When people have it in for you, they REALLY have it in for you. This case with Shirley Sherrod, being forced to resign from her USDA position, for comments she made during a speech at a NAACP banquet on March 27 prove it.
In a video that mysteriously surfaced on Monday, Sherrod is heard telling a crowd that black farmers have faced years of discrimination and difficulty saving their farmland. She recalled having to help a white farmer who came to see her in 1986 (24 years ago) – see video.
Sure, by the above remarks heard in the video, racism would be the first thing that comes to mind, however, during an interview with CNN, Sherrod explains the video is not in full context.
Sherrod claims that when she was describing how she had denied aid to the white farmer, she continued to explain that she ultimately realized her mistake, but the video clip does not include any indication that she rectified the situation.
Sherrod told CNN on Tuesday that she was told repeatedly by the Obama administration to resign on Monday afternoon after the clip surfaced. She said she tried to explain to the administration that the video was taken out of context, but according to Sherrod, “The administration was not interested in hearing the truth. They didn't want to hear the truth,” Sherrod said.
“They harassed me,” she said. “I got three calls from the White House. At one point they asked me to pull over to the side of the road and do it because you are going to be on Glenn Beck tonight.”
To add insult to injury, the NAACP President and Benjamin Jealous issued a strongly worded statement condemning Sherrod Monday night, before she spoke to CNN.
“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,” Jealous said.
“We are appalled by her actions, just as we are with abuses of power against farmers of color and female farmers,” he added.
What's interesting is that in her interview with CNN, Sherrod added that she and the white farmer she referred to in the video, Roger Spooner, became friends. Spooner's wife, Eloise, confirmed to CNN that she and her husband considered Sherrod a friend.
“She helped us save our farm by getting in there and doing everything she could do,” Eloise Spooner said. “They haven't treated her right.”
Sherrod said she told the story to make the point that at the time, she thought that white farmers had the advantages because of their race, but had learned that was not the case.
“The point was to get them to understand that we need to look beyond race,” Sherrod said. (read more)
There's so much more to this story that's not being told, and like it was stated earlier, when people have it in for you, they REALLY have it in for you. Either that, or Sherrod is just being used as a bad example of how racism is not acceptable. It also shows that being honest don't always pay. Damn, it also shows that your past can and WILL come back and haunt you.
UPDATED: Now that the NAACP has reviewed the full video of Shirley Sherrod's speech, it has retracted its criticism of the former USDA employee and called on the government to restore her job, reports AP. The group, which initially professed to be “appalled,” says it was “snookered by Fox News and Tea Party Activist Andrew Breitbart into believing she had harmed white farmers because of racial bias,” notes Politico. (Read the full statement when you continue.)[mashshare]