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USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give 'Full Force' of Help to White Farmer resigns

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Andrew Breitbart strikes again!

I can't wait for the excuses from the NAACP and the progressive left.

Video Shows USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give 'Full Force' of Help to White Farmer

Days after the NAACP clashed with Tea Party members over allegations of racism, a video has surfaced showing an Agriculture Department official regaling an NAACP audience with a story about how she withheld help to a white farmer facing bankruptcy -- video that now has forced the official to resign.

Shirley Sherrod, the department's Georgia director of Rural Development, is shown in the clip describing "the first time I was faced with having to help a white farmer save his farm." Sherrod, who is black, claimed the farmer took a long time trying to show he was "superior" to her. The audience laughed as she described how she determined his fate.

"He had to come to me for help. What he didn't know while he was taking all that time trying to show me he was superior to me was I was trying to decide just how much help I was going to give him," she said. "I was struggling with the fact that so many black people have lost their farmland and here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land -- so I didn't give him the full force of what I could do. I did enough."

FOXNews.com - Video Shows USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give 'Full Force' of Help to White Farmer

YouTube - NAACP Bigotry in their ranks
 

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But blacks can't be racist! /tongue in cheek comment
 

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I just found out about this today and I understand she already resigned. :lol:

Now, I understand this banquet took place in March, and here it is July and we're just now finding out about it? Why is that? :confused: If a white person in her position had said in public what she said it would have been on the front pages of liberal mouthpieces that day. And yet it took the folks at Fox News to break this thing four months after the fact. God bless 'em. I wonder who the rest of the hypocrites were at that banquet who failed to condemn her remarks. I'd ask them "Why the silence?" :confused:
 

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I think some Tea Party Group should pull an NAACP and pass a resolution that alleges the USDA has racist componants and should be called on to publically condemn racism.
 

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Ok. I have ONE contention with this video, I would like to see more of it, I wanted to see where she was actually going with this. Because it appears that yes she did a racist and bad thing, but when she starts talking about how it opened her eyes, and that it's about poor and the fact that even a white person wouldn't help him as much because he was white.

I dunno, I'm not being an apologist here, but I would like to see what she said AFTER it was cut, I think she had a point to make. However, if it turns out she didn't, then yeah what she did was wrong. But it does sort of feel like there was some overwhelming point about how her mind was changed about race. So, if anyone could find perhaps a longer clip that doesn't conviently cut before she made some overall point, I'd appreciate it.

"It was revealed to me that it's about poor versus those who have," she said, suggesting she had learned that race is less important.
 

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At least she got fired.

Now if the NAACP would like to raise their hypocritical heads up and apologize for not addressing this when it was said at one of their functions.....
 

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Ok. I have ONE contention with this video, I would like to see more of it, I wanted to see where she was actually going with this. Because it appears that yes she did a racist and bad thing, but when she starts talking about how it opened her eyes, and that it's about poor and the fact that even a white person wouldn't help him as much because he was white.

I dunno, I'm not being an apologist here, but I would like to see what she said AFTER it was cut, I think she had a point to make. However, if it turns out she didn't, then yeah what she did was wrong. But it does sort of feel like there was some overwhelming point about how her mind was changed about race. So, if anyone could find perhaps a longer clip that doesn't conviently cut before she made some overall point, I'd appreciate it.

I can't help you there, but she did resign. Seems if what she said was taken out of context, she would have stood up for herself.
I agree that if she went on to say, "That was the way I used to be, but now I've seen the light and I love all people, even crackers" then maybe she should get a pass.:lol:
 
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As I've said elsewhere: She admitted to doing a bad job therefore she should be fired or resign regardless of any racial issues involved.

HOWEVER, she was responding to what she considered insulting and racist behavior on the part of that farmer. How many of you would do your best to help a racist who was insulting you?

Now she wasn't very specific about what caused her to believe that he was talking down to her. If she was just reading into his actions, then yeah she was being racist, but I don't have enough info to say.
 

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USDA came out with a statement that said they have zero tolerance for racism etc. I guess that's that.
 

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Now, I understand this banquet took place in March, and here it is July and we're just now finding out about it? Why is that? :confused: If a white person in her position had said in public what she said it would have been on the front pages of liberal mouthpieces that day. And yet it took the folks at Fox News to break this thing four months after the fact. God bless 'em. I wonder who the rest of the hypocrites were at that banquet who failed to condemn her remarks. I'd ask them "Why the silence?" :confused:

The liberal media's head is still shoved far up this administrations ass - they can't look around nor do they want to look around and see what's happening. For that, a head extraction would be required and that's not on the horizon any time soon --- the ideologues are running the WH and the media. What's also interesting is the background of this video --- notice all the clapping from the NAACP members as she was talking? Yet -- now 4 months later --- the SHOCK: Racism At NAACP Event? - wcbstv.com, as was all the clapping by the other NAACP members. Jealous needs to understand that only he and the NAACP faithful see their organization as a "a multi-racial, multi-faith organization that-- while generally rooted in African American communities-- fights to end racial discrimination against all Americans." The NAACP is a racist organization and has been for at least the last 30 years. They're hypocrits and I would agree the Tea Party should come out with a resolution vote (whatever that means) the same way the NAACP did - calling the NAACP a racist organization. One good turn deserves another.
 

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It's candy

I'd say "pot call kettle" - but I think people would consider that racist in this case.

What they're showing on TV is a truncated version of this - the entire video is important, though . . . I'll provide a transcript:

"I didn't give him the full force of what I could do. I did enough so that when he - I assumed the Dept. of Agriculture sent him to me, either that or the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture - and he needed to go back and report that I did try to help him. So I took him to a white lawyer that had attended some of the training that we provided; because chapter 12 bankruptcy had just been enacted for the family farm. So I figured that if I'd take him to one of them that his own kind would take care of him.

That's when it was revealed to me that it's about the poor VS those who have. And not so much about white - it is about white and black - but it's not. You know, it opened my eyes. Because I took him to one of his own. . . . "

Now - this statement I'm about to make is not racist because I don't look down on or treat other people differently. . . But in my life I've noticed that a lot (not all) but a lot of black people make assumptions like what she said = that "white people will take care of their own" . . . because black people do that for their selves. They stick together and support each other whole heartedly based on their race. This is understandable - we've put black people through a lot of crap in this country, things still aren't on par, so it makes sense that they stick together. Any group or culture does this when someone else is trying to stamp them out.

However - "White" people aren't like that. . . some might be. But the majority aren't. We'll throw our own kind under the bus or help everyone equally regardless of race - things, to many white people, are NOT about race at ALL. Which is why we have a huge # of whites who are Republicans and a huge # of whites who are Conservatives and 3rd parties. . . we don't have a racial identity - maybe for some people there's a cultural identity - but the majority of whites don't give a **** if you're whitewashed or beige.

:shrug:

I think her statement - the entire thing - really pins down why we still have a disconnect: She's *assuming* that white people "take care of their own" because in this situation that might have been what a black person *might* have done - but obviously that's not the case, the guy lost his farm anyway :shrug:
 
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I just found out about this today and I understand she already resigned. :lol:

Now, I understand this banquet took place in March, and here it is July and we're just now finding out about it? Why is that? :confused: If a white person in her position had said in public what she said it would have been on the front pages of liberal mouthpieces that day. And yet it took the folks at Fox News to break this thing four months after the fact. God bless 'em. I wonder who the rest of the hypocrites were at that banquet who failed to condemn her remarks. I'd ask them "Why the silence?" :confused:

holy crap, auntie....."god bless fox news"?
of course, the naacp DID condemn her remarks, after all.

Black USDA official resigns after admitting she only 'did enough' for white farmer
NAACP condemns remarks, saying 'her actions were shameful'


In his statement, NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous said the organization was "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," he said.



"The reaction from many in the audience is disturbing. We will be looking into the behavior of NAACP representatives at this local event and take any appropriate action," Jealous said.

He thanked the people who had brought Sherrod's remarks to the attention of the NAACP's national office.

"Sherrod's behavior is even more intolerable in light of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's well documented history of denying opportunities to African American, Latino, Asian American, and Native American farmers, as well as female farmers of all races," Jealous said. "Currently, justice for many of these farmers is being held up by Congress."

Vilsack's statement said he "strongly" condemned discrimination against anyone.

"We have been working hard through the past 18 months to reverse the checkered civil rights history at the department and take the issue of fairness and equality very seriously," he said.


Black USDA official resigns amid racism claims - U.S. news - Life - msnbc.com
 

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LOL - that's Ahlevah, not me :)

I don't bless anything because I don't believe in that stuff - but it's ok - I forgive you *har har*
 

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I can't help you there, but she did resign. Seems if what she said was taken out of context, she would have stood up for herself.
I agree that if she went on to say, "That was the way I used to be, but now I've seen the light and I love all people, even crackers" then maybe she should get a pass.:lol:

That's not how it works. Once someone is tarred unfairly, it is damn difficult to get the tar off you. Remember David Howard, and his use of the term "Niggardly" at a staff meeting?

Washingtonpost.com: D.C. Mayor Acted 'Hastily,' Will Rehire Aide

His career has never recovered from the slur of being labeled a racist for using a word that had zero racial connotation.

For those who are applauding this, what I really wish is that we'd stop being so damn reactionary about race in this country, and start trying to hear what people are actually trying to SAY.
 
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I'm not painted with innocence, though. If my husband didn't watch Fox news in the morning while he was getting ready for work I wouldn't be on top of this situation at all.
 

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I'm not painted with innocence, though. If my husband didn't watch Fox news in the morning while he was getting ready for work I wouldn't be on top of this situation at all.

good thing, fox news will turn your brain to jello, i've heard.
 

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good thing, fox news will turn your brain to jello, i've heard.


:roll: FOX News isn't the question here unless you want to attack the messenger. Don't worry though, I am sure that Olberman, Maddow, and Matthews will get to it as soon as they have a lull in the Bush bash circle jerk.


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good thing, fox news will turn your brain to jello, i've heard.

I thought it was kool aid?

I think 24/7 news - as a sole source of news - is the way to do yourself in for an early grave. . . because it's all biased one way or another and centers around ratings, not the need to inform.
 

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I thought it was kool aid?

I think 24/7 news - as a sole source of news - is the way to do yourself in for an early grave. . . because it's all biased one way or another and centers around ratings, not the need to inform.

my husband watches msnbc....i prefer cnn, when i watch. i usually get my news online and i still read the paper.
 

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holy crap, auntie....."god bless fox news"?
of course, the naacp DID condemn her remarks, after all.

Only after they were caught. That isn't something to celebrate.
 

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isn't that the way it usually works?

Not this late after the fact.

We aren't talking about hearing this from a few days ago. This was a few months ago.


And the NAACP still hasn't apologized for it.
 
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Not this late after the fact.

We aren't talking about hearing this from a few days ago. This was a few months ago.

yes, that is how it happens. the press reports something, people react.
 
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