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Some Thoughts on Shirley Sherrod

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There has been quite the firestorm stirred up over the release of the Breitbart video apparently showing Shirley Sherrod admitting to not providing as much help as she could have in her position to help farmers avoid foreclosure to a white man, where she may have done more had they been black. In fact, she says exactly that.

That touched off a fast-burning fuse. Within hours, the White House and/or the Department of Agriculture (depending on who you believe, Ms. Sherrod or the White House. Personally, I’m more likely to believe her) demanded and got her resignation, and the NAACP backed the decision. And according to her, she was told that she had to resign immediately because she’s “going to be on Glenn Beck.”

Now, even watching the original, short version of her remarks, there is a little snippet at the end where she appears to be going on to make a point, but the video cuts off abruptly. But there was enough there that made me think I wonder where she was going with that?

According to Breitbart, that was the only part of the speech he had, and was looking for the rest. Also, have heard the NAACP was in possession of the entire video.

Now, the entire thing is out. And it appears she was relating a story that opened her eyes to the ugliness of racism regardless of its source. The Administration is also rethinking and reviewing its decision to demand her departure.

There is something not right here. The President of the NAACP quickly condemned Ms. Sherrod upon the initial release. He did not, however, review her speech before doing so. He didn’t even take the time to reflect “hey, I was there, that’s not what I remember her saying.” And is now claiming he was “snookered” by those evil racist tea party members. Dude, come on!

I’ve happened across a few other things here and there that suggest she is big in the Community Organizing game, and a big advocate for “Social Justice,” which in my opinion means wealth redistribution. Whatever. Those things would be enough to question her motives at a confirmation hearing, but in and of itself not a reason for firing.

But the White House couldn’t dump her fast enough. So fast, in fact, that while she was driving, they demanded she pull over on the side of the road, and tender her resignation right there. Does that ever happen with anyone else?

Very strange stuff. After hearing the content, or at least relevant parts, I’m inclined to give Ms Sherrod the benefit of the doubt, in that she was trying to express a so-called “teachable moment” in her life. And if so, we need more of that, people acting like human beings, learning, forgiving, and moving on, not the current climate of pointing fingers and screaming “raaaaacist!” at every shadow.

Either the White House is scared to flippin’ death of Breitbart, Glenn Beck, Fox News, etc, and seriously overreacted to a YouTube snippet, or there is a lot we don’t (yet) know about the good Ms. Sherrod. What that might be, I have no idea. But I also wonder if I’m giving the Administration too much credit; they sure haven’t exhibited much competence in any other endeavor.

Ed Morrissey delves further into this mess, and offers a poll on whether she should get her job back.

Written by James Lee

July 21, 2010 at 09:16

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Jennifer, JamesLee. JamesLee said: Fresh thoughts on Shirley Sherrod. […]

  2. Just wanted to say I really like your blog… keep up the great work!!

    Common Cents


    July 21, 2010 at 22:16

  3. […] the fiasco with Ms.Sherrod, I tend to agree with James Lee. Something is up.  The story so far doesn’t pass the sniff test. Posted in Politics. Tags: A Shot […]

  4. James, brilliant article. I suspect this is a coordinated effort. There is more to this story. Breitbart knows what he is doing and how to play this. Some on our side are not giving him the credit he deserves and merits. I suspect something to come soon. 😉


    July 22, 2010 at 23:58

    • Thanks, and I am actually afraid we are right. BreiiiiiiitBART is being smeared, number one, but when have we ever known him in the past to just run with something? Even the ORIGINAL snippet he posted hinted there was more. There IS a lot more to this story, and Shirley Sherrod, than we will likely ever hear.

      James Lee

      July 23, 2010 at 00:18

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  7. I agree with cubachi. Breitbart is a tough bird who has been around liberal hate attacks for years. He know the Alinsky game libs play and will likely take a few hits “for the team” so as to unravel the whole story. And he’ll let the left-wing media do it for him. In their zeal to call him a racist (and now Shirley says she will sue Breitbart!), Riehl World View’s Dan Riehl has released more damning videos of Saint Shirley husband Charles, denouncing whites and Uncle Toms of “stealing our election.” He tells his audience that blacks need to be separate. Whoa Nelly… Breitbart started the apple cart tipping on Saint Shirley’s bigotry, but other conservative bloggers will pick up where he left off and keep digging for the truth. Hubby Charles’ racist speech in January 2010 is likely just the tip of the iceberg… buy more popcorn, gang.

    Bless you, Andrew. Glad you’re on our side.


    July 29, 2010 at 13:58

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