Should Shirley Sherrod get her job back?

posted at 11:30 am on July 21, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

It certainly looks as though the White House is having second thoughts about pushing Shirley Sherrod out of the USDA after Andrew Breitbart’s video clip of her speech at an NAACP banquet last year.  Multiple media outlets are reporting that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is “reconsidering” her resignation after the full video showed a different context for her remarks:

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday that he will reconsider the abrupt firing of Shirley Sherrod, a Georgia-based Agriculture Department official who was the victim of a media frenzy over comments that turned out to have been distorted by video editing.

“I am of course willing and will conduct a thorough review and consider additional facts to ensure to the American people we are providing services in a fair and equitable manner,” Vilsack said in a statement e-mailed by USDA at 2:07 a.m.

A White House official said: “Not sure what the ultimate result will be, but it’s clear that with new information through the full speech, a longer look needed to be taken. The White House contacted the Department last night about the case and agreed, based on new evidence, that it should be reviewed.”

Not that Sherrod is anxious to return:

The woman at the center of a racially tinged firestorm involving the Obama administration and the NAACP said Wednesday she doesn’t know if she’d return to her job at the Agriculture Department, even if asked.

“I am just not sure how I would be treated there,” Shirley Sherrod said in a nationally broadcast interview. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday he would reconsider the department’s decision to oust Sherrod over her comments that she didn’t give a white farmer as much help as she could have 24 years ago.

She said later in a broadcast interview that she might consider returning if she had the chance, saying she’s received encouraging calls, including one from the NAACP.

Sherrod increasingly looks like the person caught in the middle as everyone, well, acted stupidly.  The NAACP started this rockfight by loudly proclaiming its intent to declare the Tea Party movement racist on the basis of fringe elements that have been repeatedly and loudly repudiated by Tea Party activists.  They eventually retreated somewhat from that position, but set into motion the natural rebuttals that flow from such inflammatory accusations.

Andrew Breitbart then posted the entirety of two clips he had acquired from Sherrod’s speech, not so much to note Sherrod’s claims of having initially discriminated against a farmer on the basis of his race, but to point to the positive reaction this generated at the NAACP dinner at which she appeared.  Breitbart told me on the Hugh Hewitt show that he had posted everything he had and wanted to get the entire speech video, but wasn’t sure it existed.  Even Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP, acknowledged Breitbart’s argument as reasonable in his initial statement:

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.

Interestingly, the audience apparently included Jealous himself, who later claimed to have been “snookered” by Breitbart.  Sherrod acknowledges the presence of “the president” in the beginning of the speech.  It seems that Jealous, in his haste to distance himself from a situation his organization created in the first place, either didn’t recall the speech or didn’t bother to check for himself whether the NAACP had the full speech in its archives.  That pressure to act quickly wouldn’t have existed, either, had the NAACP refrained from attacking the Tea Party’s motivations rather than its arguments.

The White House, in its haste to get out of a rapidly-expanding rockfight over racism, did the politically expedient thing: it demanded Sherrod’s resignation.  Conservatives looking to play hardball with the NAACP leapt into the fight and made Sherrod the target — and I include myself in that group — without waiting for further context (with some notable exceptions, including my coblogger).  As it turns out, the context shows that Sherrod got treated unfairly by just about everyone involved, as her anecdote actually did have a message of redemption from focus on racial identity … ironically enough.

I owe Shirley Sherrod an apology, and I do apologize for leaping to my conclusion from the edited clip.  I believe that Sherrod should at least be offered her job back, and not because I support her politics (I don’t) or think she should have been appointed to the position in the first place (that’s the prerogative of the White House).  She lost her job because of a controversy in which she had no role to begin with and didn’t participate in, and regardless of any other considerations, that’s just not right.

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She should get her job back, the process by which she was forced to resign is repugnant. At that time there should be a review of the relevant circumstances. For sure the person who forced her to resign should be fired, there is no place for that kind of rash/reactionary decision making in the executive ranks.

If we have no place in our society for people to realize and grow from past opinions and mistakes, we are doomed; that appears to be the story Ms. Sherrod is sharing, that she was lost, and now she is found, on this issue at least. The NAACP is wrong, let’s not also be wrong, let’s leave some space for growth.

brahma on July 21, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Someone took the bait, and got hooked, line, and sinker ;)

We will see if this really is a teachable moment LOL!

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 12:43 PM

That’s my bet too. When is AB scheduled to publish his next installment?

One thing’s already accomplished: The story has been blasted waaay over the heads of the MSM gatekeepers.

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Tom_Shipley on July 21, 2010 at 12:48 PM

I am sorry the blogosphere can’t give the death penalty to Mr. Brietbart, you will just have to be satisfied that people will probably think long and hard about future links. No one likes to hurt “innocent” people but the government and the NAACP.

Cindy Munford on July 21, 2010 at 12:52 PM

I voted NO because the woman is clearly a racist. Yes, she has a very compelling story and history. I could find plenty of links to similar stories of white people who have been the victims of black crime, but nobody would then say “oh, well, you can’t blame them for being racists after what they’ve been through”.

Some people would say that. But there is no way any white person who works for the government would keep their job just because their racism is understandable. Anyone who even argued that would be villified.

BTW, I love how conservatives are blaming this on Andrew Breitbart. Typical.

Jaynie59 on July 21, 2010 at 12:52 PM

NAACP has been off-base for decades. But I’m glad they called tea partiers to the carpet. Almost immediately some tea party officials scheduled a conference on racism. (Not too bad for a non-issue.)

There is a concentrated, vocal cabal of bigots and racialists claiming tea party allegiance and leadership. Tea Party nutters may not have a higher percentage of bigots and racialists than others. They just have a higher tolerance for them hanging around.

It wouldn’t be so bad if there were sparse and sporadic like anarchists in black masks. But the ugly-rhetoric and vitriol is becoming more common. I’ve not seen any extremists taken so seriously by politicians on both sides of the aisle since the Klan.

The Race Card on July 21, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Tom_Shipley on July 21, 2010 at 12:43 PM

You do know that the article you posted is currently a headline item, right?

Perhaps I’m missing your point, but, it seems like the leads at HA are a lot closer to your opinion on this than they are to other people’s.

In this very post, Ed said, “Sherrod increasingly looks like the person caught in the middle as everyone, well, acted stupidly.”

I’m assuming that “everyone” includes Breitbart. The only leeway he gives Breitbart is that Breitbart claims to have posted everything he had and may not have intentionally misled about the video.

What more do you want? Should Ed call for Breitbart’s tarring and feathering?

I for one think the full video alters the context very little and that she was rightfully fired because while she somewhat backtracks on the black vs white narrative she still claims a rich v poor narrative and never disavows her apparent belief that it’s o.k. for her to offer different levels of service to people based on her perceptions of them.

JadeNYU on July 21, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Hell no. She still says that skin color matters. She still acknowledged that the issue is “white vs black”. She just ends up admitting that it isn’t just about race, it’s also about class.

Sorry but saying that race isn’t the only reason we should discriminate doesn’t mean she should get her job back.

Kronos on July 21, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Their declaration justifies Breitbart’s race-baiting and journalistic malpractice? Really, Ed? Is that the official Hot Air position?

The Race Card on July 21, 2010 at 12:36 PM

The Race Card: Are you enjoying the Racial Climate that your
President has fostered!!

canopfor on July 21, 2010 at 12:55 PM

What’s the argument – No one is criticizing Breitbart, and that’s not FAIR. ROFL.

Politics is a Contact Sport.

“If you can’t run with the big dogs, leave your puppy a$$ on the porch”

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 12:55 PM

But there is no way any white person who works for the government would keep their job just because their racism is understandable.

So there are no white racists working government? LOL! ROFL! LMAO!

The Race Card on July 21, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Give her her job back and fire Dear Liar instead.

rbj on July 21, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Tom_Shipley on July 21, 2010 at 12:43 PM

lefties, like Frum, are real Journolists

runner on July 21, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Jealous is punching out of his weight class. I don’t know if Breitbart can learn him :)

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Yup, obviously an amateur in over his head… to make such a statement without even bothering to check out her context.

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 12:56 PM

The Race Card on July 21, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Would you please cite, either in written form through actual quotations from Tea Party members, with their name cited, or through video links, examples of racism in any of the tea party demonstrations? Thanks.

kingsjester on July 21, 2010 at 12:56 PM

So I’m perlexed,if Sherrod was set-up,um……

why the “Superiority” remark!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on July 21, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Should Rush get ownership of the Rams back?

fossten on July 21, 2010 at 12:57 PM

OK, she’s not a racist. She’s a recovering racist.

Ronnie on July 21, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Thanks Ed, yesterday on the other threads these people were all for her getting fired.

That foaming-at-the-mouth partisanship name-calling (“You’re a Leftist – Liberal because you do not walk in lock-step with me, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah”) ODS will take over reasoned comment everytime….

And they still don’t want to accept it; they still believe she was discriminating.

Just goes to show – The Far Right and The Far Left only believe and hear what they want to.

AprilOrit on July 21, 2010 at 12:57 PM

One thing’s already accomplished: The story has been blasted waaay over the heads of the MSM gatekeepers.

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 12:51 PM

You would think the White House and the NAACP would be smart and keep their powder dry. Apparently they don’t have a Plan B.

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Ed,

Please listen to her story about helping a black woman save her farm from 2 cousins from the north. Starts around 33:16.
And then tell me she is over her racism. – they were able to save all of it except 62 acres with a creek that went to a white man.

And then listen to her comments at 42:43 about her dedication to south Georgia. She can’t say that in north Georgia, but they don’t seem to have a problem getting money. Then tell me that North Georgia rural residents are getting a fair deal with her or her office.

journeyintothewhirlwind on July 21, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Looks like the administration had more reasons behind the firing.

the_nile on July 21, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Cindy Munford on July 21, 2010 at 12:49 PM

I’ll take your word for it young lady. I try not to bother with a lot of the filler on Hot Air now. I especially don’t think spending time with trolls is productive. The most classic and perpetual example of, “I know you are, but what am I?” debate.

(Didn’t get my last flight yesterday. I had reschedule a training mission for next year. So tell your hubby no pictures yet)

hawkdriver on July 21, 2010 at 12:58 PM

canopfor on July 21, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Stormfront called. They want their talking point back.

The Race Card on July 21, 2010 at 12:58 PM

So there are no white racists working government? LOL! ROFL! LMAO!

The Race Card on July 21, 2010 at 12:55 PM

The Race Card on:Nice try a bait’n,stay focused!!

canopfor on July 21, 2010 at 12:59 PM

So there are no white racists working government? LOL! ROFL! LMAO!

The Race Card on July 21, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Racism against minorities is so frowned upon and deemed so unacceptable that no government official could ever get away with it.

On the other hand, racism against white people is encouraged by the media and a lot of establishment voices (college professors, politicians, etc.) So yes, racism exists but not in the form it was in forty years ago.

Kronos on July 21, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Ed, I agree, at least as far as this incident is concerned. She wasn’t treated fairly by Andrew, Vilsack, or the NAACP. There may be other reasons for her not to have this job, but this isn’t one of them.

Ward Cleaver on July 21, 2010 at 12:59 PM

But there is no way any white person who works for the government would keep their job just because their racism is understandable.

So there are no white racists working government? LOL! ROFL! LMAO!

The Race Card on July 21, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Strawman.

the_nile on July 21, 2010 at 1:00 PM

It wouldn’t be so bad if there were sparse and sporadic like anarchists in black masks. But the ugly-rhetoric and vitriol is becoming more common. I’ve not seen any extremists taken so seriously by politicians on both sides of the aisle since the Klan.

The Race Card on July 21, 2010 at 12:53 PM

I’m curious as to what you are calling racism in the Tea Party. I’ve been to rallies, have watched news items covering other rallies and have been staying informed on the Tea Party since (roughly) March of last year.

In that time I haven’t seen anything that I would categorize as racist and I certainly haven’t seen anything so bad that it could be categorized as the most extreme organization to be taken seriously since the klan. Off the top of my head I would say that SEIU is much more radical and violent than any tea party and has much more influence at high political levels.

Perhaps I’m just misunderstanding what you’re claiming though. What are your examples of racism in the tea party?

JadeNYU on July 21, 2010 at 1:00 PM

OK, she’s not a racist. She’s a recovering racist.

Ronnie on July 21, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Actually no. She just added Marxism to here resume as well as being a racist. At least she can multi-task!

sharrukin on July 21, 2010 at 1:00 PM

hawkdriver on July 21, 2010 at 12:58 PM

NEXT YEAR!! I thought you would be retired by then. Disappointed that I have to wait to see the pictures but I am sure they will be worth the wait. I don’t know if he said anything to you but the Husband and I were amazed that we both had our cameras and neither took pictures. I guess the conversation was just too good. I am trying to over look the old person explanation.

Cindy Munford on July 21, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Stormfront called. They want their talking point back.

The Race Card on July 21, 2010 at 12:58 PM

So they called you, how fitting.

the_nile on July 21, 2010 at 1:01 PM

canopfor on July 21, 2010 at 12:55 PM
===========================
Stormfront called. They want their talking point back.

The Race Card on July 21, 2010 at 12:58 PM

The Race Card: The Black Panthers called,they want you to
speak at their next event!!!!!!!!!

Since your all over the map,try’n to bait,
have a nice day!

canopfor on July 21, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Ed.

Why have you been conspicuously quite about how she got this job?

Jason Coleman on July 21, 2010 at 1:02 PM

In this very post, Ed said, “Sherrod increasingly looks like the person caught in the middle as everyone, well, acted stupidly.”

I’m assuming that “everyone” includes Breitbart. The only leeway he gives Breitbart is that Breitbart claims to have posted everything he had and may not have intentionally misled about the video.

It’s stuff like “everyone acting stupidly” that’s so conspicuous. Breitbart, to any rational observer, is THE MAIN figure at fault here — well, he and whoever supplied the tape. He received this tape, heavily edited, and used it to attack the NAACP without doing any investigation into the context of this woman’s remarks, even though it’s clear that there was important context around them.

People are eager to criticize the NAACP, the department of ag and even Obama over her firing (and they should be), but no one on the right criticizing Breitbart.

Everyone agrees that Sherrod should not be fired over this. But if that’s true, then Breitbart should never have used this tape to smear this woman as racist! Right?

Ed and the rest of the right-wing blogosphere are tip-toeing around direct criticism of Breitbart — even defending him. Even though there’s a direct comparison to be made of the Rather national guard memo case in which many of the same people were calling for Rather’s head.

It’s really odd. What power does Breitbart hold over these guys?

Tom_Shipley on July 21, 2010 at 1:02 PM

quite – quiet

Jason Coleman on July 21, 2010 at 1:02 PM

The Race Card on July 21, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Oh I know what you’re saying. Like that video of tea partiers using derrogatory terms while cameras are running, and warning the white dude to get his hands off the black girl….or that other video, where a white woman is telling a group of tea partiers, that it IS about black, and white, and abuses her position, to favor one over the other, and sends that poor black guy to one of his own kind. Oh wait….errr……ummmmmm.

Get a grip dude. If anyone’s being extremist, and disingenuous….IT’S YOU!!!

capejasmine on July 21, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Give her her job back and fire Dear Liar instead

A swap !

runner on July 21, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Just goes to show – The Far Right and The Far Left only believe and hear what they want to.

AprilOrit on July 21, 2010 at 12:57 PM

AprilOrit: And the “Moderates”?!

canopfor on July 21, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Given the fact the woman woman admitted that she actually gave the white guy less help than she would have given a black guy (and claims this “white farmer” was trying to show he was “superior” to her)…..If this woman were white, would ANY AMOUNT of “proper context” result in getting her off the hook, anywhere?

And even more to the point, the people at the NAACP-sponsored event are agreeing with her (in the video, short and full length) when she makes her more “racially toned” comments (and there are several of them). Thus, as proven the NAACP turns a blind-eye to racism if it’s against white people.

What the woman does, and thinks, in her own life is her business, but at her job, especially a government job, in the supposed “post racial” era of obama….It’s EVERYONE’s business.

Did everyone jump the gun…maybe.
Does she deserve her job back…I wouldn’t give it to her, based upon WHAT SHE ADMITTED SHE ALREADY DID, ON THE BASIS OF RACE.

Talismen on July 21, 2010 at 1:03 PM

EM: “…as everyone, well, acted stupidly.”

Careful, Ed, you make it sound like Breitbart is one of those stuck on stupid, and that’s not the case.

You’re also hard on yourself, much harder than you should be if I recall your cautious commentary correctly. Indeed, I have yet to see a blogger on the right acting with any detectable malice in the Sherrod case.

While I’m supportive of offering Sherrod her position back, she was clearly pandering to the NAACP audience, and they were clearly responding approvingly to her racist sentiments. It’s the Obama admin that looks knee-jerk and Jealous who looks inept here.

Chaz on July 21, 2010 at 1:03 PM

I owe Shirley Sherrod an apology, and I do apologize for leaping to my conclusion from the edited clip.

WTF, you are not very good at alinskying :/

ReformedAndDangerous on July 21, 2010 at 1:04 PM

It’s really odd. What power does Breitbart hold over these guys?

Tom_Shipley on July 21, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Why do you hate America ?

runner on July 21, 2010 at 1:04 PM

It’s really odd. What power does Breitbart hold over these guys?

Tom_Shipley on July 21, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Videos, probably. /

Cindy Munford on July 21, 2010 at 1:05 PM

21:00 MinuteMarkWhiteSuperiorityGate
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canopfor on July 21, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Tom_Shipley on July 21, 2010 at 1:02 PM

She says to the crowd:
“It’s not about white vs black, well it is but it isn’t just about white vs black.”
She’s a racist. Plain and simple. It makes no difference to me that she’s a little less of a racist than it seemed. Just because she learned to also discriminate based on class doesn’t make her blameless.

Kronos on July 21, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Videos, probably. /

Cindy Munford on July 21, 2010 at 1:05 PM

You can’t see me but I am laughing.

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 1:06 PM

When I made that commitment, I was making that commitment to black people… and to black people only.” – Shirley Sherrod

That sounds pretty effing racist to me. I don’t need any context! Sorry.

The new America: Being a racist is awesome & makes you a national hero!

Pretty sick.

tetriskid on July 21, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Why have you been conspicuously quite about how she got this job?

Jason Coleman on July 21, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Anyone keeping up with this story at Free Republic? I’ll bet over there they’re all over the questions like this and others raised today in American Thinker:
Forty Acres & a Mule — Sherrod Style? http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/07/forty_acres_a_mule_sherrod_sty.html
in today’s American Thinker

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 1:06 PM

kingsjester on July 21, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Why don’t you catch me on a thread where those links and quotes will be wholly-relevant? I will spend all day watching you contort yourself around the many, many instances of tea party bigotry or tolerance thereof.

In the meanwhile I suggest you use Google. CJ at LGF also provides an uproarious look at the right with his tag-viewer: racism, tea party.

The Race Card on July 21, 2010 at 1:06 PM

If she gets her job back, then the racist Vilsack must loose his. Some RAAAACIST must pay!

Iblis on July 21, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Screw an apology! This is political warfare. Breitbart exposed a whole web of corrupt cronyism by starting a brush fire! The same woman got 13 million from us, reparations!

conservador on July 21, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Cindy Munford on July 21, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Senior moment. Next week!

hawkdriver on July 21, 2010 at 1:07 PM

It’s really odd. What power does Breitbart hold over these guys?

Tom_Shipley on July 21, 2010 at 1:02 PM

It’s not black or white, there’s some more reason white house fired the woman.

the_nile on July 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

hawkdriver on July 21, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Obviously I can relate.

Cindy Munford on July 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

The Race Card on July 21, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Brietbarts intentions were not the outcome of which you’ve seen. He simply wanted to point out the hypocrisy of Jealous, and the NAACP over racism. Which has been shown. There is clear cut evidence, that members of the NAACP not only approve of what Shirley did…they cheered it. End of story. Anything added to this, as far as blame should clearly be laid at the feet of the White House, Obama, and the Secretary. They are the ones who acted rashly.

As for the NAACP…they’ve only proven, they have become nothing more than socialist shills, and have no validity in my mind.

capejasmine on July 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

OT: Rush is on the breaking Algore scandal now. Bwahahaha!

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

I am concerned that anyone who treats others like that based on race or color can behave in a consistent manner that doesnt revert back to this behaviour. I would always be looking to review her decisions based upon this thought process. What concerned me most about her story was the phrase “one of his own kind”, as though people of another color are not the same “kind” of human she is. Even if she now beleives in equal and fair treatment regardless of race or color,does she still think of poeple as a separate kind based upon color????

paulsur on July 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

The Race Card on July 21, 2010 at 1:06 PM

You mean the guy who sends his minions to conservative blogs in the middle of the night to plant vile comments? Good choice for a reference.

Cindy Munford on July 21, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Breitbart has done amazing things over the past couple of years. What he has done has turned the media on its head and made it known that they will no longer be allowed to go unchallenged. Nor will they be allowed to use the race card without being able to back it up with proof.

Connie on July 21, 2010 at 1:10 PM

I’m willing to give her the same leeway that she or any other Democrat would have given to a non-Democrat accused of racism.

*coughTrentLottcough*

Vic on July 21, 2010 at 1:10 PM

In the meanwhile I suggest you use Google. CJ at LGF also provides an uproarious look at the right with his tag-viewer: racism, tea party.

The Race Card on July 21, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Ohh, so you opionate without having the facts. Understood.

kingsjester on July 21, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Breitbart exposed a whole web of corrupt cronyism by starting a brush fire! The same woman got 13 million from us, reparations!

conservador on July 21, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Yep, as RS said this morning, AB went fishing for minnows and caught a whale.

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 1:11 PM

capejasmine on July 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

well said

cmsinaz on July 21, 2010 at 1:11 PM

paulsur on July 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

She also didn’t like his “superior” attitude. My employers have never let me vary my job responsibilities based on my perception of my customers.

Cindy Munford on July 21, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Anyone keeping up with this story at Free Republic? I’ll bet over there they’re all over the questions like this and others raised today in American Thinker:
Forty Acres & a Mule — Sherrod Style? http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/07/forty_acres_a_mule_sherrod_sty.html
in today’s American Thinker

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Looks like she knows how to game the system, eh? I don’t think the administration cares if she’s a racist or not. There’s some reason they supported her dismissal so quickly, and the reasons are most likely potentially embarrassing.

Cody1991 on July 21, 2010 at 1:12 PM

kingsjester on July 21, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Sorry, the word is “opine”.

kingsjester on July 21, 2010 at 1:12 PM

I’m curious as to what you are calling racism in the Tea Party. I’ve been to rallies, have watched news items covering other rallies and have been staying informed on the Tea Party since (roughly) March of last year.

In that time I haven’t seen anything that I would categorize as racist and I certainly haven’t seen anything so bad that it could be categorized as the most extreme organization to be taken seriously since the klan. Off the top of my head I would say that SEIU is much more radical and violent than any tea party and has much more influence at high political levels.

Perhaps I’m just misunderstanding what you’re claiming though. What are your examples of racism in the tea party?

JadeNYU on July 21, 2010 at 1:00 PM

The Tea Party expelled Wiliams last week for allegedly racist comments:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100718/el_yblog_upshot/tea-party-group-expels-leader-for-clearly-offensive-blog-post

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 1:12 PM

So, she should get her job back because she’s just swapped not helping people based on their skin color to now looking at how much you’re worth? Well, that’s comforting to know.

One would hope that if you have reached a point where you have to ask for government assistance that the person you’re speaking with can just look at the facts you present and not look at either your skin color nor your bank account. Silly me.

moonsbreath on July 21, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Cindy Munford on July 21, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Government employees don’t view us as customers, they view us as serfs. So it makes sense.

Kronos on July 21, 2010 at 1:14 PM

“When I made that commitment, I was making that commitment to black people… and to black people only.” – Shirley Sherrod

That sounds pretty effing racist to me. I don’t need any context! Sorry.

The new America: Being a racist is awesome & makes you a national hero!

Pretty sick.

tetriskid on July 21, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Sick indeed. And Ed believes we should apologize to this racist? Un-fricking-believable.

Norwegian on July 21, 2010 at 1:14 PM

OT: Rush is on the breaking Algore scandal now. Bwahahaha!

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Right. Because we should rush to judgment in Al Gore’s case, too, without having much in the way of facts. Didn’t you learn anything from this whole Sherrod thing about jumping to conclusions too quickly?

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 1:15 PM

She shouldn’t have had to leave her job in the first place. Freedom of speech means just that. All I want is an admission that lefties and minorities are just as bigoted as everyone else – no more, no less.

Vashta.Nerada on July 21, 2010 at 1:15 PM

In my opinion she should get her job back because this incident did not take place while she was employed by the government. She’s still a socialist and thinks government is the answer to almost everything but she appears to have had a lot of personal growth and gave people a lot of good advice in her speech.

Cindy Munford on July 21, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Sick indeed. And Ed believes we should apologize to this racist? Un-fricking-believable.

Norwegian on July 21, 2010 at 1:14 PM

I think we are through the looking glass. Being a racist is OK now if you agree with the right people.

Sad.

tetriskid on July 21, 2010 at 1:17 PM

OT: Rush is on the breaking Algore scandal now. Bwahahaha!

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

petefrt:No kidding,two more have come forward,loved the
wisecrack,

“Al Gore’s in a race with Tiger”! haha:)

canopfor on July 21, 2010 at 1:18 PM

She’s probably going to take the job back if the WH offers it. I just heard on cable news that her friends/family have encouraged her to do so. She hinted that it is a possibility.

She has become an admired hero and Breitbart portrayed as a villain. Boy, did it backfire.

fastestslug on July 21, 2010 at 1:18 PM

What the woman does, and thinks, in her own life is her business, but at her job, especially a government job, in the supposed “post racial” era of obama….It’s EVERYONE’s business.

Did everyone jump the gun…maybe.
Does she deserve her job back…I wouldn’t give it to her, based upon WHAT SHE ADMITTED SHE ALREADY DID, ON THE BASIS OF RACE.

Talismen on July 21, 2010 at 1:03 PM

So you want it to be illegal to be racist, or sexist, or whatever? Sorry. Making illegal some actions in connection with employment is fine by me, but I don’t want the government telling me what beliefs I can hold.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Breitbart claims the NAACP is being hypocrtical by labeling the entire tea party racists because a few members in the audience of a speech react in a racist manner.

Breitbart says he has video that proves that the NAACP’s OWN audience members have reacted in a similar manner.

Breitbart claims that the NAACP, along with the complacent MSM is holding the tea party to a standard that they don’t even hold themselves to.

Breitbart claims that labeling an entire movement as racist because of the reactions of a few audience members is wrong, especially coming from an organization who has the exact same problem.

Breitbart then posts the video that proves his point and almost everybody MISSES THE ENTIRE POINT – focusing in on what the speaker said instead of how the audience reacted, ending up with the NAACP, the USDA and the Obama administration running around like a bunch of chickens with their heads cut off, demanding the speaker’s resignation, etc.

And now posters like Tom Shipley, “journalists” like George Snuffalumpolous, networks like ABC, etc all turn their guns on Brietbart and blame HIM for what they themselves did – MISSING THE CONTEXT OF THE VIDEO.

Sheesh!!!!!

Fatal on July 21, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Right. Because we should rush to judgment in Al Gore’s case, too, without having much in the way of facts. Didn’t you learn anything from this whole Sherrod thing about jumping to conclusions too quickly?

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 1:15 PM

The fact there are police investigations is news. No one’s convicting him yet. Though it does seem to show a pattern of behavior, same as with Ben Rothlisberger.

rbj on July 21, 2010 at 1:19 PM

How should I know if Sherrod should get her job back? Employment should be based on merit and conduct. The USDA should review her case history, and if there’s issues, take appropriate action.

But instead, someone cried “off with her head” and so it was done. Due process, we hardly knew ye.

hawksruleva on July 21, 2010 at 1:20 PM

There’s some reason they [White House] supported her dismissal so quickly, and the reasons are most likely potentially embarrassing.

Cody1991 on July 21, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Yep. Rush is tinkering around the edges of a few of these questions, but hasn’t addressed them head-on yet. On his morning show, Glenn hinted that the WH may have set out to discredit Fox (but trouble with that theory is that Sherrod had resigned before Fox aired the story), and he said he hoped to have more to say about it on his FNC show this afternoon.

Calling Glenn Beck. Calling Andrew Breitbart.

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Right. Because we should rush to judgment in Al Gore’s case, too, without having much in the way of facts. Didn’t you learn anything from this whole Sherrod thing about jumping to conclusions too quickly?

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 1:15 PM
The fact there are police investigations is news. No one’s convicting him yet. Though it does seem to show a pattern of behavior, same as with Ben Rothlisberger.

rbj on July 21, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Police generally investigate complaints. It doesn’t mean that there’s any substance to those complaints.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 1:20 PM

kingsjester on July 21, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Oh yeah, this site has Dale Robertson on their homepage touting his interview with ABC. Tell me if his sign is racist.

Teaparty.org seems like a good place to go for tea party news. And they have a bigot or bigot-sympathizer on their homepage.

And um wasn’t Mark Williams just officially renounced as too racist for even us by tea partiers?

The Race Card on July 21, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Rahmbo to Axelrod: Quick…activate the Troll Signal! Disrupt! Disrupt! Ahhoooogah!

kingsjester on July 21, 2010 at 1:21 PM

The Tea Party expelled Wiliams last week for allegedly racist comments:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100718/el_yblog_upshot/tea-party-group-expels-leader-for-clearly-offensive-blog-post

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Thanks for the example. I couldn’t find a copy of the blog post in question so I was not able to judge it for myself.

However, it seems to me that if a blog post on Thursday leads to someone being booted by Sunday the situation can easily be used an example of the low tolerance level that particular branch of the tea party had for offensive remarks.

JadeNYU on July 21, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Fatal on July 21, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Ditto that.

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 1:23 PM

fastestslug on July 21, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Brietbart as the villain is nothing new. He was threatened with prosecution during the ACORN videos. Same old story, only one side is racist and only one side is held to account for their actions.

Cindy Munford on July 21, 2010 at 1:23 PM

@Kronos on July 21, 2010 at 1:05 PM
@tetriskid on July 21, 2010 at 1:06 PM
@paulsur on July 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM
@Cody1991 on July 21, 2010 at 1:12 PM

BINGO! On all counts….

Talismen on July 21, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Cindy Munford,

You mean the guy who sends his minions to conservative blogs in the middle of the night to plant vile comments? Good choice for a reference.

The same Charles Johnson who also claimed the Tennessee state flag was a white supremacist symbol.

It makes sense that Race Tard would frequent LGF. Both he and Charles Johnson are sad, mentally unbalanced individuals, that see racists everywhere.

Mike Honcho on July 21, 2010 at 1:24 PM

So you want it to be illegal to be racist, or sexist, or whatever? Sorry. Making illegal some actions in connection with employment is fine by me, but I don’t want the government telling me what beliefs I can hold.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Strawman , it’s not about illegal ,it’s about she’s not fit for the job.

the_nile on July 21, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Thanks for the example. I couldn’t find a copy of the blog post in question so I was not able to judge it for myself.

However, it seems to me that if a blog post on Thursday leads to someone being booted by Sunday the situation can easily be used an example of the low tolerance level that particular branch of the tea party had for offensive remarks.

JadeNYU on July 21, 2010 at 1:21 PM

You could easily be right. I guess one thing to consider is whether he did similar things in the past and wasn’t booted. I don’t know the answer to that.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 1:24 PM

And now posters like Tom Shipley, “journalists” like George Snuffalumpolous, networks like ABC, etc all turn their guns on Brietbart and blame HIM for what they themselves did – MISSING THE CONTEXT OF THE VIDEO.

Sheesh!!!!!

Fatal on July 21, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Are you surprised? Leftists always miss the mark. Lies, lies and more lies. When the truth hits them in the face they go into full denial, blame and whining mode. Everyone is mean and picking on them…. wahhhhhhh……

Give Jimbo a few minutes and he’ll get started on the Palestinians.

Cody1991 on July 21, 2010 at 1:25 PM

However, it seems to me that if a blog post on Thursday leads to someone being booted by Sunday the situation can easily be used an example of the low tolerance level that particular branch of the tea party had for offensive remarks.

JadeNYU on July 21, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Exactly , it doesnt show tolerance for racism by the tea partyers .

the_nile on July 21, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Sorry Ed you are way off base again. The article 40 Acres and a Mule case shows why she got this appointment and took so much from “whites.” Why are you covering this up so much? She clearly is racist as are the people in the NAACP who cheered her on before she made her final points.

wepeople on July 21, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Mike Honcho on July 21, 2010 at 1:24 PM

I had forgotten that, it was very funny.

Cindy Munford on July 21, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Give Jimbo a few minutes and he’ll get started on the Palestinians.

Cody1991 on July 21, 2010 at 1:25 PM

I was right on the Palestinans BTW and almost all of you were wrong. Have you followed how Israel significantly reduced the items that were subject to the blockade in the last few weeks?

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 1:28 PM

She lost her job because of a controversy in which she had no role to begin with and didn’t participate in, and regardless of any other considerations, that’s just not right.

What do you think?

What I think is that you are not seeing the forest for the tress and in this case just one tree. The forest is the very positive reaction of the NAACP members in the audience when she sounded like an anti-White racist to them. That should be the story. The rest is incidental. You are chasing the wrong bouncing ball.

Luka on July 21, 2010 at 1:28 PM

It makes sense that Race Tard would frequent LGF. Both he and Charles Johnson are sad, mentally unbalanced individuals, that see racists everywhere.

Mike Honcho on July 21, 2010 at 1:24 PM

The Race Card = Charles Johnson
Tom_Shipley = David Frum

Having failed miserably with their own websites, they have decided to troll ours.

Norwegian on July 21, 2010 at 1:29 PM

The Race Card on July 21, 2010 at 1:20 PM

You mean the page that has this article about Black Tea Party Candidate Tim Scott?

Or this article by Rujon Williams?

Or this video by Lt. Col. Allen West about the charges of racism against the Tea Party movement?

kingsjester on July 21, 2010 at 1:29 PM

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