Video: Sherrod says incident didn’t occur at USDA

posted at 1:36 pm on July 20, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The USDA political appointee pushed into resigning over a tape from a 2009 NAACP awards dinner now claims that the incident she described in the speech didn’t occur at the USDA but almost a quarter-century earlier at a nonprofit. Shirley Sherrod tells CNN that she tried to explain the anecdote to the Obama administration, but that the White House was too frightened of “Fox and the Tea Party” to listen to her explanation:

Sherrod told CNN on Tuesday the incident she discusses in the clip took place more than two decades ago, and she recounted it to an audience to make the point that people should move beyond race.

“I was telling the story of how working with him helped me to see the issue is not about race,” she said. “It’s about those who have versus those who do not have.”

Sherrod said Tuesday that her remarks were taken out of context.

“I was speaking to that group, like I’ve done many groups, and I tell them about a time when I thought the issue was race and race only,” Sherrod said on CNN’s “American Morning” from her home in Albany, Georgia. The incident took place in 1986, while she worked for a nonprofit and before she joined the Agriculture Department, she said.

Be sure to note the word only in Sherrod’s explanation.  As I wrote yesterday, it did appear that Sherrod was starting to make a point in the clip about eschewing ethnic identity politics in order to focus on poverty. However, she then doubles back and says, “It is about white and black” as well as poverty. The point of her story wound up being that it was about both, a view that puts her outside of the mainstream — and apparently outside of the Obama administration’s comfort zone for honesty.

The larger point here, though, is not so much Sherrod’s speech but the embrace that her message had at the NAACP.  No one in this tape is heard objecting to her admission of giving short shrift to a client based on his skin color. Even the NAACP wound up pointing that out as “disturbing” in their initial response to the Sherrod tape:

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

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

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

The reaction from many in the audience is disturbing. We will be looking into the behavior of NAACP representatives at this local event and take any appropriate action.

We thank those who brought this to our national office’s attention, as there are hundreds of local fundraising dinners each year.

I think the NAACP and the White House acted wisely in this case. It’s impossible to argue with that statement, and kudos to them for resisting the urge to circle the wagons.

Greg Hengler notes that this isn’t CNN’s only bite at the apple for this story. John Roberts and Kiran Chetry do a passable job in presenting the argument, but later, Tony Harris goes into full softball mode:

Sherrod and others can complain about Fox News and the editing of the tape, but two points should be remembered. First, Andrew Breitbart made it clear to me last night that this was the entirety of the speech he had in his possession. He also wants to find the whole speech and is trying to get it. Second, this has a lot more substantiation and evidence of racism than what the Journolist attempted to cook up against Fred Barnes and Karl Rove, among others — or for that matter, what the NAACP has to accuse the Tea Party movement as a whole of being racist.


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I have to assume the NAACP has the full tape. If they won’t release it now, I have to assume it’s to hide some bad stuff that’s on it.

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 2:22 PM

I hear tell they won’t release the “full” tape. You know it’s gotta be bad. Worse than what we’ve heard so far if NAACP won’t release it.

mjk on July 20, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Megyn Kelly was supposed to interview her at 1:30 pm but it never happened…

LurkerDood on July 20, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Hmmm…

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 2:25 PM

I hear tell they won’t release the “full” tape. You know it’s gotta be bad. Worse than what we’ve heard so far if NAACP won’t release it.

mjk on July 20, 2010 at 2:25 PM

I’d say that’s a pretty safe bet. Bad. Real bad.

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Megyn Kelly was supposed to interview her at 1:30 pm but it never happened…

LurkerDood on July 20, 2010 at 2:19 PM

I wonder why, taking on the “villain” would have been so heroic.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Damn that Fox news! They have to stop telling the truth.

faol on July 20, 2010 at 2:27 PM

My guess is that if she is going to be on Beck’s show, they wanted it to exclusive.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 2:29 PM

So the Lady gives a speech denouncing her own discriminatory actions in front of the NAACP – an action she REVERSED – by helping the white farmer and later becoming FRIENDS with him and his wife – and she gets canned?

TruUSA on July 20, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Go back to sleep now. Grandma will have the milk warm when you wake up.

Gregor on July 20, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Damn that Fox news! They have to stop telling the truth.

faol on July 20, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Yeah, I can see the talking points going out now. This poor lady was forced out by FoxNews and the Tea Party. Again we’ll see the left siding with fringe people and defending bigotry in order to cover for the NAACP and the Obama Administration.

Doughboy on July 20, 2010 at 2:30 PM

I still find it curious that she did not fight for her job if this is all so very innocent.

No support from the USDA? And why is that? Because the rest of the story doesn’t jibe with victimhood?

Something’s off here.

tru2tx on July 20, 2010 at 2:30 PM

I’m pretty sure David Duke never wore a Klan outfit to congress, either. But the fact that he’d worn one in the past still made him a pretty crappy person for the job.

Blacklake on July 20, 2010 at 2:31 PM

So just releasing the tape… no other pressure (that I know of) = forcing her out. Oh reeeeeaaaally?

WitchDoctor on July 20, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Why are we still waiting for the full film …?

MNHawk on July 20, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Because Breitbart’s waiting it out, allowing the media to do all of their traditional spinning, and then he’ll release more tapes to humiliate them. He knows how they operate, which is why he never releases everything at once.

There’s more coming. Bet on it.

Gregor on July 20, 2010 at 2:32 PM

all the media outlets are spinning this as a “conservative attack by Fox and conservative blogger Breitbart” with an out of context video.

“macaca”.

That says it all.

F the left.

rickyricardo on July 20, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Chickened out from meeting with M. Kelly

Logic on July 20, 2010 at 2:34 PM

My guess is that if she is going to be on Beck’s show, they wanted it to exclusive.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Maybe that’s it. Makes sense.

Why didn’t the WH and NAACP circle the wagons for her, instead of hanging her out to dry?

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Because Breitbart’s waiting it out, allowing the media to do all of their traditional spinning, and then he’ll release more tapes to humiliate them. He knows how they operate, which is why he never releases everything at once.

There’s more coming. Bet on it.

Gregor on July 20, 2010 at 2:32 PM

After the ACORN videos, you’d think they would have learned Breitbart’s M.O. But apparently you can’t fix stupid.

mjk on July 20, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Megyn Kelly was supposed to interview her at 1:30 pm but it never happened…

LurkerDood on July 20, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Maybe Sharrod saw the video of Megyn and KP smackdown ….and backed out

macncheez on July 20, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Sherrod is stupid.
it is not about what happened 20 years ago. It is about
1 her big mouth and racist story recently at the NAACP
2 The fact she did this has no expiration date.
3 She was involved in a court case exactly like this seeking over a billion dollars for black farmers. She was guilty of doing to a white guy what she sued over for black farmers.

Pot calling kettle black

“A lot of people tell me that the black farmer would come in there and fill out the paperwork and won’t get a loan until almost time to harvest the crop,” said the elder Mays.

Black Farmers filed the Pigford Class Action Lawsuit in 1997 against the USDA for discrimination in loan practices. Now advocates say the Obama settlement offer is good news, but still not enough money to make up for what it cost.

“One point 25 billion is not enough,” said Shirley Sherrod Georgia Director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives. “So now we’re scrambling to see what we are going to do.”

In 2008′s Farm Bill the offer was $100 million. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack says he wants to correct past errors by the USDA and move forward with a new civil rights program.

Sherrod is a massive hypocrit. Most folks don’t know about her case.

seven on July 20, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Why didn’t the WH and NAACP circle the wagons for her, instead of hanging her out to dry?

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 2:35 PM

fall guy
n. Slang
1. A scapegoat.
2. A gullible victim; a dupe.

tru2tx on July 20, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Why didn’t the WH and NAACP circle the wagons for her, instead of hanging her out to dry?

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 2:35 PM

When has the WH ever circled the wagon for anyone? The only one they circle the wagon for is BHO.

As for the NAACP, they want to make this go away ASAP. They idiotically decided to start a campaign against Tea Party racism (most likely to energize the base of the democratic party) only to have it backfire on them.

MeatHeadinCA on July 20, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Maybe Sharrod saw the video of Megyn and KP smackdown ….and backed out

macncheez on July 20, 2010 at 2:36 PM

OK, I just have to go there… what makes you think she watches “white television”?

MeatHeadinCA on July 20, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Why are we still waiting for the full film …?

MNHawk on July 20, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Because Breitbart’s waiting it out, allowing the media to do all of their traditional spinning, and then he’ll release more tapes to humiliate them….
There’s more coming. Bet on it.

Gregor on July 20, 2010 at 2:32 PM

That would be my hunch too. And Breitbart told us yesterday there’s plenty more to come.

But I understand from Ed’s post, Breitbart doesn’t have the full Sherrod clip.

First, Andrew Breitbart made it clear to me last night that this was the entirety of the speech he had in his possession. He also wants to find the whole speech and is trying to get it.

So what’s to come must be different clips.

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 2:41 PM

She will sue for racial discrimination in termination.
Then she can explain her own bigotry and discrimination. She can also explain if she learned anything from the Pigford class action case.

seven on July 20, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Maybe Sharrod saw the video of Megyn and KP smackdown ….and backed out

macncheez on July 20, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Sharrod is NOT interested in the truth. She is only going to appear on shows that will not question her in any way.

Freddy on July 20, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Why didn’t the WH and NAACP circle the wagons for her, instead of hanging her out to dry?

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 2:35 PM

This isn’t uncommon, and I think this WH is finding out that they don’t have enough wagons to circle the problems.

Gee. The next thing they might realize is that they are incompetent, racist ideologues.

Self realization is a beotch!

Cody1991 on July 20, 2010 at 2:42 PM

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 2:35 PM

I have to assume that a full viewing of the video doesn’t quite overcome the part the world has seen.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 2:42 PM

So what’s to come must be different clips.

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Leaving the lefties trying desperately defend Sherrod while more videos come out showing the true beast of the NAACP… sounds like a winning strategy.

MeatHeadinCA on July 20, 2010 at 2:43 PM

The whitehouse knows about her racial shakedown track record. It was known when she was appointed. Obama luvs people with an edgy background. She has sued Crackers before.

seven on July 20, 2010 at 2:44 PM

all the media outlets are spinning this as a “conservative attack by Fox and conservative blogger Breitbart” with an out of context video.

if that’s true….then why the resignation? “out of context” video? So why is the WH all upset?

ted c on July 20, 2010 at 2:45 PM

I’m sure she’s a perfectly nice lady who told a well-intentioned story, revealing her own perspective to her detriment.

However, the fact is that the NAACP needs to grow up and realize that people aren’t just going to keep silent while they lob their smear bombs anymore.

Look for every organization to receive the very same treatment that they dish out.

People are done with this R card nonsense.

AnninCA on July 20, 2010 at 2:45 PM

For a second there I thought Sherrod and the NAACP were taking their licks and going to deal with this honorably.

WHAT was I THINKING?

Obviously the MFM is going to help them hide the nodding and approval of racism, and blame the perennial bogey-men Fox News and the evil TEA Party (because not wanting ruinously high taxation is RACIST). Not to mention making the story about HER and not the NAACP membership’s reaction, which was the whole point.

To those who *wish* that kind of vituperation and racially-charged argument would go away – sorry, it’s what you get. Wishes aren’t horses.

IN THEORY, there could be a setup involving another quote from her before that segment at the same speech – before the segment – providing “context,” but it would be hard to imagine that context being carefully avoided the whole time she told the story, and even harder to explain the audience’s reaction.

Merovign on July 20, 2010 at 2:46 PM

MeatHeadinCA on July 20, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Good points. Yes, the NAALCP’s Jealous seems to be waxing a bit defensive nowadays.

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 2:47 PM

if that’s true….then why the resignation? “out of context” video? So why is the WH all upset?

ted c on July 20, 2010 at 2:45 PM

My guess is that they intend to continue painting the teaparty as “fringe.” It doesn’t look good to see overt racism in an institution as old as the NAACP. LOL*

I must say, this is one funny story to me.

AnninCA on July 20, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Sherrod is a liar in this video interview. Since I have video conferencing equipment, it is used in my company for depositions. Watch her eyes, she is fabricating the story as she gets the question.
(I am also a psychologist)
I wont get into the defensive answers.
She has a track record of suing Crackers.
“I know how black people were treated” “My father was murdered” by whitey. This is developing as a social justice exercise. Get even and make things right.

seven on July 20, 2010 at 2:49 PM

IN THEORY, there could be a setup involving another quote from her before that segment at the same speech – before the segment – providing “context,” but it would be hard to imagine that context being carefully avoided the whole time she told the story, and even harder to explain the audience’s reaction.

Merovign on July 20, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Or Breitbart is sitting on that other tape that is even more incendiary.

AnninCA on July 20, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Jealous seems to be waxing a bit defensive nowadays.

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 2:47 PM

And for good reason. Look what happened to ACORN.

MeatHeadinCA on July 20, 2010 at 2:51 PM

She will sue for racial discrimination in termination.

They’ll never let it get to that. They will buy her off first.

Probably, she’s in negotiations as we speak, and part of it was to not go on the Fox network for the interview. :)

(This is how it really works, btw, in private business.)

AnninCA on July 20, 2010 at 2:51 PM

can we see the full tape now?

sesquipedalian on July 20, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Did you read Ed’s post up there? We have seen the full tape, or at least we’ve seen all that Andrew’s seen. There’s no proof that this was an official recording and no proof that this was anything other than one audience member’s short clip.

Farmer’s wife says fired USDA official helped save their land

sesquipedalian on July 20, 2010 at 1:50 PM

So the Lady gives a speech denouncing her own discriminatory actions in front of the NAACP – an action she REVERSED – by helping the white farmer and later becoming FRIENDS with him and his wife – and she gets canned?

TruUSA on July 20, 2010 at 2:03 PM

And how do we know that any of that story was true? The woman likely worked with more than one white farmer, and she certainly didn’t name the man in that speech.

Esthier on July 20, 2010 at 2:51 PM

The whitehouse knows about her racial shakedown track record. It was known when she was appointed. Obama luvs people with an edgy background. She has sued Crackers before.

seven on July 20, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Whoa. You’re so right:

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/Examiner-Opinion-Zone/Shirley-Sherrods-Disappearing-Act-Not-So-Fast-98846149.html

tru2tx on July 20, 2010 at 2:52 PM

“I know how black people were treated” “My father was murdered” by whitey. This is developing as a social justice exercise. Get even and make things right.

seven on July 20, 2010 at 2:49 PM

You’re probably right. And she probably did lose someone in a horrible way.

That generation saw a lot of personal violence.

AnninCA on July 20, 2010 at 2:52 PM

And how do we know that any of that story was true? The woman likely worked with more than one white farmer, and she certainly didn’t name the man in that speech.

Esthier on July 20, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Good point. It could be “anyman.”

The next funny story would be if someone stepped up and said, “I’m the one she discriminated against.”

LOL*

Karma sucks.

AnninCA on July 20, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Obama to Sherrod: “You’ve been unmasked and even our friendly media can’t stay away from the story. Go stand in the corner with Van Jones.”

What’s great about this is that if the NAACP hadn’t embarrassed itself with its resolution and increased the cries of racism to a fever pitch, Sherrod would never have had to resign. It’s a twofer.

BuckeyeSam on July 20, 2010 at 2:54 PM

if that’s true….then why the resignation? “out of context” video? So why is the WH all upset?

ted c on July 20, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Because the WH acted stupidly, again?

More seriously, the sole reason for Obama not taking his usual interminable amount of time to collect all relevant information so he can make an intelligent and fully considered decision was because he needed to get this kicked off the news cycle and save his, and the NAACP’s, sorry a$$es.

General McCrystal got better treatment than this and it wasn’t for opinions he had 24 years ago.

Dusty on July 20, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Why are we still waiting for the full film …?

MNHawk on July 20, 2010 at 2:19 PM
Because Breitbart’s waiting it out, allowing the media to do all of their traditional spinning, and then he’ll release more tapes to humiliate them. He knows how they operate, which is why he never releases everything at once.

There’s more coming. Bet on it.

Gregor on July 20, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Breitbart says that’s all that he has. It’s all the other groups I’m referring to. The ones that says she’s taken out of context, if only we saw the full film.

I ask the defenders, where’s the full film? Bring it on. No, not some 82 year old woman that’s supposedly the one Sherrod was referring to (ya right.) Yhe full film that exonerates Sherrod.

But we know there will never be a full film released. The mention of that by the usual suspects is only for the consumption of the Little Green Comic Book Boyz of the world. Tomorrow, the Little Green Comic Book Boyz will just assume the film was released than that is that.

Just like the film that “proved” tea party n-words.

MNHawk on July 20, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Racism has become the crutch excuse and retaliatory club for inconvenient truths and performance failures. I think it’s time to thoroughly demote the importance of racial prejudice claims. America is not a Jim Crow society – but pretending like it is seems to sell a lot of newspapers and blog ads.

Mark30339 on July 20, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Well, there is an easy way to date her remarks. She said in the video that Congress had recently changed regulations to allow some new sort of bankruptcy for family farms. Find out when that regulation went into effect and there is a rough date … some time “recently” after the regulation change.

crosspatch on July 20, 2010 at 2:57 PM

The full film exonerating Sherrod is right there with the tape showing the Tea partiers yelling racial epithets at the black Congressman….

sandee on July 20, 2010 at 2:59 PM

The whitehouse knows about her racial shakedown track record. It was known when she was appointed.
seven on July 20, 2010 at 2:44 PM

My understanding is she was appointed a few days after the Pigford $13M victory, and she was on Øbama‘s appointee short list. More about her background might be interesting.

http://www.nationalaglawcenter.org/a…d-vilsack.html

http://www.ruraldevelopment.org/shirleydirector.html

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Sherrod says incident didn’t occur at USDA

That means she’s not a racist. Or something.

BobMbx on July 20, 2010 at 3:04 PM

WHOA! why was Sherrod appointed by Vilsack when she won a very lucrative lawsuit against Vilsack and the USDA?
Very interesting
They need this to go away fast.

ORconservative on July 20, 2010 at 3:05 PM

The USDA political appointee pushed into resigning over a tape from a 2009 NAACP awards dinner now claims that the incident she described in the speech didn’t occur at the USDA but almost a quarter-century earlier at a nonprofit.

Really. Apart from the fact that it doesn’t matter since she relayed the incident acting in this case as an administration official, it would be interesting to know how many times the story has been shared before, and with whom.

DaydreamBeliever on July 20, 2010 at 3:06 PM

The whitehouse knows about her racial shakedown track record. It was known when she was appointed. Obama luvs people with an edgy background. She has sued Crackers before.

seven on July 20, 2010 at 2:44 PM

‘Shakedown’? Did you say, ‘SHAKEDOWN?’ Uhhhh….. that’s why Sharpton is an adviser to the “WH”, isn’t it?

And isn’t that what the “Shakedown in Chief” did to BP? There’s a pattern here, no? Don’t do anything to make money or do anything productive, just extort it from others.

It’s called “redistribution,” and by any other name it’s called, theft.

Oh, snap! That’s what has been going on since the 60′s !!!!

Anyone feel violated, or have you just become used to it.

Patterns of abuse have to be broken – on all levels.

Cody1991 on July 20, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Well, there is an easy way to date her remarks. She said in the video that Congress had recently changed regulations to allow some new sort of bankruptcy for family farms. Find out when that regulation went into effect and there is a rough date … some time “recently” after the regulation change.

crosspatch on July 20, 2010 at 2:57 PM

That’s already been done. I think it was 68′. Anyway, it was years ago.

AnninCA on July 20, 2010 at 3:08 PM

I like Sherrod. At least she is transparent. She was recorded sharing her racist discriminatory employment history.
We don’t care if it was at the USDA> It could be at the carwash. Situational ethics say it depends on location. It was wrong. So was sueing for millions for farmers when you were guilty of what you accused others of.

seven on July 20, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Racism has become the crutch excuse and retaliatory club for inconvenient truths and performance failures. I think it’s time to thoroughly demote the importance of racial prejudice claims. America is not a Jim Crow society – but pretending like it is seems to sell a lot of newspapers and blog ads.

Mark30339 on July 20, 2010 at 2:55 PM

I think this is the whole point of why we as conservatives push these stories – to show that most of the race baiting and racial politics are simply b.s. and used for nothing more than to acquire power. It is time for the general public to stop buying the liberals’/media’s claims that every republican is racist and every conservative idea is a subtle way to hurt blacks.

This is never to say that racism is entirely gone from american life – but it is no longer institutionalized anywhere, not in gov’t, not in business, not in social settings. Employment discrimination laws are out of hand and allow people to sue based on the most b.s. facts. The incidence of true racial discrimination in the workplace or in gov’t services is so low now as to be non-existent, and we are not to a point where it happens almost as much by black / hispanic / other perpetrators as it does by white perpetrators.

I don’t believe a society can every get 100% rid of racism or discrimination, and there is more cost then benefit in attempting to get rid of the last 0.1% of such thinking by the idiots among us. Keep anti-discrimination laws on the books, but narrow them so that they only apply to true discrimination and stop with all this other race-baiting nonsense.

But, the simple truth is, how would dems get elected without race-baiting? Thus, we will never see the end of it, as long as it is politically useful.

Monkeytoe on July 20, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Shakedown I meant sharing.

seven on July 20, 2010 at 3:11 PM

So she backed out of appearing on Meghyn’s show. How…forthcoming.

kingsjester on July 20, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Just a little on labor law. I suspect the gubment lawyers offered her a chice of being fired or resigning. resignation would make her record look better. If she resigned, she would sign a termination agreement. The employer under law can’t discuss personell terminations or firings. She may have to sign a non disclosure document to get severence. That will shut her off the news programs.
Her talking this up tells me she is not finished. In otherwords, her termination exercise is not completed.

seven on July 20, 2010 at 3:16 PM

She says the incident didn’t occur at the USDA….? Well, of course it didn’t, it occurred at an NAACP event….duh.

ted c on July 20, 2010 at 3:16 PM

I don’t believe a society can every get 100% rid of racism or discrimination, and there is more cost then benefit in attempting to get rid of the last 0.1% of such thinking by the idiots among us. Keep anti-discrimination laws on the books, but narrow them so that they only apply to true discrimination and stop with all this other race-baiting nonsense.

Ditto. And, frankly, most of the really hard work of eliminating it doesn’t happen in politics or even legal circles: It’s in families.

One generation softens attitudes, and pretty soon, we’re looking at history, not reality today.

It’s always gradual.

AnninCA on July 20, 2010 at 3:17 PM

It looks like the right wing conspiracy just threw her through a plate glass window and took a picture of her bleeding and sent it in a Christmas Card to everyone in the NAACP.

Thanks for the tactical advice Journolist!

tommylotto on July 20, 2010 at 3:18 PM

She needs to run to the all white MSNBC and do interviews.Keith has an agschool education and they could hire her as a nuevo pundito.

seven on July 20, 2010 at 3:18 PM

WHOA! why was Sherrod appointed by Vilsack when she won a very lucrative lawsuit against Vilsack and the USDA?Very interesting
They need this to go away fast.

ORconservative on July 20, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Hmmmm. I’d really like to know the answer to that question….Mr. Vilsack? well?

ted c on July 20, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Megyn Kelly was supposed to interview her at 1:30 pm but it never happened…

LurkerDood on July 20, 2010 at 2:19 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IffnY3RY918

LurkerDood on July 20, 2010 at 3:18 PM

“I sent him to one of his own kind”.

Maybe he and the lawyer she sent him to were Jewish. Yeah…that’s what she meant.

How about they were both old?

In addition, she felt compelled to not help him because, after all, he was acting uppity. Most likely, that was the greatest sin that day…outside of him being white.

BobMbx on July 20, 2010 at 3:19 PM

So she backed out of appearing on Meghyn’s show. How…forthcoming.

kingsjester on July 20, 2010 at 3:16 PM

A lawyer got to her. I’d bet my last buck on it. More to come.

Frankly, that would be truly, truly funny to me. The story last week on Holder directing the DOJ to avoid any lawsuit that portrayed blacks as aggressors in the voting rights issue was the true bomb story, but it really never grew legs. The fact that a well respected DOJ life lawyer resigned because of his outrage over this flew past most people.

THIS is drama, so it’s getting attention. Wait until she sues this administration, though, for discrimination. LOL*

That’s gonna bite.

AnninCA on July 20, 2010 at 3:20 PM

I like that article that said that being accused of white on black racism no longer carries much weight. Tend to agree. Most of the racism, of any kind, now comes from some black groups either overtly or otherwise. How the times have changed. Guess I have to thank Obama for something after all.

jeanie on July 20, 2010 at 3:20 PM

That’s already been done. I think it was 68′. Anyway, it was years ago.

[AnninCA on July 20, 2010 at 3:08 PM]

Well, it could have been about any time, since it seems they change the laws every year, but I’d be willing to bet it was wasn’t 1968 but around 1985 as Sherrod indicates and I blame Jessica Lange’s Congressional testimony.

Dusty on July 20, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Picking and choosing issues from the comments:
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If this incident happened 20+ years ago, then:
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1. How is this a gotcha tape
2. What is Sherrod’s work history since then? Do her comments fit her last 20 years of behavior?
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But whether the incident is recent or 20+ years old:
3. With all those witnesses (i.e., the audience, of apparently respectible, influential people), how is it that Sherrod was not flagged as a racist, and one who wouldn’t do her job due to race bias?
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As far as the tape is concerned, stealth videotaping sould show much more camera motion. This tape looks like a paid, professonal, everyone-saw-the-cameraman video. It’s very likely there’s more than one copy.
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Why do the people with the original tape not release it? How about some of the people in the audience step forward and … ?
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As posted earlier, Breitbart either 1) has shown all that he has of this tape, or 2) is waiting to catch one or more MSM journalists in a lie or 10.
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But there’s at least one good thing to come from all this: We now know the answer to The Exit Question to End All Exit Questions:

E.Q. When was the last time you heard of a Federal Official being fired?

(quoting someone, I just can’t remember who …)
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A. Earlier today, 20 July 2010

Arbalest on July 20, 2010 at 3:21 PM

WHOA! why was Sherrod appointed by Vilsack when she won a very lucrative lawsuit against Vilsack and the USDA?Very interesting

They need this to go away fast.

ORconservative on July 20, 2010 at 3:05 PM

It was originally Pigford v Glickman, but was changed when Vilsack took over at USDA. I don’t know if it was ever changed for those in between them.

Dusty on July 20, 2010 at 3:25 PM

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/Examiner-Opinion-Zone/Shirley-Sherrods-Disappearing-Act-Not-So-Fast-98846149.html

tru2tx on July 20, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Ding! Ding! Ding! Must read!

Ms. Sherrod’s previous background, the circumstances surrounding her hiring, and the USDA’s agenda may all play a part in explaining her sudden departure from the agency. These matters have not received much scrutiny to this point.

* Given that New Communities wound down its operations so long ago (it appears that this occurred sometime during the late 1980s), what is really being done with that $13 million in settlement money? …

* Did Shirley Sherrod resign so quickly because the circumstances of her hiring and the lawsuit settlement with her organization that preceded it might expose some unpleasant truths about her possible and possibly sanctioned conflicts of interest?

* Is USDA worried about the exposure of possible waste, fraud, and abuse in its handling of Pigford?

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 3:26 PM

OK, I just have to go there… what makes you think she watches “white television”?

MeatHeadinCA on July 20, 2010 at 2:41 PM

She doesn’t , but probabely someone sent her the the youtube video of MK + KP
and asked her “are you ready for this ?”
She realized its not CNN or MSNBC , to put it mildly
:D

macncheez on July 20, 2010 at 3:26 PM

AnninCA on July 20, 2010 at 3:20 PM

And will Eric Holder play a part? Too funny. And this whole mess was set into play by the NAACP and Mr. Shabazz. Gives irony a whole new scope.

jeanie on July 20, 2010 at 3:28 PM

1. How is this a gotcha tape
2. What is Sherrod’s work history since then? Do her comments fit her last 20 years of behavior?
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But whether the incident is recent or 20+ years old:
3. With all those witnesses (i.e., the audience, of apparently respectible, influential people), how is it that Sherrod was not flagged as a racist, and one who wouldn’t do her job due to race bias?
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Because she clearly was bragging about it. “Power over the white guy makes right.”

Her backtracking now doesn’t change the way she used the story. There’s no way even that there’s some deletion that would change the tone.

And the other reason it was a bomb was the audience reaction of the NAACP, which had just issued unsubstantiated charges of racism in the teaparty.

AnninCA on July 20, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Oh, so now professing racism is an anecdote?

Too bad George Wallace never thought of that load.

Hening on July 20, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Ms. Sherrod’s previous background, the circumstances surrounding her hiring, and the USDA’s agenda may all play a part in explaining her sudden departure from the agency. These matters have not received much scrutiny to this point.

* Given that New Communities wound down its operations so long ago (it appears that this occurred sometime during the late 1980s), what is really being done with that $13 million in settlement money? …

* Did Shirley Sherrod resign so quickly because the circumstances of her hiring and the lawsuit settlement with her organization that preceded it might expose some unpleasant truths about her possible and possibly sanctioned conflicts of interest?

* Is USDA worried about the exposure of possible waste, fraud, and abuse in its handling of Pigford?
petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 3:26 PM

good points from that article. Since she had recently won a large “reparation,” was she appointed to be a “reparations czar” and act as such within the USDA?

ted c on July 20, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Did Shirley Sherrod resign so quickly because the circumstances of her hiring and the lawsuit settlement with her organization that preceded it might expose some unpleasant truths about her possible and possibly sanctioned conflicts of interest?</blockquote>

Ed and AP. FYI—this is something that needs to be looked into.

ted c on July 20, 2010 at 3:33 PM

The larger point here, though, is not so much Sherrod’s speech but the embrace that her message had at the NAACP. No one in this tape is heard objecting to her admission of giving short shrift to a client based on his skin color.

I’ve been harping on that also. Not one person stood up and scolded her or challenged her. NOT ONE.

Makes me wonder how many other speaches like hers or worse may have been shared from that podium.

The NAALCP seem to encourage that sort of thing.

dogsoldier on July 20, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Sherrod says incident didn’t occur at USDA

So what… The questions are:
1.) Do we want an unappoligetic racist working in our government?
2.) Why should the NAACP be taken seriously about race and racism when they permit this kind of bigotry to go on within thier own organization?

It’s clear.

Claypigeon on July 20, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Since she had recently won a large “reparation,” was she appointed to be a “reparations czar” and act as such within the USDA?

ted c on July 20, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Precisely. Can hardly wait to see Glenn Beck tonight. And Andrew Breitbart tomorrow. This story is rich, r i c h.

The JournoList story is rich too, but it can wait.

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 3:36 PM

uh oh. The full video has been released and it seems to have been edited.

fastestslug on July 20, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Soooo now some black groups will have to pussy foot around us and watch their tongues? I know I shouldn’t(I’ll pray about it later)but I’m enjoying it more than a little.

jeanie on July 20, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Sharrod is NOT interested in the truth. She is only going to appear on shows that will not question her in any way.

Freddy on July 20, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Which is why, of course, her very first stop was at CNN.

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2010 at 3:39 PM

I hear tell they won’t release the “full” tape. You know it’s gotta be bad. Worse than what we’ve heard so far if NAACP won’t release it.

mjk on July 20, 2010 at 2:25 PM

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They won’t release the full tape because, if the speakers went in alphabetical order, the 2 preceding Ms. Sherrod at the podium would have been Malik Shabazz and King Samir Shabazz.
Love to see those ‘speeches’.

mrt721 on July 20, 2010 at 3:39 PM

uh oh. The full video has been released and it seems to have been edited.

fastestslug on July 20, 2010 at 3:37 PM

So what’s up?

LurkerDood on July 20, 2010 at 3:39 PM

The full video has been released and it seems to have been edited.

fastestslug on July 20, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Linkie?

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 7:40 PM

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

Hummmmmm, she wasn’t with the USDA 25 years ago.

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

Yet you hide this from the public since March. Apparently not appalled enough by her abuses of power to inform the public or the admin, or did they?

Just keep digging NAACP your credibility depends on it.
Hopefully no one in the public can do math and have access to the Internet.

DSchoen on July 20, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Ms. Sherrod’s previous background, the circumstances surrounding her hiring, and the USDA’s agenda may all play a part in explaining her sudden departure from the agency. These matters have not received much scrutiny to this point.

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Just went to Wiki to see what they have on her-they redirected me to the USDA entry. Wonder if she had her own Wiki page and it was “disappeared”?

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2010 at 7:49 PM

This story is red hot. I imagine the internet is being revised and scrubbed at a frantic clip.

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Please remind me of the following …

Did Brietbart make any claim as to when the incident she discusses actually occurred?

Did Brietbart even make a claim that the incident she’s discussing is true?

Does it really matter if the incident is true or not?

Does it really matter when it happened?

Hell – she could have “made it up” simply to prove her “blackness” to an audience she thought would accept it (and who did). Does it really matter if it’s true or not?

If I go to a Klan rally and use the “n” word and talk about all the blacks I’ve discriminated against in my official government position – does it really matter that much if I’m lying to the Klan about those experiences?

Please!

Is this the best the Lame Stream can do to give this woman an excuse?

Why not just say she was on drugs and high? That’s a better excuse at least for her racist blathering.

HondaV65 on July 20, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Ruh-Roh, what is wrong with HA? My recent comment (made at 3:49 PM) says

Just went to Wiki to see what they have on her-they redirected me to the USDA entry. Wonder if she had her own Wiki page and it was “disappeared”?

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2010 at 7:49 PM

It’s not going to be 7:49 PM for almost 4 hours here.

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2010 at 8:04 PM

This is a link to what the full video actually is: http://www.ajc.com/news/farmers-wife-says-fired-574027.html

Apparently the full video was sent to the NAACP.

fastestslug on July 20, 2010 at 8:05 PM

We have wonderful news regarding the case of New Communities, Inc., the land trust that Shirley and Charles Sherrod established, with other black farm families in the 1960′s. At the time, with holdings of almost 6,000 acres, this was the largest tract of black-owned land in the country. Now with a cash award of historic proportions, the group will be able to begin again.

In 1969, New Communities received a planning grant from OEO and was encouraged to expect substantial funding for implementation, but Governor Maddox would not permit further funds for the group to come into the state.

Nevertheless, New Communities built up farming operations to help retain the land. They had highway frontage where they had a farmers market to sell their crops. They raised hogs and sold the processed meat in a smokehouse they built on the highway. Their sugar cane mill on the highway also attracted customers. New Communities was ahead of the times in raising eight acres of Muscatine grapes, which are now widely grown in the area. They also farmed 1,500 acres of row crops, including corn, peanuts and soybeans.

Over the years, USDA refused to provide loans for farming or irrigation and would not allow New Communities to restructure its loans. Gradually, the group had to fight just to hold on to the land and finally had to wind down operations.

In 1985, as the land was being lost, Shirley entered the RDLN program. Previously, she had worked behind the scenes, but as she participated in RDLN, she began to realize her capacity as an up-front leader. She invited the Federation of Southern Cooperatives to sponsor her in the RDLN program, earned her master’s degree with a thesis that continues to provide a blueprint for her ongoing work with black farmers and others, helped orient all succeeding groups of RDLN Leaders, and became vice chair of RDLN’s Board of Directors. As you all know, Shirley is Georgia Lead for both the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund and the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative. She has also chaired the board of the Farmers Legal Action Group, which has been active in the minority farmers law suit, along with the Federation and other groups. FSC and SRBWI hosted RDLN’s National Network Assembly in 2006, during which Network members had a chance to immerse themselves in Civil Rights history, with the guidance of Shirley and Charles (the first field director of SNCC), Albany singers and others, and to visit the economic development projects that have grown out of that Civil Rights history.

The cash award acknowledges racial discrimination on the part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the years 1981-85. (President Reagan abolished the USDA Office of Civil Rights when he became President in 1981.) New Communities is due to receive approximately $13 million ($8,247,560 for loss of land and $4,241,602 for loss of income; plus $150,000 each to Shirley and Charles for pain and suffering). There may also be an unspecified amount in forgiveness of debt. This is the largest award so far in the minority farmers law suit (Pigford vs Vilsack).

The attorney for New Communities has been Rose Sanders of Chestnut Sanders and Sanders, sister of National Rural Fellows graduate Harold Gaines and Advisor for RDLN Leaders Lillie Fields and Rose Hill.

No one can compensate those involved with New Communities for the difficult history they experienced. The award covers only a few of the years in question. Nevertheless, with these funds, New Communities will be able to start work again — forty years later — to realize the promise of their original dream, reconnect with the legacy of the Civil Rights movement, and meet the challenge of the needs and opportunities of the current historical moment.

http://www.ruraldevelopment.org/shirleydirector.html

ted c on July 20, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2010 at 8:04 PM

I’m noticing that… something is glitching.

MeatHeadinCA on July 20, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Sherrod is in trouble. How can she claim her termination was racial discrimination when it was for her racist testimony at a racist meeting. Kinda like the KKK arrest trying to win on privacy issues.

seven on July 20, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Not only does this give new depth to irony, it gives even larger dimension to hypocrisy. You can’t have your land or money to keep it, but I’ll get mine back and cash to boot.

jeanie on July 20, 2010 at 4:18 PM

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0710/Official_No_White_House_pressure_on_Sherrod.html

MeatHeadinCA on July 20, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Yep, another log on the fire.

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 4:19 PM

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