USDA official resigns over Breitbart tape of NAACP speech

posted at 8:21 pm on July 19, 2010 by Allahpundit

That was fast.

The Agriculture Department announced Monday, shortly after FoxNews.com published its initial report on the video, that Sherrod had resigned.

“There is zero tolerance for discrimination at USDA, and I strongly condemn any act of discrimination against any person,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a written statement. “We have been working hard through the past 18 months to reverse the checkered civil rights history at the department and take the issue of fairness and equality very seriously.

Here’s Ed’s post on the vid in case you missed it this morning. It’s a great write-up, but The Anchoress adds an important wrinkle: Doesn’t it sound like Sherrod was building to a “but” before the clip cut out?

Doesn’t it seem like, after all of that sort of winking, “you and I know how they really are” racist crap wherein Sherrod–intentionally or not–indicts her own narrow focus, she was heading to a more edifying message? What did it open her eyes about? Was she about to say “I took him to one of his own, but it shouldn’t have mattered about that; my job was to serve all the farmers who needed help.”

Was she about to say, “I learned about myself and about how far we still have to go?”

Was she about to say “it’s not poor vs those who have, because we are not at war, we are just in the same human reality that ever was?”

Was she about to say, “poor is poor, hungry is hungry and the past is the past when a family can’t eat?”

I want to see the rest of the tape. I cannot believe Sherrod ended on “I took him to one of his own.” Either she said something much worse after that (which we would have seen) or she said something much better.

I assume Breitbart’s edit is fair to the spirit of her remarks; if it isn’t, rest assured that Media Matters or whoever will produce the full tape of the event and demand to know why essential context was bowdlerized. And speaking of Breitbart, didn’t he claim to have “tapes” — plural — of racism at NAACP events? Perhaps that explains his latest Tweet, written half an hour before I’m posting this: “Hey @ericboehlert & the mostly male Caucasian @mmfa ‘senior fellows’: Get some rest. Tomorrow’s gonna be long day & first of many in a row.” Hmmmm.

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Try to imagine how much of this racist trash talk is going on in the Obama administration where there are no cameras.

rplat on July 20, 2010 at 7:50 AM

Americans will always incorrectly generalize about all Republicans as racist because of a few are bigots, bigot-enablers and bigot-sympathizers. Unfortunately, the percentage of GOPpers giving in to base rhetoric and associations has increased right along with the mocking.

Yeah race card, again, you know what those you just happen to disagree with politically think about race. You are a joke. You are both dishonest and an idiot. You have yet to make one logical argument based on facts. Instead, you simply say to everybody – “the gop is racist”, “conservatives are racist”. Do you honestly believe you are making an argument or are engaged in debate?

We point to things O! does based entirely on race, and you come back and say “teh gop is racist”. That’s it. And in your little mind you think you are making a point and that you are some kind of noble race warrior.

I would guess that you are in college because you spew the most basic leftist cliches in your comments – the kind of stuff college kids spew thinking they are deep and informed. Instead you just continue to show yourself to be both ignorant and dishonest.

Monkeytoe on July 20, 2010 at 7:57 AM

As well she should.

CynicalOptimist on July 20, 2010 at 7:59 AM

OT: and maybe it’s been mentioned by Daily Caller has a post today on how those Journolist clowns discussed countering the revelations about Jeremiah Wright by calling conservative figures racists.

http://dailycaller.com/2010/07/20/documents-show-media-plotting-to-kill-stories-about-rev-jeremiah-wright/

From the post:

In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”

BuckeyeSam on July 20, 2010 at 8:02 AM

And speaking of Breitbart, didn’t he claim to have “tapes” — plural — of racism at NAACP events? Perhaps that explains his latest Tweet, written half an hour before I’m posting this

Tough talk from Andrew Breitbart makes me swoon and sigh. He’s an alpha male, and every woman knows it.

**swoon**

**sigh**

;)

Grace_is_sufficient on July 20, 2010 at 8:10 AM

I guess the race card will come back on and claim that her resignation is yet more proof that republicans are racist.

Monkeytoe on July 20, 2010 at 8:12 AM

So, the question is; who will hire her now ? The NAACP, ACORN, make her a czar ? That’s the trail to follow.

Jeff2161 on July 20, 2010 at 8:31 AM

“We have been working hard through the past 18 months to reverse the checkered civil rights history at the department and take the issue of fairness and equality very seriously.

Even when busted, Democrat trash need to hurl that racial rock. Maybe this particular piece of Democrat trash should give an example of what he’s been working to reverse, that I assume was going on during Bush, that only ended with Ballsack took over.

But something tells me, Liberalism being the cowardly religion it is, Ballsack won’t deliver.

MNHawk on July 20, 2010 at 8:53 AM

She will be replaced with another racist. This adminstration is saturated with racists at every level. Expect the intensity of racial hatred from these thugs to elevate to levels never before seen as the election nears. There are no boundaries.

volsense on July 20, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Sidenote: If racism is about abuse of power, why did the NAACP condemn members of the tea party of being racist? How much power can a handful of loons at a tea party rally have?

sarainitaly on July 20, 2010 at 5:58 AM

Because the NAACP is working with a different definition of racism than the one you stated.

By their definition white people that oppose Obama are racist. By their definition blacks that oppose Obama are “Uncle Toms.

They go by the ol’ addage: KISS–keep it simple stupid!

Gang-of-One on July 20, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Having Michelle Obama as a key speaker at the (racist) NAACP convention, only proves how out-of-touch the Obama Admin is with the American people.

TN Mom on July 20, 2010 at 9:46 AM

The classic NAACP definition of racism is bigotry with the power to act on it. They normally say that blacks can’t be racist, because they don’t have the poper. But in this case, she was using her power to withold aid from the white farmer, BECAUSE he was white. That’s about as clear a case of racism as you’ll ever see.

hawksruleva on July 20, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Mrs. Sherrod is speaking out. According to Byron York on FOX. She says this story happened 27 years ago and that she and the farmer became friends. Is that what her entire speech ultimately stated? Both her employer and the NAACP were quick to denounce her. No matter how this turns out, there are no heroes here so far.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 10:18 AM

I just listened to a recap of this story on the MSM. The narrative is that this happened 24 years ago, she realized her error and then became friends with the white farmer and helped him keep his land; that the story told at the NAACP was one of redemption, of getting beyond race.

Anyone who gets their news from the MSM is now simply going to think Breitbart, Fox and the tea partiers are out for revenge, getting a poor woman fired.

sigh

Firefly_76 on July 20, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Firefly_76 on July 20, 2010 at 10:18 AM

but resign immediately if this is old news?

cmsinaz on July 20, 2010 at 10:26 AM

The classic NAACP definition of racism is bigotry with the power to act on it.

hawksruleva on July 20, 2010 at 10:00 AM

I wish they’d stick to the classic definition–like when they righteously bent over Hallmark for that despicable racist “black whore” graduation card.

All too often the NAACP reminds me of Slick Willy and his, “Depends on what the definition of is is.”

/:)

Gang-of-One on July 20, 2010 at 10:28 AM

WaPo headline:

USDA worker quits over 1986 racial incident

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2010/07/usda_worker_quits_over_racism.html?hpid=topnews

They are playing up that the incident occurred in 86. She gave the speech 4 months ago, as far as I’m aware. That the incident she was retelling to make a point happened 24 years ago is really missing the boat.

Shocking I know.

Dash on July 20, 2010 at 10:29 AM

What about the group she was talking in front of? I can hear “that’s right” being said in the background when she’s talking about the white farmer trying to be superior to her.

It’s hard to believe she gets the group all pumped up and then lands a bomb that her and the white farmer became friends? I wonder if the audience was still saying “that’s right”?

moonsbreath on July 20, 2010 at 10:39 AM

moonsbreath on July 20, 2010 at 10:39 AM

It’s interesting. I don’t know whether she is just rationalizing but it’s hard to believe with everyone running away from her, that that is the outcome of the story.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 10:55 AM

I just listened to a recap of this story on the MSM. The narrative is that this happened 24 years ago, she realized her error and then became friends with the white farmer and helped him keep his land; that the story told at the NAACP was one of redemption, of getting beyond race.

Anyone who gets their news from the MSM is now simply going to think Breitbart, Fox and the tea partiers are out for revenge, getting a poor woman fired.

sigh

Firefly_76 on July 20, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Easy to prove: The NAACP can air the rest of the tape where the USDA official speaks of ‘getting beyond race’. Who/where is her white farmer ‘friend’? Do either exist?Will he come forward to tell if she helped him? And what of the 2nd tape where Sherrod stated “you never get fired from a government job”?

TN Mom on July 20, 2010 at 11:16 AM

CNN is talking to Shirley Sherrod and Eloise Spooner (wife of white farmer).

If you’re not watching it, you’re really missing out.

yo on July 20, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Doesn’t matter if she was referring to an event 24 years ago or yesterday. It’s how she told the story and the use of the words “own kind”. That is clearly a bigoted term given the context.

White people have their “kind” and Black people have their “kind” according to her. That is not a 24 year old sentiment, that is a sentiment she obviously holds to this day. (Or at least back in March)

But I think what Breitbart was trying to exhibit was less about her and more about how the NAACP audience reacted to her story. Remember, he was targeting the NAACP. And she isn’t affiliated with the NAACP that I’m aware of. She was addressing the NAACP.

ButterflyDragon on July 20, 2010 at 11:35 AM

But I think what Breitbart was trying to exhibit was less about her and more about how the NAACP audience reacted to her story. Remember, he was targeting the NAACP. And she isn’t affiliated with the NAACP that I’m aware of. She was addressing the NAACP.

ButterflyDragon on July 20, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Angels on the head of a pin. The MSM will drive the point that the video was taken out of context and that the woman is being unfairly maligned. The other issues, the NAACP reaction, her language, her attitude about federal government employment…none of it will matter now.

The NAACP has retracted its condemnation of Sherrod’s statement; shortly she’ll be reinstated at USDA.

Firefly_76 on July 20, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Beck is covering it now. WH pressured her into immediate resignation when it learned Beck planned to air the story.

Beck said to WH: I know more about you than you think I know. Yes, believe me, she will be on the show tonight.

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 11:57 AM

It’s interesting. I don’t know whether she is just rationalizing but it’s hard to believe with everyone running away from her, that that is the outcome of the story.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Her statements in the second video about getting a government job because you can’t get fired could not have helped.

hawkdriver on July 20, 2010 at 12:02 PM

In the fourth hour of Glenn Beck’s show,
Pat says Glenn is likely to have her tell her side of the story on his FNC show this afternoon, and likely demand the WH reinstate her in her job.

If… IF this clip was pulled out of context and distorted as she claims, it won’t be hard to prove it (by showing the rest of the clip) and it will leave a bad stink on those associated with it. I’d hate to see Breitbart damaged like that. It’s not a killer, but it sure leaves a mark.

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 12:25 PM

According to newsbusters, she’s blaming fox news and the tea party…predictable….

cmsinaz on July 20, 2010 at 12:36 PM

chrissy will be blaming them as well and will be all sympathetic towards her today…guaranteed

cmsinaz on July 20, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Boo hoo. Take your pension and go.

jeanie on July 20, 2010 at 1:19 PM

I’m having a hard time getting worked up over this. Especially since we don’t see the full speech. So, she witheld some of her power and sent him to a lawyer. Big woop. Don’t we as conservatives say we should depend on the feds for as little as possible anyway?

boomer on July 20, 2010 at 1:31 PM

My my, the posts have seemed to dry up on this one … but that happens I guess when you respond to twisted facts based on destroying individuals.

This blogger is like most, full of hot air and with motives not to enlighten people but to destroy those who do not think like you.

Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 11:09 AM

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