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Shirley Sherrod's job offer

It’s been at least four days since we heard anything new from the wrongly-fired Shirley Sherrod. For some folks (and you know who you are), that’s just fine. They think she’s at about 14:59:59 on her 15 minutes of fame. But Sherrod has handled the entire situation with a grace to which those who are thrust unprepared into the glaring national spotlight should aspire. That includes her handling of whether she will take that big job that Agriculture Secretary Vilsack offered her last week.

According to CBS News’s Political Hotsheet, Georgia’s second most famous rural farmer (loosely defined -- and don’t make me put the name of the most famous one on the Friday Political Opinions Quiz) is deciding whether to accept Vilsack’s verbal offer last week to become the deputy director of the office of advocacy and outreach at the USDA. Sherrod told CBS News producer Daniel Steinberger that she just started reading over the written offer this morning. Of course she has a lot of questions. "I need to have a conversation with someone," she told Steinberger. This is what’s called due diligence. Something that went MIA in the rush to fire her last week.

Sherrod hopes to make a decision by next week. She should take all the time she needs. This is her life and livelihood. And she needs to be as careful with her next steps as the grown-ups at USDA were careless in putting her in this position in the first place.

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 27, 2010; 1:28 PM ET
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Sherrod has been fighting for poor farmers for decades. Thousands of Black farmers are still waiting on the $1 Billion settlement money from discrimination by federal agencies. Here is where the money can easily come from:


I want my babyback..babyback..babyback, I want my babyback..babyback..babyback….Billions

Pull the $1 Billion for restitution from the annual $15 Billion USDA Feedstock and Cotton Subsidies to Rich Farming Companies. That’s $150 Billion over 10 years to Rich farming conglomerates while victims of decades of abuse and discrimination cannot get a dime.

Total USDA Subsidies in Iowa, 1995-2009: USDA Subsidies to farms in Iowa totaled $20,941,000,000.00®ionname=Iowa

Total USDA Subsidies in Tennessee, 1995-2009: USDA Subsidies to farms in Tennessee totaled $3,112,000,000.00®ionname=Tennessee

Total USDA Subsidies in Alabama, 1995-2009: USDA Subsidies to farms in Alabama totaled $2,751,000,000.00®ionname=Alabama

Posted by: Airborne82 | July 27, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

The only point we may differ on is her "15 minutes". To me, Shirley Sherrod is a shining beacon of light who lives the Christian ideal. If there is anyone who should be racist it is her. If there is any woman who should want revenge for the brutal murder of her father, it is Ms. Sherrod. But in the end, Shirley Sherrod accomplishes where leaders of political parties fail: she communicates humanity.

In one of the interviews I saw she brought out a great point about the "blackness" of Barack Obama. In doing so, she proves that the skin color of the individual does not necessarily define their identity. The President didn't grow up in poverty. While exposed to it in various parts of the world, Barack Obama did not develop into manhood under the typical American black male stereotype. We, the people, in concert with most of the mainstream media have painted a broad stroke of the Obama portrait and in doing so we have provided a great disservice.

This White House needs to stop operating in the "First Black President" mode. While maintaining sensitivity to racial issues, they must be bold and project leadership in challenging those who use the buzz words which incite the divides. Barack Obama doesn't need the political spin of Axelrod and Emmanuel. He would be better served by having more Shirley Sherrods in his Administration.

Posted by: SilasKain | July 27, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

It is Labor Day weekend 2009 and my block has a party. So I walk up the block to converse with my neighbors whom are sitting in the front of their houses. The conversation went like this. Don’t speak English, and then the stare with nothing else.

Sitting in a Steam sauna at the Bally’s facility in Countryside Illinois, discussing world politics, a Mexican said you know what the problem is…You are the problem…You are the problem because you were born and raised in this country.

Walking down the street in Berwyn after parking my car, there were 3-5 Mexicans playing football on the street. I was concerned about my car getting hit somehow, so I said to the group, “There is a park at the end of the street with grass and is made to play football on. Why do you not go there to play rather than maybe sliding on the asphalt street, running into a light pole, or hitting a car.” Bam a football hits a car. To their delight they just laughed and said that is our car. Then they said this is a “free country and we can choose to do what we want and we choose to play football here.

Posted by: OptionJohn | July 27, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Sherrod has handled the entire situation with grace? Does that include her false claims of rascism against FOX News? SHE IS A RACIST!!!!

Posted by: Jmacaco4 | July 27, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Sherrod has handled the entire situation with grace? Does that include her false claims of rascism against FOX News? SHE IS A RACIST!!!!

Posted by: Jmacaco4 | July 27, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey Jmacaco4--

If FOX News is not, in fact, racist, then they are certainly race-baiters, stirring up the fears and anger of people like you who have this paranoid delusion that your country (1850's America) is being taken away from you. FOX, Beck, Limbaugh, are playing a dangerous, cynical game of cultural polarization for political gain and financial profit, which is almost more disturbing than if they actually were bigoted. And nitwits like yourself fall for their schtick hook, line and sinker because you are the ones who are, in fact, ignorant racists.

Posted by: amabo1 | July 27, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

she deserves her life back. and any job the whitehouse can give her maybe she should be press secretary basied on what ive seen of her she would do a better job than gibbs. and last again out of msnbc fox cnn and all the networks and there news ancors and show host only one person got it right. not keith oberman, not anderson cooper, it was glenn beck. while others where throwing her from the train , the presedent included. glenn beck did not report on the story till he had the full story and then took her side. you know that used to be the medias job , tell the whole story my how things changed

Posted by: wech0201 | July 27, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

It may very well be the case that the sociopaths at Fraud News are not themselves racist, in the sense of believing or assuming that it's OK to discriminate for or against people on the basis of their skin color. In which case, what they are doing is much worse -- encouraging people who are racist or easily led by the nose to develop a sense of grievance and civil discord for the sake of $$$$$$$$.

It's long past time that the President and the "leadership" of the Democratic Party stopped quaking in fear that the people who have vowed explicitly that they would rather have the President fail than the country success may say mean things about them.

Posted by: edallan | July 28, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Hosea Hudson

Posted by: profquiche | July 29, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

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