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.

What do you think?  Take the poll:


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2 Facts from the Sherrod’s own mouth.

The white farmer didn’t get the full force and 2. the white victim had an attitude of superiority as per Sherrod.

as to #1 this is an admission that she didn’t do all she could.

#2. I find it hard to believe that a person (regardless of color) is going to cop an attitude with a person that they came to for help in saving their farm.

Not only is Sherrod a racist but she is a lier also. Looks like a cabinet position is in her future.

roflmao

donabernathy on July 21, 2010 at 3:50 PM

I guess the question that keeps coming up about Ms. Sherrod is this; if her story was one of redemption and understanding the error of her past beliefs, why did she clearly state that it is still “about black and white?”

Also, her use of “his kind” in describing white people shows no depth of learning on her part. In fact, it shows the opposite…racial insensitivity.

But the true test is to ask if context would even matter if she were white and the farmer were black?

dugan on July 21, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Well, we need to hear from Cheryl Cook herself. Think anyone other thatn Fox, and maybe Tapper will demand such?

humdinger on July 21, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Yes, we need to hear from Cook to see who’s telling the truth, Vilsack or Sherrod, and who’s not.

And also we need to find out who edited that tape, and why, and then sent it to Breitbart, keeping in mind that he said he received it last March or so.

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 3:54 PM

“Come on, Valerie Jarrett was up all night typing that crap up…;”

I think it might have been Squat. Look at all the fiction in his autobiography.

wyntre on July 21, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Here is the video of Bill O’Reilly An Alert right underneath him That Sherrod had Resigned.

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 3:48 PM

And what does that have to do with Megyn Kelly?

alwaysfiredup on July 21, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Come on, people. Is this really about some USDA employee or is this about the NAACP crowd’s reaction to her “hate whitey” spiel.

You want context? Remember: This video was released to counter the NAACP’s Resolution condemning Tea Party Racism. I don’t think the prior discussion was about racism in the USDA, Shirley’s epiphany notwithstanding.

BigAlSouth on July 21, 2010 at 3:58 PM

What if a white guy used the n-word in a story about how he learn not to be racist?
The whole story would be about how he hadn’t learned the lesson yet and still is racist

PrezHussein on July 21, 2010 at 4:03 PM

And no…I still don’t believe this woman should get her job back, when it’s clear that she already, at least once, used race to dictate her actions in her duties at the USDA.
She DID it.
ALREADY. She didn’t just ‘have a passing thought’. She actually DID it

Talismen on July 21, 2010 at 3:35 PM

By ‘DID it’ do you mean her actions in her duties at the USDA? Speaking to the NAACP? The content of her speech at the NAACP? All of the above? Or something else?

DarkCurrent on July 21, 2010 at 4:05 PM

He (Breitbart) says he had only the edited video.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 2:19 PM

So you think he should have sat on what he had?

Dr Evil on July 21, 2010 at 2:23 PM

In an interview, AB said he had received the edited video last spring, maybe he said March or April, and kinda threw it in a corner, not knowing quite what to make of it. Then when the NAALCP ramped up its racism charges against the Tea Party Movement, he recalled the NAALCP audience’s racist reactions to Sherrod’s speech in that clip, so he dusted it off and used it.

Sounds like the edited clip was sent to him unsolicited and possibly even anonymously.

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 4:05 PM

“Maybe we shouldn’t have thrown her under the bus but we showed great decisiveness in doing it so quickly.” ~Gibbs

SurferDoc on July 21, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Cheryl Cook was appointed in April 2009. She is a middle- aged white woman with wire-framed glasses and short red hair.

wyntre on July 21, 2010 at 4:07 PM

I’ve been too busy at work to watch the videos, but I do know that the NAACP version is edited. I agree with donabernathy at the top of this page of posts: why was race being discussed at all in a story about saving someone’s farm?

Also, I would like to point out that IF this video appears in its entirety and we somehow can determine that her words were NOT racist, you can dang well guarantee that conservatives will apologize, denounce and correct all references to this, which is something the left RARELY if EVER does.

This could also be used as a shining example to liberals of what it feels like when conservatives are taken “out of context” or blatantly lied about.

Again, IF this ends up not being racism and Brietbart was wrong, that would make the score in the false accusation and media bias all-star game Left 567,023 / Right 1.

cannonball on July 21, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Your defense of the idiot blogger by believing even more of his crap is … well just incredible.

Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 3:18 PM

LOL, where have you been all summer?

Sadly, like Shipley, you were much funnier at Captain’s Quarters.

Del Dolemonte on July 21, 2010 at 4:07 PM

I think it would be cool if, at every Tea Party, people carried signs demanding Sherrod be reinstated. Imagine the knots the NAACP would tie itself in trying to explain how those white racists managed to get a black liberal’s job back.

JackOfClubs on July 21, 2010 at 4:07 PM

OT – OFFSHORE DRILLING MORATORIUM PROTEST RALLY DRAWS 11,000 IN SOUTH LOUISIANA

Just back from the rally at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La.! A resounding success.

CNN trucks were there and the reporter who interviewed a friend of mine said that the report will air at 7p.m. tonight (Central?).

Gov. Jindal hit ‘em hard and lit Obama up. Crowd of 11,000 greeted him with a loud roar.

Senator David Vitter and basically all of the Louisiana top brass were sitting in the row behind me (I was in the 2nd row with a press pass). Sen. Mary Landrieu skipped the rally because she probably knows the reception she would have gotten.

Every time a speaker mentioned Obama, there were boos. Every time a speaker slammed Obama there were load cheers. One guy had a duck call he kept blowing. People at times shouted out “liar,” and “drill, baby, drill.”

Money quote from the ex-CEO of Shell:

“Mr. Obama …. we the people are going to take back our country … come 2012, all your dreams and your adminstration will be TOAST.”

I’m going to start working on a report now – film is in the developer to be put on CD (I really need to go digital), and I’ll work on digitizing excerpts from Jindal’s speech.

It was a massive public outcry and how bad it messed up the traffic in town was an indicator of how many folks dropped everything to demand the drilling moratorium be lifted. Even the Internet is slow here today.

cane_loader on July 21, 2010 at 4:11 PM

You are right, he is spineless, they should have just blamed Fox … they took them as a new agency which presented fair and balanced news and they were oh so wrong! Dan Rather lost his job for crap like this!

Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Dan Rather lost his job for knowingly airing a story based on forged documents. Please cite Fox News doing anything similar.

While you’re at it, give us examples of Fox News behavior equal to CNN’s Tailwind Scandal, their not reporting Saddam Hussein’s atrocities against his own people for 10 years, and their CEO having to resign after falsely claiming the US soldiers murdered Iraqi journalists.

(sound of crickets)

Del Dolemonte on July 21, 2010 at 4:12 PM

I still have a problem with her decision to vary her work ethic based on race or attitude but it was long ago and people do grow and learn.

Cindy Munford on July 21, 2010 at 11:44 AM

I agree with you and Ed on this one. The gotcha approach of taking one portion of a speech is not a good way to do things. Maybe the media will learn something about rush to judgments… LOL sort of doubt that. I like to think I’m an optimist but there are limits!

Bradky on July 21, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Who are you, and what are you talking about?

alwaysfiredup on July 21, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Monkei and Tom_Shipley were two of the finest trolls at Captain Ed’s former home, Captain’s Quarters.

Del Dolemonte on July 21, 2010 at 4:15 PM

cane_loader on July 21, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Great!

I’m afraid I’m not optimistic about the coverage though. The size of the crowd will be cropped, fake estimates given, words taken out of context and someone, somewhere … will use the word “racist” about the protest.

darwin on July 21, 2010 at 4:16 PM

By ‘DID it’ do you mean her actions in her duties at the USDA? Speaking to the NAACP? The content of her speech at the NAACP? All of the above? Or something else?

DarkCurrent on July 21, 2010 at 4:05 PM

‘Committed a civil rights violation’ would be my guess.

James on July 21, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Monkei and Tom_Shipley were two of the finest trolls at Captain Ed’s former home, Captain’s Quarters.

Del Dolemonte on July 21, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Funny how I never heard Monkei speak up about all the lies and distortions about Palin. It must be very selective in it’s outrage.

darwin on July 21, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Just stopped in. Did you guys see the Gibbs apology? Oh, it was a thing of beauty (on Tapper’s part).

Here’s the link (if it hasn’t already been posted):

http://www.mediaite.com/online/robert-gibbs-apologizes-to-shirley-sherrod-on-behalf-of-obama-administration/

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2010 at 4:18 PM

wyntre on July 21, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Pillsbury Spokesboy says they’re unable to talk with Sherrod because they don’t know how to reach her. So not only is she outta there in 12 short hours, but now she’s incommunicado. Strike you as a little odd?

Where is Shirley Sherrod?

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Shirley Sherrod has been on CNN live all day

faraway on July 21, 2010 at 4:21 PM

“Hey we fired her faster than we capped the oil leak didn’t we?”~Gibbs

SurferDoc on July 21, 2010 at 4:21 PM

faraway on July 21, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Madison — State elections officials narrowly rejected a Milwaukee Assembly candidate’s attempt to run with the slogan “NOT the ‘whiteman’s bitch’ ” under her name on the ballot.

Ieshuh Griffin, a Milwaukee independent running to replace retiring Rep. Annette “Polly” Williams (D-Milwaukee), said in response she would sue the Government Accountability Board for infringing on her freedom of speech.

“I’m not making a derogatory statement toward an ethnic group. I’m stating what I’m not,” Griffin told board members. “It’s my constitutional right to freedom of speech.”

Narrowly rejected?

Polly is a racist.

darwin on July 21, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Shirley Sherrod has been on CNN live all day

faraway on July 21, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Correct. Even the WH doesn’t watch CNN? Probably tuning in to the Journolist Channel – All Obama all the time.

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Shirley Sherrod has been on CNN live all day

faraway on July 21, 2010 at 4:21 PM

So that’s why no one could find her!

sharrukin on July 21, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Obama and his flunkies were rope-a-doped by Breitbart. They are so afraid of another Van Jones debacle, they were swinging at ghosts.

Speedwagon82 on July 21, 2010 at 4:27 PM

http://www.mediaite.com/online/robert-gibbs-apologizes-to-shirley-sherrod-on-behalf-of-obama-administration/

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Thanks, that was fun!

Gibbs said they were acting on the basis of a deeper set of facts. Hmmmm…

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Shirley Sherrod has been on CNN live all day

faraway on July 21, 2010 at 4:21 PM

So that’s why no one could find her!

sharrukin on July 21, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Heh.

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 4:30 PM

http://www.theroot.com/views/shirley-sherrod-and-politics-overreaction

pretty good read

…Sherrod’s story about the white farmer took place more than two decades before she worked for USDA, and the entire point of the story was that race is not an issue. The story was about how she and the family became friends and how she eventually helped them save their farm.

In the wake of her resignation, the farmer’s wife, Eloise Spooner, told CNN that Sherrod went all out to help them. “She’s the one I can credit with helping us saving our farm,” Spooner said, but 26 years later, conservative bloggers could rewrite that story to great effect.

Bradky on July 21, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Thanks, that was fun!

Gibbs said they were acting on the basis of a deeper set of facts. Hmmmm…

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 4:28 PM

I loved how Tapper was like, “She’s watching you, you know?” and then he was like, “Well, I did my job. I actually called her before this Presser.”

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2010 at 4:32 PM

‘Committed a civil rights violation’ would be my guess.

James on July 21, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Talismen said ‘she already, at least once, used race to dictate her actions in her duties at the USDA.’

That’s what I was asking about. Is there evidence of that?

DarkCurrent on July 21, 2010 at 4:33 PM

“Well, I did my job. I actually called her before this Presser.”

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2010 at 4:32 PM

It was splendid.

I guess next up is a statement from Vilsack and Øbama about it. Cavuto said Vilsack is on in about 10 minutes.

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Dan Rather lost his job for knowingly airing a story based on forged documents. Please cite Fox News doing anything similar.

While you’re at it, give us examples of Fox News behavior equal to CNN’s Tailwind Scandal, their not reporting Saddam Hussein’s atrocities against his own people for 10 years, and their CEO having to resign after falsely claiming the US soldiers murdered Iraqi journalists.

(sound of crickets)

Del Dolemonte on July 21, 2010 at 4:12 PM

From what I can tell, he didn’t knowingly use forged documents and did take some effort to try to verify the documents. The element of concern was that they were coming from someone with a known dislike of Bush:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killian_documents_controversy

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Jimbo3 made a very stupid claim about editors. I brilliantly highlighted his stupid claim.

This is my first comment on this thread. I haven’t engaged in any argument yet. Maybe you need to read the definition of argue.

If and when I decide to argue something, I’m sure you will suddenly abandon the thread with your tail between your legs like you usually do.

blink on July 21, 2010 at 2:57 PM

I totally missed your brilliance. Do you mind reposting your comment?

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 4:47 PM

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

I totally reject the premise that she never had reason to be fired.
THEY WERE HER WORDS AND THEY CAME FORM HER OWN MOUTH.

And I don’t give a FLAT F*CK what kind of epiphany she had.

E.VER.

That she EVER did this would be enough to discredit her if she were WHITE.

IF SHE WERE WHITE She could NEVER DO ENOUGH to atone for this in the eyes of race baiters— JUST AS BLACK PANTHER TYPES INSIST THAT REPARATIONS WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH!!!!

Its like saying…..I drank a fifth of Jack (of my own volition), got behind the wheel and killed TWO old ladies, a nun, and a litter of calico kittens—yesterday.

But HEY, I’M REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEALLY sorry—today.

SCREW HER AND THE PROGRESSIVE A$$ SHE RIDES.

And frankly, Ed, I would expect better of you than to get all mushy over “redemption”.

SUCKER.

seejanemom on July 21, 2010 at 4:47 PM

…and regardless of any other considerations, that’s just not right.

JESUS, ED!

The entire SPEECH she gave was about the glorification of those “OTHER CONSIDERATIONS”.

A bald cracker like yourself can’t get a break in hell for having NEVER PERSONALLY OWNED OR WHIPPED A BLACK MAN in your natural life, but YOU PAY EVERY .SINGLE. DAY for some white man who DID once upon forever ago.

So these “other considerations” like the fact that she PERSONALLY did this wrong >>>REGARDLESS OF THE OUTCOME FOR THE FARMER>>> we should skip down the path and FORGET THAT SHE WAS —in her OWN PERSON—a racist????

NOT a seventh generation REMOVED racist, but an in the flesh RACIST?

Ed….man….you gotta do better than THAT.

seejanemom on July 21, 2010 at 4:54 PM

State elections officials narrowly rejected a Milwaukee Assembly candidate’s attempt to run with the slogan “NOT the ‘whiteman’s b!tch’ ” under her name on the ballot.

“I’m not making a derogatory statement toward an ethnic group. I’m stating what I’m not,” Griffin told board members. “It’s my constitutional right to freedom of speech.”


darwin on July 21, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Who’s b!tch is she?

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 4:55 PM

seejanemom on July 21, 2010 at 4:47 PM

I see Debbie Schlussel’s twin sister has weighed in on the subject.

Bradky on July 21, 2010 at 4:55 PM

seejanemom on July 21, 2010 at 4:47 PM

An admission that she had racist tendencies in at least one case but overcame them is equivalent to killing two old ladies, a nun and some kittens?

DarkCurrent on July 21, 2010 at 4:58 PM

I see Debbie Schlussel’s twin sister has weighed in on the subject.

Bradky on July 21, 2010 at 4:55 PM

F$ck you A.S.S>H.O.L.E

seejanemom on July 21, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Who’s b!tch is she?

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Well, I think she makes it pretty clear she’s not the “whiteman’s” bytch … that leaves a plethora of choices, including no one’s bytch.

You pick.

darwin on July 21, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Who’s b!tch is she?

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 4:55 PM
Well, I think she makes it pretty clear she’s not the “whiteman’s” bytch … that leaves a plethora of choices, including no one’s bytch.

You pick.

darwin on July 21, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Cheeseheads?

darwin on July 21, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 5:10 PM

F$ck you A.S.S>H.O.L.E

seejanemom on July 21, 2010 at 5:05 PM

I think Bradky’s a little upset at getting passed over for the new sensitive, climate change fearing, Europe envying, progressive Captain America role.

darwin on July 21, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Aparently, my argument seems to hold water with you because all you can do is insult me.

seejanemom on July 21, 2010 at 5:10 PM

I see Debbie Schlussel’s twin sister has weighed in on the subject.

Bradky on July 21, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Isn’t Jenfidel Debbie’s twin sister?

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Aparently I cant spell apparently!

**snark**

seejanemom on July 21, 2010 at 5:11 PM

An admission that she had racist tendencies in at least one case but overcame them is equivalent to k8lling two old ladies, a nun and some kittens?

DarkCurrent on July 21, 2010 at 4:58 PM

One case that she will admit.

An admission that we were ONCE a sl^ve holding nation –more than a hundred years ago—-but have overcome it is equivilent to YEARS AND YEARS of limitless unconstitutional Affirmative Action?

seejanemom on July 21, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Cheeseheads?

darwin on July 21, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Sure, why not. I’m sure she’ll be surprised to find out. Cheeseheads too.

darwin on July 21, 2010 at 5:13 PM

seejanemom on July 21, 2010 at 5:10 PM

You’re making The Race Card seem almost entirely sane. No small feat.

DarkCurrent on July 21, 2010 at 5:15 PM

You’re making The Race Card seem almost entirely sane. No small feat.

DarkCurrent on July 21, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Thats why they pay me the big bucks, cornhole.

Piss off.

seejanemom on July 21, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Okay, she gets her job back and apology and all is well. Sorry, there’s still something here that’s not right and nothing will convince me differently.

jeanie on July 21, 2010 at 5:19 PM

hmmmmmmmmm…….

But it’s not the first time Sherrod faced off against the federal government. Days before she was appointed to the USDA post last year, her group reportedly won a $13 million settlement in a longstanding discrimination suit against the USDA known commonly as the Pigford case.

The Rural Development Leadership Network announced last summer that New Communities Inc. — a group Sherrod formed with husband Charles, who is a civil rights activist, and with other black farmers — had reached the agreement. The RDLN said the USDA had “refused” to offer new loans or restructure old loans to members of New Communities, leading to the discrimination claim.

The announcement said that in addition to the $13 million to New Communities, Shirley and Charles Sherrod would each get $150,000 for “pain and suffering.”

A USDA official told FoxNews.com on Tuesday that the settlement had “nothing to do with” Sherrod’s hiring last year — likewise, the official said her resignation was only the result of her comments in the video.

“This is all about her comments,” the official said.

Sherrod’s settlement was a drop in the bucket in terms of the money the federal government has paid out in Pigford claims to other black farmers over the years. The suit claimed the USDA racially discriminated against black farmers by not giving them fair treatment when they applied for loans or assistance. The case was first settled in 1999, resulting to date in more than $1 billion in compensation payments from the federal government.

In addition, the Obama administration has called for another $1.15 billion to settle claims for other black farmers — Congress has not yet granted the money

wyntre on July 21, 2010 at 5:20 PM

One case that she will admit.

An admission that we were ONCE a sl^ve holding nation –more than a hundred years ago—-but have overcome it is equivilent to YEARS AND YEARS of limitless unconstitutional Affirmative Action?

seejanemom on July 21, 2010 at 5:13 PM

What does one have to do with the other?

DarkCurrent on July 21, 2010 at 5:23 PM

I think Bradky’s a little upset at getting passed over for the new sensitive, climate change fearing, Europe envying, progressive Captain America role.

darwin on July 21, 2010 at 5:10 PM

You have to have real BALLS to fill tights. Heh.

seejanemom on July 21, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Aparently I cant spell apparently!

**snark**

seejanemom on July 21, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Or think. Don’t worry about it. Just put down the bottle and move away from the keyboard slowly.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 5:24 PM

You’re making The Race Card seem almost entirely sane. No small feat.

DarkCurrent on July 21, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Not worth your time. She once invited me to carry on our disagreement on her site and then repeatedly banned me from it because I made her look bad.

So many here are just refusing to watch the full tape, and while that’s your choice, it only makes you look like an idiot when you try to accuse her of racism.

She does admit that initially she didn’t do all she could for him, but she does later speak of correcting her own error and realizing where she went wrong. That was the entire point of the speech, one she started by explaining white men killed her father and weren’t punished and ended by explaining that the feelings she’d been holding on to because of that were wrong and how she wishes white people would come to these NAACP meetings, wanting more racial harmony.

Esthier on July 21, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Isn’t Jenfidel Debbie’s twin sister?

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Jen’s okay. Definitely not hateful and meanspirited. We just disagree on Palin for the most part.

Bradky on July 21, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Just put down the bottle and move away from the keyboard slowly.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Blasphemy!

Esthier on July 21, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Thats why they pay me the big bucks, cornhole.

Piss off.

seejanemom on July 21, 2010 at 5:19 PM

I doubt anyone pays you very big bucks. You seem quite emotional. That’s not something big bucks are usually paid for.

DarkCurrent on July 21, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Aparently, my argument seems to hold water with you because all you can do is insult me.

seejanemom on July 21, 2010 at 5:10 PM

I thought you and the survivalists had severed outside contact by now. Last I saw you were preaching about ants and grasshoppers.

Bradky on July 21, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Our cultural landscape is littered with corpses of thousands of victims of the demagoguery of racism and sensitivity with many of them having been even less culpable than Ms. Sherrod. It is quite revealing that this almost singular outcry for vindication should arise in this particular case. The reaction toward this speech may have been over the top, but that is hardly exceptional. The effort to absolve her most definitely is.

djaces on July 21, 2010 at 5:27 PM

The Sherrod Facade

faraway on July 21, 2010 at 5:28 PM

seejanemom, Jenfield, and DebbieSchlussel.

The Witches of Blogswick.

MadisonConservative on July 21, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Isn’t Jenfidel Debbie’s twin sister?

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 5:11 PM
Jen’s okay. Definitely not hateful and meanspirited. We just disagree on Palin for the most part.

Bradky on July 21, 2010 at 5:25 PM

What alternative universe are you living in?

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 5:30 PM

The element of concern was that they were coming from someone with a known dislike of Bush:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killian_documents_controversy

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Well, there was also the part about the guy not being all that competent and then Rather defending his report even when it was blown to shreds.

Though sure, there are some similarities there.

Esthier on July 21, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Jen’s okay. Definitely not hateful and meanspirited. We just disagree on Palin for the most part.

Bradky on July 21, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Heh. Heh heh. Are you talking about Jenfidel from another site? That description doesn’t quite match ours.

MadisonConservative on July 21, 2010 at 5:31 PM

F$ck you A.S.S>H.O.L.E

seejanemom on July 21, 2010 at 5:05 PM
Aparently, my argument seems to hold water with you because all you can do is insult me.

seejanemom on July 21, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Say what?

katy the mean old lady on July 21, 2010 at 5:33 PM

seejanemom, Jenfield, and DebbieSchlussel.

The Witches of Blogswick.

MadisonConservative on July 21, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Snort.

katy the mean old lady on July 21, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Say what?

katy the mean old lady on July 21, 2010 at 5:33 PM

What, you want consistency, not hypocrisy? That’s rare enough on a blog.

Esthier on July 21, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Her remarks were racist. If a white man said the same thing regarding a black farmer, he would lose his job and spend the rest of his life apologizing.

What’s more interesting is that BO acted stupidly too, yet not a peep out of the lame steam media.

jbh45 on July 21, 2010 at 5:45 PM

how she wishes white people would come to these NAACP meetings, wanting more racial harmony.

Esthier on July 21, 2010 at 5:24 PM

I haven’t watched the entire video, so I haven’t seen this. I will watch it, and I thank you for bringing this up.

Frankly, I think her wish would come true if white people felt welcome at NAACP meetings. Are they invited? I don’t know. Are they shut out like Steve Cohen from the CBC? He is white, but the majority of his constituents are not. If the purpose of the CBC is to push for laws that improve the lives of blacks, then why not allow him to join?

Perhaps Shirley needs to speak out more, and perhaps the “special” caucuses of Congress should be started.

ladyingray on July 21, 2010 at 5:45 PM

F$ck you A.S.S>H.O.L.E

seejanemom on July 21, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Several commenters have gotten away with dropping the f-bomb without the $.

Keep up.

ladyingray on July 21, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Well, there was also the part about the guy not being all that competent and then Rather defending his report even when it was blown to shreds.

Though sure, there are some similarities there.

Esthier on July 21, 2010 at 5:31 PM

And how much of that was before “publication” and how much happened afterwards? It looks like they tried to do a much better job in verifying the information than Breitbart did.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 5:57 PM

If she was fired for being a racist, I don’t have a problem with it. She most definitely is. If she was fire for stupid remarks 20 years ago, then no. She is not what the video was about. No one seems to understand that it was not her that was being pointed out as a racist, it was the NAACP. They were the ones in the crowd saying “right on girl” “you’re right there”. it was the happy people that laughed and cheered her on, when they thought she was their kind of racist.

pwb on July 21, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Heh. Heh heh. Are you talking about Jenfidel from another site? That description doesn’t quite match ours.

MadisonConservative on July 21, 2010 at 5:31 PM

:) yes talking about Jen from this site. I chalk up much of her insults to youth. Little more life experience and she’ll be all right.
To be fair I’d be dishonest if I said I didn’t enjoy needling her about Palin. It’s like getting thrown a slow pitch right over the plate…

Bradky on July 21, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Keep up.

ladyingray on July 21, 2010 at 5:47 PM

I think they are using dial up in survivalistville and can’t move around on the net as quickly as most.

Bradky on July 21, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Talismen said ’she already, at least once, used race to dictate her actions in her duties at the USDA.’

That’s what I was asking about. Is there evidence of that?

DarkCurrent on July 21, 2010 at 4:33 PM

How about a videotaped admission in her own words? You know…the video we’re all talking about? Both the full version and the original clip show her saying that she used the farmer’s white race to limit how much help (‘not the full force of what she could do’) she gave him.

James on July 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM

How about a videotaped admission in her own words? You know…the video we’re all talking about? Both the full version and the original clip show her saying that she used the farmer’s white race to limit how much help (‘not the full force of what she could do’) she gave him.

James on July 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM

At the USDA? Notice ‘at the USDA’ in that quote of mine.

DarkCurrent on July 21, 2010 at 6:19 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killian_documents_controversy

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 4:45 PM

LOL. Citing Wiki won’t help your case.

Especially since their footnote #4 says:

^ Ross, Brian and Howard Rosenberg (September 14, 2004). “”Document Analysts: CBS News Ignored Doubts.””. ABC News.

It’s also relevant to note that the majority of Wiki’s footnotes cite the Washington Post, NY Times, and other Leftist “news sources”. Sure, there is a Fox News cite in there, and a WND one, but the bulk of them come from the legacy media-the same folks who later rewarded Dan’s dishonesty by giving him an award.

Keep trying, though!

Del Dolemonte on July 21, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Let me get this straight, she did help the farmer, reluctantly, while dragging her feet to do so, and instead of giving someone who needed her help the full force and effort that was available, she did just enough, to check the block so to speak.

Let’s take this in another direction shall we? What if she was a lawyer, and she was white? What if she didn’t give the defense of her black defendant her best effort? Would that be racist even if he was found Not Guilty? There is an old saying that the ends don’t justify the means. Well the fact that the farm in question was saved doesn’t justify her giving minimal help reluctantly because of the race of the individual.

What if she was a Doctor? She has a sick patient, but one who’s race she doesn’t like. She gives anti-biotics, and the patient recovers thanks in no part to her, but to his own genetic predisposition to heal quickly. Would the fact that he survived, and healed, be enough?

Racism isn’t about the ends, it’s about the means. While I’m not surprised to see a Democrat acting racist, I’m surprised that so many people are willing to overlook her admitted racist beliefs because the end of the story was that the farm was saved. If the white farmer had lost his farm because of her half hearted efforts, would that change your opinion?

I don’t think she should get her job back. Because the job she has is one where life and death of family farms is at stake. I want someone in that position who isn’t going to have a knee jerk reaction because of someone’s race. I want someone there who will give their very best, regardless of any other factors, be it race, creed, color, or religion. I don’t trust Sherri Sharrod to do that, do you?

Snake307 on July 21, 2010 at 6:22 PM

:) yes talking about Jen from this site. I chalk up much of her insults to youth. Little more life experience and she’ll be all right.
To be fair I’d be dishonest if I said I didn’t enjoy needling her about Palin. It’s like getting thrown a slow pitch right over the plate…

Bradky on July 21, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Needling her about sex that isn’t strict missionary is even more fun. Do you know how old she is? Might explain even more things.

MadisonConservative on July 21, 2010 at 6:27 PM

It looks like they tried to do a much better job in verifying the information than Breitbart did.

Jimbo3 on July 21, 2010 at 5:57 PM

You really need to go back and re-live the story as Power Line reported it. They were one of the major players in breaking the story.

Del Dolemonte on July 21, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Prediction:
She will be offered her job back. She will refuse to take it

The offer is a way for the USDA to save some face, and possibly some money in the lawsuit. Shirley has previously successfully sued government, she will do so again. She won’t have to work another day in her life. She will sue anyone and everyone related to this story. It’s the American way.

Less on July 21, 2010 at 11:37 AM

You nailed it.

maverick muse on July 21, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Has anyone produced the results of the white farmer having been refused USDA aid, as that federal institution has the authority to prevent bankruptcy and the loss of farms?

Where is the evidence that he was incompetent?

Where is the story of what became of him after losing his farm?

Sharrod referred him to a bankruptcy lawyer, not someone inclined to loan him money for the coming season to harvest.

maverick muse on July 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM

The lady is a racist. That is a fact.

CWforFreedom on July 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Shirley has previously successfully sued government, she will do so again. She won’t have to work another day in her life. She will sue anyone and everyone related to this story. It’s the American way.

Less on July 21, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Maybe that’s why Vilsack is offering to make her the Ag Czar for Pigford Reparations and Land Redistribution.

petefrt on July 21, 2010 at 6:41 PM

At the USDA? Notice ‘at the USDA’ in that quote of mine.

DarkCurrent on July 21, 2010 at 6:19 PM

OK, if it wasn’t at the USDA, does it make it any less of a civil rights violation? Does this piddly little technicality change one single bit of the impact of her racist action, other than that she should have never been hired at the USDA in the first place instead of that she should be fired now?

James on July 21, 2010 at 6:42 PM

You guys DO understand, don’t you, that Obama & Co. pushed these racist buttons specifically to bury the 11,000-strong rally that happened today, don’t you??

Seriously – the timing is too perfect – and Hannity, and ALL of the conservatives have taken the bait.

Bobby Jindal just led 11,000 angry Cajuns and we cannot get ANY coverage because this Bull$$$t about one employee has sucked ALL of the air out of the blogosphere, INCLUDING HotAir.

I mean, haven’t ANY of you, Ed and Allah included, ever discussed Jindal’s presidential prospects on HotAir?

Why is this story being buried?

This deflection by Obama was intentionally timed to ace out the 7/21 rally, and I think the conservative media fell for it.

Gulf Moratorium Protest.

The REAL hard news today!!

CNN at 7p.m.

http://www.rallyforeconomicsurvival.com

Filmed Jindal’s whole speech from 15 ft away and heading to a buddy’s house now to edit it down.

Would anyone care to respond?

cane_loader on July 21, 2010 at 6:55 PM

OK, if it wasn’t at the USDA, does it make it any less of a civil rights violation?
James on July 21, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Exactly. I’ve been wondering the same thing since watching the tape this morning.

Bee on July 21, 2010 at 6:59 PM

The video is not the end of the story even though there is plenty of anti White racism in it.
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There’s much more ugly and dirty stuff here as reported in this link http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/Examiner-Opinion-Zone/Shirley-Sherrods-Disappearing-Act-Not-So-Fast-98846149.html

FactsofLife on July 21, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Just because you’re paranoid – don’t mean they’re not after you….

Kurt Cobain, Good Fellas, etc.

No kidding, an electric event just happened here.

The speakers held nothing back.

It was the freakin’ CajunDome and we packed 11 large (11,000) in there!

Wait until you see the photos of all the families and all the guys in their work clothes, BLACK GUYS TOO!

Jindal just kicked some serious a$$ this afternoon.

Off to edit video and photos.

cane_loader on July 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM

cane_loader on July 21, 2010 at 7:01 PM

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