Sherrod should write a book- UPDATED


The Pool of Bethesda, 1645, Joost Cornelisz Droochsloot

Shirley Sherrod says she is not certain that she would accept a reinstatement to her office even if the USDA offers it to her.

I think she should not. This woman needs to write a book. Politics aside, (and Sherrod may have had a little time to reconsider her absorption of the NAACP’s message that tea parties = racists) her personal story is gripping, poignant and wholesome – a staggering snapshot of where America was 50 years ago, and how far the nation has come, despite the political opportunism and flame-fanning of the worst elements of our society. Sherrod’s remembrances of parents and siblings are gorgeous lovesongs to the value of the nuclear family. “My father was just everything to us,” she says.

Her father sounds like the sort of unsung hero–hardworking, good-humored, family-focused, liberty-seeking–who should resonate with all of us who do not wish to be told where or how we may live, or whether our house may be built of brick or blocks.

And his murder–two months before the birth of his longed-for, beloved son–(watch from 8:00 on) and how it impacted Sherrod’s decisions as a 17-year old, and the story of her own evolved thinking – this is the stuff of a book that could be more than a great, inspiring read. This is a book that could teach, and unite and bring real healing. Her story encompasses the lunacy of a bygone age, the shared personal sorrows to which all can relate, the lessons of faith, surrender, personal and social triumph and, finally, how precariously we all stand in our present moments.

Talking about the slowly risen dawn of her understanding, Sherrod said to the young people attending her talk:

“When you are true to what God wants you to do, the path just opens up.”

She is so right.

We make a lot of jokes about Rahm Emmanuel’s obnoxious dictum to “never let a good crisis go to waste.” Yes, it’s a cynical politicians mindset. But it is also true that great things are often born from leaning into what seems like a destructive storm. The waters of Bethesda did not heal until they had first been stirred by an angel. The Resurrection of Christ did not overcome death until death first had its illusory moment.

Perhaps Sherrod (who–according to Breitbart–was not meant to be the focal point of his ill-played response to the NAACP’s needless provocation of the Tea Party) is not meant to return to her old job. The country doesn’t really need another bureaucrat–she could use a good deal fewer, in fact–but she does need someone to tell a true American Story, one that can strike common chords of liberty, aspiration and the constantly-evolving conscience.

God is not done with anyone, until their last day. He is not done with Shirley Sherrod, or with you or me. We are all on quite a journey, and perhaps this debacle is meant to shake up stagnant entrenched thought–on personal and societal levels–on the right and the left. For certain, we cannot continue on our present trajectory.

If it is still possible for people to, even briefly, put politics aside and simply listen to each other (and I’m sure Ms. Sherrod and I would disagree on many policy issues) that would be a book I want to read, and to see discussed in America.

Don’t go back to the office, Ms. Sherrod; tell your story; it is ours.

UPDATE:
Jonah Goldberg:

I think she’s owed apologies from pretty much everyone, including my good friend Andrew Breitbart. I generally think Andrew is on the side of the angels and a great champion of the cause. He says he received the video in its edited form and I believe him. But the relevant question is, Would he have done the same thing over again if he had seen the full video from the outset? I’d like to think he wouldn’t have. Because to knowingly turn this woman into a racist in order to fight fire with fire with the NAACP is unacceptable. When it seemed that Sherrod was a racist who abused her power, exposing her and the NAACP’s hypocrisy was perfectly fair game. But now that we have the benefit of knowing the facts, the equation is completely different.

Read it all.

And check back…I have a feeling I’ll be updating this story several times throughout the day!

UPDATE II:
In mild hysterics, David Frum goes after some of the very “conservative” folks who were very quick to say, “waaait a second, there,” (note the date, Dave!) and ask to see the whole tape. In this, he is almost as negligent about doing due diligence as was Breitbart. Frum rides in on a horse of hindsight, though, and with great nobility, with his sword drawn to slay the savage hoard as he does precisely what he essentially accuses Breitbart of doing: tries to tar many with one brush. Opportunism, flame-fanning and posturing will apparently not be abated by what should be a thoughtful moment for the whole nation.

Also, Richard Cohen, writes of “the cowardice of Tom Vilsack,” for firing Sherrod. He makes no note of the NAACP’s fast initial condemnation of Sherrod – without first talking to her, and even though they were in possession of the full tape of her speech. There is lots of blame to go around, here–no one associated with this story is covered with glory–but perspectives and narratives are being carefully parsed by all the usual suspects, which indicates that lessons are not really being learned, after all.

UPDATE III:
Ann Althouse: getting analytical:

When he saw that video, Jealous’s reaction against Sherrod was immediate. She was toxic and had to be spat out.

To react like that is to display the same human weakness that underlies racism itself. You see one thing, you see the whole person as nothing but that one thing, you feel instinctive aversion and fear, and you reflexively push that person away. Blaming those who showed you that one thing does not absolve you from your responsibility to rise above the level of instinct and fear. It is up to you to go beyond your first perception, to search for the truth, and to use reason and judgment before you make a decision about someone.

UPDATE IV: Mary Katharine Ham Sounds the right notes…but her last link just depresses me. Apparently this “teachable moment” doesn’t do much to advance anything.

UPDATE V: Breitbart Needs to Apologize. I’d call that a big “duh.” He needed to do it already.

Meanwhile,Instapundit: Rounding up the Journolist stuff, and enjoying it! Well, it has made for some fun/sad reading.

Also writing (linked to but not always read by me due to time constraints):
Sissy Willis: NAACP & Tea Party in Last Throes of the Fear and Smear Machine?
Hot Air: Should she get her job back?
Confederate Yankee: summing it up calmly
Examiner: Journolist stuff. The WaPo must be so glad the Sherrod story appears to be dwarfing the Journolist stories.
The Macho Response: (Language Warning) Tired of this stuff

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  • jill e

    Amen.

  • JessM

    Wow, just wow. You’ve encapsulated all the waves of thought I’ve been having about the whole topic. I am weary of it. Race has been the largest backdrop of my entire life, and I am a Boomer. Race, race, race.

    There may be racists among us still, in fact I am sure of it, just as there are narrow minds of every stripe. I became friends with a black woman from N’awlins over the last ten years and I would tell you, unabashedly, that she is a delight to know and someone whom I cherish. Thank GOD those barriers came down or my life would be the poorer for it.

    But surely can’t we come to terms with the old ways and embrace the new ways, without coming to blows all over again. Sigh. JessM

  • Jennifer

    Thank you for being a calm voice in this particular firestorm. I’m grateful.

  • expat

    This will probably embarass you, but you got a mention in NRO’s Morning Jolt newsletter by Jim Geraghty:

    Credit where it’s due: As you may recall from yesterday’s edition, the Anchoress expressed worries that there might be more footage, possibly including something mildly exculpatory: “I want to see the rest of the tape.I cannot believe Sherrod ended on ‘I took him to one of his own.’” She deduced: “Either she said something much worse after that (which we would have seen) or she said something much better. If it was something ‘better’ then we should have seen that, too.”

    Note to self: Trust this woman’s instincts. While I found the idea that someone would take casual glee in using a position to treat others differently based on their skin color all too plausible, the Anchoress, a Catholic-minded blogger, had a more optimistic take on the human condition. Allegedly naïve optimists: 1; Cynics: 0.

    I love your idea about the book. I hope your post gets forwarded to her.

  • Bender

    Don’t go back to the office, Ms. Sherrod; tell your story

    Yes, please tell us the full story of your involvement in a lawsuit by minority farmers against USDA, Pigford v. Vilsack, wherein your organization New Communities received a $13 million settlement, with a substantial sum in your own pocket, shortly before you were appointed to the USDA position. Tell us the circumstances of getting that position, and of how you do not have a conflict of interest.

  • Mimsy

    I hope that everything you hope is true about Shirley Sherrod is true, but this article from American Thinker suggests that there may be some unsavory issues out there. Perhaps she does need to write a book. Forty Acres and a Mule

  • Last Sphere

    With all due respect Anchoress,

    I think you are seriously going overboard with this woman.

    You are assuming that everything that needs to be known is already known about Shirley Sherrod. I wonder if you’re getting a little carried away by your own thunder here.

    You were proven right in your warning against a knee-jerk reaction to the initial video, but it almost seems that the adulation you received for that observation has caused you to react with your own pride-induced knee-jerk reaction in the opposite direction.

    Let’s not start placing the halo on this woman just yet. Okay?

    [I hope I'm not working from a place of pride, but simple human connectedness with her story. I honestly want to read that story. Don't you? I'm quite sure that if there is anything unsavory about Sherrod, it will be dug up in due time; that's how we live, anymore. But I'm still intrigued. If you want to warn me of the sin of pride, or showboating, well, thank you; I'd rather have someone hold my feet to the fire, than not. But since you're asking, I'll respect you enough to answer that yeah, I've been praying over it and asking to be shielded from that very thing. I do not think wanting to read her story is evidencing pride. But let us be on the lookout for it; I don't want to be its unwitting victim! -admin]

  • gs

    “Well, okay, Sherrod’s speech may not be as bad as it seemed. No use crying about thrown stones. Hey look, here’s other stuff she should be investigated for.”

    Words fail me.

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  • archangel

    Context indeed matters. As a television professional who actually EDITS for a living, I can honestly say it matters.

    I think this goes beyond the NAACP owing her an apology. There’s abroader can of worms here.
    1) She was obviously set up. Yes she related her thoughts from the past but the edited copy doesn’t address her profound change… as Anchoress has mentioned. The question remains WHO SENT THE TAPE?

    2) WHO edited the tape?

    3) Could this have been a set-up for both Breitbart and Sherrod?

    Think about it for a moment. The NAACP was applauding her early prejudice and then obstensibly she goes off the reservation later. Did the NAACP applaud that? Either way you slice this, the NAACP comes off as a bunch of prejudice agitators who have become EXACTLY what they hated. That IMO, is the real scandal. Not too mention that Michelle Obama was among them as they were considering their slander and potential libel of the T.E.A. Party movement.

    IMO, THAT is why they backed off. They can’t prove the charge and once they were to publish it, the whole organization would be open to a libel suit. There’s enough money and legal eagles within the T.E.A. Party to make it a very expensive legal exercise for the NAACP to publish their “resolution”. Just like the “Journolist” scandal now bubbling I have a hunch this isn’t over.

  • kelleyb

    I hope she reads your post. This whole affair is s sad. I wish we would all step back and reflect on what has transpired, individually and collectively.
    Interview her if you can Elizabeth. Encourage that book. I would buy one for each family member.

  • Last Sphere

    The issue here is not just Sherrod’s speech.

    It’s her ingrained racism. See still thinks that the Tea Party and Republican’s in general are racists. This video did nothing to counter that position of hers.

    And the investigations into her background that have surfaced over the last couple of days warrant further caution in this case.

    It seems the same voices who were warning against hasty judgments of this woman’s racial attitudes derived from a small video clip, are now completely comfortable with her canonization based on the extended version of that same video clip.

    I submit that there is more to this woman’s racial outlook (and the prevailing attitude at the NAACP) than just this one video.

    Since context matters- let’s wait and see how much more “context” can be revealed in the coming weeks.

    Shall we?

    “”Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.” – Matthew 10:16

  • Doc

    David Frum is a hysterical little girl who grabs his opportunities to criticize conservatives and then sits and waits for approving pats on the head from liberal journalists. Frum just smeared Breitbart far more savagely than Andrew allegedly smeared Sherrod.

    How can he possibly compare Breitbart to Dan Rather? What a maroon.

  • Last Sphere

    ["But since you're asking, I'll respect you enough to answer that yeah, I've been praying over it and asking to be shielded from that very thing. I do not think wanting to read her story is evidencing pride. But let us be on the lookout for it; I don't want to be its unwitting victim!" -admin]

    Thank you Anchoress. I appreciate your gentle and fair response.

    And now I will take my own advice, and search my heart for pride and prejudice in this matter.

    Thank you for showing me the way.

  • Bender

    So she may or may not harbor prejudice on account of race, rather, the defense of her is that her prejudice is on account of economic class.

    How is that any better for a government official??

    And doesn’t her involvement in the Pigford case tend to show that she thinks there should be preferential treatment for minority farmers?

  • kt

    I think you need to watch the tape again — for a third time — and this time watch it for the way Sherrod blatantly encourages racist sentiment in her audience and uses offensive racial language.

    and you want to read a book by her? sickening.

  • TCartwright71

    Congratulations to the Anchoress for her sensitive treatment of this sad affair.

    Perhaps one valuable lesson here is that far too much of current political debate is being driven by unhinged bloggers who constantly recycle each others’ manufactured scandal-ettes.

    On a different note, a caution to my fellow conservatives…Playing the whites-as-victims game is unseemly and counter-productive. It is in no way an effective comeback to the Left’s accusations of racism. The Right needs to drop this tactic ASAP.

  • palmtree

    Yes , Sherrod should write a book. Excellent idea.
    In response to #12 :” It’s her ingrained racism. See still thinks that the Tea Party and Republican’s in general are racists.”
    Maybe she thinks that because a right wing smear merchant just tried to publicly destroy her?

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  • jeff

    I admit to not watching the entire tape but from what I did watch she decided that her struggle was not about race but about the haves versus the have nots. The journey from racist to Marxist is a lateral move not vertical. She simply changed those whom she resents.

  • Last Sphere

    (In response to #12 :” It’s her ingrained racism. See still thinks that the Tea Party and Republican’s in general are racists.”
    Maybe she thinks that because a right wing smear merchant just tried to publicly destroy her?)

    Uhm I think you’re confused palmtree.

    She made those statements IN the video which was obviously BEFORE Breitbart ever got his hands on it.

    At around 24:15 she starts claiming the Tea Party is racist, saying that Bush’s 8 years never had the kinds of attacks the Tea Party is giving, which she explains as the President now being black and the Tea Party needing to elevate whites.

    You may now apologize for your “right wing smear merchant” comment palmtree.

  • palmtree

    What she says is true. There are plenty of racist sentiments within the Tea Party, and there was no Tea Party criticizing Bush for destroying the economy . And given what just happened to her , why would her views change? And why should I apologize for “right wing smear merchant”. There is nothing inaccurate in that statement. If anything this whole mess has proved the accuracy of that statement.

  • Last Sphere

    (Yes , Sherrod should write a book. Excellent idea.)

    Yes. Perhaps she can inform other black racists on how to set up their own little racial-biased affirmative action profit-scams:

    New Communities, Inc. was the land trust that Shirley and Charles Sherrod established, with other black farm families in the 1960′s. At the time, with holdings of almost 6,000 acres, this was the largest tract of black-owned land in the country.

    In 1985, Shirley entered the Rural Development Leadership Network program. She got a master’s degree, helped orient all succeeding groups of RDLN Leaders, and became vice chair of RDLN’s Board of Directors. She also chaired the board of the Farmers Legal Action Group. New Communities received approximately $13 million ($8,247,560 for loss of land and $4,241,602 for loss of income; plus $150,000 each to Shirley and Charles for pain and suffering). There was also an unspecified amount in forgiveness of debt. This was the largest award in the minority farmers law suit (Pigford vs Vilsack)

    You don’t suppose she could possibly promote this racially sensitive little gem by way of free racially-impartial media moguls- like uhm…. Oprah, do you?

    Naw. That’s crazy talk. Isn’t it.

  • palmtree

    Here’s some more from that text which you left out (wonder why) :

    “The cash award acknowledges racial discrimination on the part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the years 1981-85. (President Reagan abolished the USDA Office of Civil Rights when he became President in 1981.) New Communities is due to receive approximately $13 million ($8,247,560 for loss of land and $4,241,602 for loss of income; plus $150,000 each to Shirley and Charles for pain and suffering). There may also be an unspecified amount in forgiveness of debt. This is the largest award so far in the minority farmers law suit (Pigford vs Vilsack).

  • Doc

    Palmtree, you keep repeating that there is plenty of racism at the Tea Parties. Well they are public events, camera phones galore. The most racist characters at Tea Parties I’ve seen have been union plants who have been smoked out and exposed. Is it possible that you are referring to these plants without knowing their nature?

  • palmtree

    Here is an article which sums up my point of view pretty well:
    link

  • Last Sphere

    (palmtree wrote – “What she says is true. There are plenty of racist sentiments within the Tea Party, and there was no Tea Party criticizing Bush for destroying the economy .”)

    Are you kidding me? First of all, Bush had more than a little help destroying the economy. It was in the reckless mortgages doled out by Democrat controlled Government Subsidized Housing Entities like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that Clinton wrapped up into derivatives and released onto the world market that had more to do with the economy going under than anything else.

    But of course, as bad as Bush’s non-conservative (Democrat-esque) spending was, it paled in comparison to this current Administration’s out of control bankruptcy and complete disregard to individual liberty.

    That is the reason the Tea Party exists. Not because Obama is half-black, but because he’s 100% a Statist.

    (“And given what just happened to her , why would her views change? And why should I apologize for “right wing smear merchant”. There is nothing inaccurate in that statement. If anything this whole mess has proved the accuracy of that statement.”)

    Ah yes. Thanks for admitting that she is indeed STILL a racist- and that you so are hopelessly biased and politically blinded that you are capable of rationalizing any and all actions by the Left.

    The means justifies the ends, huh palmtree?

    Or are you simply a racist?

  • Last Sphere

    (palmtree wrote – “Here’s some more from that text which you left out (wonder why) :

    “The cash award acknowledges racial discrimination on the part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the years 1981-85. (President Reagan abolished the USDA Office of Civil Rights when he became President in 1981.) New Communities is due to receive approximately $13 million ($8,247,560 for loss of land and $4,241,602 for loss of income; plus $150,000 each to Shirley and Charles for pain and suffering). There may also be an unspecified amount in forgiveness of debt. This is the largest award so far in the minority farmers law suit (Pigford vs Vilsack).

    Uhm yeah? So?

  • bill-tb

    Everybody knows what happened here, NAACP race baiting gone bad. The race bait hooked the biggest racist of them all, again. The NAACP had no choice but casting again, when the race baiting of Health Kare Sunday went so badly, they knew it was lies and wouldn’t last.

    Remember the — we don’t know nutting, but the cops acted stupidly.

    And how about that dragging add the NAACP ran against Bush in 2000.

  • Last Sphere

    (palmtree wrote – “Here is an article which sums up my point of view pretty well:”)

    You’re kidding, right palmtree?

    You link to an article at the left-wing Atlantic by the racially-charged Ta-Nehisi Coates?

    Here’s a little racially-tinged love from Coates at The Atlantic last July 2009-

    “One cool thing about the Obama presidency is, far from leading us into a postracial America, it’s actually revealing that significant minority of white folks, (35-40 percent? Too optimistic?) who are not racist, but just really really don’t like black people Al Sharpton.”

    So your position is pretty much summed up by a black-racist writer at a far-left publication.

    Thanks for validating my suspicions of your motives.

  • Jeff

    As Rush said, a mature president would speak to the country and tell us to cut the racism crap. It’s beneath us. But the “racism” charge is so central to Obama’s strategy, his wife just told the NAACP to ratchet up their “intensity,” that he can’t or won’t. Obama is here to divide. The surpassing majority of the country is sick to death of the phony discrimination claims that people in the NAACP, Obama and his wife continue to hurl.

  • CathyB

    Thanks for all your thoughtful and courageous writing on this, Anchoress – it should be more widely circulated. (And, sadly, I’m afraid that I DO agree with Jeff’s comment above!) Unfortunately, with each passing day we see the effects of having a bunch of amateurs in the White House.

  • http://westernchauvinist.blogspot.com Western Chauvinist

    I advise you to disengage from palmtree, friends.

    To me, what this story is really about is giving each person his dignity, which The Anchoress got right from the start. It is about knowing that we cannot know. We cannot know someone’s thinking, or intentions or heart. Sometimes I think we can’t even know our own. I don’t believe this should be paralyzing, but it should make us careful. Graceful.

    If anything is to be judged, it can only be the fruits, and this is where our argument with the Left is so sound and why the Left must resort to name calling (racist, et al). Progressivism has led to widespread government dependency, balkanization by race, gender and class, utter destruction of the black family through encouragement of “victim” status, not to mention more than 45 million aborted “lives less obvious” (to quote our dear Anchoress). The Left is a force against human dignity and national cohesion based on Judeo-Christian values. Our opponent is leftist ideology, not Ms. Sherrod or Tom Vilsack or even President Obama. Give them their dignity and then get back on point.

    palmtree has decided the TEA party is a racist movement. He thinks he knows. As a participant at a TEA party rally, I believe the TEA party really is a social justice movement. Everyone I know involved in the movement is primarily concerned with outlandish deficit spending and the destruction of character and culture wrought by big government. We’re deeply concerned for the future of our country. We want everyone to be free to succeed or fail, including complicated, misunderstood, yes, sometimes racist people like Ms. Sherrod – on their merits.

    This is going to be a long struggle. Stay focused.

  • Last Sphere

    All that you say is true Western Chauvinist.

    It is a lesson to me to remember the human dignity of my adversaries. This is a hard lesson indeed.

    I warned the Anchoress about pride and now I am the one who is blinded by my own pride to the point of harsh judgments of others.

    I need to take a moment this evening in contemplative prayer to simply lay this before the Lord and then listen for the painful truth that follows…………..

    Thank you.

  • One Man Gang

    Breitbart played the NAACP, the White House and the Elite Media like a master card shark. He exposed their blatant hypocrisy and, yes, racism for all to see. He said from the beginning there was “more to come” and then let his little drama play itself out as the self-professed “tolerant” among us fell all over themselves in a mad rush to throw this woman under the nearest bus.

    What we saw were people who, without consulting Ms Sherrod, calling her for clarification, or ever bothering to ask for her side of the story, essentially try, convict and execute (professionally) her based on one film clip. Due process, anyone? Remember, this all went down in about twenty-four hours.

    And why did they do this to Ms Sherrod? Simply because after DECADES of service to the country and to the people of Georgia, she was perceived as a POTENTIAL liability to Dear Leader Obama.

    It was and is telling.

    It is also extremely troubling since these same people (or their ideological soulmates) now control the ENTIRE federal law enforcement apparatus.

    Lord help us all.

  • Jeff

    The NAACP started the whole thing. A half-black person (if we have to keep talking about everyone’s skin color (apparently we do)) just became president of the United States, but to listen to them you’d think we’ve made no progress since the Civil War. Now Ms. Sherrod is hurling tiresome accusations of “racism” at Fox News. It reminds me of the scene in Dr. Strangelove where Strangelove could barely keep his arm from giving the Nazi salute.

  • Terrye

    I agree with you to a large extent…however, I do think that this lady has some baggage, as do most of us. She also said that Republicans are racists and people who do not support Obamacare are opposed to it because Obama is a black.

    As for Fox news today she said:

    [FOXNews is] after a bigger thing, they would love to take us back to where we were many years ago. Back to where black people were looking down, not looking white folks in the face, not being able to compete for a job out there and not be a whole person.”
    *********

    This is not an open minded person.

  • Bender

    Meanwhile, as people here and all over on the right are saying nice things about Sherrod, she’s not returning the sentiment.

    According to Sherrod, in remarks made TODAY, she thinks that if you are conservative, you are a racist — that includes all you people here, including you, our dear Anchoress.

    From her interview with Media Matters –
    Shirley Sherrod, the former Agriculture Department Georgia Director of Rural Development, says she is a victim. A victim of poor reporting and, as she contends, clear bias and racist coverage from both Andrew Breitbart and Fox News.

    “When you look at their reporting, this is just another way of seeing that they are (racist),” Sherrod told me about Fox in a lengthy interview Tuesday night. “But I have seen that before now. I saw their reporting as biased during the Bush Administration and the Clinton Administration.” . . .

    She also said Fox News never checked the facts with her before posting a story and the video clip.

    “Not before they reported it,” she said of Fox’s negligence. “They have called me today and initially I had said yes (to an interview), but I thought about it and I did not think they intended to be fair in their reporting. They are going to say what they want to say regardless of what I say.”

    She said Fox showed no professionalism in continuing to bother her for an interview, but failing to correct their coverage.

    “I think they should but they won’t. They intended exactly what they did. They were looking for the result they got yesterday,” she said of Fox. “I am just a pawn. I was just here. They are after a bigger thing, they would love to take us back to where we were many years ago. Back to where black people were looking down, not looking white folks in the face, not being able to compete for a job out there and not be a whole person.” . . .

    Sherrod said this situation has worsened her view of racism in media coverage.

    “I think it is race. You think we have come a long way in terms of race relations in this country, but we keep going backwards,” she said. “We have become more racist. This was their doing, Breitbart put that together misrepresenting what I was saying and Fox carried it.”

    With a biased and hateful attitude like this, this is NOT a woman who should be working for the government.

  • Bender

    Link to the Media Matters interview here.

  • Last Sphere

    (Bender wrote – ““I think they should but they won’t. They intended exactly what they did. They were looking for the result they got yesterday,” she said of Fox. “I am just a pawn. I was just here. They are after a bigger thing, they would love to take us back to where we were many years ago. Back to where black people were looking down, not looking white folks in the face, not being able to compete for a job out there and not be a whole person.” . . . )

    Ho-boy.

    I think we can safely say that we now know what Shirley Sherrod is thinking and we can reasonably discern her intentions and her heart.

    Where am I wrong here?

  • http://teapartyatperrysburg.blogspot.com wildwood

    While I love your voice, I’m not ready to go whole hog with Ms. Sherrod yet. I think there’s much more to this story yet to unfold. While her story may be moving, something stinks. The lawsuit, the nasty remarks about “his own kind,” (even if you could see it in the context of her previous mentality, she still says it several times), the nastiness at the end of the tape talking about the Republicans being racist because they disagree with the health care program and a black president. Nuh uh. Not ready to go there yet. Don’t make the same mistake everybody else did on the first day of this.

  • Bender

    As for Sherrod attacking Fox News as driving this story, “Fox News’ Bret Baier has responded to the accusation somewhat perplexed about it, as ‘Fox News didn’t even do the story.’ . . . Baier pointed out that the story did not even get airtime on Fox News– ‘Fox News didn’t even do the story. We didn’t do it on Special Report. We posted it online. It’s an amazing turn of events.’” — Mediaite, 7/20/10 (Link to follow, because they seem to get caught in the spam filter.)

    So in her rush to smear and attack Fox, to engage in a racial attack against Fox, Sherrod didn’t even bother to check the time-line to find out if Fox had even reported on this on-air before she resigned.

    Sherrod owes Fox News and all conservatives an apology.

  • Bender
  • http://westernchauvinist.blogspot.com Western Chauvinist

    Let’s say you are right, Last Sphere. She believes you and I are the enemies of her human dignity. You and I believe she unknowingly supports and votes for the true enemy of her dignity (leftist ideology) every time she identifies with Democrats.

    The question we should be asking ourselves is, how can we convince her and others otherwise? One thing I’m sure of – it won’t look anything like the handling of this episode thus far.

  • Last Sphere

    (Western Chauvinist wrote – “The question we should be asking ourselves is, how can we convince her and others otherwise? One thing I’m sure of – it won’t look anything like the handling of this episode thus far.”)

    What do you propose?

  • Last Sphere

    And now there’s this little revelation from Illinois Review:

    “This must-read story also reveals that Ms. Sherrod’s husband is a former honcho in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee back in the 1960’s. You can read more about it in Bill Ayers book “Fugitive Days.” Yes, that Bill Ayers. He was involved in SNCC as well.

    No wonder Ms. Sherrod had to go immediately, particularly on the day of the Journo-Rev. Wright story. As Mr. Blumer says, not so fast.”

    Hmmmmm……

  • Bender

    Sherrod and the left would do well to stop engaging in gas warfare — the ultimate result is for the poison gas to drift back over themselves.

  • http://westernchauvinist.blogspot.com Western Chauvinist

    Were you ever on the Left, Last Sphere? I was. What caused me to change? If you were, what caused you to change?

    I don’t have all the answers. I can point to a few things: exposure to conservatives who always gave me my dignity, even when I was getting my rocks off with sophistry and emotionalism; a very close sibling who converted politically before I did (she’s still an atheist) and opened my mind with truth and love; and self-discovered evidence (an evangelical friend told me something from a Christian source which I doubted as conspiracy theory – until I read it on the front page of the WSJ two days later!). These events/forces in my life sowed the seeds of self-doubt and eventually led me out of the wilderness. My evangelical friend told me I was chased down by the Holy Spirit. Who am I to deny it?

    You and I believe Ms. Sherrod is wrong about many things (perhaps most things). But I think you and I will agree that we won’t change her mind or anyone else’s by attacking her – a black woman from the South who’s father was murdered in the Jim Crow era! It is strategically smart and morally correct to give Ms. Sherrod her dignity. Her leftist ideas, however, are fair game. Our best weapon is truth delivered with love. I make no claims to this skill… that’s why we say we’re “practicing” Catholics – right?

  • Last Sphere

    Yes WC I’m a former Liberal Atheist.

    Entering the work force, buying a house, and paying ever increasing taxes initiated my conversion to Conservatism.

    In short- I am a former Liberal who was raped by reality. Common sense dictated that I leave the delusional world of Liberalism behind.

    My conversion back to Catholicism was slowly brought about by my devoutly Catholic mother whose unwavering faith gave her a remarkable peace in her last days of life before pancreatic cancer ended her stay in this world. That, along with my wonderful wife who decided to convert to Catholicism back in 2004. And finally (the straw that broke my atheistic back) was the razor sharp wit of a Catholic friend who used my atheistic cynicism against me.

    I now realize that I never really had any dignity until I converted on both accounts.

    Similarly, Mrs Sherrod’s words and actions do not add to her dignity. In fact, they rob her of her dignity, as well as the dignity of her father’s memory.

    It’s all part of the ongoing battle since the dawn of time: Hate versus Love I suppose.

    In my case the Holy Spirit repeatedly used a 2X4 up side my head until I finally discovered that I stood tallest….. on my knees.

  • One Man Gang

    I agree Western.

    I have little doubt Ms. Sherrod is a run-of-the-mill leftist who burrowed into the federal government like a tick on big dog. However, in this county – up until apparently three days ago – most of us believed if you were accused of wrongdoing based on one piece of evidence, you could at least have some opportunity to state your case before any punishment was meted out.

    In Obama’s America, we have now learned, we are all expendable if we might prove to be an embarrassment to the Regime. This woman was a True Believer and should have been held up by the Regime as a shining example. Instead she’s yet another speed bump under the bus.

    Lenin, Stalin and Mao all used to liquidate dedicated supporters from time to time “pour l’encourage les autres,” n’est ce pas?

    Marxists are remarkably consistent.


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