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Vilsack Reconsiders Firing Shirley Sherrod

From an unfazed Associated Press:

USDA reconsiders employee ouster over race remarks

By Mary Clare Jalonick and Ben Evans, Associated Press Writer Wed Jul 21, 2010

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday he will reconsider the department’s decision to oust a black employee over racially tinged remarks after learning more about what she said.

Vilsack issued a short statement early Wednesday morning after Shirley Sherrod, who until Tuesday was the Agriculture Department’s director of rural development in Georgia, said she was pressured to resign because of her comments that she didn’t give a white farmer as much help as she could have 24 years ago.

Sherrod said her remarks, delivered in March at a local NAACP banquet in Georgia, were part of a larger story about learning from her mistakes and racial reconciliation, not racism, and they were taken out of context by a blogger who posted only part of her speech.

Just as we said. Exactly because there was enough context for any fair person to gather what she was actually trying to say.

Vilsack’s statement came after the NAACP posted the full video of Sherrod’s comments Tuesday night.

"I am of course willing and will conduct a thorough review and consider additional facts to ensure to the American people we are providing services in a fair and equitable manner," Vilsack said.

Maybe he should establish a commission and have hearings.

The Obama administration’s move to reconsider her employment was an absolute reversal from hours earlier, when a White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said President Barack Obama had been briefed on Sherrod’s resignation after the fact and stood by the Agriculture Department’s handling of it.

But growing calls for the administration to reconsider the decision put pressure on Vilsack, who stressed that the decision to ask for her resignation was his alone.

So Ms. Sherrod’s accounts of the phone calls she got demanding she resign are fabricated? She claims that she was told the White House was demanding her resignation.

The NAACP, which initially condemned Sherrod’s remarks and supported her ouster, later said she should keep her job. The civil rights group said it and millions of others were duped by the conservative website that posted partial video of her speech on Monday.

They sure are easily "duped." The clip, which has been available on YouTube before Breitbart posted it, contained enough of Ms. Sherrod’s comments to make it clear that she was telling this anecdote to explain how she had become enlightened about racism.

Instead of our problems being about race, Mr. Sherrod said she came to realize that they really stem from the struggle between the haves and have nots. (Which is to say, she learned to become more of a Marxist than a Hitler-ite.)

But doesn’t this episode suggest that perhaps the NAACP has been mistaken in their other pronouncements of racism?

The white farming family that was the subject of the story also stood by Sherrod and said she should stay.

"We probably wouldn’t have (our farm) today if it hadn’t been for her leading us in the right direction," said Eloise Spooner, the wife of farmer Roger Spooner of Iron City, Ga. "I wish she could get her job back because she was good to us, I tell you." …

In his original statement on the matter Tuesday morning, Vilsack said he had accepted Sherrod’s resignation and stressed that the department had "zero tolerance for discrimination." Later in the day, after Sherrod spoke to the media about the intention of her comments, Vilsack sent out a second statement that said the controversy surrounding Sherrod’s comments could, rightly or wrongly, cause people to question her decisions as a federal employee and lead to lingering doubts about civil rights at the agency, which has a troubled history of discrimination.

Mr. Vilsack is a knee-jerk buffoon, and further proof that such incompetent people should have as little power as possible over our lives.

Similarly, Ms. Sherrod’s inability to express herself suggests she should not be in charge of doling out $114 billion dollars in taxpayer money. But, of course, that aspect will never be addressed.

Sherrod said officials showed no interest in listening to her explanation when she was asked to resign. She said she was on the road Monday when USDA deputy undersecretary Cheryl Cook called her and told her to pull over and submit her resignation on her Blackberry because the White House wanted her out

What a circus. And what a typical display of incompetence in action on every level.

But mind you, these same kind of all-seeing bureaucrats will soon be deciding which of your medical treatments will or won’t be paid for under Obama-care.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Vilsack Reconsiders Firing Shirley Sherrod”

  1. proreason says:

    So the lesson is that it’s ok to spout racist rhetoric if you end up with a message endorsed by the Ruling Class….if you are a liberal.

    Conservatives can never spout racist rhetoric, or even place themselves in a situation where liberals are demanding racist rhetoric from them, like the provacative march through the mall which was specifically designed to provoke an incident.

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    “Instead of our problems being about race, Mr. Sherrod said she came to realize that they really stem from the struggle between the haves and have nots.”

    This is true of all Marxists. However, to Mrs. Sherrod, the line separating the haves from the have not’s is race, they have not because the systems is inequitable to blacks. Her prefacing that epiphany with, “it’s not so much about white, it IS about white and black,” shows she sees that inequality through a racial spectrum. Every mention of a person in her speech is prefaced by that person’s race, the white farmer, the black farmers, and the white lawyer. Even her anecdote about how the white farmer was trying to show he was better than she shows she applies her own views of race on every interaction. The fact remains the woman sees white people differently than black people, and the first and most prominent thing she notices about a person is the color of their skin. At best this makes her a bigot, at worst, a racist. I’m not concerned she did the right thing in this instance; she will always bias her opinions and possibly actions based on race.

  3. oldpuppydixie says:

    Breitbart is something special. Did he have the ENTIRE video of Sherrod’s speech? You can bet he did. So why would he release a highly edited and not so coincidentally highly damning bit of it? To get “even” for the NAACP’s phony claims of racism directed at the tea party groups? To get Sherrod fired? Nope, I don’t believe so. Breitbart took one hell of a risk, placed his own credibility on the line and accomplished precisely what he intended with both the NAACP and the White House. He showed BOTH of these entities to be the phony, knee jerk, race pimps they are. A minute or two of video put Obama and the NAACP into immediate self-defense mode! Why didn’t they investigate the matter, look through the entire speech, take a few days to get the facts or even TALK to Sherrod? WHY? Because both the NAACP and the White House KNEW that the racism portrayed by Sherrod was not only BELIEVABLE, but standard operating procedure. Ben Jealous and Barak Hussein Obama looked at Sherrod as a figure in a mirror…racist, whitey-hating and get-even minded, but unfortunately, stupid and mouthy enough to actually get CAUGHT at it. So there was no reason to “get the facts.” They figured they KNEW the facts. A fellow racist got caught, that’s all. So it was time to throw her under the bus lest anyone begin to question THEM! As Obama and Jealous saw it, Sherrod’s racism was so normal, so believable, so typical of both the White House and the NAACP that “investigation” was not only unnecessary, it could be dangerous. Yep. Breitbart played one heck of a hand. Oh the media will butcher him, naturally. The White House and NAACP will be portrayed as the poor, innocent dupes of an evil white race monger. Sherrod will be re-hired in a tearful torrent of self-deprecation, garment rending and blubbering apologies. But Breitbart will have made his point. The true racists in the US are virtually ALL on the left.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Maybe he should establish a commission and have hearings.”

    A beer summit should suffice.

  5. Tater Salad says:

    Robert Gibbs sounds just like Obama when he is lying to us on T.V……….Ah, ah, ah and more ah’s! What a joke this administration is. This what you get when there is NO vetting process. Ahla, Van Jones and right on down the line.

  6. suek says:

    Hold your horses! First, Breitbart on Hannity last night made it a point to clarify his motives for publishing the Sherrod tape. He said it was _not_ to point a finger at Sherrod. She was telling the story of her “conversion” from viewing her client as just a white farmer to one of viewing him as a fellow farmer who was going to lose his farm. However, Breitbart said, while _she_ knew the outcome of her narrative, the NAACP audience did not. Listen to _them_ during her narration – listen to the “Mmmhmms” and the “oh yeahs” that are audible before she comes to her conclusion. _That’s_ what he was trying to establish – that the members of the NAACP – _this spring_, not the 20 some years ago that Sherrod was describing – were agreeing with her in the racist positions she was describing. He said he was doing this to demonstrate that the NAACP, which voted to condemn the Tea Party for comments made by individuals (and still not proven), while they made no effort to condemn or reprimand individuals for racist comments demonstrated by NAACP members.

    Also…before you feel too sorry for Sherrod, read the following:


    • proreason says:

      Don’t tell mirm that in addition to being a racist, the dear lady is a shakedown artist who has abused her position to make millions.

      It doesn’t quite fit the meme of a sweet woman from the heartland finding racial reconciliation before becoming an american herione when falsely accused of a crime she didn’t commit.

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    All she did was strut her stuff before ‘her kind of people.’
    Pure and simple!!

  8. mlrm says:

    I see great hope and beauty in Ms. Sherrod’s story of how God changed her heart.
    If anyone thinks that makes me a racist or unAmerican, so be it.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Listen to the background laughing and small applause’s during her presentation.
      She was making a show and diggin’ it!
      Yup, we’ve made great strides in the last 18 months as far as race relations go.
      Maobama style!!

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