraged" by his own Republican Party to resign after he made a joke related to Sen. Thurman's racism - which he loved until the day he died.

Do racists go to Heaven if they never make amends nor apologize for their racism?
Hmmm....better get busy, Teabaggers!

Posted by: angie12106 | July 20, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Interesting article. Glad to see the full story reported. Too many times we're too quick to jump to conclusions without fully understanding the picture.

Posted by: kjbstl | July 20, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

FOX News neglected to mention that the event occurred 26 years ago while at another agency, that the woman later reversed herself and that she and the white farmer became friends. Extraneous details FOX didn't want to bother its viewers with.

Posted by: jack824 | July 20, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse
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And yet it was the OBAMA Administration that forced the poor lady to quit her job at the USDA, not Fox News.

Posted by: WildBill1 | July 20, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

>Ms. Sherrod did that 24 years ago. How many other people were not helped by her in the years since?

She realized her error 24 years ago and spent the next two years helping that family save their farm. To the point that they joked that she was spending more time with them than with her husband. Per the farmer's wife.

She looks to me like a role model citizen, particularly on the issue of race relations. You'd have to have lived in the South to understand how big an evolution that would have been, between a black woman and a low-income white family.

That Breitbart got both the USDA and NAACP to attack her must feel like quite a victory for him.

I'd call this another win for the side of evil and darkness. It's inside of all of us, my friends. Why do we give in so easily?

Posted by: MeriJ | July 20, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bobbo2
Ms. Sherrod did that 24 years ago. How many other people were not helped by her in the years since?
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More than she can remember. I bet she will still do it in the future.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | July 20, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Having watched the video, it's obvious the lead-in text was a lie. It's not about what Sherrod did in her USDA job, it's about what she did in a private job years ago. Whatever she did or didn't do, and if the full video is shown we will have a better understanding, it wasn't in a federal job.

Posted by: bharshaw | July 20, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

First, Sherrod tailored her speech to entertain the NAACP, which is a racist organization itself. Sure they talk about being there for minorities other than blacks but I never see them do anything positive for any of other minority. So she screwed up by letting her own racism and exercise of power come out. As for being asked to resign, I think the USDA did the right thing. Now everyone knows reverse discrimination exists and breeds in government and other sectors. Sherrod is going to have a hard time finding a job.

Posted by: neil64 | July 20, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Much to do about nothing!

The lady said SHE AND THE FARMER ARE FRIENDS AND SHE HELPED THEM OUT AFTER ALL.

STUPID PEOPLE WILL READ IT ONE WAY.

I KNEW FOX WAS BEHIND IT.
WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE THAT WATCH GLEN BECK?

OH, ED A SLOW DAY THE POST BECOME MORE LIKE THE ENQUIRE EVERYDAY!

Posted by: shamken | July 20, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Breitbart.com does it AGAIN! and Faux Noos plays along pretending the video isn't edited, while enjoying seeing folks all whipped up into a frenzy and a Black woman fired - all for NOTHING!

Faux proves they're not a credible news organization because they air EDITED videos without informing the public.
They've done it twice now - aired edited videos for the sole purpose of demeaning minorities - and ALL those Blacks & minorities lost their jobs over NOTHING.

Faux aired EDITED videos 24/7 of ACORN employees appearing to say stuff they never said, per the Calif. Attorney General who viewed the UNEDITED videos.

Shameful!

Posted by: angie12106 | July 20, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

USDA administers $114 BILLION in rural development loans! Another Fanny Mae, Freddy Mac boondoggle. End the nonsense and get rid of most of the drones at USDA where there are more employees than US farmers.

Posted by: wagtdn | July 20, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I have sent in TWO videos which are availabel on youtube to Breitbart. He has not replied to my messages. Funny, I thought he was offering $100,000 for proof teabaggers yelled the n word at the anti-health reform rally.
Why does anyone take that dirtbag Breitbart seriously? He paid the criminal James O'Keefe $10,000 to make the heavily edited ACORN video.

Posted by: fishman2 | July 20, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I guess there are white bigots and there are black bigots. Just need to known when you are dealing with one.

Posted by: joseph_charles | July 20, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

A few days ago we heard laudatory eulogizing for Senator Robert Byrd, who found the error in his earlier life, apologized for it and went on to correct his misdeeds. He was praised for it. Here we have a woman with an almost identical story to tell, yet she is condemned and fired. To quote our president, "a teachable moment." Hipocracy is apparently a universal and wide spread trait.

Posted by: friday3 | July 20, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

MeriJ wrote>>>>That Breitbart got both the USDA and NAACP to attack her must feel like quite a victory for him. I'd call this another win for the side of evil and darkness.

Yep! it's a big evil victory for Faux News.

Posted by: angie12106 | July 20, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

A few days ago we heard laudatory eulogizing for Senator Robert Byrd, who found the error in his earlier life, apologized for it and went on to correct his misdeeds. He was praised for it. Here we have a woman with an almost identical story to tell, yet she is condemned and fired. To quote our president, "a teachable moment." Hipocracy is apparently a universal and wide spread trait.

Posted by: friday3 | July 20, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Except possibly for murder or rape, what happened 24 years ago should not matter. There was a police guy named Javert who pursued a guy named Jean Valjean for things that started about that long ago. Javert is not well thought of. Let it go.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | July 20, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

A person makes a huge error 24 years ago, today's media jumps on her over that mistake (which she immediately rectified) by getting her fired.

The fact that the media in DC has sunk this low is stunning and I have had enough.

It's one thing to attack someone for doing/saying something stupid today but two and half decades later is quite another, it means that everybody is open to attack for saying or doing anything in their past.

It's almost to the point that if somebody would post a $100,000 bounty on any reporter saying anything controversial that they could be fired for saying such things, especially if it was leaked to certain left or right wings...

Posted by: talan1231 | July 20, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

NAACP brought this on themselves with their largely-baseless accusation of TP racism. I don't doubt that Ms. Sherrod ultimately did right by the white farmer, the point is that the same people who were condemning the TP for their racism were nodding approvingly when Ms. Sherrod talked about giving a white farmer less than her best. But it points up the hypocrisy of observers like Gene Robinson who, on the one had, loudly rail against supposed TP racism, but issue a terse one-line dismissal of examples of black racism. This incident, to me, has cost his ilk all credibility.

Posted by: gbooksdc | July 20, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

She's been doing this since at least 1986? There's no way she can pay back for her crimes, but she should start by being sentenced to work the land for the rest of her days.

Posted by: jiji1 | July 20, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Jerzy wrote: "Another BLACK BIGOT in the Obama regime? Why am I not surprised?"

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You ignorant fool. find out the facts before you vomit Fox spittle. The Sponers are on TV right now saying Sherrod did nothing racist to them. Mr. Spooner is one of the Palin "Real Americans", with his WWII hat on, telling the world that Sherrod did nothing wrong, and thet she was wonderful, that she in fact was instrumental in helping them keep their farm.

Posted by: swatkins1 | July 20, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I am a WP but this is outrageous. There should be a Statute of Limitations. This is not murder, just a mistake in judgment and a Lesson Learned. 24 years is a long time for her to reflect on what she did and, certainly, how she would handle it differently. This is an Exact Example why the country still has a problem with Race. She should have been forgiven and kept her job.

Posted by: katydid3363 | July 20, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I am a WP but this is outrageous. There should be a Statute of Limitations. This is not murder, just a mistake in judgment and a Lesson Learned. 24 years is a long time for her to reflect on what she did and, certainly, how she would handle it differently. This is an Exact Example why the country still has a problem with Race. She should have been forgiven and kept her job.

Posted by: katydid3363 | July 20, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Did you listen to that Sherrod on television? - She said people like Him,- and I will send Him to People like himself,- and she spoke about Him as His' kind of Peole. - Sherrod is Blatantly Racist and hasn't a leg to stand on. - Actually Sherrod should be Presecuted for Discrimination, and Violation of the Federal USDA Laws.

Posted by: jward52 | July 20, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Clearly the intent was there, despite the outcome. She didn't know she would be "friends" she just saw the chance to screw whitey. She gets what she deserves, as should all the mental midgets that can't get beyond ethnic, gender bias. We are way to far beyond that, despite the intentional race baiting that occurs frequently in the WH. There's plenty more low hanging fruit to go, its just a matter of time before they step on their johnson and get caught. Only a matter of time, huh Mr. Holder, Jones etc.

Posted by: landluvver | July 20, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

It is too bad that the full facts were not examined before this women was forced to resign. It is a sign of the times----biotry and hatred on one side, and political correctness gone insane on the other side.

Posted by: billaldridge | July 20, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Clearly the intent was there, despite the outcome. She didn't know she would be "friends" she just saw the chance to screw whitey. She gets what she deserves, as should all the mental midgets that can't get beyond ethnic, gender bias. We are way to far beyond that, despite the intentional race baiting that occurs frequently in the WH. There's plenty more low hanging fruit to go, its just a matter of time before they step on their johnson and get caught. Only a matter of time, huh Mr. Holder, Jones etc.

Posted by: landluvver | July 20, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Any Federal manager stupid enough to admit in public and while being videotaped that she "used to be a racist" deserves whatever she gets. What did she expect would happen if the USDA senior management found out about it? The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Also it opens up all the work she's done as a Federal employee to scrutiny and suspicion.

Posted by: sherryds | July 20, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

The real lesson here is not about race at all. It's about how easily statments can be taken out of context and accpepted and distributed as fact by the media. And, how unscrupulous people will do so deliberatly to advance their own political agenda.

Posted by: koygdb1 | July 20, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Everyone needs to chill out, this isn't the crime of century.
She made a mistake and acknowledged it; from what I read in the article, she was recounting a time when she held a racist view (20 years ago!!!) and has since changed.
It was a confessional meant to change the views of the audience (which was black).
The paradox is; if the President was white, she probably wouldn't have been pressured to resign.
What is gained by her losing her job?

Posted by: huemrich | July 20, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

1FLWB2 - I think you need to look at my comment again. I was not trying to "justify" anything. I said that Sherrod's racist act was offensive. I said that Jerzy's comment was equally offensive. (Or, more precisely, I sarcastically said Jerzy's comment was much less offensive.) Point is, both are despicable. Racism works both ways.

You should be careful when telling people their "statements reek of ignorance" not to show your own ignorance -- or, at least, poor reading comprehension -- in the process!

Posted by: tomguy1 | July 20, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, there's no reaction quite like an over-reaction...

Seriously, people need to chill out.

Posted by: Nymous | July 20, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Ebonica's be crazy!

Posted by: joseph_charles | July 20, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey, all Trent Lott did was wish an old man happy birthday and say he would have been a good president and WHAM!!! He was made into a scapegoat and painted to be an uber-racist. You can all apologize to him while you are rationalizing this woman's hurtful actions to another human being based on race. And arguement #2.. since it was such a long time ago we should just forget it. Would you say the same thing about David Duke? I didn't think so....

Posted by: AmericanWithABrain | July 20, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Shirley Sherrod's statement was a story within a story and taken totally out of context at someone elses leisure who then thought they would RUN with a racist story from the current administration. Her statements were made 24 years ago BEFORE she was a federal employee. I listened to the entire interview of Sherrod LIVE TODAY on CNN, and the Spooner family (the 'white' farmer she spoke of), both he and his wife have spoken very kindly of Sherrod and said she helped them immensely and went out her way to do everything she could. They are GRATEFUL to her!!! Sherrod made a comment that FOX News & the Tea Party ran with this story......oh folks there's so much more to this. Sherrod's father was murdered by the KKK in the 60's; Sherrod & others have just settled a 30 year lawsuit with the federal government (they won); Shirley Sherrod is not the demon here. Ask the 'white' farmer she spoke of....M/M Roger Spooner.....don't believe the hype. Stop & Think. Ask questions. Also, be careful where on the cable dial you get your 'news'.

Posted by: btafmax4 | July 20, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Did not we just bury a Senator, whom was eulogized as having overcame some racist views in his youth? One would only hope that Secretary Vilsack would have allowed Ms. Sherrod the oppurtunity to discuss this matter with him face to face before asking for her resignation. If only we truly put stock in treating others as we wish to be treated.

Posted by: snake_taylor | July 20, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Many of you have reading comprehension problems...

Posted by: onifadee | July 20, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

It is truly ironic her quote about the administration not wanting to hear the truth. I think most conservatives identify with that statement. Does anybody on the left practice what they preach? Judge Charles Pickering was pilloried because no one on the left would listen to the "truth." So,please, keep your sanctimonious outrage to yourself. Both sides need to listen to the truth, but the left is especially tone deaf.

Posted by: marchofthemorons | July 20, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I Don't watch Fox News and I don't agree with her position taken 24 years ago. Although she did not work for the USDA at the time her actions were still wrong and she admits it. Now my question to all of you bloggers who feel she is a racist I want you to review your past and be honest (have some courage and admit it, she did). Have any of you ever withheld any information knowingly that would assist another for any reason, any reason. Should she have been fired? That's not my call. Is she a racist as many of you are calling her, probably not. She is 60+ years old so she should atleast be given the benefit of coming from a generation where people responded much differently on a regular basis toward one another openly according to the laws. Any person who posted she is a racist, let's review your past 24 years, if we can go that far back. I doubt it so let's look at yesterday. Who did you withhold any good thing from knowingly? You're all just a bunch of whiners and cry babies. How can I tell? You want to blame Obama/Democrats/Liberal/etc, etc, etc for this woman's actions. Look, you lost the election and this woman has nothing to do with that. Do us all a favor and view what the couple now has to say.

Posted by: hyphen_va | July 20, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

To all the people saying this woman should get a pass due to the passage of time and because it was prior to her federal employment, I just say get real. You obviously know nothing about the environment in which a senior manager in the Federal government must operate. Once she admitted to an illegal action, she was doomed. I mean, how about all the white employees she's supervised at USDA? Mightn't there be one or two who could use this to support an EEO complaint? She's admitted to being a racist, and to many people, once a racist, always a racist.

Posted by: sherryds | July 20, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Another one under the bus for Obama's never ending insane quest to appease the rightwing fruitcakes.

Is there ANYBODY Obama sticks up for EXCEPT white repugs???

Posted by: solsticebelle | July 20, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Forget the 24 years - it was this past March that she was applauded by the Georgia NAACP as she bragged about putting the screws to a poor old white farmer!

Posted by: rtatlow | July 20, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

The woman was recounting an ephiphany she had back in the 80's that led her to change the way she thought and acted.

It was a personal story of growth and enlightenment.

Even the farmer in question appeared on CNN to defend her. This guy is the whitest guy on the planet and he was insulted that she was being called a racist.

He said that without her help, his family would have lost their farm, like two of his brothers had who had not gone to Ms. Sherrod for aide.

This is a gutless whitehouse reaction to a potential Glenn Beck show.

add to this the true story of her own father being murdered by a white farmer who the grand jury refused to indicte and her vow to overcome the hatred she grew up with and you have a story where hyper-sensitivity has trumped common sense and decency.

Posted by: joecairo | July 20, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

All you stupid liberals who are defending this woman from something she did 24 years ago are hypocrites. You liberals would absolutely be raising Hell if it came to light that a known conservative had made such a comment 24 years ago, and you know it. So stop being such two-faced hypocrites!

Posted by: liberalsareblind | July 20, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

FOX News neglected to mention that the event occurred 26 years ago while at another agency, that the woman later reversed herself and that she and the white farmer became friends. Extraneous details FOX didn't want to bother its viewers with.

Posted by: jack824 | July 20, 2010 9:41 AM |
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jack is right. The bureaucrat wasn't the problem. The problem 26 years ago was Fox News.

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No, The problem is white supremacists that make comments like yours and your unwillingness to change. Fox is known for sloppy "journalism" and in this case, Ms Sherrod should sue Fox.

Posted by: bushidollar | July 20, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

To: liberals have better eyesight than you...

Ever hear of Robert Byrd, Senator from W.VA.?

Former klansman who worked for civil rights after he saw the rror of his ways...that Robert Byrd.

Posted by: joecairo | July 20, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

>Many of you have reading comprehension problems...

So true. Back in the late 80s, this woman devoted two years of her life achieving something truly wonderful for that low-income family.

By her own judgment, she initially failed to give them her best effort due to her prejudice. But she recognized her error almost immediately and made it right. And now she tells the story as a cautionary lesson for others.

How is she not a hero?

Posted by: MeriJ | July 20, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Some of you are making comments before all the facts were put on the table. The video was edited so that you heard only what the Right wanted you to hear. We all say things like "I didn't help enough" and perhaps we 'feel' that way and express it, but that doesn't mean that we didn't and it doesn't mean that Sherrod didn't. She went on to help the farmer and his wife for two years and saved their farm for them. The farmer and his wife are coming to her defense. So, before you believe everying you hear or see, take it in, mull it over, wait for more to come out about the story. In other words, get all the facts not just what 'some' want you to get. Do your own research on the story instead of believing everything unless of course you want to anyway. Then you seem to be a person that says "don't confuse me with the facts, I know everything I need to know".

Posted by: mcdonalsherry | July 20, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

It seems a good number of people didn't read the whole article and missed key points:

1. The video was incomplete.

2. Her point in the story (not included in the video) was that even though the guy presented himself in a superior attitude, she realized race was irrelevant, economic need and how much assistance she would give had nothing to do with race—she came to realize that twenty years ago, and has been applying that ideology since then.

3. She helped the couple keep their land. The Couple even considered her a "friend"

4. The article says Spooner, THE WIFE OF THE WHITE FARMER said of Sharod, "She helped us save our farm by getting in there and doing everything she could do," Eloise Spooner said. "They haven't treated her right.""


Here's an experiment for those who think the article shows Sharod's statements indict here as racist. Try reading past the headline once in a while. Stretch yourself beyond your wildest imagination—try reading all the way to the end of a news story. If you do, you might actually develop a genuine grasp of current events.

Posted by: grantmh | July 20, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I worked in senior level positions at USDA and was on a civil rights task force that had listening sessions throughout the United States. We found systemic discrimination and racism against black farmers in particular. The criminality and racial discrimination was unbelievable. For example, a judge in Mississippi ruled on taking a farm from a black family and bought the farm for himself. I’ll never forget one night after listening to black farmers tell story after story all day long about the tricks used to deny them farm loans etc., I was ashamed to be working for the Department of Agriculture.

Ms. Sherrod should have been removed from her position, but not fired. This incident happened 26 years ago and she was not a USDA employee. She was working for a non-profit organization. If anyone takes the time to listen to the entire speech, she worked hard to save the farm from being lost by the Spooners. Ms. Sherrod did such a good job that Mrs. Spooner considers her a friend and stated on CNN that Ms. Sherrod was treated unfairly.

Ms. Sherrod’s made two mistakes: (1) using her own biases as a teachable moment; and, (2) resigning from her job. If she had waited until the full story unfolded, it would have been extremely difficult for this situation to rise to the level of termination if she had been doing a good job as the state director of rural development.

Posted by: jazzbuff | July 20, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Once again the Obama administration shows its total ineptitude. Evidently this woman is being used as a scapegoat, perhaps to take the attention away from those lovely people known as the New Black Panthers. Seems to me that, if she is to be summarily dismissed for something that happened decades ago and for which she has said her mea culpa, then good, old Robert Byrd should have been run out of the halls of Congress eons ago. Oh, by the way, I'm white and a one-time farmer's wife. I hope she can turn this lemon into lemonade.

The Editor

Posted by: theeditor1 | July 20, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Keep it up liberals. Lather on the hypocrisy and excuses nice and thick amd kill what little integrity you have in most others' eyes.


Smugly bragging about far leftist Obama the day after finishing lying to people about how centrist he is opened some eyes.

Hypocrisies and excuses like this just help show those who pay less attention to politics how low you stoop to cheerlead your "team."

Posted by: Cryos | July 20, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

"Will every white Federal employee who ever engaged in an act of discrimination (no matter how long ago) be fired? "

LOL I can see them rushing to resign right now. Look at the line outside the White House.

Posted by: dubya1938 | July 20, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

So basically Breitbart puts up a doctored video, Fox follows up showing the doctored video - woman loses job - CNN finds farmers wife who says woman, in fact, helped save farm.

Typical. Wasn't it Fox that used the doctored Tea Party video last year trying to make it look like a lot of people showed up when in fact not many showed up?

Fox is about as fair and balanced as Rush Limbaugh - half the story - twisted to make dems look bad

Doubt it? Watch Fox when a republican is in a scandal - it will be on their web site about a day. When a dem is in a scandal they will keep it there a week.

Posted by: orange31 | July 20, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Once again the Obama administration shows its total ineptitude. Is this woman being used as a scapegoat, perhaps to take the attention away from those lovely people known as the New Black Panthers? Seems to me that if she is to be summarily dismissed for something that happened decades ago and for which she has said her mea culpa, then good, old Robert Byrd should have been run out of the halls of Congress eons ago. Oh, by the way, I'm white and a one-time farmer's wife. I hope she can turn this lemon into lemonade.

theeditor1

Posted by: theeditor1 | July 20, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Sorry liberals you have overused "misspoke" and "taken out of context" for every excuse for liberals while NEVER extending the same courtesy to anyone who is not a liberal.

The sane among of use one standard. I suggest you learn to do the same.

Posted by: Cryos | July 20, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Shirley Sherrod deserved to lose her job. Obama says racism does not exist in his administration, so if you talk the talk you must walk the walk.

Personally I think the whole administration is corrupt and racisis but hey, this is an election year for the Obamacrates and the Dumbacrates.

Posted by: mac_rob | July 20, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"Do I belive this woman is racist and deserved to be fired, No. It happened to long ago. "

I don't think that the fact that it happened 26 years ago had anything to do with it. First, it happened. Second, who knows what else happened.

Third, how many government bureaucrats do the same thing but oh no not because of "race" but because they don't like the way the citizen looks or acts.

It's not so much that she did it out of "racism" but that she DID IT in the first place that really matters. For WHATEVER reason. She didn't do her job to the fullest extent possible.

But what about the rest of the government employees out there who are like this? I'm sure that some of them have screwed over private citizens while this whole story unfolded.

Posted by: dubya1938 | July 20, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Shirley be needin' to bring in her homeys, Al and Jesse and be suing the racist white people at the agriculture dept. She be wronged!

Posted by: Socialistic | July 20, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I just watched an exchange of dialogue on this story on CNN with Ms. Sherrod and the Spooners (the couple at the center of this controversy) and I truly believe that we must first view the contents of the video in its entirety before we comment either way. I must admit that I have said things many, many years ago that may be contrued as racist to some. I may not subscribe to that same sentiment today. It doesn't make it right, but I can't take back what I may have said. Most certainly I am not that person today. I do not subscribe to the rhetoric of either the Black Panther Party or the NAACP (I am a black male). I grow weary of most topics or events being put in terms of black or white. I am not certain that we will ever be able to live without racism, from African-Americans or Whites. Both sides are guilty. The Spooners had nothing but good things to say about how Ms. Sherrod helped them save their farm. The trips to Americus, about 100 miles away, that she accompanied them in their vehicle to find a lawyer who could help them stop the proceedings to take their farm. If they are not upset with her, what gives us the right to be?

Posted by: rsmith7810 | July 20, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

The posters who point out that Robert Byrd deserves to be forgiven while Sherry Sherrod is to be condemned, point out the unfortunate truth. This isn't about racism, it's about power. We're supposed to forgive the powerful who trangress, but pillory those without power.

Posted by: gboesky | July 20, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Wait, what? She learned from her mistake and helped the white farmer save his farm?

Off with her head!!!!

Posted by: hoos3014 | July 20, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

It's funny all the liberal responses.

Here is an analogy for you. McCains "100 years of war." Remember how you pulled that phrase out of a SINGLE sentence and refused to look at it "in context?" Turnabout is fair play.

A leftist rag accuses someone of being a racist and all the proof the other media outlets need to forward the accusation is the accuser. Even if its a lie.

DIRECT example the Capitol Tea Party event and racial epithets and spitting. Never happened but liberals have turned that lie into a "fact" without a shred of proof.

Want to predict liberal responses to most issues? Ask a 5 year old to debate on something they want/like and listen to the illogical justifications.

Posted by: Cryos | July 20, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

The PC chickens have come home to roost.

Posted by: mitlen | July 20, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

WaPo wrote: "she said. "I got three calls from the White House."

That's actually not what she said, according to the CNN transcript. Can Ed O'Keefe and Krissah Thompson either correct this or show us where they got this quote from?

Posted by: mpl2 | July 20, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

What's the new topic going to be tomorrow? Get over it and move on!!!

Posted by: wonder4real | July 20, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Sherrod is not a racist.

But a lot of the commenters here sure are.

Posted by: dpc2003 | July 20, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The people that she was to have discriminated against paint a different picture of what happened over 20 years ago. They claim that without her help
they would have lost their farm like their other relatives. They also consider her a friend and not a racist. She has fought for civil rights for black farmers(she was one) for many years. Her father was murdered by a white farmer when she was young.She admits that she did not know that white farmers were sometimes treated just as unfairly by USDA as black farmers. I believe that her speech was taken out of context when you listen to it in its entirety. There is lots more if you take the time to listen and do some research. Everyone needs to hear what really happened 24 years ago before flying off the handle. Look at what she did before being appointed to her bureacratic job with the Feds. It looks like another liberal vs. conservative(Tea Party vs. NAACP) political scrap about nothing. All of us are been played as dupes. As long as we let race and bigotry control our lives, the Becks, Wrights and Lindbaughs of this world we keep making millions and laughing at our stupidity.

Posted by: KeepingItReal47 | July 20, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

If this country had never experienced slavery we would not have so many dysfunctional people. People can you do better. I'm ashamed of what we have become.

Posted by: slovelace | July 20, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

What a joke. We have an Obama Administration official firing someone in a knee jerk reaction. Kind of like the other Obamites who were against the AZ immigration law before they even read it?

But the only person to blame for this is MS Sherrod herself. If she hadn't been so eager to suck up to the NAACP and only tell half the story, this never would have been a big deal. She sabotaged herself by playing up to the NAACP. Lesson learned, one hopes.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | July 20, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

This is BP's fault. Black Prez.

Posted by: Phil5 | July 20, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

This is a shame. Regardless of how the full transcript plays out the small amount of the speech we hear is terrible. Her condescending attitude is over the top. It makes me cringe.

And the really horrible thing is that it appears she was playing this up for the crowd - her suggestion that she didn't do all she could do appears to be false. She created additional drama to the story to make her point - a tremendous mistake.

The farmer said she never once came across as racist and went above and beyond to help them - to the point that they considered her a personal friend.

What a sad story... The administration could have at least listened to her side of the story, but she was right to resign. Such a mess...

Posted by: kate19 | July 20, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

With Democrats crying racism every where for every criticism of the President and his socialist agenda, they had to act to get this lady out of the picture. She later blamed Fox news and the tea party. Democrats had to act, that's also why the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People quickly denounced this lady. The cheers from the NAACP while she describes her racist behavior are the most disturbing. How many people cheered her?

Posted by: thelaw1 | July 20, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

"It's the same the whole world over, it's the poor what gets the blame"

Posted by: jamescriner | July 20, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

The right thing to do is reinstate Ms. Sherrod. The right thing to do is for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund help Ms. Sherrod to sue the short and curlies off of Andrew Breitbart. The right thing to do is the hard thing to do.

Posted by: jade_7243 | July 20, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

The virulent cancer of racism has been raising its serpentine head much more frequently since President Obama's election. Coincidence? I doubt it. Racism is alive and well in the US.

But what's a little scary is with the war against the middle class entering its third decade, and more tax increases on the way, the fight between the have nots is intensifying.

Of course, the more the have nots fight over crumbs, the more of the cake the haves get to keep.

Posted by: flamingliberal | July 20, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse


Ed O'Keefe is the only WaPo staffer with an ounce of journalistic integrity.

Posted by: screwjob17 | July 20, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse


Ed O'Keefe is the only WaPo staffer with an ounce of journalistic integrity.

Posted by: screwjob17 | July 20, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

...and another person gets skrewed by the Obamama Socialist regime.

Posted by: MoonDoggie | July 20, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

It would be nice to live in a society where someone could speak openly and honestly about imperfect behavior in their past and wisdom gained in the meantime. If only we could all have been born perfect, without the need to experience, reflect and grow into better selves. Alas, today's political environment does not allow people to be human. Politics in this country is all about the sanctimonious, hypocritical act...honest, humble people need not apply.

Posted by: wireknob | July 20, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

To those that are making commments about the Black Panthers: The Bush administration put that case away first, for your information. So..if you're getting on the bandwagon about Obama's Administration dismissing it then look at Bush first. I still think that there are some of you who believe "I know everything I need to know (about the subject)so don't confuse me with the facts. Take off your blinders and your myopic thinking.

Posted by: mcdonalsherry | July 20, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I am dismayed at the lack of reading comprehension of many posters on this board. Or upon further thought, maybe the comments are merely meant to be divisive.

Ms. Sherrod related the incident to make a point, that it was not about color of skin, but financial status. Also, the video was edited, by a non-governmental site, to reflect poorly on the NAACP. Ms. Sherrod is just collateral damage.

I sincerely fear that our Willie Horton moment is in the near future for racial fears are being stoked. First Jeremiah Wright, Skip Gates, Acorn, New Black Panthers, now Ms. Sherrod. Unfortunately, our politicians and their surrogates stoke those fears, and we let them get away with it.

Remember, the welfare queen -- Reagan. Law and Order -- Nixon. Willie Horton -- Bush One. Bush Two used 911 and fear of Muslims to get reelected.

Unless, we as a people wake up and learn to think and investigate for ourselves, we will be continually led down the garden path with horrible results.


Posted by: deloresclaiborne1 | July 20, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Two wrongs do not make a right in politics. The White House and NAACP are making us Democrats look bad and wishy-washy by first taking rash actions and then saying things like "we were snookered" or "we did not force her to quit." And that too after having Sheryl on record having pressured by the White House!

And that is the third wrong that you are snookerable (top this on, Sarah Palin!). So when did NAACP start getting its news from Fox?

Bad, bad, bad!

Posted by: kishorgala | July 20, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Liberals must hate that Fox and other networks prevent 100% one sided reporting. They'd rather all media subscribe to whatever the new version of Journolist is and work off of one script. So pathetic.

Posted by: Cryos | July 20, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama administration is racist. if you are black they will toss you under a bus, no questions asked.

Posted by: anonymous3 | July 20, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Scanning through the majority of the posts made, what shocks me most of all is how few people read the entire article.

Then again, looking at the brief blurb describing the article on the main page, I'm not entirely surprised. Perhaps a better byline might be something like "Official says she was forced to resign after her comments were taken out of context."

You wouldn't be losing journalistic integrity by coming out and stating the fact. You wouldn't even be compromising on neutrality. In fact, you might even get a whole lot more people to read the article if you tag the article with something a little more eye-opening like that. If you hide away your juiciest facts near the very end of an article then most readers will never get to them.

Posted by: Snapback | July 20, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Sherrod has a racket going with her "community farming group". Her and her husband received $300,000 and forgiveness of debt for supposed racism in 1981-1985 when she wasn't even a farmer.

The reason Vilsack got her to resign is because this woman is part of a bigger settlement with black farmers, in which there are tens of thousands more people who will get big payouts who weren't even farmers. This extortion of taxpayer money is another transfer of wealth.

If they hire her back, more will come out. read the Washington Times which has a story of her part in another government shakedown of taxpayers.

Very sad. For everyone.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | July 20, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

The speech this woman gave almost rises to the level of criminal intent. Imagine, just imagine, a white man speaking this way of a black woman coming into his government office. Most probably, the reaction would rise to the top level of government with the forced resignation of a lot of bureaucrats.

Not the case with Ms. Sherrod. She has resigned, alright, but with her years of government service, how much will her pension be? In other words, you taxpayers will continue to support this race monger who should be tried for a hate crime.

Posted by: adjjones | July 20, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse


I 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.

prossers7

Posted by: prossers7 | July 20, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

she can always get job at the DC dmv. that type of behavior is expected

Posted by: JulioAugustine | July 20, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse


The WH and USDA screwed this badly.

Now no one will trust that they did the right thing by forcing her resignation.


Posted by: Gidgmom | July 20, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

she can always get job at the DC dmv. that type of behavior is expected

Posted by: JulioAugustine | July 20, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

she can always get job at the DC dmv. that type of behavior is expected

Posted by: JulioAugustine | July 20, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Scanning through the majority of the posts made, what shocks me most of all is how few people read the entire article.

Then again, looking at the brief blurb describing the article on the main page, I'm not entirely surprised. Perhaps a better byline might be something like "Official says she was forced to resign after her comments were taken out of context."

You wouldn't be losing journalistic integrity by coming out and stating the fact. You wouldn't even be compromising on neutrality. In fact, you might even get a whole lot more people to read the article if you tag the article with something a little more eye-opening like that. If you hide away your juiciest facts near the very end of an article then most readers will never get to them.

Posted by: Snapback | July 20, 2010 6:54 PM
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Thank you for validating you can't recognize what media bias would be if it slapped you in the face.

"Taken out of context" is a subjective interpretation of the situation. What she said plainly was racism.

You think that "not being bias" would be to apply your judgment to the situation and title the article with a subjective interpretation. Gee I wonder why you wouldn't think the media is biased.

Posted by: Cryos | July 20, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Sherrod has a racket going with her "community farming group". Her and her husband received $300,000 and forgiveness of debt for supposed racism in 1981-1985 when she wasn't even a farmer.

The reason Vilsack got her to resign is because this woman is part of a bigger settlement with black farmers, in which there are tens of thousands more people who will get big payouts who weren't even farmers. This extortion of taxpayer money is another transfer of wealth.

If they hire her back, more will come out. read the Washington Times which has a story of her part in another government shakedown of taxpayers.

Very sad. For everyone.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | July 20, 2010 6:54 PM
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Thank you. I will look into this. I knew the settlement is being made but didn't know of her involvement. Very interesting if true.

Posted by: Cryos | July 20, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

She admitted she didn't help a farmer as much as she could have because he was white. Now she might have been sharing that to say she has changed, in which case she should be congratulated for confessing her racism and turning from it. It does not, however, change the facts since she admitted that she acted as a racist. Her resignation then was warranted if not delayed.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | July 20, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

In the words of the legendary Jeremiah Wright: 'The chickens have come home to roost" (here envision Wright's fluttering hand movement). Live by the race card, die by the race card. In the last two days we have had the NAACP shamelessly play the race card against phantom racists as part of the continued partisan attempts to portray anyone who opposes Obama as a racist. Then we have the Journolist so-called journalists discuss the strategic playing of the race card. Now they drag out this Sherrod person to show racists on the left. The race wars are raging. Thanks Obama! It is entertaining on a certain cynical level. Virtually all the race warriors on both sides are bigots, yet each side is convinced they hold true beliefs and that the other side are the bigots. It's like a reality show - as phony as wrestling but everybody watches it.

Posted by: beachbum09 | July 20, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Ms Sherrod should SUE FOX NEWS and the owner of that Website. And if I can sell everything I own to help her SUE them, I will gladly do so. Fox News LIED, and they were WRONG.

Posted by: austininc4 | July 20, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight: Sherrod sued the USDA for $13 million, won, and was then hired by the USDA? And despite no real agriculture or government experience, she's responsible for distributing over a billion dollars?

Smells fishy. Seems like there are more questions to answer here. I'm sure the media will get riggggght on that.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | July 20, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I have just finished watching the Glen Beck show and I agree with him. The joker in the White House does not know which end is up and that is in a dark, wet place. Let us push to get her reinstated.

Posted by: mallen2321 | July 20, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I have just finished watching the Glen Beck show and I agree with him. The joker in the White House does not know which end is up and that is in a dark, wet place. Let us push to get her reinstated.

Posted by: mallen2321 | July 20, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

The obama regime will incite more and more anti white racial prejudice as the economy and obama's poll numbers tank


OBAMA--PATHOLOGICAL NARCISSIST
a PREDICTIVE Profile of what obama will do

Obama's Presidency is in free fall FAILURE.

In his monumental work "Hitler and Stalin" Alan Bullock notes both Hitler and Stalin were narcissists. ProCounsel is NOT stating Obama is either Hitler or Stalin. But his analysis, written long before Obama's ascendancy, is a useful model.

Bullock explains narcissism on page 11:

"In such a state only the person himself, his needs,feelings and thoughts, everything and and everybody as they relate to him are experienced as fully real, while everybody and everything otherwise lacks reality or interest."

Bullock describes the effects of narcissism and provides a predictive model useful for Obama on page 343:

"Narcissistic personalities are convinced of their special qualities and their superiority over others, and any threat to this self image--such as being criticized, shown up, or defeated--produces a violent outrage and often a desire for revenge."

Bullock cites 3 psychological reactions Stalin used to guard his narcissistic self image. Bullock credits Robert Tucker for these insights on page 356. The 3 reactions to expect for the Obama profile would be:

1. Repression–simply blankly deny the truth, no matter how obvious or even if caught on video

2. Rationalization-Admit but use the fault as proof of his zeal

3. Projection-Obama will attribute to others the motives and attitudes he refuses to admit in himself

Ironically, per the Profile Dems in the House and Senate will be in much more danger from a wounded irrelevant White House than the Republicans, as Obama will deem the Dems unworthy of him--THEY failed NOT him.

Stalin divided by class, Hitler divided by “race.

Obama divides by class and race.

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

When will MSM stop playing tapes from a known liar without first talking to the parties on the tape. Breitbart has been proven to be a liar and someone who edits tapes. Shame on the MSM for not doing their job and playing a tape from a known liar and "tape editor".

Posted by: rlj1 | July 20, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

This unfortunate elderly lady was called on her mobile phone on three separate occasions when driving back from a field stop and told on each occasion that the "White House" wanted her resignation because it feared political Repercussions from the tape and its connection with the NAACP, which has apparently been high jacked by black racists. The NAACP immediately attacked the lady without viewing the tape or investigating. Now the NAACP leadership claims it was “snookered.” That explaination is lame. It admits it had the tape, but acted hastily to manipulate the news by publically supporting the White House “lynching” Ms Sherrod. No investigation, factual finding, or opportunity for Sherrod to respond to the airing – only White House execution followed by public reproval by the NAACP.

Andrew Breitbart, a Jewish conservative agitator, aired the edited tape because he considers Obama to be forcing the Israeli PM to solve the Palestinian refugee issue that has lingered for more than six decades. He is an operative of Israel and the AIPAC, but he did not "lynch" Shirley Sherrod. The Obama White House did. I believe her story. Obama and his gang of thus have demonstrated unconscionable ineptitude at the art of governing. They are credit hogs and blame pointers. Here is what Thomas Sowell - a black man - wrote today of Obama the impostor:

Among people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008, those who are likely to be most disappointed are those who thought that they were voting for a new post-racial era. There was absolutely nothing in Obama's past to lead to any such expectation, and much to suggest the exact opposite. But the man's rhetoric and demeanor during the election campaign enabled this and many other illusions to flourish.

As Obama's own books point out, he has for years cultivated a talent for saying things that people will find congenial.

You want bipartisanship and an end to bickering in Washington? He will say that he wants bipartisanship and an end to bickering in Washington. Then he will shut Republicans out of the decision-making process and respond to their suggestions by reminding them that he won the election.

You want a government that is open instead of secretive? He will say that. He will promise to post proposed legislation on the Internet long enough for everyone to read it and know what is in it before there is a vote. In practice, however, he has rushed massive bills through Congress too fast for anybody-- even the members of Congress-- to know what was in those bills.

Racial issues are more of the same. You want a government where all citizens are treated alike, regardless of race or ethnicity? Obama will say that. Then he will advocate appointing judges with "empathy" for particular segments of the population, such as racial minorities. "Empathy" is just a pretty word for the ugly reality of bias.

So is Obama's Justice Department overlooking blatant voter intimidation by thugs who happen to be black?

Posted by: gorasaab | July 20, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

don't worry

the NAACP will send sherry sherod

for rehab and counselling

see---here therapist and probabation officer

is the

rev jeremiah wright

Posted by: ProCounsel | July 20, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

don't worry

the NAACP will send sherry sherod

for rehab and counselling

see---her therapist and probation officer

is the

rev jeremiah wright

Posted by: ProCounsel | July 20, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

If the White House in particular and Democrats in general ought to learn from this fiasco and miscarriage of justice is when faced with some unsubstantiated report from the wacko right, played up on Fox, take a deep breath, reach down and grab your ^&%$# and ride the initial 4 hours of mayhem. Then find out the true story and announce to the world the facts, not the hysteria. Remember the Acorn tapes? The crazies on the right will never understand nor believe truth if it hits them square in the mug so take a few hours, sort the situation out and let the responsible press report facts. Having said all that, the initial reporting on WaPo was just as bad as Fox -- reporting breathlessly some snippet taken entirely out of context as the whole story. This instant news cycle is for the birds and does nobody in this country any good at all. So a woman who learned two decades ago that her racist attitude was a hindrance to her, the people that came to her for help and became by all acoounts a good public servant is sacrificed in an instance to the right wing hate machine. What a shame.

Posted by: army164 | July 20, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

the obama regime

bigoted

tyranny

Posted by: ProCounsel | July 20, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing here. The woman is an appointed government official. She serves at the pleasure of the Secretary of Agriculture. She admitted making a racially motivated decision not to provide full assistance to someone. This is unacceptable behavior for a person in her position, even if it happened years ago. She was dismissed from government service. The right decision and good riddance. Don't let the door hit you in the hindquarters on the way out, Ms. Sherrod. Story over.

Posted by: Bob22003 | July 20, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

How often does Breitbart have mislead journalists before they start investigating his stories before they are aired.

Posted by: karenfink | July 20, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Sherrod reports that she was immediately pressured by the White House to resign. The White House. Not the USDA or NAACP. The White House.

Every time Obama makes a quick decision, he steps in a big steaming pile -- like when he accused that poor cop in Boston of racism. No wonder he dithers and delays so much. He's got terrible judgment.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | July 20, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Sherrod's actions 26 years ago were racist, but they happened 26 years ago. Furthermore, she has apparently learned from that incident and used that story to teach. This alone does not warrant firing her. It just shows how thin-skinned and sensitive some of us have become.

Posted by: slampjak | July 20, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

The sad truth is that this proves that the Fox network is a propagandist tool.

The "Right" to broadcast has rules and Fox has broken them. Rupert Murdoch should have all his global media assets broken up and sold locally.

This situation with this woman was a statement and a great story of the massive change and hope that has re-molded America over the past 50 years for the better. Contrast that with the constant HATE HATE HATE that the Fox group pushes out to society.

And let us not forget their collusion with the Cheney machine during the entire Bush terms; inluding colluding in the propaganda buildup that led to the illegal attack on nation of Iraq. (Yes we are better off without Saddam. But we would be much better off with those 30,000 men and women who have been killed. Fox Ale's helped prod the minds of our citizens into attacking Iraq instead of the country, Aphganistan!, that was the seat of the attack on our nation. OUR NATION!

For Fox et al. this should mean that their "Broadcast License" should be seized; from all U.S. regions and cable companies. Sold and the assets handed over to Murdoch in Australian currency.

The right to broadcast speech is one thing the right to manipulate people is insane.

Posted by: billyjwilliams | July 20, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

The sad truth is that this proves that the Fox network is a propagandist tool.

The "Right" to broadcast has rules and Fox has broken them. Rupert Murdoch should have all his global media assets broken up and sold locally.

This situation with this woman was a statement and a great story of the massive change and hope that has re-molded America over the past 50 years for the better. Contrast that with the constant HATE HATE HATE that the Fox group pushes out to society.

And let us not forget their collusion with the Cheney machine during the entire Bush terms; inluding colluding in the propaganda buildup that led to the illegal attack on nation of Iraq. (Yes we are better off without Saddam. But we would be much better off with those 30,000 men and women who have been killed. Fox Ale's helped prod the minds of our citizens into attacking Iraq instead of the country, Aphganistan!, that was the seat of the attack on our nation. OUR NATION!

For Fox et al. this should mean that their "Broadcast License" should be seized; from all U.S. regions and cable companies. Sold and the assets handed over to Murdoch in Australian currency.

The right to broadcast speech is one thing the right to manipulate people is insane.

Posted by: billyjwilliams | July 20, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

The sad truth is that this proves that the Fox network is a propagandist tool.

The "Right" to broadcast has rules and Fox has broken them. Rupert Murdoch should have all his global media assets broken up and sold locally.

This situation with this woman was a statement and a great story of the massive change and hope that has re-molded America over the past 50 years for the better. Contrast that with the constant HATE HATE HATE that the Fox group pushes out to society.

And let us not forget their collusion with the Cheney machine during the entire Bush terms; inluding colluding in the propaganda buildup that led to the illegal attack on nation of Iraq. (Yes we are better off without Saddam. But we would be much better off with those 30,000 men and women who have been killed. Fox Ale's helped prod the minds of our citizens into attacking Iraq instead of the country, Aphganistan!, that was the seat of the attack on our nation. OUR NATION!

For Fox et al. this should mean that their "Broadcast License" should be seized; from all U.S. regions and cable companies. Sold and the assets handed over to Murdoch in Australian currency.

The right to broadcast speech is one thing the right to manipulate people is insane.

Posted by: billyjwilliams | July 20, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

After reading this (long!) thread, I can only say, "A plague on both your houses." Neither side in this fuss is comprehending what the other is saying, but is bent on demonizing the "other." And that's human nature; but it doesn't help solve any problems.

The facts that in 1986 she quickly realized her mistake and worked to help the Spooners, and the things they say about her now, should be determinative. The incident is over. Over.

Somehow I have more confidence in Ms. Sherrod's judgment than I have in Vann Jones or the pedophile who's the "school safety czar," or a number of other WH appointees with a past and an attitude. Or in POTUS himself. (I trust him just as far as I can throw a grand piano.) She has changed her attitude & actions from the past; they haven't.

I'm appalled at comments people have made about Fox News, too. (I agree they should have vetted the video before showing it!) Apparently it isn't enough to have 98% of the MSM liberal; it's just soooo offensive to have a media outlet that doesn't toe the party line! News flash: Many people who watch Fox are neither stupid nor evil. Neither are some of those who watch the MSM. (Probably about the same percentage, in fact!) Are the enemies of Fox claiming that the MSM never did anything careless, ill-considered, or slanted? Is every mistake proof of evil, malice, hatred, stupidity?

A final point: *factsndata* said, "please stop mistaking the ACT of discrimination while in a position of power, for the ATTITUDE of racism. Two DISTINCTLY different things. One is a crime. the other, though flawed and ignorant, not a crime...."

But that's not the case any more. With the "hate crimes" legislation adopted several years ago, Yes indeed, THINKING WRONG THOUGHTS is officially a crime, and it can bring additional jail time. Now *that's* outrageous! Racist thoughts are indeed "flawed and ignorant;" whether they should be illegal is another matter. Rape is against the law too (and in some places, so is Adultery); but does every man who casts a lustful eye on a woman get punished for having a flawed and ignorant attitude?


Posted by: rmc1 | July 20, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to there being no privacy for anyone, if you are standing in front of a microphone and speak you can count on someone recording what you say.

If you say something that can be construed as "insensitive" or "offensive" then you will pay the price for your candor.

Now maybe they and the main stream media regret having over reacted, but its still a good lesson for them. They are not exempt from the political correctness police.

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

The woman was fired before a word was said about her on Fox News.

Posted by: groovercg | July 20, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks in the terms that she does (a white lawyer is "his people") does not deserve the privilege of serving in the federal government.

She didn't deserve the dignity of being allowed to resign; she should have been fired.

Posted by: arlingtonresident | July 20, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

"And let us not forget their collusion with the Cheney machine during the entire Bush terms; inluding colluding in the propaganda buildup that led to the illegal attack on nation of Iraq."

You can't forget something that never happened. Your opinion is not fact. The war on Sadaam was fully authorized by law. Quit making up your own "facts" to justify your hatred.

Posted by: groovercg | July 20, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Why would the White House or the USDA take the word of a lying, manipulative, malicious, savage scumbag like Andrew Brietbart and his blood-drinking animal cronies at Fox News, who had no interest in the truth? They have martyred this woman for no reason at all.

Posted by: cythera45 | July 20, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

The NAACP is a racist, anti-Semite organization

They support voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Movement. They accuse the Tea Party of spitting on and cussing at black members of Congress and have not a shred of proof; even after a $100,000 reward was offered for proof of such a charge. This is while the group was carrying cameras and phones capable of recording the incident.

The NAACP is the black version of the KKK. In addition here are some honorary members:

Jesse (anti-Semite "Hymietown") Jackson
Al (Tawana Brawley) Sharpton (fake Duke University charges, etc.)
Obama ("typical white person" when describing the grandmother who raised him) Louis Farrakhan (noted anti-Semite and hater of White Devils)
Rev. White (see above), etc.

When a REAL black man (Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sewell, Walter Williams, Alan Keyes, etc.) speaks up against them they are called an Uncle Tom.

Obama and his ilk have killed more black babies in the last year via abortion (at a much higher rate than any other demographic) than the Klan, led by the late KKK Byrd, of W.V. committed in their entire existence.

O'bama needs Blacks and Hispanics to remain poor, because he knows that when they are successful, they will join the ranks of the conservatives. He needs a dependent underclass.

Posted by: nolib1 | July 20, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

uck you phil5 you're an idiot. Wrong is wrong be it 26 years ago or 150 . You can not compare what she said to the evils of slavery. Now get a life and leave us out of it.

Posted by: bigheadbull2 | July 20, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Does it really make a difference where the story originated if it's true? If the NAACP wants to maintain its moral authority on matters of racism, then it mush be willing to look within and address it even if it's from one of their own.

Posted by: logan303 | July 20, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I applaud her work. I hope she gets her job back and this whole thing is a teaching moment for us all.

Posted by: eander | July 20, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

The NAACP and the Obama administration jumped to conclusions without hearing the whole story. In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Eloise Spooner says Shirley Sherrod saved their family farm and is a "friend for life." Not the reverse racist the right-wing made her to be.

Now the NAACP says they've been "snookered" and Obama has egg on his face. All because they succumbed to pressure from the right-wing media without fact-checking the story. Sad.

Posted by: wmaindependent | July 20, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Correction: my previous (second) comment, above, was in response to VeteranWarrior187's criticism of my first comment. I inadvertantly directed my response to 1FLWB2, when it should have been to VeteranWarrior187. Sorry for any confusion! (OK, now go ahead and harangue me for how stupid I am for making a typo.)

Posted by: tomguy1 | July 20, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Pretty obvious that the goal of the tea baggers and their ilk is to purge all African-Americans from public service.

Posted by: gschwartz1 | July 20, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it hilarious that suddenly we see all this journalistic hand-wringing over accusations of racism?

Man, Breitbart really hoisted liberals on their own petard.

And on the same day that Eugene Robinson falsely accused the Tea Party of racism! Oh, delicious irony!

Do you think the left will think more carefully about playing the race card on conservatives now? We all know the answer to that...

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | July 20, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

jack824, YOU LIE. Glenn Beck did not have the tape until this evening. He stated the incidence happened 24 years ago and the tape was made in March of this year or 2009, I can not remember. Glenn Beck said it seemed that the lady was sorry she may have descriminated and learned a lesson. Glenn Beck was appalled that she was being fired. He said he could not get the whole tape because the NAACP would not furnish it to him. It looks to me like the NAACP SNOOKERED ITSELF!! Flaming RACISTS!!!

Hopefully, this lady will get her day in court.

Posted by: annnort | July 20, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

First ACORN. The latest victim of FOX and right wing talk radio is Ms. Sherrod. She should be reinstated with back pay and a federal lawyer offered to her to sue the heck out of Fox and any other news organization that smeared her and jumped on the bandwagon without bothering to check out the facts. Hitting them in the pocketbook is the only way they'll be responsible members of our society. If you listen to FOX, shame on you. The Obama administration and the NAACP should be ashamed of themselves as well for believing FOX.

There's a reason one of the Ten Commandments is "thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor."

Posted by: MNUSA | July 20, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I think what Ms. Sherrod was trying to say, in her speech, was that, deep down, she did feel a resentment when asked to help a white farmer after she had been unable to help some of the black farmers who came to her. The noble aspect of the story is that she rose above that human feeling and did eventually help to save the man's farm. And he now says that he never detected any anti-white feeling during his dealings with her, so she did her job well. We can all learn from the lesson Ms. Sherrod was trying to express, which is that we are all subject to emotional feelings seated in either cultural or past experience where race is concerned and the path to freedom is to rise above those feelings. By admitting that, at first, she did not give 100% to help him, she was being brave in admitting a temporary moment of human frailty. If political correctness is so quick to condemn without knowing all the facts, then people will become afraid to admit it when they recognize their own prejudices, and admitting them in discussion is the only way to make real human connections between the races. Each group, black, White, Spanish, Korean, and so on have their own set of prejudices that they feel towards other races and to pretend that only White people have these failings is to ignore the rest of the problem of prejudice.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | July 20, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

This "racism" thing is typical of the right. It's what my mother calls "tit for tat"--e.g., the impreachment of Nixon (for running a burglary ring from the Oval Office, among other things) versus the impeachment of Clinton (something about sex with a woman). You scrape up an odd incident here, a snippet of a speech there, and you try and make it sound like something comparable to the systematic, thorough-going racism of the South.

I really think people are going to look back on this bunch and think, Boy, what a bunch of sore losers.

Posted by: cmckeonjr | July 20, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

"Having reviewed the full tape, spoken to Ms. Sherrod, and most importantly heard the testimony of the white farmers mentioned in this story, we now believe the organization that edited the documents did so with the intention of deceiving millions of Americans," he wrote.
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Of course! The far right does that all the time. That's why you should gather facts before you shoot off your mouth, not after.

Posted by: fudador | July 20, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I see a bunch of comments about how it was 24 years ago. If it had been a white adminisrtator admitting she did that to a black farmer in an open forum as anything but an abject apology, the lady would be in jail already for a hate crime. If there's no statute of limitations on racist behavior then it cuts both ways.

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | July 20, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

NAACP: We were 'snookered'

So, what's new. Those that live by the race card will die by the race card.

Posted by: jblast2000 | July 20, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Don't you people realize that the problem is not racism - that's just a smokescreen to keep people from focusing on the real problem - classism.

Poor is poor, regardless of whether you're white, black, yellow, or red. Poverty kills the spirit of a human being faster than cancer kills the body.

But the elite, black, white, yellow or red, don't want people to realize that it's class, not race, that needs to be addressed in this day and age.

So they keep making sure that race card is played and played and played and played....

The better to pull the wool over our collective eyes, my dear.

It's all about money...and the lack of it.

Posted by: kentuckywoman2 | July 20, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Having been Shirley Sherroded myself a few times in the past under the two wrongs make a right mentality of "affirmative action" I have to say I admire her publicly admitting now that she was wrong and think it was unfair to oust her.

Posted by: politbureau | July 20, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Once again, the Administration and the NAACP acted stupidly before getting all the facts. When taken in context, FOX News pointed out
Sherrod did "NOT" deserve to be fired and should get her job back!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | July 20, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone bothered to read the unedited comments? If so, you already know that they were edited to turn them into the opposite of what they actually were by a tea party propagandist.

That distorion was then picked up and sprewed by the teabaggers' primary propaganda organ, Fox "News".

It is disgusting to see how easily the administration was manipulated by a bunch of race-baiting teabaggers.

Salazar should resign. Just pull over and type it out on your crackberry, Ken.

Posted by: Jindokae | July 20, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Does it make me just another tightass cracker to point out that this is not the first time BHO has gone-Ready-Fire-Aim on an instance of racist connotations?

He's not very good at off the cuff remarks, better to keep the teleprompters handy.

Posted by: BubbysGrampa | July 20, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Amazingly, there are so many who hear what they want,see what they want and justify their bigotry while showing their idiocy.Brietbart is the same man who sent his operatives into the hated ACORN offices until he found one or two employees who fell for his trick then doctored the tape to get his desired result. For those who neglected to read the entire article the white farmer & his wife came to her defense,so put you racist hate back in the closet and climb in and stay in with it, we will be better off without your sputtering & spitting diatribes.

Posted by: jestindam | July 20, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

"Having reviewed the full tape, spoken to Ms. Sherrod, and most importantly heard the testimony of the white farmers mentioned in this story, we now believe the organization that edited the documents did so with the intention of deceiving millions of Americans," he wrote.
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Of course! The far right does that all the time. That's why you should gather facts before you shoot off your mouth, not after.

Posted by: fudador | July 20, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

The Obama Administration should know better than to make any decision based on what comes out of Fox "News". Come on guys, you're smarter than that!

Posted by: JimZ1 | July 20, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "And despite no real agriculture or government experience, she's responsible for distributing over a billion dollars?"

Well, we've got a man with no experience in business running the whole economy as well as GM, Wall Street, and the banks; a man whose prior "public service" was as a Chicago street thug. What difference do experience and qualifications make in the U.S. today?

Ms Sharrod was appointed to her position by . . . who? "The Man" was elected, but was annointed to his messianic position by the MSM. (And don't give me that c*** about W. being "appointed" by the Supremes, either. Whining is not persuasive.)

Someone else wrote, "Typical. Wasn't it Fox that used the doctored Tea Party video last year trying to make it look like a lot of people showed up when in fact not many showed up?"

Oh, and what of the MSM who INVARIABLY underestimate the size of conservative events and make it look like only a few thousand showed up to protest, for example, abortion-on-demand?

But this is back to playing "gotcha," and that's not helpful either.

One of the saddest aspects of this, and one nobody seems to comment on, is that "racism" is the ONE crime in our society for which there is NO DEFENSE and NO FORGIVENESS. To accuse is to convict. The poor guy/gal who's accused has to prove a negative, which is virtually impossible.

Posted by: rmc1 | July 20, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Even if she was using it as a life lesson, sound bites are usually brief and the point was that reverse discrimination occurs within the government. She may have changed her mind and helped him even though he was white (she acknowledges), but how often is the reverse true? EEOC is a good example. Blacks definitely do not sympathize with a white victim the way they do a black victim. With many, it is all about the black race being the victims. Just because the couple is so forgiving does not mean the whole thing should be disregarded as nonsense. A lot of people will play someone to give them the impression they are helping them when they have another agenda - and that applies to people of all races.

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | July 20, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, "snookered" isnt in the ebonics dictionary.

Posted by: nuke41 | July 20, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I read all the posts and I have to admit I am surprised by the number of people who posted without reading the article or read the article without understanding it. When you post to an article you have not read and make a judgement it is like condeming a person without giving them a fair trial. It also fosters alot of lying, because you do not know the facts.

I believe the lack of reading the articles is an attest to the lack of education in many of our people. How can you elect good people when you have lttle education? How can you succeed when you elect people who do not want to represent you? Do you all want to be slaves again?

Posted by: annnort | July 20, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse


Breitbart got a copy of the whole video today and is waiting for the company that owns the rights to give him the OK to air the whole video.

The White House say they didn't tell this woman to pull over and resign. The woman, Sherrod, said they did. Somebody's lying. I know who I believe.

The NAACP who had the WHOLE tape all this time, says they were snookered by FOX and Breitbart.

If the NAACP had the whole tape and denounced her, either they threw her under the bus or the video excerpt wasn't taken out of context.

But instead the White House and NAACP play the blame game, instead of taking ownership for their impulsive actions.

Posted by: janet8 | July 20, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I always laugh when I see reactions like those below. Honestly, who amongst us hasn't snickered at a racist joke at some point, or judged a person based on how large or short they are, or grabbed a purse when someone "suspicious looking" walked by. As humans we judge, and sometimes hate, based upon physical appearances, as unfortunate as that may be. And that applies to minorities as well. Regardless, this lady should be commended for A.) Being honest about her failing, and B.) Learning a lesson, befriending the person she wronged, and ultimately helping him save his farm. It seems to me like she exemplifies values that we should cherish most about this country... honesty and redemtion. How many crooked politicians/celebrities/athletes have we forgiven who wouldn't even know the meaning of those two values? And for those that still hate, what if someome filmed every comment you made, even when drunk and slurring, edited it, and put it up on YouTube. I'm sure I could make you look like the next coming of Hitler and Edi Amin combined given enough material!

Posted by: VoiceOfReason1001 | July 20, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse


FOX News neglected to mention that the event occurred 26 years ago while at another agency, that the woman later reversed herself and that she and the white farmer became friends. Extraneous details FOX didn't want to bother its viewers with.

Posted by: jack824 | July 20, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse
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A good point.
Ms Sherrod was invited to present her side of the controversy, on Fox News, tonight.
I wonder why she cancelled out??
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | July 20, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse


FOX News neglected to mention that the event occurred 26 years ago while at another agency, that the woman later reversed herself and that she and the white farmer became friends. Extraneous details FOX didn't want to bother its viewers with.

Posted by: jack824 | July 20, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse
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A good point.
Ms Sherrod was invited to present her side of the controversy, on Fox News, tonight.
I wonder why she cancelled out??
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | July 20, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Ben Jealous and the WH were NOT only "snookered", you were also "suckered", and "you've been had", by the most racists dweeb's in our society. It isn't the first time and it won't be the last.

What's ridiculous and stupid about this story, is that the video was a NAACP video that was taped at an NAACP event, and then subsquently copied and altered by an extremists Conservative racists hack and his mysterious co-hort. The mysterious co-hort was probably Glenn Beck and FIXED News that gave the video to Andrew Breitbart after they hacked/sliced & diced it up for posting on the web.

You guy's know that FIXED News has a reputation for hacking/slicing/dicing videos with certain "sound bites" or "scenes" to played over and over and over again, until the person listening or watching has been brainwashed into thinking what they want them to believe.

An we all know FIXED News, Tea Bagger's and a few other Conservative's are good at turning everything, and I mean everything, even little things into a whole lot of "drama".

A whole lot of drama; especially, when it comes to "black" & "white", and sometimes "white" & "brown".

They rule the world when it comes to a "Tempest in a Teapot".

We should name FIXED News, the Tempest News in a Teapot media network.

As opposed to "fair and balanced" news, how about something like "News, where you can watch everything that is "exaggerated" hacked/sliced and diced beyond belief to make the black or brown person look like racists, thugs, and rogue criminals.

As a matter of fact, I think we should also rename the Tea Party to "Tempest in a Tea Pot" party.

Other than that, when will the Obama administration and others going to stop and question when "suspicious" videos are posted on Conservative Blogs, Websites, and played out over and over and over on the Tempest in a Tea Pot News station. When damn it?

This is NOT the first time the WH and the Democratic Congress have been played by the "Tempest in Tea Party" platform and it won't be the last.

Do your research first, before you go jumping to conclusions. Your enemy is out to get you and more importantly they are making you look like fools.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | July 20, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

FOX News neglected to mention that the event occurred 26 years ago while at another agency, that the woman later reversed herself and that she and the white farmer became friends. Extraneous details FOX didn't want to bother its viewers with.

Posted by: jack824 | July 20, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse
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A good point. Ms Sherrod was invited to present her side of the controversy, on Fox News, tonight.
I wonder why she cancelled out??
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | July 20, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

FOX News neglected to mention that the event occurred 26 years ago while at another agency, that the woman later reversed herself and that she and the white farmer became friends. Extraneous details FOX didn't want to bother its viewers with.

Posted by: jack824 | July 20, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse
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A good point. Ms Sherrod was invited to present her side of the controversy, on Fox News, tonight.
I wonder why she cancelled out??
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | July 20, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I say FIRE that sheethead Vilsack. He is a vilSACK of sheet, the way he fired a black woman without all the facts. She was telling a very worthy story but instead of listening to the story he fired her. I say fire his butt right out of US Government disservice.

Posted by: fudador | July 20, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Feels similar to the efforts by the NAACP to cast the Tea Party as a racist entity -- they cast about to use snippets of something to mischaracterize an entire political movement. In the same way this woman seems to have been mischaracterized. It's not nice when you get hoisted on your own petard is it?

Posted by: RBCrook | July 20, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Much as I like to watch O'Reilly and often agree with him, he again completely failed to mention the 24 years tonight, in his opening segment. He just said "years ago."
He was riding high with me until tonight. He should acknowledge the 24 years, the fact that she is clearly sorry for something she did way back then, and the fact that the white farmer involved is on her side. O'Reilly, you're blowin' the deal with me.

Posted by: kls1 | July 20, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

"Chickened out"? Let me put this in terms you understand:

Fool me once, shame on . .
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shame on you?
Fool me won't get FOOLED again.

Posted by: mattintx | July 20, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

SHE NEVER SAID THE WHITE HOUSE CALLED HER.

Get the facts straight before you screw up someone else's career with gobbledygook.

Posted by: gregroa | July 20, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

"She did this 24 years ago, and the point of her remarks was the she learned that she needed to look past race."

Well maybe she can counsel the Obama White House. They have alot of trouble looking past race.

Posted by: thinker16 | July 20, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

How odd that other than the credit line under the video, there's no mention of the role of Big Government.com and Andrew Breitbart in bringing this matter to light. And they brought it to light because they wanted to embarrass the NAACP after its allegation of racism in the Tea Party movement. Mission accomplished, it seems.

Would it kill the Post to give BigGovernment.com recognition for breaking the story? Or are new media outlets beneath the Post's notice?

Posted by: Rob_ | July 20, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse
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Don't hold your breath, Rob. When you begin to turn blue, and get dizzy, resume breathing. What you're asking, is for Ideological enemies to treat each other fairly.
You'll do better at getting Ahmedinejad, to compliment the Jews.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | July 20, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Snookered? Really? The NAACP doesn't do it's homework on a story, gets sandbagged, perorms a 'Ready Fire Aim' exercise and blames Breitbart/Fox News. Really?? At what point does this organization take responsibility for its actions?? They screwed up. Plain and simple. They didn't do their homework and got hosed. Now a very nice lady has lost her job based on their comments which caused THE WHITE HOUSE to pressure her to resign. Now that part is sad. Talk about thin skinned. Wow.

Posted by: rigoman33 | July 20, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

How odd that other than the credit line under the video, there's no mention of the role of Big Government.com and Andrew Breitbart in bringing this matter to light. And they brought it to light because they wanted to embarrass the NAACP after its allegation of racism in the Tea Party movement. Mission accomplished, it seems.

Would it kill the Post to give BigGovernment.com recognition for breaking the story? Or are new media outlets beneath the Post's notice?

Posted by: Rob_ | July 20, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse
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Don't hold your breath, Rob. When you begin to turn blue, and get dizzy, resume breathing. What you're asking, is for Ideological enemies to treat each other fairly.
You'll do better at getting Ahmedinejad, to compliment the Jews.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | July 20, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Just goes to prove -- yet again -- that no one should ever, under any circumstances, take anything published by Breitbart and/or Fox News seriously. Of course they're just making stuff up as they go along. The NAACP should know better than to take anything they say on good faith.

Posted by: js_edit | July 20, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Breitbart is a vicious, lying con artist. These people are common among right wing activists. It is clear to anyone who has seen the unedited tape that the doctored one presented by Breitbart was deliberately created to present false and defamatory information. This surely must qualify as slander and should be the basis for a suit which will put Breitbart out of business once and for all. Same with others that pull stuff like this.

Posted by: twm1 | July 20, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

But the audience laughed!! Her comments were clearly racist - even if she came to later realize she was wrong. The audience was most receptive to the first comments she made.

Imagine for a moment, if a tape existed of a white Agriculture employee talking to a strictly white audience about not wanting to help a black farmer (with the white audience laughing)!!!

Posted by: thinker16 | July 20, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I watched John King on CNN who had the conservative activist Andrew Breitbart on. He is the one who posted the portion of the tape on his blog. At least four times he said this wasn't about Shirley Sherrod. It was about the reaction of those in the audience who either clapped or laughed when she said how she treated the white farmer years ago. From then on, John King did not mention one word about the reaction of the audience. I can't believe the White House or the NAACP had the knee-jerk reaction they did without seeing the entire tape and without talking to Shirley first. The NAACP wasn't snookered by FOX. They just didn't do their homework. Now they have reversed their support of the White House firing her. The White House, on the other hand, threw her under the bus as fast as they could and Obama is behind that decision 100%. He didn't do his homework either.

Posted by: mafox1 | July 20, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Fox News, the Tea Party, and the GOP are lying, racist organizations. This idiot, Breitbart is a lying racist. These facts should hardly be a surprise to anyone in their right mind.

Posted by: vztownes | July 20, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

The NC Chapter of the NAACP has also been snookered into believing that its okay to bus minority children many miles from home and STILL dropout! http://venitapeyton.com

Posted by: MissV | July 20, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Imagine this: the leftists are outsmarted by the hapless right once again.

Wasn't that Hillary's moronic response as to her pre-invasion support?

You can't make this stuff up. Truly the socialists are the kabuki party.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | July 20, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RBCrook | July 20, 2010 8:41 PM

Yeah its similar except for the fact that many in the tea party are racist. Also, the NAACP didnt doctor any videos to prove their point. There were no snippets used. Many people have testified to witnessing racist signs, racist behavior and banter. I work on Capitol Hill and have seen these things for myself. But I guess the NAACP paid those middle aged white men to hold those bigoted signs and make racist chants. Those were actors that spit into the faces of black congressional members, huh?


Instead of working so hard to dispel the notion that racism is alive and well, why dont you open your eyes. White people are so quick to dismiss others claims of racism. It is very much alive, its not as overt as it once was but it hasnt gone anywhere. Its uncomfortable for everyone, but until we have a frank discussion on race there will always be that elephant in the room.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | July 20, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Gregroa: "SHE NEVER SAID THE WHITE HOUSE CALLED HER.

Get the facts straight before you screw up someone else's career with gobbledygook."


From CBS: Shirley Sherrod, the USDA's former director of rural development in Georgia, said USDA deputy undersecretary Cheryl Cook called her Monday and said the White House wanted her to resign, the Associated Press reports.

"They called me twice," Sherrod told the AP, noting that she was driving when she received the calls. "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."

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | July 20, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Fox News routinely points out that stories it breaks are not covered elsewhere by the mainstream media. It seems that the mainstream media is now beginning to feel sensitive about the charge.

However, it would seem that the only reason the mainstream media can find to cover a story like this is to try to refute it.

However, even trying to refute stories carried by Fox News is an improvement.

Posted by: millerroberta | July 20, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Other than that, when will the Obama administration and others going to stop and question when "suspicious" videos are posted on Conservative Blogs, Websites, and played out over and over and over on the Tempest in a Tea Pot News station. When damn it?

This is NOT the first time the WH and the Democratic Congress have been played by the "Tempest in Tea Party" platform and it won't be the last.

Do your research first, before you go jumping to conclusions. Your enemy is out to get you and more importantly they are making you look like fools.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | July 20, 2010 8:32 PM
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The "real answer" Carter, is they're "not" going to stop re-acting to the feints, suggestions, and innuendo by Conservative interests. The'd better not.
When they stop re-acting, they're really going to get clobbered, by a back-hand to the chops.
Glenn, Rush, Laura Ingraham, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, and Sean Hannity, are just waiting for any mistake, any opening, to take advantage of.
I'm loving it.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | July 20, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

FOX NEWS = THREAT TO THE REPUBLIC

Posted by: dcnyhunter | July 20, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

She deserves a very public apology from everyone involved and her job back. We need more Sherrods in government not less.

Posted by: AverageJane | July 20, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

So from the people rejoicing that a black bigot (who long ago reversed her views) has been exposed and outed, from these people who are such fighters against racism, we have these gems:

"This can't be right. Only white people are racist. Just ax (sic) any black person." - theBozyn

"95% of the racial animus in this country comes from blacks" - beachbum09

"Whites face this kind of "passive" racial discrimination every day from blacks. A friend recently ... stood in the office for some time ignored by four grossly overweight African American women" (weight is relevant how?) - Watersville

"This is a very good example of how black people hate white people and if given a chance will treat them this way." - georges2 (one of the most virulent racists on this site)

"This Sherrod creature and her poverty pimp cheerleaders in the hate group, the NAACP are the perfect example of racism in practice our country!" - carlbatey

"I seem to remember when this article first appeared, it said that as this ho was recounting how she screwed the white farmer" - rcubedkc

"This is BP's fault. Black Prez." - Phil5

"she should start by being sentenced to work the land for the rest of her days." - jiji1

"Shirley be needin' to bring in her homeys, Al and Jesse and be suing the racist white people at the agriculture dept. She be wronged!" - Socialistic

"she can always get job at the DC dmv. that type of behavior is expected" - JulioAugustine (by the way, I, a white male, was helped by a black DMV clerk when she advised me to take a traffic ticket to court, when I was about to pay. I won, and therefore saved a lot of money and avoided many points. Thank you, DMV woman).


Look for a lot of this video manipulation and omission of facts in the future, and count of the low-info people to completely miss the facts and jump to their... what is it? oh yeah, PREJUDICES.

The best characterization of this was summed up by koygdb1:

"The real lesson here is not about race at all. It's about how easily statments can be taken out of context and accpepted and distributed as fact by the media. And, how unscrupulous people will do so deliberatly to advance their own political agenda."

And the best summation of the indignant people who can't get the facts straight:

"Damn, you people are stupid." -uh_huhh

And runbycrooks gives voice to the underlying fear in these people: "The fact is there seems to be alot of racism against White people...like some sort of revenge."

runbycrooks and others, you have a bad case of FEAR OF A BLACK PLANET.

The fact is there seems to be alot of racism against White people...like some sort of revenge. - runbycrooks


Posted by: hitpoints | July 20, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

All the NAACP can do nowadays is say one word and pounce. That's it. Like a broken record. And completely ignore the late Sen. Byrd and his KKK work and his perchant for referring to "persons of color" with a crude word.

So how come the NAACP wasn't all over Byrd like stink on s*****? And denounce the new Black Panthers?

Posted by: oracle2world | July 20, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

This makes absolutely no sense to me! For I thought that the Dept. of Agriculture had one of the Nation's leading fail safe architectures, making inappropriate file access impossible. I'm confused.

Posted by: jralger | July 20, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

She deserves a very public apology from everyone involved and her job back. We need more Sherrods in government not less.

Posted by: AverageJane | July 20, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

So who acted "stupidly" this time? The White House? The USDA? The NAACP? Sherrod?

Posted by: NoWayNotNow | July 20, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Really about the same as Mark Furman I do however feel Ms. Sherrod should not lose her job over this PC is way to much out of control.

Posted by: southportwave | July 20, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Other than that, when will the Obama administration and others going to stop and question when "suspicious" videos are posted on Conservative Blogs, Websites, and played out over and over and over on the Tempest in a Tea Pot News station. When damn it?

This is NOT the first time the WH and the Democratic Congress have been played by the "Tempest in Tea Party" platform and it won't be the last.

Do your research first, before you go jumping to conclusions. Your enemy is out to get you and more importantly they are making you look like fools.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | July 20, 2010 8:32 PM
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The "real answer" Carter, is they're "not" going to stop re-acting to the feints, suggestions, and innuendo by Conservative interests. The'd better not.
When they stop re-acting, they're really going to get clobbered, by a back-hand to the chops.
Glenn, Rush, Laura Ingraham, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, and Sean Hannity, are just waiting for any mistake, any opening, to take advantage of.
I'm loving it.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc |

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That's my point.

When are they going to stop being so damn "re-active" and start being "pro-active".

Posted by: lcarter0311 | July 20, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I guess it's OK to fire white people for racist actions, but not black people. Wait, isn't that racism????

Posted by: xconservative | July 20, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

The problem with low level political appointees like Sherrod is that their political job is the best job they ever had.

I have no problem with Sherrod getting back into federal employment. I just suggest that she compete for her next position like everyone else.

Obviously, she has lost any cache she had with the Obama administration. Now she can apply for jobs just like any other person without political connections.

Posted by: millerroberta | July 20, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Of course, the NAACP is going to blame Fox.
They aren't going to take responsibility for their rash decision to publicly condemn Sherrod before viewing the full video. This story broke before Fox reported it. She was asked by USDA and the White House to resign "before it was aired on Fox".

Posted by: bethg1841 | July 20, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

No... nobody got snookered.. NAACP just wanted the headlines.... and shot one of their own and oopppsss....she has money and connections.....

Posted by: robinhood2 | July 20, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Fox News routinely points out that stories it breaks are not covered elsewhere by the mainstream media.
Posted by: millerroberta

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Especially when they're making stuff up out of whole cloth.

Posted by: js_edit | July 20, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

The tea bagger/Republican posts here clearly reveal these folks disdain for anyone that doesn't look like them. And we know these guys are pretty much all hard core white Republicans.

History is replete with this type. They hate and fear change, no matter how inevitable. Gay marriage, NO (it's coming), larger percentages of the population are increasingly people of color, THEY'RE TAKING OUR COUNTRY, recognize the effect of human activity on climate change, IT'S A DEMONCRAT HOAX!

I'd feel bad for these guys if they weren't so very destructive to our political discourse.

Posted by: Observer001 | July 20, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, "snookered" isnt in the ebonics dictionary.

Posted by: nuke41 | July 20, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse
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Take this excerpt from Wikipedia then; From the Billiards game, Snooker;

"Failing to escape from "1. a snooker"
(a situation where the previous player finished their turn leaving the cue ball in a position where the object ball cannot be hit directly).
Or, to be more blunt, and crude, The NAACP finds itself "behind the 8-Ball, or is that term "more racist??"
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | July 20, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

As thy say: You fooled me once, it is shame on you, you fooled me second time, it is shame on me. Now what if you fooled me third time and the fourth time and the fifth time.and..... I guess, the shame is shameless. The rightwingers and Fox/Glenn and Co are shameless in their shameful behavior of deliberately lying. I would like to see Obama call on FOX for its lie mongering.

Posted by: gokhlele | July 20, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

My God how many idiots are posting about another fake FOX breaking non story, you need to watch the unedited tape to see that she admits how wrong it was to think that way and in the end she DID HELP THE GUY in the story, but if they played the whole video, there would not be there"there"

Why the press keep following Fox when in fact they are very fact challenged? Acorn got exonerated and this poor woman by the same video tape that she was crucified on Fox, has been vindicated.

The fact that the person she was talking about considers her a friend speaks volumes as to her character.

Posted by: corintonic | July 20, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: oracle2world | July 20, 2010 9:10 PM

You need to get out more. The NAACP hasnt been an opponent of Robert Byrd because he renounced the KKK some 40 plus years ago. The NAACP doesnt mention the New Panther Party because they are not relevant, and do not speak for blacks. Furthermore even though they are loud and obnoxious that is pretty much all the NPP is. Think about it the only time you see them is on fox news. Their so called voter intimidation was a joke and one of their leaders went on a tirade about how he hated white people. Black people dont acknowledge those nutjobs. Do you say anything to the crazy guy on the metro? No, you let him be because he just might start talking to you. The NAACP isnt racist. They showed that today when the renounced Ms.Sherrod before they knew the facts. Please stop trying to question the motives of the NAACP. I dont think they are the greatest organization around, but questioning why they dont respond to every racial incident is ridiculous.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | July 20, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse


Of course, the NAACP is going to blame Fox.
They aren't going to take responsibility for their rash decision to publicly condemn Sherrod before viewing the full video. This story broke before Fox reported it. She was asked by USDA and the White House to resign "before it was aired on Fox".

Posted by: bethg1841
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Blame FIXED News for what?

Being Racist Lying Fake Media organization.

If it will make you feel better, the NAACP did not blame the FIXED NEWS Network. MSNBC Rachel Maddow blamed them.

And, Ben Jealous of the NAACP blamed that racist conservative activist Andrew Breitbart.

But, you wouldn't know any of this, because you spend way too much of your time watching the FIXED News Network.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | July 20, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Racism is about an attitude of the heart. Anyone can be a racist from the poorest person on earth to the richest. Only God can deal with racism because only God can do heart surgery on people.

Discrimination is about abuse of power. Ms. Sherrod may well be a racist -- and her actions seem to indicate she is -- but the issue here is discimination. She discriminated illegally against a citizen and she lost her job.
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But she didn't and appearently that matters NOT to you people!! The reason that she was telling the story was to illustrate how her initial reaction WAS WRONG!! But of course FOX didn't cover that! Add to the fact that not only did she aid in saving the farm for this family, but was able to do it WITHOUT the family having to file for Bankruptcy!!

Posted by: Angryman | July 20, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Vilsack has much to answer for here. The admimistration obviously caved in to Fox before conducting any type of internal investigation. It will be interesting to see how they talk their way out of this screw up. Hopefully, Sherrod will sue Fox for 100 million for liable, defamation of character and willful infliction of emotional damage. How would Fox spin it if they lost?

Posted by: rant | July 20, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

What stands out are the aspects of overbearing, self righteous, and unapologetically wrong, officialdom, but shocking as that is, what stands out can be seen as trivial nonetheless. The real story is one Samuel Clemons would have reported, and may we even say the probably real story of how one ugly racial conflict was resolved here in the home land. As this lady tried to explain to a room full of strangers how she came to understand what she had in common with another family than her own, facing a kind of trouble of which she well knew, that she previously had thought grew entirely out of racial conflict. She says furthermore that by extending herself, doing what she could, in an effort that the people she helped still regard as magnanimous and heroic, she became better than she was. It bears so much similarity in spirit to the story of Huck and Jim's escape, a story at the root of a large part of our collective American consciousness, because who doesn't know it even to this day, that I wonder if it is not really an archetypal pattern of behavior that Clemons uncovered. So it is a wonderful story, and we are lucky she shared it with us. In any case, as the expression goes, "let her without sin cast the first stone", and someone has to hope that lady is a forgiving soul.

Posted by: drray-yup | July 20, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

November 2010 is going to be such a fun election..........

GOP Committee Chairs with Subpoena Power

:)

The left is so going to cry.......and that's a good thing.

Posted by: georgedixon1 | July 20, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

FOX News neglected to mention that the event occurred 26 years ago while at another agency, that the woman later reversed herself and that she and the white farmer became friends. Extraneous details FOX didn't want to bother its viewers with. Posted by: jack824
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Well you sure screwed up the facts on this. The Obama Administration threw her under the bus before FOX even broadcast the story! They couldn't even wait for her to get home...they made her pull off the highway to send in the resignation off her Blackberry.

Posted by: CincinnatiRIck | July 20, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Shame on any and all news organizations that chose to air or discuss the quotes and the firing out of context. That includes everyone from the microbloggers on the conservative and liberal sides, all the way to Fox News, CNN, and anyone else who stuck their necks out to render a verdict before the facts were available. You are all responsible for this nation's descent into gossip, tabloidism, and propaganda posing as news. Journalistic integrity has been dying a slow death for years and years, and it may finally be dead.

Posted by: marklandterrapins | July 20, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Racism is about an attitude of the heart. Anyone can be a racist from the poorest person on earth to the richest. Only God can deal with racism because only God can do heart surgery on people.

Discrimination is about abuse of power. Ms. Sherrod may well be a racist -- and her actions seem to indicate she is -- but the issue here is discimination. She discriminated illegally against a citizen and she lost her job.
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Did read the frigging story? Did you read what that "citizen' said about how Ms.Sherrod treated him? Are you a complete idiot? The evidence doesn't look good for you.

Posted by: st50taw | July 20, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

When people choose to take political jobs they become "public figures."

If Sherrod was a career federal employee she could not have been "forced to resign" without her having a chance to tell her side of the story. But, political appointees have no guarantee of employment. Once they become controversial, they become expendable.

People on the board who are outraged that Sherrod was treated unfairly should consider that Fox News did not call for her firing. That decision was made by members of her own political party based on their own political considerations.

Fox News just reported what happened.

Posted by: millerroberta | July 20, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

How many of the idiots and idealogues posting here have actually seen the whole unedited tape and the interview with the white farmer who was the "victim' of her alleged discrimination?

This woman is the victim of a digital lynching by an irresponsible blogger, of craven political manipulation by the Adminsitration, of incompetence by the NAACPm of amateurish and slanted journalism by Fox News.

She is,in the end, the only character in this play who comes close to being a hero; she admitted she once was influenced and biased by race but, in the end, saw that poverty and circumstance can apply to any race. For that honest statement which was taken out of context and edited to fit a political agenda she has suffered a great injustice.

Joseph Goebbels would be proud of just about anyone who has participated in this drama; some for initiating a big lie, others for inflating it and still others who took it at face value without any investigation or confirmation. Every one of the parties involved in this story would have done well in Nazi Germany.

America. It used to be a wonderful place before bloggers and wanna be media personalities learned how to twist truth into their own reality to fit their definition of "truth."

Posted by: bobfbell | July 20, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

How many of the idiots and idealogues posting here have actually seen the whole unedited tape and the interview with the white farmer who was the "victim' of her alleged discrimination?

This woman is the victim of a digital lynching by an irresponsible blogger, of craven political manipulation by the Adminsitration, of incompetence by the NAACPm of amateurish and slanted journalism by Fox News.

She is,in the end, the only character in this play who comes close to being a hero; she admitted she once was influenced and biased by race but, in the end, saw that poverty and circumstance can apply to any race. For that honest statement which was taken out of context and edited to fit a political agenda she has suffered a great injustice.

Joseph Goebbels would be proud of just about anyone who has participated in this drama; some for initiating a big lie, others for inflating it and still others who took it at face value without any investigation or confirmation. Every one of the parties involved in this story would have done well in Nazi Germany.

America. It used to be a wonderful place before bloggers and wanna be media personalities learned how to twist truth into their own reality to fit their definition of "truth."

Posted by: bobfbell | July 20, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

....and anyone else who stuck their necks out to render a verdict before the facts were available.
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Like the Obama Administration!!!

The media can't fire anyone...but they did.

Posted by: CincinnatiRIck | July 20, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

The tea bagger/Republican posts here clearly reveal these folks disdain for anyone that doesn't look like them. And we know these guys are pretty much all hard core white Republicans.

History is replete with this type. They hate and fear change, no matter how inevitable. Gay marriage, NO (it's coming), larger percentages of the population are increasingly people of color, THEY'RE TAKING OUR COUNTRY, recognize the effect of human activity on climate change, IT'S A DEMONCRAT HOAX!

I'd feel bad for these guys if they weren't so very destructive to our political discourse.

Posted by: Observer001 | July 20, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse
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Read a little History. You'll find that it "was" really "hardcore Republicans"
Who formed the Repulcian Party , to facilitate the abolition of black slavery, in America.
If you'd have waited for some Democrat to free you, you'd still be a slave.
This is "very destructive Political discourse??"
Again, read some of the Political discourse of the Mid-19th century.
All this is mild.
Read of, Preston Brooks Attack on Charles Sumner
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | July 20, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

The tea bagger/Republican posts here clearly reveal these folks disdain for anyone that doesn't look like them. And we know these guys are pretty much all hard core white Republicans.

History is replete with this type. They hate and fear change, no matter how inevitable. Gay marriage, NO (it's coming), larger percentages of the population are increasingly people of color, THEY'RE TAKING OUR COUNTRY, recognize the effect of human activity on climate change, IT'S A DEMONCRAT HOAX!

I'd feel bad for these guys if they weren't so very destructive to our political discourse.

Posted by: Observer001 | July 20, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse
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Read a little History. You'll find that it "was" really "hardcore Republicans"
Who formed the Repulcian Party , to facilitate the abolition of black slavery, in America.
If you'd have waited for some Democrat to free you, you'd still be a slave.
This is "very destructive Political discourse??"
Again, read some of the Political discourse of the Mid-19th century.
All this is mild.
Read of, Preston Brooks Attack on Charles Sumner
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | July 20, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

The tea bagger/Republican posts here clearly reveal these folks disdain for anyone that doesn't look like them. And we know these guys are pretty much all hard core white Republicans.

History is replete with this type. They hate and fear change, no matter how inevitable. Gay marriage, NO (it's coming), larger percentages of the population are increasingly people of color, THEY'RE TAKING OUR COUNTRY, recognize the effect of human activity on climate change, IT'S A DEMONCRAT HOAX!

I'd feel bad for these guys if they weren't so very destructive to our political discourse.

Posted by: Observer001 | July 20, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse
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Read a little History. You'll find that it "was" really "hardcore Republicans"
Who formed the Repulcian Party , to facilitate the abolition of black slavery, in America.
If you'd have waited for some Democrat to free you, you'd still be a slave.
This is "very destructive Political discourse??"
Again, read some of the Political discourse of the Mid-19th century.
All this is mild.
Read of, Preston Brooks Attack on Charles Sumner
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | July 20, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

The tea bagger/Republican posts here clearly reveal these folks disdain for anyone that doesn't look like them. And we know these guys are pretty much all hard core white Republicans.

History is replete with this type. They hate and fear change, no matter how inevitable. Gay marriage, NO (it's coming), larger percentages of the population are increasingly people of color, THEY'RE TAKING OUR COUNTRY, recognize the effect of human activity on climate change, IT'S A DEMONCRAT HOAX!

I'd feel bad for these guys if they weren't so very destructive to our political discourse.

Posted by: Observer001 | July 20, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse
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Read a little History. You'll find that it "was" really "hardcore Republicans"
Who formed the Repulcian Party , to facilitate the abolition of black slavery, in America.
If you'd have waited for some Democrat to free you, you'd still be a slave.
This is "very destructive Political discourse??"
Again, read some of the Political discourse of the Mid-19th century.
All this is mild.
Read of, Preston Brooks Attack on Charles Sumner
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | July 20, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, "snookered" isnt in the ebonics dictionary.

Posted by: nuke41 | July 20, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse
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Take this excerpt from Wikipedia then; From the Billiards game, Snooker;

"Failing to escape from "1. a snooker"
(a situation where the previous player finished their turn leaving the cue ball in a position where the object ball cannot be hit directly).
Or, to be more blunt, and crude, The NAACP finds itself "behind the 8-Ball, or is that term "more racist??"
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc |

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People who call an organization like the NAACP "racists" and especially one that has been fighting against white "racism" against blacks since 1909 is rather ignorant, don't you think?

You and the other racists posting about the NAACP being the one that is the "true" racists, because their main mission is to fight against racists attacks from people like your self and others, truly makes people like you quite ignorant beyond the imagination.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | July 20, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

The beotch admitted to practicing discrimination.

I don't care if she found Jesus - during or after - her confession. She did it. There were victims.

She snickered when she told her story...

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | July 20, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

This whole matter is another perfect example of liberal/democrats "sleight of hand and misdirection." The defining issue of this years election is a referendum on SOCIALISM, not RACISM. It is ObaMAO/Reid/Pelosi socialist excesses that a majority of the voters are concerned about and want to bring an end to. What is the NAACP's position on socialism?

Posted by: rsthomas | July 20, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: marklandterrapins | July 20, 2010 9:45 PM


Well stated. Journalistic integrity is dead. That is largely in part because journalist dont report anymore. People get their news from blogs and soundbites on cable news. At least in newspapers when you blunder you have to print a retraction. There is no such measure in the blogosphere thats why people can publish and post anything without any restrictions. There are no deterrents from publishing false information.

I also fault the NAACP and the USDA for acting before they had all the facts. I did not mention the Obama administration because last time I checked Cheryl Cook is not a part of the president's cabinet. This has had nothing to do with him. I consider myself an Obama supporter but if he was involved with this travesty than he personally needs to issue an apology. I think that the NAACP and USDA were in such a hurry and trying to get out in front of this story and acted accordingly. This should be a lesson to all. Do your own research and dont believe everything you hear from these pundits. As for Mrs. Sherrod, she can retire in style because she is going to get paid with the lawsuit she is going to bring against theh USDA and the major networks that cast her in a negative light. Kudos to CNN for getting to the bottom of the bs.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | July 20, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

CincinattiRick said:

"Like the Obama Administration!!!

The media can't fire anyone...but they did."

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Yes, including the Obama administration in this case. Whether the White House had involvement or not in the decision, whomever made the resignation request before all the facts were available should also be ashamed.

Posted by: marklandterrapins | July 20, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

The beotch admitted to practicing discrimination.

I don't care if she found Jesus - during or after - her confession. She did it. There were victims.

She snickered when she told her story...

Posted by: easttxisfreaky |

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Snickered???

When did the big bad white racists become so thin skinned because of a little snickering.

You can't handle a little snickering from a black woman?

Posted by: lcarter0311 | July 20, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I see a bunch of comments about how it was 24 years ago. If it had been a white adminisrtator admitting she did that to a black farmer in an open forum as anything but an abject apology, the lady would be in jail already for a hate crime. If there's no statute of limitations on racist behavior then it cuts both ways.

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | July 20, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

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Obviously you DIDN'T understand the article or the tape!!

Posted by: Angryman | July 20, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Sherrod may have been set up via the editing of the tape. But she was not smart to have let herself be set up.

She is a not very smart person in a high position. I suspect she received her position, because she was Black.

This does not make her racist, but it does indicate the system or this particular appointment under the Obama administration is anti White.

Posted by: davemercer27 | July 20, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

LOL, let her sue kingjoffe, she will lose. I am glad she realized the error of her ways but she is still fodder for the unemployment line for her stupidity. The black man and women remain the biggest racists in the country.

Posted by: steelers01 | July 20, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I am more distrubed that the audience laughed when she spoke about discriminating against this poor farmer...very sad indeed.

Posted by: MPNangle | July 20, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Here words are taken out of context,blown sky high by the Wrong Wing actors on FOX Noise. She finished her remarks by stating she realized she was wrong and actually HELPED THE WHITE FARMER overcome his problems. That's a fact the farmer testified to and also he said he found no evidence, none, of racism in Ms.Sherrod.
I agree ith a previous blogger who said in essence the Nazi Regime and its propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, would be pleased to have the FOX (not)news staff as exalted members.

Posted by: desertgem1924 | July 20, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Her words are taken out of context,blown sky high by the Wrong Wing actors on FOX Noise. She finished her remarks by stating she realized she was wrong and actually HELPED THE WHITE FARMER overcome his problems. That's a fact the farmer testified to and also he said he found no evidence, none, of racism in Ms.Sherrod.
I agree ith a previous blogger who said in essence the Nazi Regime and its propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, would be pleased to have the FOX (not)news staff as exalted members.

Posted by: desertgem1924 | July 20, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Her words are taken out of context,blown sky high by the Wrong Wing actors on FOX Noise. She finished her remarks by stating she realized she was wrong and actually HELPED THE WHITE FARMER overcome his problems. That's a fact the farmer testified to and also he said he found no evidence, none, of racism in Ms.Sherrod.
I agree with a previous blogger who said in essence the Nazi Regime and its propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, would be pleased to have the FOX (not)news staff as exalted members.

Posted by: desertgem1924 | July 20, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Sherrod may have been set up via the editing of the tape. But she was not smart to have let herself be set up.

She is a not very smart person in a high position. I suspect she received her position, because she was Black.

This does not make her racist, but it does indicate the system or this particular appointment under the Obama administration is anti White.

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Give us all a break from your sanctimonious BS.

The woman was put in the position by a white man and not because she is black, but because she earned it.

Furthermore, President Obama is no more Anti-White than you are.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | July 20, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

"Why would the White House or the USDA take the word..."

Maybe they saw the tape.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou189 | July 20, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

I am more distrubed that the audience laughed when she spoke about discriminating against this poor farmer...very sad indeed.

Posted by: MPNangle |

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Was it the same type of laughter that comes from Tea Party gatherings when the Extremists Right-Wing racists like Sarah Palin and others take swipes at President Obama.

Is that the type of laughter you are talking about?

Posted by: lcarter0311 | July 20, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes I watch Fox to see how the other half lives. Tonight was one of those times because of this story. Hannity interviewed Briebart and Briebart said (I'm paraphrasing)that he could care less about Ms. Sherrod. He said he only cares about the Tea Party. So this 'man' edits a video, defames a woman and he only cares about the Tea Party. There may only be some people in the Tea Party that are racist and in my opinion he is one of them. How many others like him are willing to say (lie) anything and do anything just to get their prejudice message across? Those in the Tea Party that are not like him must step up and expel him and others like him from their midst. If not then you are judged by the company you keep.

Posted by: mcdonalsherry | July 20, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Amazingly, there are so many who hear what they want,see what they want and justify their bigotry while showing their idiocy.Brietbart is the same man who sent his operatives into the hated ACORN offices until he found one or two employees who fell for his trick then doctored the tape to get his desired result. For those who neglected to read the entire article the white farmer & his wife came to her defense,so put you racist hate back in the closet and climb in and stay in with it, we will be better off without your sputtering & spitting diatribes.

Posted by: jestindam | July 20, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

"Having reviewed the full tape, spoken to Ms. Sherrod, and most importantly heard the testimony of the white farmers mentioned in this story, we now believe the organization that edited the documents did so with the intention of deceiving millions of Americans," he wrote.
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Of course! The far right does that all the time. That's why you should gather facts before you shoot off your mouth, not after.

Posted by: fudador | July 20, 2010 8:17 PM
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A shrewd, and beautiful play by Breitbart. He caught O'bama, the NAACP, and the Democrat/Liberals completely off guard, and "Snookered them." Actually it was much better than Snooker. It was a brilliant chess move. The hard left has just been "Checkmated."
A brilliant move by Breitbart.
I'm smypathetic to Ms Sherrod, but I'm loving the fignt.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | July 20, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: davemercer27 | July 20, 2010 10:09 PM

Sherrod may have been set up via the editing of the tape. But she was not smart to have let herself be set up.

She is a not very smart person in a high position. I suspect she received her position, because she was Black.


So, lets get this right. She was set up because somebody edited her 40 minute speech and posted 2 minutes of it. You also state that she isnt very smart and she was given her job because she was black. It doesnt make her racist, it makes you racist. You are making statements with no proof based your underlying feelings. I dont know if a black kid beat you up in high school or if a black person was promoted over you. Whatever it is you need to let it go. I was upset when I started replying to your vitriolic rant, but I now feel sorry for you. Go play in traffic.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | July 20, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

So much for the urban myth that "Blacks cannot be racist".......

Posted by: georgedixon1 | July 20, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

"Was it the same type of laughter that comes from Tea Party gatherings when the Extremists Right-Wing racists like Sarah Palin and others take swipes at President Obama.

Is that the type of laughter you are talking about?"

Posted by: lcarter0311

You have never heard Palin laugh at Obama because of his race. Why do liberals think Obama should be immune from criticism because he is black (or at least half-black)? You cheapen yourself because of such inane comments.

Posted by: groovercg | July 20, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | July 20, 2010 10:28 PM

It was so brilliant that not only does the tea party look racist but they have brought their conservative cousins into the mix. The NAACP and USDA acted in haste, but they will not be the ones with egg on their face. This behavior will resonate with independents and they right will pay come election time. Enough with the political games, these are peoples lives.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | July 20, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Black racists are okay. Right libs?

Posted by: groovercg | July 20, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

There have been more racial incidents in the time that Obama has been in office than in George Bush's eight years. Obama the Racist! Obama the White Hater! Obama the Anti-Capitalist! Obama the Rich Hater! Obama the Super Socialist! DUMP THIS JERK!!!

Posted by: georges2 | July 20, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I almost forgot: OBAMA THE JEW HATER!!

Posted by: georges2 | July 20, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

How can the NAACP not have all the facts when it was their video? How can the NAACP get "snickered" by Fox News, when it was the NAACP's video?

This article itself also shows that the Obama administration lied about pushing Ms. Sherrod to resign.

"Meanwhile, a White House official insisted to the Plum Line that Sherrod wasn't pressured to resign, nor was USDA chief Tom Vilsack pushed to fire her."

Here comes the lie:

"Vilsack, who had appointed Sherrod last July to be the USDA's state director of rural development in Georgia, said in a statement that he asked her to 'resign' because she had damaged the department's efforts to "turn the page on the sordid civil rights record at USDA" and because her judgment had been called into question"

Posted by: Chuck8764 | July 20, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

"Was it the same type of laughter that comes from Tea Party gatherings when the Extremists Right-Wing racists like Sarah Palin and others take swipes at President Obama.

Is that the type of laughter you are talking about?"

Posted by: lcarter0311

You have never heard Palin laugh at Obama because of his race. Why do liberals think Obama should be immune from criticism because he is black (or at least half-black)? You cheapen yourself because of such inane comments.

Posted by: groovercg |

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Oh believe me I have seen and heard Palin with my own eyes.

But the question I have for you is what makes you and several other racists Right-Wing posters believe that Liberals, blacks, and non-racists people will not give you and the Extremist Right-Wingers some of your own medicine when it comes to the treatment of President Obama and others.

It's funny, how you racists Right-Wingers believe somewhere in your tiny little brains that you can just go around racially attacking people and spreading racially motivated propaganda, because of the color of a persons skin; and when you are attacked back, not because of the color of your skin, but instead, because of your ignorance and your racists attitudes, you think we are all supposed to just sit back and be OK with you attacking people like that.

If you think for one minute that we are going to sit back and just allow you racists Right-Wingers to attack President Obama's polices or his agenda just because he is black and spin your lies about him, his wife, and other black people and organizations, because they are black and/or associated with the plight of poor people of "all races" and disenfranchised people, due to the Right-Wing Conservatism, then you have another coming.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | July 20, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

C'Mon people, why can't we all just get along?

Posted by: professorpooky1 | July 20, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

C'MON people. Why can't we all just get along?

Posted by: professorpooky1 | July 20, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

People say stupid things that look even stupider in the newspaper the next day.

Posted by: professorpooky1 | July 20, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Most of the people who are commenting on this story didn't even bother to read the full article. But, no worry, that makes you qualified to work for FOX News!

It is sad that a woman who wanted to share how she made a mistake and learned from it, had to go through all this. We should be proud of her!

Posted by: paris1969 | July 20, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

I sent Pres. Obama this message via e-mail:
"REINSTATE USDA worker Shirley Sherrod!!!! Is that clear?"
YOU can do the same thing by going to:
www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
Granted, I think what happened and how it occurred was wrong in the extreme and want my voice to be heard.
If you don't agree...you have the same opportunity to voice yours using the web site I provided.

Posted by: littleprince1977 | July 20, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Sherrod's statement may have started with her talking about what she ALMOST did not do based on race but, as then edited out by Fox, she continued to explain that it was a moment of maturity and personal development as she came to understand that the issue was not race but haves and have nots...and the need to help all those who are poor. In fact, CNN interviewed the couple who came to Ms. Sherrod in 1986 (not in the present time frame as Fox also inferred) who absolutely dismissed the claim she was 'racist' and said categorically that Ms. Sherrod helped them to keep their farm at the time.

I have to wonder how many of the indignant posters here, the breathless reporters at Fox News or the histrionic Republican activists have had a moment that reflected the kind of maturity and deep belief in doing the right thing as Ms. Sherrod had in 1986 and clearly relayed in her talk to the NAACP. I am also very unhappy with the fact that the Obama administration continues to be goaded and intimidated by the hot air at Fox and simply cannot...or will not...stand their honest ground.

Posted by: DrLou1 | July 20, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Let's look at the pattern of people/institutions that have lost their jobs recently: Van Jones, Acorn, Ms. Sherrod. The common denominator? Black people or organizations staffed mostly by
black people.
It is sad to note that Fox News can enable these half-baked stories and the legitimate press does nothing to expose and, wait for it
Sarah refute them. How many times does Brer
Rabbit get thrown in the briar patch before we figure out that's just what he wants? Come on, people. It's called
Fox News for a reason.

Posted by: canaldoc | July 20, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

All I have to say is that the G***mn WaPo had better post the entire Freaking Video now that you've posted that lying hack Brietbart's video that DOESN'T SHOW THE ENTIRE STORY SHE IS TELLING OR ITS CONTEXT!! This is an outrage, and the people at Breitbart and Fox need help.

Reinstate, immediately!!

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | July 20, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

My how you people rush to comment, without waiting for full information. The video put out by the rightwinger Breitbart was edited to deceive--and did it. The speech given by Shirley Sherrod in March of this year was a story of redemption and reconciliation, not racism and discrimination. Sherrod admitted that over 20 years ago she had thoughts about not giving full help to a poor white farmer who was about to lose his farm. Such thoughts are understandable since black farmers were not only discriminated against by southern whites, but the federal government also discriminated against black farmers for years, which is why they won a large legal settlement from the USDA. Moreover, I heard that Sherrod's father was killed by klansmen.

Still, Sherrod he helped the white farmer, and he and his wife verifiy this and are very grateful to her. Her speech actually was a teaching moment, a parable, in which Sherrod told the audience that she learned it was about class, not race. So you folks who thought you had a case of racism against the NAACP look awfully suspect if you don't change your mind about Sherrod. Hopefully, the Obama administration will rehire her and see justice done.

Posted by: DWSouthern | July 20, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

It's just sad that adults holding particular positions, using chopped clips instead of acting with more honor and credibility, to make valid and honest points with FULL clips instead.

I'd sue if I were her. That's point #2.

Point #3, people need to start double checking their sources of information. I urge a good portion of this country, to get informed on how to identify credible information. Don't be afraid to be curious and double check facts.

Not only should our leaders be held accountable for their actions, but it's time that those "news reporters" and talk show hosts be held accountable for intentionally persuading people with false or bits of information. They need to raise their standards, and people need to start being more informed and alert.

That woman should have her job back.

Meanwhile, I'll wait for a FULL clip from another person that proves the point of what this particular group of people failed to prove with her. I just watched the whole thing.

Behaviors like that, what was done to her, is damaging to this country. God knows how much I'd like that stopped, for everyone's benefit. :)

Posted by: Obama2008 | July 21, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

In 1986, 24 years ago, Ms. Sherrod helped a white farmer who was trying to save his land. Because he was white and she thought white people had advantages over black people when it came to saving their land, she didn't do as much as she could have done. However, she did provide help and, as a result, the white farmer was able to save his land (by his own report). She shares the story today to make the point that she used to think whites had advantages over blacks when it came to problems with farming, but she now realizes that both races faced the same issues. She also realizes that discrimination, whether white to black or black to white, is wrong.

Where is the issue here? She has learned and grown in the past 24 years, now realizes the errors of her earlier ways, and regrets her actions in 1986. I say good for her! All of us should learn from our life experiences, and hopefully regret actions we took (or didn't) that we later realize were wrong.

If she still felt the way she did 24 years ago, then I might have a problem with her. But when she shares the story as a learning experience which hopefully will be of benefit to others, then I think that holding it against her is absolutely wrong. She should get her job back immediately and should be congratulated on her openness and ability to help others learn from her own experiences.

Posted by: bugbum | July 21, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

How odd that a spokesman from the NAACP believed that a clip on a blog from an NAACP-sponsored event portrayed a speaker invited to speak at that event was talking in a racist manner. Apparently he/she/they didn't bother to check the facts before slinging mud at Ms Sherrold. And now they are crying that they were snookered about a clip from their meeting.

Seems like everyone owes Sherrold a public apology and her job back, if she would agree to work with that group of snakes again.

Posted by: annetta3 | July 21, 2010 12:45 AM | Report abuse

If the White House is letting a piece of filth like Breitbart drive their hiring and firing decisions, then they mught as well step aside now and let the knuckledraggers run the show again. Shame on Vilsack for not waiting until all the facts were determined. The only way to make this right is to reinstate Ms. Sherrod at once.

As an aside, I watched Bill O'Reilly tonight to see if he would have the intellectual honesty to admit he jumped the gun. I honesty thought he was a big enough man to man up on this, but sadly I was wrong.

Posted by: whatmeregister | July 21, 2010 1:14 AM | Report abuse

AverageJane wrote: "She deserves a very public apology from everyone involved and her job back. We need more Sherrods in government not less."

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I agree 100%.

If anyone reading this has NOT yet taken the time to view the video of Ms. Sherrod's ENTIRE speech (43 minutes), then you should suspend all judgment until you have done so. You won't be bored...her speech includes some riveting, and horrific, personal history.

Whatever your political leanings (if you are fair-minded) you will realize, after hearing the ENTIRE, UNEDITED version of her talk, that Ms. Sherrod's actual message was "anti-racist". She was, in fact, explicitly promoting racial inclusion and tolerance.

The precipitous, forced ouster of this woman was an overreaction by someone in the USDA or White House, based on political instincts and desire to preempt a "breaking scandal". However, the action was clearly taken without full knowledge of the facts, and without giving Ms. Sherrod an opportunity to present those facts. It was instead based entirely on a manipulated, selective edit of her speech, done by hostile bloggers to create false impressions and discredit her.

This ouster was a huge mistake and a major injustice.

I sincerely hope that Ms. Sherrod will now receive quick reinstatement to her post and a formal, public apology from her superiors.

Do you disagree? If so, HAVE YOU LISTENED YET TO HER FULL, UNEDITED SPEECH?

Posted by: egb3 | July 21, 2010 1:21 AM | Report abuse

lcarter said: "Oh believe me I have seen and heard Palin with my own eyes."

You are a liar. BTW, how did you hear Palin with your own eyes?

Posted by: groovercg | July 21, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

having made a personlal investigtion of affirmative action, and I have a lot of time to do so, as I am disabled, but I am still an expert at investigating a situation, inviolving study of how people treat each other based on the color of ones skin as a significent variable. I believe the people given positions of authority in the government because they are black are mostly pro-active about making helpful positive decisions about people of color, while being the opposite about people who are white. and take issue with considering the color of ones skin in preference of hiring, and believe it is bigotery enacted into law, and enforced, because the colored people put all white people in the same catagory, ignoring the vast majority, as poor or poorer than the black community, and are not racist. America, if viewed objectively, is a country where the world mixed, grouping into specific cultures is done so as a result of the medias control of how people think and behave toward each other. Affirmative action is as wrong as having lobbyst with offices in DC for the sole purpose of bribery to get their laws enacted.

McCain and Palin stated they were going to rid the capitol of affirmative action and lobbyst, which resulted in the newsmedia attacking them and discrediting them leading up to the election, and the newsmedia has very powerful control about how people vote. These overt acts of adverse journalistic integrity, combined with a massive voterfraud scheme by ACORN, setting up new polling stations throughout the country and reporting false votes won the election for Obama, the first Black person on the ballots for president, The adademic professors went on record against McCain and palin as well, organizing immature students into teams going throughout the commuties soliciting votes for Obama, and no one actually knew anything about his checkered past, and the vast amount of negative information was not disclosed or brought up by the media and academia, thusly we have him for president, and as time marches on, he becomes himself, and his disrespect for the constitution (Law of the Land) becomes obvious, which is the way he has lived his life.

He is taking this country down a road we should not go, unless we want to destroy america, His giving away money and ower to others like himself is tolerated because of the cash given to those who go along with his plans.

Its disturbing to see NASA virtually ended, with a lawyer making decisions about what they can and cannot do. His damage to the miitary is almost beyond belief. He has no military experience at all, or for that matter his experience is limited to chicago politics (corruption) thats all he knows and thats all he does. The past commitments of our country to protect democracy from criminal tyranny mean nothing to him, and he is backing out of those commitments, leaving our friends to the ignorance of the criminal world, who arm themselves with the illicit drug money, and know not of honor

Posted by: jackcox | July 21, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

As been reported now by several news outlets, Ms. Sherrod's speech in its FULL context tells a very different story from what FOX et al. have tried to peddle. Ms. Sherrod was telling a story about her personal transformation from a place of feeling personally ambivalent about helping white people (having experienced the murder of her father when she was 17 by the Klan), to the realization that the issue was as much about class as it was about race. She ultimately DID help the couple keep their farm, as the couple have confirmed. This was nothing but another fraudulent political hit piece created by Andrew Breitbart and promoted by FOX. And it further exposes the element on the right for the racist goons they are, in that they will engage in any dishonesty at all just to damage this President.

Posted by: markpkessinger | July 21, 2010 2:12 AM | Report abuse

This is just affirmative action to redress decades of USDA racism against black farmers. No worries, well within civil rights guidelines.

Posted by: ronjaboy | July 20, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse
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You should immigrate to africa, since you place poeple into two catagories, and seemingly don't believe in equality, south africa, kenya, somalia, etc etc, then you could live in a culture where the world does not mix, the decades of racism against black farners ? Farming is done in the daytime, the 40 acres and a mule you got at the end of the war was at the expense of real americans, a place where 10,000 native american tribes lived at one, with nature, and their science center in the south led the world in scientific technology and astronomy. Mostly we were simply murdered, the buffalo soldiers played no small part in exterminating our cultures.

Pardon me if I simply do not believe in your race card, any of it. Slavery existed in america and throughout the world, like now, a place where people sell their children into bondage for the cash in their pocket,The world is not an interntional community. It a place where criminal gangs rule. The only places where any sort of freedom are in existence is in north america and europe, everywhere else, mostly, are ruled by either dictators, or pure unadultrated ignorance. Its a place where people who shun literacy would be more at home with.

All america used to do, was promote freedom, literacy and democracy, protecting those unable to protect themselves, Like in the middle east, where the drug lords want control over the people, and recruit by force of death or service, a place where the woman is not considered human, a place where the white man whom you consider your enemy does not reside.

If I were you I would think as you do, if you are not just another internet lie, promoting racial hatred, being neither muslim nor christian, but something else, something whos spirit has vanished, who lives in the darkness of ignorance.

Whatever I wish you well and to serve truth, its more interesting than the " Race Card ", a wasted life spent on a rediculous lie

Posted by: jackcox | July 21, 2010 2:26 AM | Report abuse

Black people are not racist. We just got tired of being hated for our "black skin" by all the other races in the entire world. God must have something very special for us in HEAVEN because we have had nothing but HELL on this earth.

Posted by: jess4me | July 21, 2010 2:33 AM | Report abuse

For those of you who couldn't be bothered to read the entire article or have trouble with comprehension- 1.the woman was not working for the federal government at the time the incident took place 2. the people she did not originally assist as much as she should have have said she did end up helping them and they became friends. She related the story to illustrate the change in her thinking and the necessity for everyone to change their thinking. How it could be said that she "lost the confidence and credibility" for something that occurred in 1986 when she ended up doing the right thing? Ridiculous that she should have to resign and ridiculous that she should be punished for something that happened so long ago that she ended up rectifying on her own.

Posted by: alaskan2 | July 21, 2010 2:52 AM | Report abuse

Unless I forgot my history and the entire lessons from Sociology, discrimination in this country has been live and active even since the Constitutional Convention. Since then, lots of progress has been made, but we haven't quite achieved equality. Many of us believe in equality, but many of us believe in fighting against equality to this day which is why we still have groups fighting. Discrimination exists in many forms, unless I'm blind to current issues. There's discrimination by race, gender, political association, sexual orientation, religion, age, class, etc you name it. To this day, discrimination exists. Last I remembered in Sociology, all of this was backed by history AND broken down further with statistics.

It should be a fairly simple fix, but it takes longer when you have to fight a large group of people to reach further toward the goal of equality. We're getting closer, but across this nation, we're still not there yet. There's a lot of work to do. From the looks of the long history to get where we are today, we'll need a more balanced representation of all of these discriminated groups with history of hardly being represented at all.

Officials in this country have long placed symbols or categories on our people. When we fill out applications, we must specify "which group" we belong to this country.

Posted by: Obama2008 | July 21, 2010 3:06 AM | Report abuse

NAACP was really snookered by the White House when it decided to start an organized campaign against the Tea Party. The original complaints about racism in the Tea Party were as far-fetched as they could be. NAACP President Jealous clearly was aware of this, which he showed on the many TV appearances he had on the matter. He must be embarrassed to be tied to the incompetents in the White House.

Posted by: suegbic1 | July 21, 2010 3:12 AM | Report abuse

I am stupider for having read 90% of the comments posted here, and I wasn't dealing from a position of strength to begin with. Honestly, did y'all even read the article?

Posted by: zekeklauss | July 21, 2010 4:38 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't it CNN that broke the story - Not Fox???
A question for all the "bleeding hearts" out there :
If Ms. Sherrod was white instead of black and the farmer was black instead of white do you really think that the N.A.A.C.P
would have changed their standing????
REMEMBER - This is the same N.A.A.C.P. that had the wonderful Rev.Wright as a keynote speaker.

Posted by: lrm021054 | July 21, 2010 4:46 AM | Report abuse

Sec. Vilsack (USDA), Ben Jealous (NAACP) and perhaps even President Obama owe this woman an apology for their knee-jerk reaction to Fox News propaganda. Not only should she get her job back, but they should publicly admit (as NAACP has done to some extent) that they were the ones in the wrong for buying into the Breitbart deception. Not only should they have considered the source (Fox, Breitbart) before acting, but they should have delayed action until they saw the full video and context of her remarks. This pains me because it was just so stupid to let Fox news get away with this.

Posted by: jsc1949 | July 21, 2010 6:04 AM | Report abuse

Sec. Tom Vilsack,

You have acted in the service of fear and furthering racism in this country by reacting without knowing the facts in the case of Ms. How can you, "turn the page on the sordid civil rights record at USDA" by injuring people who in the end honestly acted for the good of the people she served. By giving what was essentially a ‘kneejerk’ reaction to this tape, not having anyone, apparently, ask her for her side of the story, you played into the hands of racists who meant to provoke us, the American people, in retaliation for the NAACP calling out the ever present racist participants at Tea Party rallies.

The context of her reaction to that white farmer should be well understood by anyone born before 1964 in the U.S.A. Especially in the southeastern part of this country. Her statement regarding what she came to know and what she did in response to this revelation should have been applauded. You’ve made a mistake, you must undo it. Please. It’s simple. Apologize, rehire Ms. Sherrod, and move on.

Posted by: Apogeal2022 | July 21, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't it CNN that broke the story - Not Fox???
A question for all the "bleeding hearts" out there :
If Ms. Sherrod was white instead of black and the farmer was black instead of white do you really think that the N.A.A.C.P
would have changed their standing????
REMEMBER - This is the same N.A.A.C.P. that had the wonderful Rev.Wright as a keynote speaker.

Posted by: lrm021054 | July 21, 2010 4:46 AM |


If Ms Sherrod were white, would she have spoken of the oppression of whites by black farmers? No. Would she have spoken of the irony of having a black farmer come to her for help, with his superior to thou attitude? No.

I ask you not to ignore what she actually said in her speech, or the context of the time in which this story is set.

Posted by: Apogeal2022 | July 21, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

This never would have happened under George W. Bush. People he fired, stayed fired. He was decisive.

I can't wait to hear what Sean Hannity has to say about this fiasco tonight.

Posted by: millerroberta | July 21, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

White House is lying. Ms. Sharrod's comments were not racist, but the response of the NAACP members present was certainly racist...so the NAACP leadership acts the fool again.

Fox News broke the story after the President and NAACP had made fools of themselves.

Reminds me of the presidedent calling the cop at Harvard "stupid", time for another round of beers at the White House?

Impeach Obama.

Posted by: JCM-51 | July 21, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

It's unfortunate that the "zero tolerance" trap has played out in this case. Usually, it is white men who are victims of this problem: they make mistakes related to race or gender and are punished before they have a chance to learn from them. Here, a black woman has fallen in the trap by virtue of her speech.

Many of us rush to condemn anyone who makes an “identity” mistake, in part, because it makes us look virtuous to do so. If I call out the biased person, other people won’t label me as biased myself, will they? But, being intolerant toward people who make mistakes keeps us from learning the valuable lessons that come from examining the mistakes.

The farmer and his wife actually defend, not blame, Ms. Sherrod because she ultimately supported them during their struggle. The power of the story that Ms. Sherrod shared is that any of us can make a mistake and recover—even thrive—after the fact.

Posted by: MartinNDavidsonPhD | July 21, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Racism is about an attitude of the heart. Anyone can be a racist from the poorest person on earth to the richest. Only God can deal with racism because only God can do heart surgery on people.

Discrimination is about abuse of power. Ms. Sherrod may well be a racist -- and her actions seem to indicate she is -- but the issue here is discimination. She discriminated illegally against a citizen and she lost her job.
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DID YOU READ THE ARTICLE? THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT - IDIOT, YOU DON'T READ YOU JUST GO WITH THE DUMB FLOW. ALL INVOLVED SAID THERE WAS NO RACISM INCLUDING THE WHITE FARMER AND HIS WIFE, THE VIDEO WAS PURPOSELY SLANTED BY FOX - AND YOU STILL MISSED IT.

THE LADY DID NOT DISCRIMINATE NOR IS SHE A RACIST. READ IDIOT

Posted by: love2much SE | July 21, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I am really bothered by both the people that made the hatchet video and NAACP for answering with a video that has been edited. Years ago we all made errors in judgement and when we recall them in admitting a mistake, we shouldn't be treated the way that Mrs. Sherrod has been. I am white and have been a bigot in lots of ways but I don't agree with the handling of this at all!

Posted by: fairminded | July 21, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

This is for all the dirt bags who have decided to call the Administration racist. The KKK has been in existence for how many years? When was the last time a black man lynched a white man? I bet we can find out when the reverse is true.

Posted by: danielburke3 | July 21, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

*Illegal Alien SCOFFLAW SCAMNESTY , Is "TREASON" Against The MILLIONS Of UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS !!!

Posted by: lennybeachboy999 | July 21, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

*Illegal Alien SCOFFLAW SCAMNESTY , Is "TREASON" Against The MILLIONS Of UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS !!!

Posted by: lennybeachboy999 | July 21, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck only wants her to be hired back so he has something to go on about.

Posted by: majorteddy | July 21, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey, much like the boy who cried wolf, "race baiting" can come back to bite you where you sit down. Are there racists in the US? You bet! Are they all white? No! That being said, I feel sorry for Ms. Sherrod because what should have been a great example of learning by experience has been turned into a living hell for her. And why? Because this incident proves that anyone can take 30 seconds from any 40 minute speech, package it correctly and scare the feces out of organizations, government units and, yes, even everyday citizens that something is rotten and that the speaker caused it. This is more a sad commentary on the American public who demands instant gratification, instant solutions and perfect performance when they can't even take the time to read, view or listen to more than a 30 second sound bite than it is on a lady who, like the late Senator Byrd, learned that not all "truths" are really true. And, it is obvious by the vast majority of the comments here that few of the readers know little about what really happened. Listen carefully to what was posted BigGovernment.com. In that snippet, Ms. Sherrod clearly states this happened many years before and that she used it as a learning experience. What is most devastating on the clip is the audience reaction and, quite frankly, that is what scared the NAACP more than Ms. Sherrod's comments. The fact that a "right wing nut job" posted it was enough for everyone to enter a defensive mode without any regard to facts and real evidence. For example, the first Fox News report was that Ms. Sherrod resigned under pressure. The video was first posted to what I would call the general public on The Drudge Report, many hours before it was reported on Fox. It may be debatable as to why Vilsak asked for her resignation -- was it political fear? real concern of a black racist working for him? or maybe direction from the White House? Who cares? No matter what the reason, the White House now looks about as stupid as they did with the Gates incident. The only question now is will Ms. Sherrod be invited to the White House for a beer? Or will it be white wine? And how many cameras will be there to show the proper amount of contrition?

Posted by: MadBag | July 21, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Time line:

8:00 am - Breitbart post video of NAALCP meeting

4:00 pm - Sherrod fired from her job

5:00 pm - No mention on Glenn Beck

How was it that Fox News got Sherrod fired?

Posted by: groovercg | July 21, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

After viewing the segment on Ms. Sherrod on "The Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer, I need to say comment on the fact that she said, "I brought him to his own", meaning a "white" lawyer, and that her job was done. She separated race at that point. What if a convict was appointed a "black" PUBLIC DEFENDER? She used the term, "his own", meaning "white", so if that is OK with her, than is it right of color who happens to be arrested..."his/her own?", and have a PUBLIC DEFENDER of COLOR? Why does she get off with those comments?

Posted by: MissElizabethA | July 21, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone remember Trent Lott? He got fired for the same kind comments. It doesn't take an entire 45 minute speech for someone to spew hate. The fact is that blacks are angry that they are now held accountable to the same standards that whites are. The NAACP exclusively promotes blacks. Any agency that exclusively promotes whites is considered racist. I'm sorry but the blacks can have it all ways. This lady Sherrod who clearly said some vicious things by saying she didn't give preference or even the basics to a white farmer is clearly using race to discriminate. I don't care what color she is. If she says these comments she does not deserve that position. Just like the scales of justice are blind, so it is when people help out with bankruptcies and farm foreclosures. Hopefully she won't make the same mistake in her next position. I think her boss gave more than an a required apology. This is not about tea party pressure on her boss or knee-jerk reaction brought on by conservatives. The reality is in every job if you say something racist you can get fired. That's life. She should've watched what she said. Look what just happened to Mel Gibson. We live in a technological age where you got to watch what you say. If she thought she was around people that wouldn't mention that she was mistaken. Just like there are any more KKK parties, there shouldn't be antiwhite pro-black parties that cause divisions. If she wants to say these things to her family and friends on her own time that's another story but to say it in front of a gathering of people in representing the United States government committed terrible decision. I'm not yet caught up in all of the after fire. When you work for an employer you represent that employer and when you do things that bring disgrace on that employer you're gone. Happens to everybody. Hopefully she will learn to not do it again.

Posted by: calaggie40 | July 21, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone remember Trent Lott? He got fired for the same kind comments. It doesn't take an entire 45 minute speech for someone to spew hate. The fact is that blacks are angry that they are now held accountable to the same standards that whites are. The NAACP exclusively promotes blacks. Any agency that exclusively promotes whites is considered racist. I'm sorry but the blacks can have it all ways. This lady Sherrod who clearly said some vicious things by saying she didn't give preference or even the basics to a white farmer is clearly using race to discriminate. I don't care what color she is. If she says these comments she does not deserve that position. Just like the scales of justice are blind, so it is when people help out with bankruptcies and farm foreclosures. Hopefully she won't make the same mistake in her next position. I think her boss gave more than an a required apology. This is not about tea party pressure on her boss or knee-jerk reaction brought on by conservatives. The reality is in every job if you say something racist you can get fired. That's life. She should've watched what she said. Look what just happened to Mel Gibson. We live in a technological age where you got to watch what you say. If she thought she was around people that wouldn't mention that she was mistaken. Just like there are any more KKK parties, there shouldn't be antiwhite pro-black parties that cause divisions. If she wants to say these things to her family and friends on her own time that's another story but to say it in front of a gathering of people in representing the United States government committed terrible decision. I'm not yet caught up in all of the after fire. When you work for an employer you represent that employer and when you do things that bring disgrace on that employer you're gone. Happens to everybody. Hopefully she will learn to not do it again.

Posted by: calaggie40 | July 21, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

WELL HERE WE GO AGAIN, WHY IS THE PRES A RACIST? BECAUSE HE IS BLACK? THAT MAN WHO POSTED THAT VIDEO IS A RACIST AND YOU ALL KNOW THIS!!! YALL JUST MAD CAUSE A BLACK PERSON IS THE COMMANDER AND CHIEF!!!WHEN THE PRES WAS WHITE AND A RACIST IT WAS ALL GOOD. I UNDERSTAND WHY THE PRES DID NOT GET INVOLVED WITH THE SHERROD MESS, BECAUSE THAT WOULD JUST FUEL FOR THE WHITE RACIST TEABAGGERS!!!

Posted by: BROWNRH | July 22, 2010 2:59 AM | Report abuse

Give it a rest, folks! How quick we are to criticise! I think that the issue here is not Ms Sherrod, who, when looked at objectively, was just another burearcrat doing her job [did enough, though she perhaps could have done more]. I think that the issue is how we deal with the fact that our government is populated, just like our nation, with human beings, each with their own biases and proclivities and tendencies to be something short of perfect in every way. What's that saying..."Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good"? We would all do better to find ways to lift one another up than to tear one another down for our own selfish purposes! I guess you just don't win votes in this country that way.

Posted by: mdmonahan | July 23, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

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