For those of you who have not been following the story of an african american woman who was fired from the United States Department of Agriculture let me brief you about what happened. Shirley Sherrod, the former Georgia director of Rural Development, was forced to resign under pressure this week after racist blogger Andrew Breitbart published a video clip where she seemingly tells a group she did not help a white farmer as much as she could have. Sherrod said her statements, which were given at a local NAACP banquet in Georgia in March, were part of a larger story about overcoming her own prejudices 24 years ago.
Sherrod was giving her testimony about her experience of helping a white farmer. This experience she was talking about happened 24 years ago. The controversy began after several media organizations posted a 38-second video clip of Sherrod speaking to a local Georgians at a NAACP event. She tells the group that she did not give a white farmer "the full force of what I could do" after he asked for assistance.
Sherrod was asked to resign by government officials."They called me twice," Sherrod told the Associated Press. "The last time they asked me to pull over the side of the road and submit my resignation on my Blackberry, and that's what I did." ( read more at nydailynews )
The video surfaced days after the NAACP had argued with Tea Party members over allegations of racism. And of course Sherrod's words were taken out of context. "My point in telling that story is that working with him helped me to see that it wasn't a black and white issue," she said. Sherrod also said that the episode took place in 1986 before she worked for the Agriculture Department.
Take a look at the full Shirley Sherrod video and judge for yourselves.
So many of these elected officials and media giants had jumped to their own hastily conclusions such as:
President of the national NAACP, Benjamin Todd Jealous, who supported the resignation, saying the organization has a zero-tolerance policy.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who wrongfully fired Sherrod, offered her some sort of civil rights position in the Office of Outreach at the Department of Agriculture.
Fox News and the broadcasters who covered the story blatantly gave a one-sided point of view that was slanderous to Sherrod causing unjust injury.