Some Thoughts on Shirley Sherrod
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.