In the curious case of Shirley Sherrod, let’s see the whole tape

A couple of folks in comments yesterday brought up the case of USDA official Shirley Sherrod, a black woman caught on tape at an NAACP meeting here in Georgia apparently bragging about being less than diligent in helping a white farmer. The folks at Big Government posted a portion of her speech as part of the running feud between the NAACP and the Tea Party over which organization is more racist.

By the end of the day Monday, Sherrod had been forced to resign her post, and NAACP President Ben Jealous had released a statement agreeing with the forced resignation:

“Racism is about the abuse of power. Sherrod had it in her position at USDA. According to her remarks, she mistreated a white farmer in need of assistance because of his race.

We are appalled by her actions, just as we are with abuses of power against farmers of color and female farmers.

Her actions were shameful. While she went on to explain in the story that she ultimately realized her mistake, as well as the common predicament of working people of all races, she gave no indication she had attempted to right the wrong she had done to this man.”

(UPDATE: The NAACP has now pulled that statement from its website.)

After watching the video Monday evening, I wrote in comments that “what Sherrod says in that video — and what she apparently did — are deeply troubling… She might very well have earned a firing. But I’d like to see that rest of that video as well, because at the point it abruptly ends, she appears to be saying that it’s wrong to think in terms of black and white, that she came to see things as more accurately divided between poor and rich than by race.”

As I also noted, the folks at Big Government seem to have the whole video, since they also posted another segment, and it would be useful to see the rest of it.

Sherrod gets a chance to tell her side of the story in an AJC story by Marcus Garner:

“But Tuesday morning, Sherrod said what online viewers weren’t told in reports posted throughout the day Monday was that the tale she told at the banquet happened 24 years ago — before she got the USDA job — when she worked with the Georgia field office for the Federation of Southern Cooperative/Land Assistance Fund.

Sherrod said the short video clip excluded the breadth of the story about how she eventually worked with the man over a two-year period to help ward off foreclosure of his farm, and how she eventually became friends with the farmer and his wife.

“And I went on to work with many more white farmers,” she said. “The story helped me realize that race is not the issue, it’s about the people who have and the people who don’t. When I speak to groups, I try to speak about getting beyond the issue of race.”

So let’s see the rest of the tape, Big Government. Was Sherrod giggling among black folk about the time she put it to the white man, as the leaked excerpt suggests, or was the tape a deceptively edited excerpt of a longer story about getting beyond the issue of race, as she claims?

Let’s see the tape. The evidence apparently exists to settle the question. Cough it up.

461 comments Add your comment

ty webb

July 20th, 2010
7:46 am

but…but…but.

Outhouse GoKart

July 20th, 2010
7:50 am

Sticking it to “dun man”.

Bob

July 20th, 2010
7:52 am

I think your question was answered by her resignation. If the full tape would have justified her, she would have not been forced out. Rather, the Obama administration would have scored a victory, perhaps its first against Big Government.

Scott

July 20th, 2010
7:52 am

Andrew Breitbart, of Big Government, also brought us the ACORN ‘prostitute’ story:

http://biggovernment.com/author/abreitbart/

This is nothing but another hatchet job by the Right.

Trusslady

July 20th, 2010
7:54 am

Ah yes, a Faux news edit job. Why tell the truth, when a fine hatchet job will stir up the rabble.

Doggone/GA

July 20th, 2010
7:55 am

“Shows that they are racists”

It shows some of them are bigoted. YOU are a racist. “crows”

I Report :-) You Whine :-( mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

July 20th, 2010
7:56 am

Aahhh, redemption is a possibility, as long as you aren’t Trent Lott or Mark Williams or George Allen or………, just sayin…

Concerned Citizen

July 20th, 2010
7:56 am

Obama supports the Black Panters killing white baby’s via no condemnation.
Obama supports illegal immigration.
Obama supports the FALN terrorists via hiring the man who pardoned them, Eric Holder
Obama supports bombing of the pentagon via his friendship with the bomber, Billy.
Obama supports the destruction of the USA by his 20 years of listening to his preacher preach “God Danm America”.

tony

July 20th, 2010
7:57 am

this lady is so full of it. she is the biggest bigget of all.

Doggone/GA

July 20th, 2010
7:58 am

CC – KEEP those lies coming.

ty webb

July 20th, 2010
7:58 am

I’m positive that the full tape will expose this lady for what she really is… a member of the tea party. Come on, who’s with me?

Concerned Citizen

July 20th, 2010
7:59 am

The AJC is a commie rag.
That is why your sales are down, down, down.
Fox News is the only news outlet left concerned with truth, justice and the (old) American way.

USinUK

July 20th, 2010
8:00 am

“I think your question was answered by her resignation. If the full tape would have justified her, she would have not been forced out.”

oh my. so much naivete in one little post.

sorry, but people “are resigned” all the time over the appearance of impropriety, regardless of whether or not they actually did anything wrong.

I’m with Jay – given Breitbart’s history of posting “creatively edited” videos, to put it mildly, I think we all deserve to see her comments in their entirety.

Keith

July 20th, 2010
8:00 am

There is no defense for racism, and the defense of this woman’s blatant racism is disgusting.

But…the best thing that could happen to expose the double standard in regards for racism is for folks like you to defend her. Let’s get Benjamin and Malik and Sharpton and Jackson all down here to make their traditional big scene and expose them all, yet again, for their racially entrenched behavior.

There is a limit to this, and it may not be pleasant once the limit is reached.

Peadawg

July 20th, 2010
8:00 am

“The folks at Big Government posted a portion of her speech as part of the running feud between the NAACP and the Tea Party over which organization is more racist.”

NAACP easily!

Gale

July 20th, 2010
8:01 am

The internet access to millions with edited “proofs” is like primitive man with fire; at once helpful and dangerous.

Outhouse GoKart

July 20th, 2010
8:01 am

This garbage comes as no surprise. The NAACP is a organization full of hateful bigots. Always has been always will be.

Doggone/GA

July 20th, 2010
8:01 am

“There is a limit to this, and it may not be pleasant once the limit is reached”

NIF? Is that you?

AmVet

July 20th, 2010
8:01 am

She should have told him, “Sorry the USDA is not in the business of giving away other taxpayer’s money. Unless, of course, you a re gigantic multi-national like Archer Daniels Midland. Then we’ve got hundreds of millions of dollars, even billions for ya. Oh, and our definition of farmer? Well, Chevron Oil, John Hancock Life Insurance, Caterpillar Manufacturing and Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals qualify!

(But hush! Those invaluable watchdogs at Big Government don’t need to know about how 75% of the corporate welfare for the agri-wealthy goes to just 10% of the “beneficiaries” though.

A mere $30,000,000,000+ per year…

Normal

July 20th, 2010
8:03 am

awww.let’s talk math instead…

This Indian chief had three wives, which all happened to be pregnant at the same time. When the first wife gave birth, the chief went into the teepee. He came out beaming with joy. The chief announced that he was now the proud father of a handsome little boy. He declared to the tribe. “I will show my happiness by building the mother a teepee made from deer hides!”
When wife number two had her baby, he repeated the process. After announcing the arrival of another son, the chief vowed to build its’ mother a teepee made from antelope hides.
When the third wife gave birth, the chief swelled with pride. He said. “I am going to build this squaw a teepee made of Hippopotamus skins!” “Who can tell me what this squaw had?” The members of the tribe whispered amongst themselves, but none could come up with the right answer. Finally, one young brave spoke out. “She had twin sons!” “That’s right,” declared the chief. “How did you figure it out, Pathagarus?” “Simple mathematics,” said the brave. “The value of the squaw of the hippopotamus is equal to the sons of the squaws of the two other hides.”

USinUK

July 20th, 2010
8:03 am

“The AJC is a commie rag”

I don’t know about anyone else here, but I really am enjoying the mix of 1960’s and 1980’s nostalgia …

I mean … commie? geez, I’m just waiting for a cry of “Wolverines!!” and C Thomas Howell to pop up, saying that the hate keeps him warm … (or maybe it’s just the pee down his pantleg)

TaxPayer

July 20th, 2010
8:05 am

Is Shawn Hannity moonlighting.

stands for decibels

July 20th, 2010
8:05 am

Without bothering to watch the clip (because, frankly, I don’t care), I’m going to go wayyyy out on a limb and assume the TeaTards behind it are deliberately withholding exculpatory evidence as they go after this poutrage-o’-da-weak.

because that’s what they do.

Breitbart will rot in hell. Also.

stands for decibels

July 20th, 2010
8:06 am

I’m just waiting for a cry of “Wolverines!!” and C Thomas Howell to pop up

funniest. movie. evah.

Normal

July 20th, 2010
8:06 am

Every race is racist. It’s the nature of the beast. Our Teacher Creator, made us this way to learn the lesson on tolerance, understanding, and acceptance. Guess what? Epic fail!

stands for decibels

July 20th, 2010
8:07 am

This garbage comes as no surprise.

Why must you hate and be one of the hatey haterz?

Ron

July 20th, 2010
8:07 am

The reaction of the crows is the disturbing thing. It’s funny watching all these white libscum bloggers bending head over heels to help out these racist black NAACP folks though. Don’t worry, we’re keeping lists for when the race war starts Jay. What are you going to do when you realize you don’t have a side anymore?

Doggone/GA

July 20th, 2010
8:08 am

Looks like the skinhead faction has been alerted.

USinUK

July 20th, 2010
8:09 am

dB – I dunno … my vote for “unintentionally funniest movie evah” still goes to Roadhouse (’nudder Swayze masterpiece) … with “the 13th warrior” tied with Red Dawn for 2nd

(I mean … casting Antonio Banderas as an arab prince taken in by Vikings – BRILLIANT!)

Bob

July 20th, 2010
8:10 am

USinUK, what was creative about the crowd that seemed to enjoy what they heard prior to this woman saying she and the farmer became BFFs ? On the tape you could hear a few in agreement with what she said about her not helping whitey. What attitude did this lady carry around that made her think the farmer thought he was superior to her.

Jay

July 20th, 2010
8:10 am

I have a side, Ron.

Whichever one you’re not on.

USinUK

July 20th, 2010
8:11 am

“Don’t worry, we’re keeping lists for when the race war starts Jay. What are you going to do when you realize you don’t have a side anymore?”

holy crap. most folks at least try to throw a little makeup on their wankery … there he is with everything on show …

me, I’m on whatever side that piece of crap is NOT

ty webb

July 20th, 2010
8:12 am

UsinUK,
great movie. I heard it’s going to be remade. Which will no doubt suck.

Gale

July 20th, 2010
8:12 am

Normal, math geek humor before I have even finished my morning coffee? That was a groaner.

USinUK

July 20th, 2010
8:13 am

Bob – 8:10 – yep. and the folks at ACORN were also setting up a child prostitute ring.

until you see the unexpurgated video, you might want to hold your fire, considering the source.

AmVet

July 20th, 2010
8:13 am

Congrats Mr,. Bookman! And right wing conservatives.

The sheer intellectual brilliance and deep Christian morality is really on display this morning. 8:07 and that first 7:54 really stand out as representative of this despicable mentality that still thrives in the southern white male.

If the NAACP is as racially intolerant as these poor put-upon misunderstood conservatives claim, there is at least some historical understanding of the 400 year history that would have created it. Not justification, mind you mental lightweights.

What pray tell, is the paltry excuse for the white, racist, hate-mongers that still exist in this country? Many of whom fit in VERY nicely in the Tea Party’s bowel movement? And please do not further embarrass yourselves by claiming there are none…

Bob

July 20th, 2010
8:13 am

Can we see the whole tape of the tea party people spitting on the black congresspeople ? We have two clips, one shows someone admitting to being a bigot, the other does not show anyone spitting. But to liberals, the one with proof shows nothing and the one that shows nothing is proof.

Doggone/GA

July 20th, 2010
8:15 am

“If the NAACP is as racially intolerant”

I’m still trying to figure out where all the white members of the NAACP fit into the “racist” charge. Anyone got a clue?

USinUK

July 20th, 2010
8:16 am

Doggone – now, don’t go bringing facts into the discussion – it’ll ruin their mojo … or something …

MiltonMan

July 20th, 2010
8:16 am

Let’s see. Ms. Tucker defends the New Black Panther party because what they did was okay because it was in a “HEAVILY DEMOCRATIC” district.

Bookman rants about the Tea Party because of racism & then turns around & defends this piece of garbage??? She said that she did not help him as much as she should have because he was white. What else do you need???

electrician

July 20th, 2010
8:17 am

USinUK@8:03…sorta makes.me want to do the old “DUCK AND COVER!” drill.and if there are so many commies in america the why is the circulation for the AJC dropping?

Doggone/GA

July 20th, 2010
8:18 am

“What else do you need???”

More people who want ALL the facts, and who know that reliance on “gotcha” reporting is pure laziness.

MiltonMan

July 20th, 2010
8:18 am

Dog & US, you could say the same thing about blacks in the Tea Party but your loyality to the DemoRats have you blinded. Great day in GA today – the DemoRats only hope is the proven user Rat Barnes to carry the banner for GA state politics.

USinUK

July 20th, 2010
8:19 am

electrician … ah, yes … duck and cover … I remember that well!! (because a school desk is going to keep you safe when the Russkies try to obliterate Dobbins AFB and Lockheed!)

“if there are so many commies in america the why is the circulation for the AJC dropping”

cuz we’re all buying Mother Jones … ;-)

Granny Godzilla

July 20th, 2010
8:19 am

I see it’s another Andy Breitbart video.

Then it MUST be investigated.

He cannot be trusted.

Doggone/GA

July 20th, 2010
8:20 am

“Dog & US, you could say the same thing about blacks in the Tea Party but your loyality to the DemoRats have you blinded”

But we don’t have to, because we’ve known all along that the Tea Party is not a racist organization. It’s just a group of people who happen to have racists among them. What group doesn’t?

AmVet

July 20th, 2010
8:23 am

“What else do you need???”

It could be argued that you and others of your mindset could use some Intellectual acumen. Some desperately needed critical thinking skills. And a basic understanding of context and degree.

But more than anything else, a little moral courage would go a long way to fix what ails you stuck in the 1950s Jim Crow boys…

OK, off to help those struggling “people” Eli Lilly and Chevron Oil (Remember “Businesses are Citizens Too! Hat tip – Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce) get some more farm subsidies…

electrician

July 20th, 2010
8:24 am

AmVet@8:13 the tea party cant bring itself to call out the racist in thier ranks anymore than they can get rid of the hijacking republicans that have clained it as thier own.

USinUK

July 20th, 2010
8:25 am

Milton – I don’t think that EVERYone in the Tea Party is racist (neither does the NAACP, for that matter) – as opposed to you who seems to think that the NAACP is a racist organization.

T-Town

July 20th, 2010
8:25 am

With one exception, it’s not what she said but how she said it. Saying something to someone like your bragging leaves little room when your trying to be contrite. What concerns me most is the “because I took him to one of his own” shows that she still sees race instead of just a person in need.

Doggone/GA

July 20th, 2010
8:27 am

“What concerns me most ”

What OUGHT to concern you most is that you are judging her from an edited clip, and judging her without hearing the ENTIRE speech she gave.

Doggone/GA

July 20th, 2010
8:28 am

Since the Tea Party has been brought up:

“Tea Party infighting heats up”

http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/07/19/tea.party.imbroglio/index.html?hpt=Sbin

Lord Help Us

July 20th, 2010
8:29 am

Well, whatcha’ know…

PC cuts both ways. But, alas, hypocrisy does not seem to…

Those that claim to disdain PC demand higher, tighter standards of PC…but, just in organizations/people who they disagree with politically…

Kinda reminds me of the deficit peacocks that have all of the sudden gone into full mating season hysteria…

SEE

July 20th, 2010
8:29 am

Dear AmVet:
Deep Christian morality? southern white male? Tea Party movement? Nobody here said they were Christian of which I am aware, and there are southern white males on both sides of this issue. Also, I just read alot of nastiness from both sides, so I wouldn’t just talk about the tea party. Once again, the left stereotypes and name-calls in an effort to invalidate whole groups of people.

You sling mud at any convenient target hoping that some sticks…truth be darned!

T-Town

July 20th, 2010
8:30 am

Sorry Doggone/Ga, If I said that about any minority in a formal arraignment I would be held accountable no matter what else I would say. Tolerance has to work both ways.

Scott

July 20th, 2010
8:31 am

CNN is running her explanation:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/07/19/agriculture.employee.naacp/index.html

Meanwhile, the story has dropped of the Fox News front page. Typical. Tell half of a story, then set back and let the wing nuts run with it.

T-Town

July 20th, 2010
8:32 am

Enter your comments here

Doggone/GA

July 20th, 2010
8:32 am

“Tolerance has to work both ways.”

And you appear to be intolerant of her assertions that she not only worked with that farmer for 2 years, but also became friends with him and his family.

AmVet

July 20th, 2010
8:33 am

The white (only?) (Ever look at a gathering of “conservatives?) demagogues simply have chosen to be mindlessly incapable of looking at big pictures.

To wit, one of the goofier here posits that Bill Richardson is a gigantic homophobe for one idiotic comment he made to be humorous. But NOT the tons of irrefutable evidence that he has done a vast amount of work on behalf of the LGBT crowd. No sirree, they make their immutable conclusions based on a tiny aspect of the overall picture.

That’s how they’ve mastered Republispeak and living in a bumper sticker world of sound bites and slogans.

Over and out.

stands for decibels

July 20th, 2010
8:34 am

What OUGHT to concern you most is that you are judging her from an edited clip, and judging her without hearing the ENTIRE speech she gave.

why that’s crazy talk. Next thing you’re going to be telling me we shouldn’t judge Barack Obama’s membership in Trinity United Church of Christ based on a 15-second sermon clip!

Paul

July 20th, 2010
8:35 am

Jay

That certainly puts a different light on it. 24 years ago and she used it as an example of how African Americans with power can be racist (note to Howard University: time to update your definitions) and how it’s wrong not matter who does it?

Doesn’t answer how a person who could be so bigoted at an early point in her career got promoted to such a high position in the federal service.

As far as this Big Government site – what are they thinking? That once all the facts come out it won’t matter because the political damage would’ve been done? Seems to be the attitude among all such advocacy groups.

Associated issue: I take your point from the other day about the New Black Panther voter intimidation case and how they’re a fringe group, small membership and how they’re given more attention by one network than they deserve.

Then Sunday I read an Associated Press piece about “Neo-Nazi Militias Patrolling Border.” They had ‘members’ and ‘patrols’ and weapons. They hadn’t intimidated anyone, stopped anyone, but they were there. Seems it’s one guy and some friends. Fewer, even, than the New Black Panthers. But it sure is reported differently than that other issue by major press outlets.

Evidently many news organizations have vastly different standards on what goes into making a story newsworthy. And it fuels speculation about news organizations with an agenda.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/07/17/2342408/neo-nazi-leading-patrols-at-arizonas.html

Trusslady 7:54

“Ah yes, a Faux news edit job. Why tell the truth, when a fine hatchet job will stir up the rabble.”

After all the developing story allegations of Tea Partiers hurling racial epithets (without the video or recording footage to back it up – even Mr. Jealous’s two specific examples) can you direct us to where ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN or other big networks even covered this story as it was developing?

Concerned Citizen 7:56

“Obama supports the Black Panters killing white baby’s via no condemnation.”
A New Black Panther whacko was ranting about that. Had nothing to do with Pres Obama. The whacko was never charged with a crime for that.

“Obama supports illegal immigration.”

ICE arrested 105 illegals (locally) last night. Concentrated on gang members. You call that supporting illegal immigration?

“Obama supports the destruction of the USA by his 20 years of listening to his preacher preach “God Danm America”.”

If you go back and list the examples of what people in this country had done that led Rev Wright to say “God Damn America”…. Would you really expect a minister to list such actions and to say “For these things God will BLESS America”?

Back on topic: assume this was exactly as portrayed , a recent event by a current federal employee, that led to her ‘resignation.’ Resignation = ‘job assignment transfer.’ Not, as many would think, ‘termination from federal service.’ This sort of thing is not unique to Ms. Sherrod. But, the practice should end. Public employees in such situations should be terminated from federal service.

Kevin

July 20th, 2010
8:35 am

You’re right, Jay. We need proof.

Just like we need proof that the N-word was used at black legislators during the healthcare vote.

What’s that you say? That’s different? There’s a different burden of proof? Oh, ok. That makes sense.

MiltonMan

July 20th, 2010
8:35 am

Doggone you are clueless. She admitted to not given the full support to the guy.

rp

July 20th, 2010
8:35 am

Yikes,”crows”, really? Nice to know you get your racial stereotypes from Disney movies. I’ve never seen an elephant fly either, but I’ve seen a few aryan elephants in the comments.

USinUK

July 20th, 2010
8:36 am

Scott – “Tell half of a story, then set back and let the wing nuts run with it.”

you forgot the last part of the equation – then, after a day or so, invite the wingnutty bloggers on to discuss their outrage, completing the echo chamber effect …

Outhouse GoKart

July 20th, 2010
8:36 am

“Then it MUST be investigated.”

By the NAACP perhaps?

larry

July 20th, 2010
8:36 am

Meanwhile, the story has dropped of the Fox News front page. Typical. Tell half of a story, then set back and let the wing nuts run with it.

You sling mud at any convenient target hoping that some sticks…truth be darned!

Yes, you too can work at Faux News. You dont even need a degree in Journalism.

Doggone/GA

July 20th, 2010
8:37 am

Scott – “Tell half of a story, then set back and let the wing nuts run with it.”

I posted this the other day, but I think you’ll appreciate it:

First, a quick review of the process by which manufactured right-wing outrage becomes headline news:

1. Right-wing bloggers, talk radio hosts, and other conservative media outlets start promoting and distorting the story.

2. Fox News picks up the story and gives it heavy, one-sided coverage.

3. Fox News and conservative media attack the “liberal media” for ignoring the distorted story.

4. Mainstream media outlets eventually cover the story, echoing the right-wing distortions.

5. Fox News receives credit for promoting the story.

6. The story is later proven to be false or wildly misleading, long after damage is done.

http://mediamatters.org/blog/201007190031

Me

July 20th, 2010
8:37 am

MiltonMan

July 20th, 2010
8:37 am

AmVet – preaching that I basically need comprehension skills when the clown cannot even understand the obvious. I would guess that your middle name is dufus & not Einstein.

Jay

July 20th, 2010
8:38 am

Paul, I noticed your comments about resignation yesterday. I take the term to mean she no longer has a job at all with the feds. You seem to believe otherwise. Have you seen something I haven’t?

T-Town

July 20th, 2010
8:38 am

“And you appear to be intolerant of her assertions that she not only worked with that farmer for 2 years, but also became friends with him and his family.”

While I won’t deny want she did was noble in trying to help, how she said it leaves a lot to be desired. Recently Mel Gibson was very contrite about his comments concerning Jews, said a lot of things people wanted to hear. But he later showed what he is all about.

Paul

July 20th, 2010
8:39 am

Morning, USinUK and sfd

I’m just waiting for a cry of “Wolverines!!

I read where Red Dawn’s being remade. Seems this time it’s Russians and Chinese.

I think the Chinese came to collect on the overdue loans and the Russians are providing the muscle -

Doggone/GA

July 20th, 2010
8:40 am

“While I won’t deny want she did was noble in trying to help, how she said it leaves a lot to be desired”

so you think “gotcha” reporting is OK then, I take it?

ty webb

July 20th, 2010
8:42 am

Uh oh, now it’s fox news. It’s getting deep in here. You’ve got to really hand it to the apologists, next thing you know they’ll be saying sherrod only made these statements after being waterboarded by cheney himself. boo!

MiltonMan

July 20th, 2010
8:42 am

Bottom line: She resigned. AmVet, Dog, US since you three defend her so much please do enlighten us with the reason why?

AmVet, since your warped belief structure convinces you that you are vastly superior to us in the cranium, maybe you could draw the rest of us a nice little picture.

T-Town

July 20th, 2010
8:44 am

“so you think “gotcha” reporting is OK then, I take it?”

So then it would be ok for me to take a injured Latino to a Hispanic Hospital stating publicly “He’ll get better care from his own people?”

USinUK

July 20th, 2010
8:45 am

“Uh oh, now it’s fox news. It’s getting deep in here. ”

that comment would probably carry a lot more weight if we didn’t hear “emmessemm” “liberal media” and “commie rag” in here on a daily basis …

Bob

July 20th, 2010
8:45 am

USinUK, Is their a part where she goes back and says the white guy did not try to show how he was superior to her, thats what I brought up. Why such an attitude that from one conversation she states the white guy tried to show her he was superior. Don’t waste time with bringing up ACORN.

RW-(the original)

July 20th, 2010
8:45 am

Oh good, it’s rerun day. As I said yesterday when Jay B first ran his smokescreen about wanting to see the whole tape, this isn’t about the Sherrod story it’s about the reaction of the audience. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t add a link to the story

Sherrod’s racist tale is received by the NAACP audience with nodding approval and murmurs of recognition and agreement. Hardly the behavior of the group now holding itself up as the supreme judge of another groups’ racial tolerance.

Doggone/GA

July 20th, 2010
8:46 am

“She resigned. AmVet, Dog, US since you three defend her so much please do enlighten us with the reason why?”

“She said she tried to explain to USDA officials, “but for some reason, the stuff Fox and the Tea Party does is scaring the administration. I told them to get the whole tape and look at the whole tape and see how I tell people we have to get beyond race and work together.”

Asked why did she resigned instead of fighting, Sherrod said, “I didn’t have any support from USDA. What would I do?”"

http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/07/20/agriculture.employee.naacp/index.html?video=true&hpt=T2

larry

July 20th, 2010
8:49 am

So someone is being held accountable for comments made in 1986??

And these are the same people who made up the so-called pimp ACORN tape.

I would not have resigned , i would have been fired and called these people out.

USinUK

July 20th, 2010
8:50 am

RW and Bob – unless we know the context of what she was saying, you don’t know what the crowd is reacting to. which is why we should see the comments in their entirety.

Outhouse GoKart

July 20th, 2010
8:50 am

LOL…”We’ve got to get beyond race and work together”…LOL.

Blah blah blah…mmm hmmm.

As Mr T would say “Enough with the jibba-jabba”

Paul

July 20th, 2010
8:51 am

electrician 8:24

“the tea party cant bring itself to call out the racist in thier ranks anymore than they can get rid of the hijacking republicans that have clained it as thier own.”

Time for a new soundbite:

“The Associated Press
ALASKA — An official with the Tea Party Express on Monday blasted its expulsion from a national coalition over its refusal to oust a former chairman who satirized the NAACP in a controversial blog posting.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/07/19/2346045/nation-and-world-briefs-ouster.html

Jay

No, not specifically. Over the years I’ve seen a number of ‘resignations’ and the way it usually works is, a senior person, nonpolitical appointee, but one part of the federal system who resigns will often leave that posting and retire from federal service. If they are at that level and are fired from the position, they will likely retire with no other punitive measures taken (the General McChrystal example). If they do not retire they are often reassigned to a lateral position or one that’s considered less influential, but they continue on in federal service. If they are in a more junior position in their career they often ‘resign’ their current job assignment and take a new posting elsewhere.

If they’re really junior they’ll be fired in the usually thought-of sense, completely terminated with no benefits.

RW-(the original)

July 20th, 2010
8:53 am

USinUK,

I’m sure the audience was actually listening to a Nelson Mandela speech and this lady’s voice was just dubbed over.

/moonbat off

Scott

July 20th, 2010
8:54 am

USinUK and Doggone/GA – agreed and thanks:)

She should not have resigned. But, even Huffington Post is still running the ’story’ without a fact check:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/20/shirley-sherrod-resigns-usda-naacp_n_652185.html

My thoughts and prayers go out to Ms. Sherrod. And to our nation.

USinUK

July 20th, 2010
8:55 am

RW – if it wasn’t for taking people’s comments out of context and/or selectively editing them to say the exact opposite of what they actually ARE saying, what WOULD your side do for fun???

larry

July 20th, 2010
8:55 am

So someone is being held accountable for comments made in 1986??

I get it now…………… they went into their Hot Tub Time Machine and taped her speech.

I guess i better not run for public office.

andygrd

July 20th, 2010
8:55 am

What I have noticed more and more on these blogs is the fanaticism by both side of the isle. I don’t think we debate issues anymore; we just hurl stones back and forth and insult each other. Too bad!!!
It really does not mean that much, but it is entertainment.
And the media, if you are right wing nut, you believe everything post on Fox. If you are a left wing nut, you believe everything post on MSNB. Guess what people…. This is entertainment and opinions?

Paul

July 20th, 2010
8:55 am

Doggone/GA 8:45

“Asked why did she resigned instead of fighting, Sherrod said, “I didn’t have any support from USDA. What would I do?””"

If she was not a political appointee, but a member of the civil service, she would weather the controversy and continue on in her position. She would wait for her superiors to take action, either through transferring her or giving her a poor appraisal, at which time she would file a grievance and force her superiors to go on record with their reasons or to show how she did not meet the specific requirements of her performance plan.

MiltonMan

July 20th, 2010
8:56 am

USinUK:

“RW and Bob – unless we know the context of what she was saying, you don’t know what the crowd is reacting to. which is why we should see the comments in their entirety.”

Wow. Yes the crowd was not all reacting to what you said. They were reacting to a “side meeting” that was taking place right outside the viewing area of the video.

electrician

July 20th, 2010
8:56 am

paul@8:51 thanks for the link,I support most of the Tea Party agenda and am glad to see that,now if they can just flush out the politicians.

Brad Steel

July 20th, 2010
8:56 am

The head of the USDA ?

Wow. Those Big Government guys got her AND ACORN. They sure are sticking it to DC power brokers!

Now who is going to grade my beef?

USinUK

July 20th, 2010
8:57 am

Milton – “Yes the crowd was not all reacting to what you said.”

so, you were there? you know the context of what they were reacting to? care to share your video with us?

Doggone/GA

July 20th, 2010
8:58 am

“If she was not a political appointee, but a member of the civil service, she would weather the controversy and continue on in her position”

and she’s 62 years old. Maybe she just decided it wasn’t worth fighting for, if they weren’t going to support her anyway. Just guessing, but I’m close to that age myself and I could understand it if that’s what she thought.

SPQR(laissez Faire)

July 20th, 2010
8:59 am

Shirley Sherrod proves the mentallity of every loser worker in the public sector..scumbags all..with this quote “”You’ve heard of a lot of layoffs. Have you heard of anybody in the federal government losing their job? That’s all I need to say.”

In a second clip from the same event posted online, Sherrod appeared to urge black job seekers to find work at the Department of Agriculture because the federal government won’t lay people off.

md

July 20th, 2010
9:01 am

“Her actions were shameful. While she went on to explain in the story that she ultimately realized her mistake, as well as the common predicament of working people of all races, she gave no indication she had attempted to right the wrong she had done to this man.””

Hmmm……..Did Mr Jealous not get to see the whole video?? Or did he act without the full story??

“Went on to explain………she gave no indication…”

I’m guessing he answered your question Jay.

mike

July 20th, 2010
9:02 am

Too bad the NAACP has already yanked their statement and there is no mention of it on their site.

I love seeing Jay make obtuse excuses for his double standards. It is a great demonstration of his intellectual dishonesty.

TaxPayer

July 20th, 2010
9:02 am

Wow! Jay’s commentary seems to have brought out quite a few non-racists this fine morning. I personally don’t see the concern over racism though. Most of these folks on here appear to be mixed-breed — white skin/black heart.