“The secretary did push really hard for me to stay and work from inside, but I look at what happened to me,” she said at a news conference with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “I know he’s apologized, and I accept it. A new process is in place, but I don’t want to test it.” – Shirley Sherrod, former USDA employee fired for alleged racism, thrown to the wolves and then unfired. Perhaps the biggest heartbreak of all was that Obama let it happen (and don’t say he didn’t know).
Then the NAACP says the were “snookered by Fox News and Tea Party Activist Andrew Breitbart into believing she had harmed white farmers because of racial bias.” [Do you know how many people look at a press release before it goes out? Dozens, especially this kind of release, and “snookered” was the word they went with?]
“Having reviewed the full tape, spoken to Ms. Sherrod, and most importantly heard the testimony of the white farmers mentioned in this story,” – [they needed all of that to know she was not guilty and Breitbart just needed a clip to be believed?] “we now believe the organization that edited the documents did so with the intention of deceiving millions of Americans.”
Where did the tape originate? It was shot by a NAACP employee during the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet on March 27, 2010, in Douglas, Georgia. Sooooo, tell me that again. What is even more upsetting is the NAACP quickly released a statement right after Secretary Vilsack backing the Ag Secretary’s firing of her.
So on the day she was “fired” (asked to resign by USDA Deputy Under Secretary Cheryl Cook after a series of phone calls telling her to pull over and write her resignation on her Blackberry), Shirley was called repeatedly and then told she would be on Glenn Beck that night. Beck sends shivers through the administration? Wow. [I don’t know what else to say, maybe I can use snookered here].
Good for you GIRLFRIEND Shirley Sherrod!! I hope you don’t let the betrayal haunt you. You are an inspiration.