In an admitted retribution for Tea Party racism remarks last week, conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart posted a short video this weekend of Shirley Sherrod talking about racism she personally felt two decades ago towards a white farmer.
]]>The edited-for-political purposes two-minute video, given at an NAACP meeting, and which makes her sound like a racist, cost her her job this week as Georgia director of rural development for the Department of Agriculture.
But the Department of Agriculture and the NAACP — which has a “zero tolerance” for racism — have now seen the full video of the 45-minute speech in which Sherrod explains how she learned a lesson about racism from experiencing those feelings in her dealings with a white farmer who had come to her for help to save his Georgia land.
Vilsack is reconsidering his decision to oust Sherrod. And in a statement released Wednesday (July 28), the NAACP admits, “We have come to the conclusion we were snookered by Fox News and Tea Party activist Andrew Breitbart into believing she had harmed white farmers because of racial bias.“
“Because of all the publicity surrounding what happened … how would
I be treated once I’m back there? I just don’t know,” she says. “I
would have to be reassured on that.
“I’m a bit disappointed that things happened in the way they happened. It doesn’t take away my support for the administration,” she says . “When I accepted the position at rural development, always in the back of my mind was doing the very best that I could to have that be a good reflection on [Obama] and what he was trying to do.”
If she could do it again, Sherrod says her message would be the same.
“The message I was getting out there to them is the same message I want everyone to know, anyone I would speak to … I use my life, I grew up in a segregated society, to show how I could move beyond that,” she says.