I believe Shirley Sherrod has been wrongly fired after what appears to be a selected portion of her speech to the NAACP was aired. She said she got three calls from the White House telling her to resign and she named the person who called her (Cheryl Cook, under secretary at the Department of Agriculture). Her direct boss fired her, asked for her resignation, whichever it was. By the way, he said he did not talk to anybody at the White House.
There was an extremely quick reaction and the reason given to her was that Glenn Beck was going to cover the story yesterday, which he did not.
I saw her on Anderson Cooper just now telling her story about how this experience with the “white farmer” was a turning point in her life showing her that it was not about race, but more about the haves and the have nots. She said there were things in her life that would have made her feel justified to be racist, but that she had chosen not to live her life that way. I believed her. We all have issues that we have to work through.
Mr. Spooner, now 88, the farmer in question, was on remote and said he could not believe what he was hearing when he heard she was fired because she had done a wonderful job and actually did help him to save his farm some 20 years ago, and that she could not have treated him better.
This is another example of how things are twisted to prove a point. And another example of why I need to just turn off the tv (but I never will and I know it.)
This lady, in her speech to the NAACP, was telling a story about an incident that happened over 20 years ago, using it to illustrate something that would help to bring people together and now she has lost her job because of a misinterpretation of it. Apparently, nobody cared enough to actually check the story out.
Both Ms. Sherrod and Mr. Spooner were on remote, but I could tell they were genuine and that there was no animosity between them, although they had not seen each other in a long time. This is how it is in the south the majority of the time. It’s something nobody seems to understand. Here you have a gentle black and a gentle white who respect each other and that is more the norm, in my experience. Ms. Sherrod said she wanted to visit the Spooners and that she would have plenty of time to do it (now that she didn’t have a job).
This is why it is such a travesty the way the haters keep picking at the scabs when we have long since moved past it and live and work together in harmony. I guess many thought the election of a black president would be the crowning touch and an absolute end to the past but it seems to be making it worse.
Why did the administration want her fired without knowing the whole story? Some things they take forever to decide and others they make snap decisions in a couple of hours. Either way, the decisions all seem to be wrong.
This may not be the whole context yet since it is still unfolding.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday that he will reconsider the abrupt firing of Shirley Sherrod, a Georgia-based Agriculture Department official who was the victim of a media frenzy over comments that turned out to have been distorted by video editing.
UPDATE3: Wow. This little heartwarming story is now chilling down a bit and backing up to Eric Holder and, of course, Mr. Vilsack, who seems to be taking the blame for their hasty decision to fire Ms. Sherrod.
It all comes from a class action law suit involving mucho money, some of it going to Ms. Sherrod. It has also been alleged now that there’s a break in the tape provided by the NAACP, an unexplained break, followed by lots of laughing from the crowd. After all, the “complete” tape was provided by the NAACP. Something is rotten and it’s not all out yet. Think lots of money, corruption, and Pigford, Pigford, Pigford. They wanted this killed immediately so – calling all investigative reporters…..and Glenn Beck. There must be much more to uncover.
Read the back story – most interesting.
Posted: 07.20.10 Updated: 07.21.10 @10:00 a.m. Update2: 07.21.10 @ 4:03 Update3: 07.22.10 @ 1:32 a.m.