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

    Nicely put. And yes – I agree, leftism robs one of one’s dignity. But, let’s let it be done by leftism… not us.

    Two things I’ve learned from priests which I try to keep in the forefront of my mind….

    Your life is not about you…

    and

    Christ has already won the victory, which is why we can practice holy detachment. We can laugh in the face of suffering and even death, knowing these are Satan’s feeble attempts to undo the eternal victory won by Jesus.

    God bless,
    WC

  • Trump

    Incorrect again. This woman is much more sinner than sinned against. You notice that she hasn’t stopped being an evil race-baiter given her comments about the GOP, Fox, Breitbart, etc etc.

    You’re 100% incorrect to give her any cover.

    She got what she deserved. Heck….she deserved worse.

  • Trump

    Here’s the REAL takeaway, not some ill-concieved knee-jerk sympathy for a confirmed race baiter:

    If the left wants to keep flinging the “racist” firebombs around so casually…..well pushback is a’coming and hey, sometimes there will be collateral damage. You want to engage in the “Ackerman method” and try to shut up people by just crying racist? Best be prepared for mayhem.

    Think before you lob the next molotov my friends on the left. Consider this a teachable moment.

  • palmtree

    responding to #33:
    look I know we disagree about many things , and communication is complicated. But lets be clear about one thing at least. I did not say the Tea Party is a racist movement. I said there are racist elements in the Tea Party. That is not at all the same thing. I do not believe every Tea Party member or every conservative is a racist and I am not accusing anyone on this board personally of being a racist.

  • Last Sphere

    I know you’re right WC.

    The words you write instantly ring true in my heart.

    That’s why I come to this site: The voices of good Christians like you help to get me back on track when I stray.

    I owe the Lord a conversation right now.

    Thank you and God Bless.

    Keep the Faith My Friends.

  • Last Sphere

    Before I go:

    palmtree- I apologize for misrepresnting your stance.

    I’m sorry.

    God Bless.

  • palmtree

    In response to #30:
    My mistake I guess. I had the impression that there were thoughtful people on here who might want to read opinions with which they disagree and have a dialogue. I didn’t realize any links to left wing writers would be dismissed out of hand. I think you’re going a little over the edge calling Mr Coates a racist though. Is every black person who is not a conservative a racist?

  • http://j3b3.wordpress.com jb

    Very few who comment on any site have their own site, nor do they list it for others to read.

    Before you come a-telling the rest of us how to think, go think on your own site fer a bit, and let us size you you up a tad.

    Most commentators are wild shots . . . they really can’t handle the gun, they just pull the trigger a lot.

    ‘Night, Sports Fans.

  • Dustin

    I’m disgusted by the idea that we should treat Sherrod to a different standard than we treat people normally.

    Sherrod denies ever committing racial discrimination. Everyone claiming her view is that she was wrong and has realized her racism and overcame it: you are wrong. That was obvious in the 40 minute speech. She went off on race so many times.

    but it’s even more obvious when she explicitly denies every racially discriminating anyone.
    Watch the first minute of this.

    This idea that she has redeemed herself for her racial discrimination is a complete fiction. What possible insight could her book offer on the wrongness of racism she has faced, if she has no idea what racism really is?

    Sherrod says that Andrew Breitbart and Fox News and their audiences are racists for promoting the short clip. Hell, Fox is racist for asking for an interview!

    She doesn’t understand racism. She denies it when it’s really there, and she accuses of it when it’s not there.

    the Anchoress was telling people that it’s wrong to jump to conclusions and assert someone is racist. Of course, by this test, Sherrod is far worse than Breitbart was. There’s no denying that even the short clip showed racism. The context could have shown contrition (It did not), but the racism was really there.

    Let’s show Sherrod the respect she deserves. That she’s a black older woman does not mean we should apply the soft bigotry of low expectations that I assert many are applying to her.

    This isn’t some unsophisticated innocent nobody brought to the forefront by this blindside. She is a NAACP awardee, supposedly a civil rights leader, a senior federal official, and she’s constantly calling innocent people racist in major public forums.

    Whatever mistakes Breitbart made, Sherrod made these same mistakes to a far greater degree. Oh, and she’s still totally a racist, and it’s insane to argue she should get her job back until she admits she racially discriminated and it was wrong.

    Why is this person being praised and Breitbart criticized? The answer is that one is being held to a far lower standard.

    A request: Please do not tell me I am wrong without watching the link I posted to the CNN interview with Sherrod yesterday were she denies ever practicing racial discrimination.

  • Bender

    Sherrod owes Fox News an apology for her malicious smear.

    Not only did Fox NOT run the story until AFTER Sherrod resigned/was fired, their execs expressly and specifically told their news staff to wait and get all the facts –

    for all the chatter — some of it from Sherrod herself — that she was done in by Fox News, the network didn’t touch the story until her forced resignation was made public Monday evening, with the exception of brief comments by O’Reilly. After a news meeting Monday afternoon, an e-mail directive was sent to the news staff in which Fox Senior Vice President Michael Clemente said: “Let’s take our time and get the facts straight on this story. Can we get confirmation and comments from Sherrod before going on-air. Let’s make sure we do this right.”
    Howard Kurtz, July 22, 2010

    Sherrod needs to apologize — and stay OUT of government employment.

  • jonna

    For the love of all that is sacred; please, please go back and LISTEN to the speech; yes she does talk about a change she experienced but prior to that change how many white farmers did she not give her full support? So it becomes about class? The haves vs the have nots??? Why not just apply the laws the whatever situation you are attending to and the process work???

    Later in the speech, she more fully unfolds her personal politics and it is not a comforting discourse.

    There are alot of details about her personally and politically that you have not addresses; are you unaware of them or did you just choose to ignore them???

    Thank you
    jonna

  • jonna

    To palmtree;

    Have you read what the left-wing journalist and bloggers say about people like myself??

    Most usually, hate-filled tirades. The fact that I have a bi-racial son (just like our president) who is a proud conservative would give them the opportunity to denounce me as mother for teaching my son to “hate who he is.” This is experience speaking here not presumption or supposition.

    Thank you

  • expat

    That last link at Mary Katherine Hamm’s post is depressing. Ms Sherrod has obviously been inundated by spin from NAACP people who have to cover there a**es. I pray that she learns to see through it and trust her own values.

  • Just_Saying

    I remain unconvinced that Sherrod’s appointment is ethical. A couple days after the plaintiffs in a civil case (Sherrod, et al vs. Vilsack, et al), are awarded $13 million in a settlement, one of the plaintiffs (Shirley Sherrod) is appointed to an important political position. Doesn’t that make you wonder??

    link
    .

  • Jeff

    Ms. Sherrod’s baseless tirade against Fox reminded me of a comment Bill Cosby made many years ago. Cosby said that instead of constantly chanting “we shall overcome,” African Americans should be chanting “we HAVE overcome.” And he was right. The professional grievance mongers at the NAACP and in the media are no longer pushing a color-blind society, but a color-obsessed society. It is very tired and sad.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Bender: Fox News’ Bret Baier Responds To NAACP ‘Snookering’ Accusation: ‘We Didn’t Even Do The Story’

    Spin from a ‘journalist.’ The truncated video was aired by Foxnews.com. The story was also pushed by O’Reilly, Hannity, Van Susteren and Fox & Friends. Media Matters.

  • Pops

    I don’t understand this apologiing to Mrs. Sherrod. She admitted to committing a crime, then essential tells us she learned some life lesson.

    I would think the Anchoress would expect her to have more then just a life lesson, but to have corrected her crime.

    Did she ever report herself to the authorities? Or even the Inspector General for discriminating against someone based on race – a federal crime?

    Did she write a letter or admit to her superiors her illgal activities?

    Did she even suggest to the farmer he himself could sue her department for her discrimination?

    She apears to have made no attempt to correct her crimes, but simply tried to make herself sound like a better person now.

    I would think most of what Christians are taught goes beyond merely learning a lesson, but goes to repairing your bad actins against others – which she apparently did not do even to the very day.

    [Oh, for crying out loud, she DID help the farmer, so she corrected herself, and it was 24 years ago. Do you want the mistakes you made a quarter of a century--when you were probably a completely different person--be used as the meter by which to measure you today? The journey matters -admin]

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Zombie lies never die.

    Pops: She admitted to committing a crime, then essential tells us she learned some life lesson.

    The event was 24 years ago. She didn’t work for the government, but an organization of black farmers. She didn’t break any laws. She didn’t discriminate, but went out of her way to help. After suffering relentless discrimination, including the killing of her father, she thanks God for helping her overcome her own biases.

  • Last Sphere

    (Zachriel wrote – “Spin from a ‘journalist.’ The truncated video was aired by Foxnews.com. The story was also pushed by O’Reilly, Hannity, Van Susteren and Fox & Friends. Media Matters.”)

    Uhm not quite. Timing is everything. And as ususal, the Far-Left Media Matters is distorting and outright spinning:

    “how much did Fox really tout it? Steve Doocy claimed this morning that the first airing of the clip on FNC didn’t come until after Sherrod had already resigned, which, from what I can tell, appears to be true. We noted the resignation at 8:21 p.m. on Monday night and the first mention of her on FNC appears to have been this short segment near the end of O’Reilly’s 8 p.m. show, when he demanded that she resign. (The show is taped a few hours earlier and she hadn’t resigned by the time of the taping.) Fox News’s website had, I thought, also posted an article about the vid sometime on Monday, but the earliest story I can find in the archive is this one from Tuesday. Unless I’ve missed something, there was no Fox-driven furor that forced Vilsack’s hand — which, ironically, only buttresses Shep’s point about how paranoid the White House is about FNC. Merely the prospect of them airing something politically damaging is enough to send the administration into crisis mode, firing people in order to put out the fire before it gets started. No wonder Jim Messina was congratulating people on Tuesday morning.”
    - Allahpundit @ HotAir

  • Last Sphere

    (Zachriel wrote – “After suffering relentless discrimination, including the killing of her father, she thanks God for helping her overcome her own biases.”)

    You can’t be serious.

    Her most recent interviews have clearly shown that she is just as racist towards the Right as she has ever been.

    (Zachriel wrote – “She didn’t work for the government, but an organization of black farmers. She didn’t break any laws. She didn’t discriminate, but went out of her way to help.”)

    Uhm right.

    The truth is she became a millionaire with the help of race-baiting lawyers:

    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)

    And there are serious questions about those “6000 acres” of land.

    She must have dried her tears with $100 bills huh?

    Oh, but hey. It’s not about the money. I’m sure.

  • kt

    Sherrod was disbursing government money — taxpayer money — when she chose to treat a white farmer unfairly. It matters not that she wasn’t an employee of the government. She was effectively a government agent with all the same responsibilities and ethical obligations.

    Anchoress, I’m afraid to say your credibility has suffered greatly by this episode.

  • Last Sphere

    Apparently some Right Blogs aren’t afraid to ask the tough questions that the Jurnolists (Mainstream Marxist Media) don’t seem to be too curious about.

    From Gateway Pundit:

    How does some far left anti-white radical linked to terrorist Bill Ayers get a high level job in the Department of Agriculture?

    “Rep. Steve King tells radio talk show host Ben Shapiro that there are very curious circumstances behind Shirley Sherrod’s initial hiring at the USDA and calls for investigations into the matter.

    This is an amazing interview. Rep. King claims that 75-99% of reparations paid in the Pickford Farms Case.

    At first they believed that 1,000 – 2,000 black farmers were discriminated against. More than 20,000 claims were paid out when even the President of the black farmers association admitted there were only 18,000 black farmers in America.

    One of the recipients of the largest payout in the Pickford case was none other than Shirley Sherrod.

    Rep. King says there ought to be an investigation on this if the GOP wins back the gavel in November.”

    ———-

    It’s time to stop cowering from The Far-Left race-baiting racists in this country.

  • Last Sphere

    The real reason the White House canned Sherrod so quickly is because they feared the inevitable investigations into her past and her tactics and connections to the very same Far-Left radical groups that Obama slithered through on his way to the top of the Democrat Party.

    Unfortunately for Obama, the final misleading tape of Sherrod outraged the Left so badly that the Administration had no choice but to retract and spin. And of course, vilify the eeeevil FoxNews even more.

    And their minions in the media are spinning with that meme at warp speed right now.

    You see, Shirley Sherrod is officially a Saint now.

    There’s nothing to see here folks.

    No more of that ever-so-vital “context” is needed on this matter you see.

    Everyone just quell your curiosity and go back to work. Oh and, if you don’t, you’re obviously a radical Tea Party racist.

    See how that works?

    The narrative has been settled.

  • Bender

    Is Howie Kurtz spinning too? Are those e-mails from Fox execs before Sherrod resigned, which was BEFORE Fox News aired anything, saying to take it slow and get all the facts first, are those pre-existing e-mails spin too?

  • Dustin

    “Oh, for crying out loud, she DID help the farmer, so she corrected herself, and it was 24 years ago.”

    Be honest. This is not honesty.

    She helped him far less than she’d have helped a white person, and my link above proves that she doesn’t think that is racial discrimination at all.

    The reason you have to strain to read ‘she overcame racism’ in that 40 minute speech is that she never says is. That isn’t what she thinks, that isn’t what she was talking about, and it’s dishonest to say she corrected herself.

    If you never hire blacks, only whites, but one day you give half a sandwich to a black man, you are not ‘correcting yourself’. Only when you admit all people should be treated the same, and you were wrong to do otherwise, are you correcting yourself.

    People keep praising an unrepentant racist because they feel sorry for her. You know, you can say Breitbart made errors in how he handled this, that the context was different, and that Sherrod had some unfortunate things in her younger life, without lying.

    And yes, if you are saying she corrected herself, you are lying and owe your readers a retraction.

    The main race hustler here remains Sherrod, as shown in my links above. She thinks her treatment of whites worse than blacks is not racism, but Fox News asking her for an interview makes that network and its audience racist.

    Let’s hold Sherrod up to the exact same standard we hold everyone else up to. She is a leader and can be held accountable for claiming her discrimination wasn’t discrimination, or for claiming millions of innocent people (as well as specific people) are racist without any evidence.

  • Doc

    Andy McCarthy has a nice analysis saying why we should go easy on the pending sainthood for Mrs. Sherrod. I couldn’t agree more.

    By the way, lay off of Breitbart. He didn’t demand that Shirley resign. The White House called to former governor of Iowa to do that, despite their denials. I don’t think the NAACP has Tom on their speed dial.

  • Dustin

    Also, it’s extremely rude to say Breitbart owes Sherrod an apology if you’re not honest enough to admit Sherrod owes Breitbart more of an apology.

    He based his racism accusation on her racism. She based hers on the fact Breitbart is a white man. He got the context wrong and rushed a story. She condemned millions of people, months ago and yesterday, with no evidence at all. He expected scrutiny, she expects a total pass. Breitbart updated his website with the truth as soon as it was available, like any legit operation. She continues to deny her racism occurred, while the massive narrative surrounding her is pretending she actually apologized and is repentant for something she denies every doing in the first place.

    Her 40 minute speech is very racist. She helped a white guy a little, but treated him a lot worse because he’s white and isn’t sorry and doesn’t think that’s racism.

    Not to mention, her alternative view, that we help people if they are poor enough, is also wrong. She should help people, when referred by the government, to the extent they are eligible for help. Her personal biases, both of them, are odious.

    But some people act like she isn’t fully morally culpable. As if something about this woman means we should expect less of her. That’s the real problem. We will always have Sherrod style bigots. The problem is with Anchoress and many like her who obviously can see these wrongs and then go on campaigns to obscure these wrongs.

    to be sure, I don’t care much about the theater of apologies anyway. Breitbart has updated his story, but a correction would be good. Anchoress obviously needs to correct the mistakes in her coverage (that I’ve proven… it’s not really a matter of opinion that she didn’t correct her racism since she explicitly denies any). If Anchoress doesn’t care to cover the racism charges continuing to emanate, unjustified, from Sherrod, as though she’s not sophisticated enough to know better, that’s her legit choice, though.

  • dnb

    Anchoress, I think you too are jumping on the bandwagon way too quickly also. Everyone should hold off until the entire story comes out in the open, and then comment. It’s like watching a lot of attorneys running amuck, each one accusing the others.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Last Sphere: how much did Fox really tout it? Steve Doocy claimed this morning that the first airing of the clip on FNC didn’t come until after Sherrod had already resigned, which, from what I can tell, appears to be true.

    That’s why it’s called spin. Unless you are claiming that Foxnews.com is not owned by the same people who own Fox News Channel. Of course, that was followed by the expected Fox firestorm with O’Reilly, Hannity, Van Susteren and Friends.

    The Administration was trying to get ahead of the firestorm. That they have apologized and tried to make amends is entirely appropriate.

    The Sphere: Her most recent interviews have clearly shown that she is just as racist towards the Right as she has ever been.

    “The Right” is not a race.

    The Sphere: The truth is she became a millionaire with the help of race-baiting lawyers:

    More spaghetti thrown to see if it sticks. The 6,000 acres was a farming coopt.

    She was a 17-year-old high school senior when a white man shot her father, Hosie Miller, in the back. A grand jury refused to bring murder charges.

    “Twenty years later, she and her husband, Charles, watched the 6,000-acre farming cooperative they founded in Lee County, Ga., suffocate under the weight of systematic discrimination by federal officials. ”

    It’s irrelevant anyway.

  • Bender

    It’s a little late in the day, in this age of five-second soundbites (down from the previous age of 30-second soundbites in the 70-80s), for practitioners of the art of taking things out-of-context to be complaining about the use of a video clip, rather than the entire speech, which Brietbart did not have and probably would have never been able to obtain were it not for the posting of the clip.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    No reason for Shirley Sherrod to be race-conscious. No reason at all.

  • Last Sphere

    NRO’s Andy McCarthy takes a look at the so-called “context” of Sherrod’s unedited speech:

    (Ms. Sherrod’s Speech Was Most Certainly Not About Transcending Racism

    For context: She is talking about how the evil “people with money,” beginning in the 17th and 18th centuries (i.e., around the founding of our republic), created a still existing system designed to institutionalize racism against black people while simultaneously keeping poor whites and poor blacks divided:

    “So that’s when they made black people servants for life. That’s when they put laws in place forbidding them [i.e., blacks and whites] to marry each other. That’s when they created the racism that we know of today. They did it to keep us divided. And they — It started working so well, they said, “Gosh, looks like we’ve come upon something here that could last generations.” And here we are, over 400 years later, and it’s still working.

    What we have to do is get that out of our heads. There is no difference between us. The only difference is that the folks with money want to stay in power and whether it’s healthcare or whatever it is, they’ll do what they need to do to keep that power, you know. [Applause] It’s always about money, ya’ll. [Applause and murmurs of agreement.] You know. I haven’t seen such a mean-spirited people as I’ve seen lately over this issue of health care. [Mumurs of agreement.] Some of the racism we thought was buried — [someone in the audience says, "It surfaced!"] Didn’t it surface? Now, we endured eight years of the Bushes and we didn’t do the stuff these Republicans are doing because you have a black president.” [Applause]

    I wanted to give you that little history, especially the young people, I want you to know they created it, you know, not just for us, but we got the brunt of it because they needed to elevate whites just a little higher than us to make them think they were so much better. Then they would never work with us, you know, to try to change the situation that they were all in.”

    So, in Sherrod World, mean-spririted, racist Republicans do nasty things that “we” would never do because we have a president who, being black, is above that stuff. Still, we have-nots need to band together for “change” because a cabal of haves, desperate to keep their power, is still imposing their centuries old capitalist system of institutionalized racism — the same racism that courses through the Republican Party and surfaces on “us versus them” issues like healthcare.

    Pardon me, but I think I’ll stay off the Canonize Shirley bandwagon. To me, it seems like she’s still got plenty of racial baggage. What we’re seeing is not transcendence but transference. That’s why the NAACP crowd reacted so enthusiastically throughout her speech.)

    - Andy McCarthy

    ————

    How’s that for some REAL context of St. Shirley’s “redemptive” speech?

    Take note of the journalist on the Right who are keeping their heads about them and who are refusing to do the usual knee-jerk cowering in the corner routine.

  • Terrye

    Zachriel:

    No one said she had no right to be conscious of her race. But you know what? I did not kill or maim or hurt her or any member of her family and I do not appreciate being called a racist because I don’t support Obamacare. In fact, you can trace my family back to the Cherokee in North Carolina. So what?

  • Last Sphere

    (Zachriel wrote – “That’s why it’s called spin. Unless you are claiming that Foxnews.com is not owned by the same people who own Fox News Channel. Of course, that was followed by the expected Fox firestorm with O’Reilly, Hannity, Van Susteren and Friends.”)

    What does any of that have to do with the fact that she resigned BEFORE the first airing of the clip on FNC?

    (Zachriel wrote – “The Right” is not a race.”)

    No kidding? Perhaps you should share that little revelation with Shirley Sherrod. I’m quite sure she’s not aware of that. Didn’t you know? The Right opposes The Statist Barrak Obama simply because he’s black. At least that’s how Shirl tells it. Oh that’s right, you didn’t actually WATCH the “unedited” version of the tape did you Zach. Well no. Obviously not.

    (Zachriel wrote – “More spaghetti thrown to see if it sticks. The 6,000 acres was a farming coopt.”)

    Really? Show me exactly were this 6,000 acres is located. Show me the names of the owners. Show me all the details.

    Oh and, more than 20,000 claims were paid out when even the President of the black farmers association admitted that there were only 18,000 black farmers in all of America.

    So how exactly does that math work Zach?

    (Zachriel wrote – “She was a 17-year-old high school senior when a white man shot her father, Hosie Miller, in the back. A grand jury refused to bring murder charges.”)

    Ah I see, so her racist bigotry is completely understandable and therefore acceptable.

    (Zachriel wrote – “Twenty years later, she and her husband, Charles, watched the 6,000-acre farming cooperative they founded in Lee County, Ga., suffocate under the weight of systematic discrimination by federal officials.”)

    Fascinating. Let see all the details of that “6,000-acre farming cooperative”. Including all of the funding i.e. (bank accounts, transactions, private settlements, etc)

    And then let’s see the specific details of “the weight of systematic discrimination by federal officials.”

    And THEN let’s take a look at her husbands Far-Left political activities and associates and their financial connection to all of this.

    Yes. Let’s have a lot more “context” for this teachable moment shall we?

  • Last Sphere

    (Zachriel wrote – “No reason for Shirley Sherrod to be race-conscious.”)

    Ah yes.

    “Race-conscious”

    When a black liberal is a blatant racist bigot-

    they are simply “race-conscious”.

    See how that works folks?

    Remember: all Liberal social engineering begins with verbal engineering.

    White Conservative Tea Party member = Racist.

    Liberal Black Bigot = “Racially-Conscious”

    Another Teachable Moment!

  • Jeff

    People who have her attitude, i.e., whitey is keeping everyone down, are just ruining the country. And it plays right into Obama’s desire to “fundamentally transform” America into a socialist/communist paradise where everything is free. 2012, come quickly.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Last Sphere: What does any of that have to do with the fact that she resigned BEFORE the first airing of the clip on FNC?

    Because Baier was sidestepping Fox’s responsibility for purposefully contributing to the firestorm.

    “When the right-wing noise machine starts promoting another alleged scandal, you shouldn’t suspect that it’s fake — you should presume that it’s fake, until further evidence becomes available,” writes Paul Krugman at the New York Times.

    Last Sphere: Show me exactly were this 6,000 acres is located.

    In other words, you make accusations you can’t support.

    Last Sphere: Ah I see, so her racist bigotry is completely understandable and therefore acceptable.

    According to available sources, she helped the white farmer, befriending him, and had an important role in saving his farm when few others were willing to help.

    Terrye: No one said she had no right to be conscious of her race.

    Terrye, meet Last Sphere.

    Last Sphere: Ah yes.

    “Race-conscious”

    When a black liberal is a blatant racist bigot-

    Last Sphere: White Conservative Tea Party member = Racist.

    Not all White Conservative Tea Party members are racist, however, there seems to be a blind spot about racism within the movement.

    Last Sphere: Liberal Black Bigot = “Racially-Conscious”

    If you are referring to Sherrod, she credits God with helping her overcome her bias.

  • Last Sphere

    (Zachriel wrote – “Because Baier was sidestepping Fox’s responsibility for purposefully contributing to the firestorm.”)

    What firestorm?

    The tape proved that Sherrod and the NAACP are racists.

    (Zachriel wrote – ““When the right-wing noise machine starts promoting another alleged scandal, you shouldn’t suspect that it’s fake — you should presume that it’s fake, until further evidence becomes available,” writes Paul Krugman at the New York Times.”)

    Sherrod’s own words in the unedited tape proved that her racism wasn’t fake. And Krugman is a Left-Wing tool- as always.

    (Zachriel wrote – “In other words, you make accusations you can’t support.”)

    On the contrary, you’re willingly repeat spoon-fed claims you can’t verify.

    (Zachriel wrote – “According to available sources, she helped the white farmer, befriending him, and had an important role in saving his farm when few others were willing to help.”)

    According to Sherrod she gave him very little help in the beginning because of her bigotry, and he apparently wasn’t aware of that. And just because her conscience forced her to help this white guy hardly redeems her continuing bigotry.

    (Terrye: No one said she had no right to be conscious of her race.

    Zachriel wrote – “Terrye, meet Last Sphere.”)

    Ah yes, so you obviously admit that in your mind Zach, race-conscious and racism are one in the same.

    Thank you for that inadvertent admission

    (Zachriel wrote – “Not all White Conservative Tea Party members are racist, however, there seems to be a blind spot about racism within the movement.”)

    Zachriel, meet Shirley Sherrod and the NAACP:

    Sherrod – “You know. I haven’t seen such a mean-spirited people as I’ve seen lately over this issue of health care. [Mumurs of agreement.] Some of the racism we thought was buried — [someone in the audience says, "It surfaced!"] Didn’t it surface? Now, we endured eight years of the Bushes and we didn’t do the stuff these Republicans are doing because you have a black president.” [Applause]

    Shirley Sherrod and the NAACP: A blind spot leading a blind spot.

    (Zachriel wrote – “If you are referring to Sherrod, she credits God with helping her overcome her bias.”)

    When did she overcome her bias?

    Sherrod obviously doesn’t know God, much less herself.

    She’s just a typical Lefty trying to throw out the name of God in an effort to gain some moral cover for her immoral behavior.

  • Bender

    Meanwhile, Sherrod continues to spew the hate, with malicious deceit thrown in for good measure –
    “He knew exactly what effect that would have on not only — he knew what effect that would have on the conservative, racist people he’s dealing with.”
    “He’d like to get us stuck back in the time of slavery.”

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Zachriel: In other words, you make accusations you can’t support.

    The Sphere: On the contrary, you’re willingly repeat spoon-fed claims you can’t verify.

    You made specific accusations of corruption, that “there are serious questions about those ’6000 acres’ of land“. Not only didn’t you provide evidence of this, but it is irrelevant to th issue at hand. You also said, “she became a millionaire with the help of race-baiting lawyers.” In fact, there was a proven pattern of long-time discrimination in the state government. That’s why blacks organized.

    Last Sphere: Ah yes, so you obviously admit that in your mind Zach, race-conscious and racism are one in the same.

    And now you misrepresent our position. If a young girl is called a racially derogatory name, she becomes racially conscious. That doesn’t mean she automatically becomes a bigot. And when black farmers can’t get loans that are given by the government ot white farmers, then they have every right to organize to save their farms, and to petition the government.

    Racial unconsciousness would be unjust. To sling accusations that racial consciousness among persecuted minorities is a form of racism simply helps to perpetuate the actual racism in society.

    This isn’t ancient history, but the wounds are fresh in the memory.

    Last Sphere: I haven’t seen such a mean-spirited people as I’ve seen lately over this issue of health care.

    Yes, there was a great deal of mean-spiritedness in the debates. Health insurance reform was tantamount to Hitler according to many of the most vocal protestors.

    Last Sphere: Some of the racism we thought was buried — [someone in the audience says, "It surfaced!"] Didn’t it surface?

    Yes, it clearly did. That’s why the Tea Party has to be sure to denounce racism and coded language, especially when expressed by its leadership. But coded language has been part-and-parcel of the Republican Party since Nixon.

    Last Sphere: Sherrod obviously doesn’t know God, much less herself. She’s just a typical Lefty trying to throw out the name of God in an effort to gain some moral cover for her immoral behavior.

    That speaks for itself.

    The Sphere: And just because her conscience forced her to help this white guy hardly redeems her continuing bigotry.

    Perhaps, but most people disagree with your view on redemption. She befriended the farmer and made a lifelong friend. And she shares this story so that others might follow that path of redemption.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Being a cooperative, and having lost their land, that means the Sherrod’s shared in the award.

    CNN: Sherrod and her husband were part of the lawsuit because of the land trust they started in the 1960s along with several other black families. Ultimately, their land trust — New Communities — was awarded $13 million, most for loss of land and loss of income and including $300,000 for the Sherrods, according to the Rural Development Leadership Network.

    Or about 2.3% of the total share.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Being a cooperative, and having lost their land, that means the Sherrod’s shared in the award.

    CNN: Sherrod and her husband were part of the lawsuit because of the land trust they started in the 1960s along with several other black families. Ultimately, their land trust — New Communities — was awarded $13 million, most for loss of land and loss of income and including $300,000 for the Sherrods, according to the Rural Development Leadership Network.

    Or about 2.3% of the total share.

  • Last Sphere

    (Zachriel wrote – “You made specific accusations of corruption, that “there are serious questions about those ’6000 acres’ of land“. Not only didn’t you provide evidence of this, but it is irrelevant to th issue at hand. You also said, “she became a millionaire with the help of race-baiting lawyers.” In fact, there was a proven pattern of long-time discrimination in the state government. That’s why blacks organized.”)

    From The Washington Examiner:

    “The Pigford matter goes back a long way, and to say the least has a checkered history, as this May 27, 2010 item at Agri-Pulse demonstrates:

    Members of Congress may approve another $1.15 billion this week to settle cases from what some estimate may be an additional 80,000 African-Americans who have also claimed to have been discriminated against by USDA staff.

    … Settling this case is clearly a priority for the White House and USDA. Secretary Vilsack described the funding agreement reached between the Administration and advocates for black farmers early this year as “an important milestone in putting these discriminatory claims behind us for good and in achieving finality for this group of farmers with longstanding grievances.”

    However, confronted with the skyrocketing federal deficit, more officials are taking a critical look at the billion dollars spent thus far and wondering when these discrimination cases will ever end. Already, the number of people who have been paid and are still seeking payment will likely exceed the 26,785 black farmers who were considered to even be operating back in 1997, according to USDA. That’s the year the case initially began as Pigford v. (then Agriculture Secretary) Glickman and sources predicted that, at most, 3,000 might qualify.

    At least one source who is extremely familiar with the issue and who asked to remain anonymous because of potential retribution, says there are a number of legitimate cases who have long been denied their payments and will benefit from the additional funding. But many more appear to have been solicited in an attempt to “game” the Pigford system.

    Here are just a few questions about Ms. Sherrod that deserve answers:

    * Was Ms. Sherrod’s USDA appointment an unspoken condition of her organization’s settlement?

    * How much “debt forgiveness” is involved in USDA’s settlement with New Communities?

    * Why were the Sherrods so deserving of a combined $300,000 in “pain and suffering” payments — amounts that far exceed the average payout thus far to everyone else? ($1.15 billion divided by 16,000 is about $72,000)?

    * Given that New Communities wound down its operations so long ago (it appears that this occurred sometime during the late 1980s), what is really being done with that $13 million in settlement money?

    Here are a few bigger-picture questions:

    * Did Shirley Sherrod resign so quickly because the circumstances of her hiring and the lawsuit settlement with her organization that preceded it might expose some unpleasant truths about her possible and possibly sanctioned conflicts of interest?

    * Is USDA worried about the exposure of possible waste, fraud, and abuse in its handling of Pigford?

    * Did USDA also dispatch Sherrod hastily because her continued presence, even for another day, might have gotten in the way of settling Pigford matters quickly?

    The media and the blogosphere shouldn’t be so quick to forget about Shirley Sherrod.”

    —————–

    From The American Thinker:

    “In her position at not for profit, Rural Development Leadership Network, a network of activists and community builder, was Sherrod involved in any way in encouraging people to submit fraudulent claims under Pigford?

    Did she put black people who owned rural land in touch with lawyers who would file the paperwork claiming attempts to farm had been prevented by the non cooperation of the local USDA?

    I ask because there are a multitude of small parcels of non productive rural land all across the south, land unsuitable for mechanized agriculture that was once owned by subsistence farmers, black and white alike. Many of these parcels continue to be owned by family members who moved elsewhere out of sentimental reasons. The property taxes and other carrying costs are cheap and often ancestors are buried there in family plots. A drive on any country road in the South may turn up several carefully maintained postage stamp sized family cemeteries. As I read Blumer (in the Washington Examiner), I wondered how many of the owners claimed they had attempted to farm just such acreage to score a fast $50,000 from Uncle Sam?”

    —————–

    From GateWay Pundit:

    “How does some far left anti-white radical linked to terrorist Bill Ayers get a high level job in the Department of Agriculture?
    Representative Steve King (R-IA) wants an investigation.

    Rep. Steve King tells radio talk show host Ben Shapiro that there are very curious circumstances behind Shirley Sherrod’s initial hiring at the USDA and calls for investigations into the matter.

    This is an amazing interview. Rep. King claims that 75-99% of reparations paid in the Pickford Farms Case.

    At first they believed that 1,000 – 2,000 black farmers were discriminated against. More than 20,000 claims were paid out when even the President of the black farmers association admitted there were only 18,000 black farmers in America.

    One of the recipients of the largest payout in the Pickford case was none other than Shirley Sherrod.

    Rep. King says there ought to be an investigation on this if the GOP wins back the gavel in November.”

    ——————

    Now then Zach, I have already posted most of this earlier in this thread.

    So your claim that “Not only didn’t you provide evidence of this, but it is irrelevant to the issue at hand” is clearly inaccurate.

  • Last Sphere

    (Zachriel wrote – “And now you misrepresent our position. If a young girl is called a racially derogatory name, she becomes racially conscious. That doesn’t mean she automatically becomes a bigot.”)

    First of all “racially conscious” is a subjective and contrived politically-correct Liberal term used to paint Liberal bigots like Sherrod with a happy face.

    (Zachriel wrote – “And when black farmers can’t get loans that are given by the government ot white farmers, then they have every right to organize to save their farms, and to petition the government.”)

    As I’ve already shown: the circumstances and the sheer math of the Pigford case is more than a little suspicious. It clearly suggests outright fraud.

    (Zachriel wrote – “Racial unconsciousness would be unjust.”

    No. “Racial Unconsciousness” in it’s subjective meaning SHOULD define “color blindness”.

    (Zachriel wrote – “To sling accusations that racial consciousness among persecuted minorities is a form of racism simply helps to perpetuate the actual racism in society.

    This isn’t ancient history, but the wounds are fresh in the memory.”)

    The Pigford case goes back decades and the deatails are suspicious to say the least.

    The murder of her father was also decades ago.

    And what’s more- Sherrod’s own words and actions clearly demonstrate that her “racial consciousness” is nothing more than racial bigotry.

    You’re simply trying to slap a sympathetic label on it in an attempt to justify and validate it.

    If it was “racial consciousness” that led to the murder of her father, then the last thing we need is more “racial consciousness” to keep the wounds festering. And that is EXACTLY what Sherrod’s bigotry does.

    (Zachriel wrote – “Yes, there was a great deal of mean-spiritedness in the debates. Health insurance reform was tantamount to Hitler according to many of the most vocal protestors.”)

    Many of the protesters? How many? And in what context?

    The most prominent accusations of racism against the health care protesters came from black members of congress who went out of their way to walk through the crowd. They claimed racist remarks were hurled at them.

    Theres only one small problem with that claim: No evidence has ever surfaced to substantiate it.

    Isn’t that a tad odd Zach? Of the countless cameras and camera-phones that were present- not one has been produced that show any evidence to support those baseless accusations. In fact Andrew Breitbart, on his Big Government web site, is offering $10000 for proof that US Rep. John Lewis was assaulted with the n-word. So far there has been no proof.

    Now isn’t that strange Zach?

    (Zachriel wrote – “Yes, it clearly did. That’s why the Tea Party has to be sure to denounce racism and coded language, especially when expressed by its leadership. But coded language has been part-and-parcel of the Republican Party since Nixon.”)

    Okay, now we’re going off on a tangent into Liberal lah-lah land. Let’s save that for another thread.

    But the irony of that claim is astounding because Sherrod’s racist language on the tape was blunt and uncoded as was the response by the NAACP members.

    However Zach, YOU’RE justification of her bigotry is steeped in coded language i.e. “Racial -Consciousness”.

    *geez*

    (Zachriel wrote – “Perhaps, but most people disagree with your view on redemption. She befriended the farmer and made a lifelong friend. And she shares this story so that others might follow that path of redemption.”)

    Her words since then clearly demonstrate that she is still far from redemption.

  • Last Sphere

    Zach, I posted a reply on Sherrod’s land trust lawsuit.

    It probably has an unintentional link in it so it’s probably caught in the filter.

    Sorry about the delay.

  • Last Sphere

    (Bender wrote – “Meanwhile, Sherrod continues to spew the hate, with malicious deceit thrown in for good measure —
    “He knew exactly what effect that would have on not only — he knew what effect that would have on the conservative, racist people he’s dealing with.”
    “He’d like to get us stuck back in the time of slavery.”)

    I saw that Bender.

    Thanks for posting that.

    Yeah, Shirley Sherrod is certainly redeemed isn’t she?

    Now then, she still hates most whites. But those poor farming type whites just tend to tug at her Marxist heart strings. So for them, she’ll go ahead and overlook their whiteness in the name of wealth redistribution.

    That’s really big of her- isn’t it?

    [I am very sad to see Sherrod playing this line, but you know...she must feel like, "dammit, here we go again." Perhaps she if falling back on familiar tropes because they feel safe in this storm-admin]

  • Jeff

    Yeah. Like most of us, she is far from the sainthood the anti-american media is trying to bestow on her.

  • Last Sphere

    [I am very sad to see Sherrod playing this line, but you know...she must feel like, "dammit, here we go again." Perhaps she if falling back on familiar tropes because they feel safe in this storm-admin]

    If the racial roles were reversed here Anchoress, and if Shirley Sherrod were a white man using this language and advocating a similar stance based on crimes committed against him in say- Harlem, or the South Side of Chicago-

    would there be this type of politically correct sympathy poured all over him in the name of victimization and wrapped-up in the feel-good wrapper of “racial-consciousness”?

    The last thing this country needs is more “racial-consciousness” from profiteering race-baiters.

    What this country needs is a Human Consciousness that transcends our skin pigmentation and our individual prejudices.

    What this country needs is an end to the perpetual racial-baiting tit-for-tat and the endless victimization that is always used to justify retaliation and radical political agendas.

    We are ALL human beings. Most of us do not want injustice. But we will never get true justice as long as we keep clinging to the very things that divide us.

  • kt

    “familiar tropes” feel safe “in this storm”? There you go again, Anchoress. Sherrod was falling back on the same tropes in the *original speech given in March* when she said essentially disliking Obamacare is racist. This was well before any “storm”.

  • Last Sphere

    The insanity here is that the Left (and many on the Right who cower under the liberal stigma of “white guilt”) are more than willing to not only pronounce redemption for this woman- but are eager to elevate her to a form of secular sainthood simply because:

    SHE DID HER JOB THE WAY SHE WAS MORALLY AND LEGALLY OBLIGED TO.

    Since when does THAT constitute special recognition?


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