The Railroading of Shirley Sherrod? If So, It’s Time For Criminal Charges and Penalties…

20 Jul

Faux News is blasting this highly edited tape of a speech given by Shirley Sherrod at her local NAACP Chapter.  In the speech, she admits being conflicted about providing support to a white farmer 24 years ago when she worked with the Georgia field office for the Federation of Southern Cooperative/Land Assistance Fund (not the USDA), Mrs. Sherrod appears to giving a lesson on how she learned that race had no place in how she dealt with people. They byline of the story promoted by Faux, is that Mrs. Sherrod is “bragging about discriminating against whites.”

Secretary Visilak has fired Mrs. Sherrod, and yesterday, NAACP President Ben Jealous issued this statement –

“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.”

But there now appears to be a hole in the story presented by Faux. Just as in the ACORN Pimp case, the tape appears to have been carefully edited to exclude exactly what Mrs. Sherrod was saying.

I feel that it is time for the Department of Justice to step in and subpoena the entire tape. Should the exculpatory evidence be found on that tape, or it be found that Big Government and Faux willfully misrepresented the content or context of that speech – then criminal charges should be brought against all Big Government and Faux News employees responsible.

These charges should not be limited to individuals. If it is found that, as Mrs. Sherrod claims, the rest of the speech deals with how she personally exorcised the demons of racism – then, in light of a pattern of willful misrepresentation, injurious to individuals, their careers, as well as to ACORN, representing a criminal pattern, resulting in the loss of thousands of jobs –  a petition should be filed by the DOJ to the FCC to remove Faux News’ broadcast license under the Telecom Act of 1937.

As to Ben Jealous pulling the trigger on this one so fast –

Ben – you fucked-up in not investigating fully the charges and the actual truth, especially in light of the historical pattern of racism, criminal misrepresentation, and lies put forth both by Faux and Big Government. It may well be that Mrs. Sherrod is innocent (it is possible she isn’t).

HOWEVER – I believe she should have been given the right to a fair hearing and investigation.

Resigned USDA official says racial story misconstrued

The USDA’s rural development director for Georgia says she was forced out of her federally appointed job after a “snippet” of a speech she gave in March appeared to show her admission to only half-heartedly aiding a struggling white farmer because of his race.

But in a phone interview from her home in Albany early Tuesday morning, Shirley Sherrod told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that the two-minute, 38-second video posted online Monday by and reported on by and the AJC completely misconstrued the message she was trying to convey.

Sherrod, 62, insisted her statements in the video were not racist.

“For Fox to take a spin on this like they have done, and know it’s not the truth … it’s very upsetting,” she said.

In the video Sherrod, who is black, admits to the crowd at the NAACP banquet she didn’t do everything she could to help a white farmer whom she said was condescending when he came to her for aid.

“What he didn’t know while he was taking all that time trying to show me he was superior to me was, I was trying to decide just how much help I was going to give him,” Sherrod said in the video recorded March 27 in Douglas in southeast Georgia.

“I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farmland, and here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land. So I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do. I did enough.

But Tuesday morning, Sherrod said what online viewers weren’t told in reports posted throughout the day Monday was that the tale she told at the banquet happened 24 years ago — before she got the USDA job — when she worked with the Georgia field office for the Federation of Southern Cooperative/Land Assistance Fund.

Sherrod said the short video clip excluded the breadth of the story about how she eventually worked with the man over a two-year period to help ward off foreclosure of his farm, and how she eventually became friends with him and his wife.

“And I went on to work with many more white farmers,” she said. “The story helped me realize that race is not the issue, it’s about the people who have and the people who don’t. When I speak to groups, I try to speak about getting beyond the issue of race.”

Sherrod said the farmer, Roger Spooner of Iron City, Ga., has since died.

Responding to what he knew of the video Monday evening, Atlanta NAACP chapter president R.L. White recalled many years of unfair treatment against minority farmers when he told the AJC that the footage, at face value, “does suggest unfair treatment.”

“The playing table should be leveled,” said White, who wasn’t at the March event. “Everyone, regardless of race, creed or color, should be treated same way, regardless of the race of the administrator.”

And in a statement released to Fox News, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Sherrod’s resignation.

“There is zero tolerance for discrimination at USDA, and I strongly condemn any act of discrimination against any person,” Vilsack said in the statement.

An AJC reporter called Sherrod’s Albany home Monday evening but was unable to contact her until she reached out shortly after midnight.

“They were just looking at what the Tea Party and what Fox said, and thought it was too (politically) dangerous for them,” she said of the agriculture department.

The revelation of Sherrod’s statements came a week after the NAACP issued a resolution calling the National Tea Party racist for comments made against President Barack Obama and African-American congressmen during the health care debate.

Sherrod, 62, was appointed to her position in by Obama’s administration in July 2009 to manage more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs, and more than $114 billion in federal loans.

The AJC is trying to recover the full video footage of Sherrod’s speech to the Douglas NAACP.

She said the circumstances made it absurd for her to have made any racist comment.

“There were some white people there. The mayor (of Douglas) was there,” Sherrod recalled. “Why would I do something racist if they were there?”


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9 responses to “The Railroading of Shirley Sherrod? If So, It’s Time For Criminal Charges and Penalties…

  1. Jackie Toye

    July 20, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Thanks for “The Rest of the Story” ….. a saw a quick snippet this morning from a Local Paper and I knew there had to be More to It.
    Just watched her on CNN and they spoke with the man’s wife. Have to applaud CNN for the quick response.


    • btx3

      July 20, 2010 at 5:54 PM

      Great blog, Speak!


  2. bob

    July 20, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    I heard that the short clips first shown,taken out of context,did’nt tell the whole story and was given the impression that she was giving an inspirational speech against racism.however after seeing her comments before and after the clips aired,either she is a lousy public speaker or she is clearly a racist. I don’t see anything in the context of her talk that makes what she said somehow “more ok” If you swapped white for black in her speech,you would think it was given 50+ years ago in the deep south,so much of how she delt with this farmer was only because she was forced to do her job not because she wanted to do her job. I truly believe had she not felt her own job would not have been in jeopardy this man would have been sent away with no help whatsoever.This cannot stand! I think her resignation was a must.


    • btx3

      July 20, 2010 at 6:30 PM

      Bob – Then why did the wife of the white farmer in question go on CNN, and declare that Mrs Sherrod “is a friend for life”?

      And black folks in the business world deal with white folks who don’t like you because you are black …

      Every single day in America.

      What would you propose doing with those folks?


  3. bob

    July 20, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    I see your point,however,being in a position of authority dealing with the public,She should not have allowed her personal prejudices alter the way she delt with him. We all carry personal issues that we have to”come to terms with”when we are dealing with people different than us male/female black/white pretty/ugly Just because her ,self-explained limited assistance, apparently help this man save his farm how many times did that attitude fall a little short helping people that needed it? A high standard must be maintained for officials who have the power to change peoples lives. The business world and the public sector always will be held to different standards, I am not saying thats right but anyone who is a part of the government has to be fair and impartial always when dealing with the public.


    • btx3

      July 20, 2010 at 7:39 PM

      I think the point of her talk was to explain how she reached that point of fairness, Bob.

      Here is the farmer in question, Roger Spooner speaking about Mrs. Sherrod.

      A lot of folks my age, who went through segregation, and at some point integrated schools or businesses, are sympathetic with her story. As one of the 1/2 dozen black kids assigned to integrate a previously all white Junior High School of 2,000 – one of the first things “we” figured out is that the white kids were as ignorant and fearful about and of us, as we were of them. A lot of them figured it out, too – which started the trail towards common ground and evolved into real friendships – some of which continue 47 years later.

      Georgia, particularly in the rural areas, is still fighting some of those ghosts, and is virtually segregated – meaning that lesson has to be learned by smaller and smaller segments of each successive generation.


  4. bob

    July 20, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    WOW, I feel like a horses a%# I thought I had seen all of the relevant parts of the video only to discover,after watching the ENTIRE video, it was a build-up to a learning experience/life lesson. This woman has been treated badly by all who jumped to the wrong conclusions based on limited knowledge(Including me) I am sad to say.You really need to post the entire video here,Thank you for keeping me interested long enough to inspire me to continue looking for the entire speech. Shame on the government,the naacp,news organizations,and me



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