USDA worker quits over racism charge from video

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 9:26 AM
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WASHINGTON — A black employee who resigned from the Agriculture Department over comments at a Georgia NAACP meeting said today the White House forced her out of her job over a manufactured racial controversy.

Shirley Sherrod said she was on the road Monday after an event in rural Georgia when USDA deputy undersecretary Cheryl Cook called her and told her the White House wanted her to resign. "They called me twice," Sherrod told The Associated Press in an interview. "The last time they asked me to pull over the side of the road and submit my resignation on my Blackberry, and that's what I did."

The controversy began Monday when the conservative website biggovernment.com posted a two-minute, 38-second video clip of Sherrod's remarks to a local NAACP chapter.

In the video, she says the first time a white farmer came in for help, he was acting "superior" to her and that she struggled to decide how much help to provide him when so many black farmers were struggling. She said she didn't give him the full force of help she could have, but gave him enough.

The website called it proof that the NAACP — which recently accused the Tea Party of including racist elements — condones racism.

Sherrod said her comments to the local NAACP group that she withheld support some 24 years ago from a farmer because he was white are really part of a story of racial reconciliation. She said she ultimately became friends with the farmer and worked closely with him for two years to keep him from losing his farm. At the time, she worked for a nonprofit farm aid group.

"My point in telling that story is that working with him helped me to see that it wasn't just a black and white issue," she told The AP. "It was about those who have and those who do not. That's why I take the time to tell that story is to tell people we need to get beyond it and work together."

Hours after her resignation, Sherrod accused administration officials of lacking backbone. A USDA spokesman would not comment on whether the White House was involved.

Secretary Tom Vilsack issued a statement saying the agency has no tolerance for discrimination.

"We have been working hard through the past 18 months to reverse the checkered civil rights history at the department and take the issue of fairness and equality very seriously," the statement said.

National NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous issued a statement Monday night — before Sherrod's explanation — supporting the resignation. Jealous said the group opposes racism of all kinds.

"According to her remarks, she mistreated a white farmer in need of assistance because of his race," he said. "We are appalled by her actions, just as we are with abuses of power against farmers of color and female farmers."

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veggie-d 07/20/10 - 09:29 am
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racist is as racist does...

racist is as racist does...

corgimom
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corgimom 07/20/10 - 09:51 am
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No, it didn't misconstrue

No, it didn't misconstrue anything.

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CATFISHSTEW 07/20/10 - 09:56 am
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Now... how much severance pay

Now... how much severance pay and benefits is she going to receive for being a racist? Tax payers here we go again. Have a Nice Day.

OnlyinAgs1
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OnlyinAgs1 07/20/10 - 10:13 am
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If she did this to this man

If she did this to this man she should have been fired years ago. It goes to show you and she should know as old as she is, sometimes it best to keep your mouth closed about certain things. Funny thing is she became friends with him and his wife over the course of time.

OnlyinAgs1
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OnlyinAgs1 07/20/10 - 10:13 am
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If she did this to this man

If she did this to this man she should have been fired years ago. It goes to show you and she should know as old as she is, sometimes it best to keep your mouth closed about certain things. Funny thing is she became friends with him and his wife over the course of time.

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baronvonreich 07/20/10 - 10:19 am
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She was just speaking to her

She was just speaking to her peers at the NAACP. Their attitudes aren't a secret.

And for Vilsack to say the USDA has no tolerance for discrimination is a joke. The government has arguably been the number 1 promoter of discrimination over the decades with its hiring practices.

JackBootedThug
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JackBootedThug 07/20/10 - 10:23 am
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Al...Jesse...where ya at???

Al...Jesse...where ya at???

KingJames
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KingJames 07/20/10 - 10:23 am
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Catfishstew, it's a federal

Catfishstew, it's a federal job. If this racist does get severance pay and benefits, it would be paid by all Americans. Don't get all bent out of shape about it, though. What you think is the portion that came out of your tax bill is probably less than a penny. It's funny to me how people think they can re-claim their tax money after they pay it and the government spends it on something they don't like. Taxation and spending are important, and disdain or approval should be expressed in the voting booth. But seriously, the problem here is not if she will get severance pay (I really doubt that she will), but that there are people who really think blacks aren't and can't ever be racist. This type of behavior has set America back 50 years, and it doesn't matter what side the racism comes from. It is still shameful.

KingJames
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KingJames 07/20/10 - 10:26 am
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Catfishstew, I was joking

Catfishstew, I was joking about the taxes. I know why you feel that way. She won't get paid because severance pay in situations like this is reserved for ladies with fruit names!

KingJames
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KingJames 07/20/10 - 10:41 am
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See it for yourselves.

See it for yourselves. There's a video clip below the article. This is very shameful indeed. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/20/shirley-sherrod-resigns-usda-na....

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Chillen 07/20/10 - 10:44 am
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Reparations and entitlements.

Reparations and entitlements. That's what on the menu of the decade.

cleanup
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cleanup 07/20/10 - 10:59 am
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Is it too late for her to

Is it too late for her to apply for RC superientendent? It looks like she would fit in well with the status quo there.

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southernguy08 07/20/10 - 11:01 am
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ONLYIN posted "If she did
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ONLYIN posted "If she did this to this man..." ONLYIN, the video is right there. See for yourself. Where is your outrage? If this was a white guilty of this, you'd be calling not only for their resignation, but criminal charges to be filed against them. Seeing this and hearing the laughing in the background that tells me her actions met with this group's approval, tells me that there are just as many black racists as white ones. And I agree with you AW, where the heck is JUSTUS on this one? He must not have heard about it yet on the "non minority media."

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southernguy08 07/20/10 - 11:11 am
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I have two more questions.
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I have two more questions. First, since this happened in March, why did it take so long to become a news story and for Sherrod to be gone? Second, where is the outrage from Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton? I guess they believe civil rights only need to be protected in minorities.

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aureliusdios 07/20/10 - 11:15 am
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Ok, you got your

Ok, you got your "strangefruit" for the day! The woman deserved to be fired but she quit! Some of you are salivating like rabid animals. Anyone who doesn't help someone because of their race is pretty stupid. Reparations & entitlements? I think the lady quit and may be there will be a civil trial because she violated someone's civil rights.
Good grief you've found your single flawed stone and the world should turn over. This is not some unique case--this happens to people everyday!

KingJames
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KingJames 07/20/10 - 11:55 am
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Why do non-Blacks always

Why do non-Blacks always mention reparations? No one wants that. I can understand throwing entitlements out there because that system is in desperate need of repair. But, reparations? As Maynard G. Krebs would say, "Oh come, now!"

fontana
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fontana 07/20/10 - 11:59 am
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I hear she already has a job

I hear she already has a job offer from the NAACP. She'll fit in nicely.

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30cal 07/20/10 - 12:47 pm
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Sounds to me as if ,she went

Sounds to me as if ,she went out of her way to make it a BLACK AGAINST WHITE THING.WILL she face criminal charges ,she would if she were white.

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dreamschasers 07/20/10 - 12:48 pm
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James, what do you call

James, what do you call entitlements, geared to a certain miniority group or affirmative action or any other type of quotas geared to the black minority? A reparation can take many forms, but reparations by any other name is still reparations!

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willie7 07/20/10 - 12:55 pm
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The woman is crazy! She
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The woman is crazy! She shouldn't been in this position if she felt this way about a white person. I am happy she has gone. Racial bias either way is wrong, period!!!

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howcanweknow 07/20/10 - 12:58 pm
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Isn't it obvious to everyone

Isn't it obvious to everyone that the whole situation is really the fault of George Bush?

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AWyld1 07/20/10 - 02:13 pm
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Wow the AC deleted my post

Wow the AC deleted my post yet there are at least 5 others here that are way worse than mine..I didn't name anyone specifically nor did I call anyone a name...I stated the truth...whoever reported my post must have been the hit dog...I will get a email from someone at the AC and I will tell them what I think of their "selective"deletion policy...I will also start reporting everytime I see justus post something about the AWM and I encourage other posters to do the same..seems to be 2 sets of rules

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justus4 07/20/10 - 02:29 pm
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This the re-invention of the
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This the re-invention of the infamous "Willie Horton" campaign and designed to get the same results. However, this lady was talking about a situation that happened 24 yrs ago in which, in the final analysis, she ended up helping that non-minority family keep their farm. She did what was right then, and now her words are being used to distort the actual facts to attach some "racist" inference onto this administration. We know why this is being reported, but why not the report of Black farmers and how the Department of Agriculture have consistently and systematically discriminated against them. In fact, they have won repeatedly in courts, but yet they have NOT been paid the awarded millions. That's the real story that requires national attention, but because of race, it goes unreported. Oh, and this lady should keep her job because when the incident referenced happened, she was NOT a government employee. Legal recourse will make that happen.

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Ushouldnthave 07/20/10 - 02:37 pm
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You people act as if you

You people act as if you haven't even read the article. The moral is that she felt a certain way against another race until she learned to understand them. Then she worked for 2 years to save this mans farm. This is a positive story, and it is shameful that people intentionally ignore the entire story just to display their hate and ignorance. It is even more shameful that the White House saw an edit of the speech and jumped to a conclusion stupidly, which forced her out of a job she did extremely fairly and well. Shame on all of you race baiters.

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justthefacts 07/20/10 - 02:46 pm
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Based on the full story

Based on the full story perhaps she shouldn't have been fired. But, that's the times we live in. Political Correctness run a muck. Unfortunately for Ms. Sherrod, those who insist on it, must abide the "rules" of political correctness as well.

KingJames
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KingJames 07/20/10 - 02:52 pm
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Dreamchasers, I said the

Dreamchasers, I said the entitlement or welfare/subsidy system needs a lot of work. That means it needs an overhaul so it can benefit the people it was designed to help, and not those who don't want to work. So it would appear we agree on something. Where we don't agree is when you seem to classify entitlements as a form of reparations. You should be advised that there are many decendants of former slaves who have not been part of the entitlement crowd, nor would we think reparations for slavery a practical idea or deserving gesture. Contrary to what some may think, there are numerous Blacks who work and pay taxes, are fiscally conscience, and who wonder how much longer we all have to pay for lazy people of all races who don't want to work. We have the same concerns that whites have. Your idea of reparations, by definition of the word, would have to include all Blacks. That's something that won't ever happen because there are many of us who have either already gained more than what would be given by the government, want more and are willing to work for it, or are simply uninterested because such a crazy idea would most assuredly do more harm than good to our already erratic economy. As ridiculous as the concept of reparations for blacks sounds to you, it's even worse when someone white mentions it, especially when they think ALL blacks are for it. Such a broad misrepresentation of reality hints at ignorance of Black culture in general and is just plain silly. In short, Blacks are not the ones with reparations etched in our brains. We seem to only discuss it when whites mention it during disucssions on race. As for entitlements, well people of every race have benefited from them. There are a lot of Blacks who are stuck in the cycle (which is what I think is sad, and what whites pounce on at every opportunity). I do have to ask you though, don't you think that if the government really wanted to stop the abuse of these entitlement systems it would? Most people receiving entitlements don't vote are are not well educated. If they worked, educated themselves, and actually began to vote they could really upset the balance of politcal power in this country. Politicians are happy with the status quo of power, and are therefore happy with the status quo for entitlements. That's one reason I think the Tea Party appears to have so much momentum.

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OnlyinAgs1 07/20/10 - 02:54 pm
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I wonder if Briebart will

I wonder if Briebart will post on his site the full video or keep his highly edited one there. I wonder will FALSE news apologize for reporting this as news under FALSE pretences. One thing is for sure Briebart knew to go to FALSE news first, as we all know the last time he and O'keefe went to CNN first about the supposedly census manager/workers FALSE news didn't air any of that story.

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Ushouldnthave 07/20/10 - 02:55 pm
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By this standard, anyone who

By this standard, anyone who has ever in their lives said, acted, or thought in a racial manner should immediately lose their job for it, no matter how long ago it was, or how well they have redeamed themselves. In this case there was not so much as a question posed to her about what was said, just a knee jerk and a kick out the door.

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dreamschasers 07/20/10 - 02:54 pm
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You are only a racist if your

You are only a racist if your are white. You only get deleted if you point out the black racist posting on this site or call the naacp a racist organization. Come on sean--supervise an even playing field. Your moderators are racist jokers!

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KSL 07/20/10 - 02:58 pm
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Saw an email before this

Saw an email before this broke. She wasn't just guilty. She was guilty as (filtered word).

There is a lot of discrimination going on nowadays. But it is not against who they would have you think it's against.

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