Interesting stuff going on with Shirley: Update Full video out Update 2: she was jobbed

Posted: July 20, 2010 by datechguy in opinion/news
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The Shirley Sherrod story gets more and more interesting:

First we have this from Jake Tapper:

A former Department of Agriculture official said her termination was an unfair casualty of a larger political spat on race between the Tea Party movement and the NAACP, but Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Tuesday afternoon stood by his decision to seek her termination based on a controversial anecdote she told earlier this year.

Her story sounds plausible particularly since the farmer in question seems to be backing her up. The fact that her resignation came so quickly counted against her but Big Government suggest that they couldn’t wait to throw her under the bus:

Sherrod told CNN that she was forced to resign because ”you’re going to be on Glenn Beck tonight.” While she was driving home from work last night Sherrod told CNN that Cheryl Cook, the deputy undersecretary for Rural Development, called her three times on “harassing” her with warnings about the attention she was going to receive after the video surfaced. On the final call Cook demand that she pull over to the side of the road and resign electronically then and there.

That’s pretty cold, Dunetz continues:

If this story is true, and there is no reason to doubt her, it shows the extent that Breitbart, Fox,and the Tea Party have gotten under the skin of the White House. Rather then to think it through they overreacted and forced Sherrod to pull over on the side of the road and resign without telling her side of the story.

It is also hard to understand why the NAACP would instantly condemn Ms Sherrod, if the speech was indeed as she said, why wouldn’t they respond by releasing the entire speech? One explanation may be that she is lying, but if you listen closely to the end of the clip she does seem to be pivoting toward saying it was about income not race (and then seems to change her mind again).

Another explanation for the White House and the NAACP not releasing the entire tape is the possibility that Shirley Sherrod is their sacrificial lamb. Possibly they do not care about the truth. Perhaps they realized their resolution attacking the Tea Party as racist was such a political loser, especially coming right after disclosure of DOJ Black Panther scandal, they see the condemnation of Sherrod as a way out of theses crises and seem racially balanced.

The Anchoress is where she was yesterday:

In my post yesterday, I was pretty clear that the Breitbart tape wasn’t sitting well with me. Ms. Sherrod–still not a great speaker–clearly was on her way to relate a tale that indicted her own understanding, when that tape ended.

You know what’s not singing to me, now? The argument that “the tape wasn’t about nailing Sherrod, it was about demonstrating the racism of the NAACP audience; it was a response to their wicked attempt to paint the Tea Party as racist.”

As I said yesterday, there was certainly a stones/glass houses note to it all, but Shirley Sherrod had a story to tell, and as far as I’m concerned, that story needed telling in full – that was the only way to be fair to Sherrod. After it was told, then, if you wanted to make the point about the audience’s reaction to her own tale–which is apparently one that indicts her own racist past–you could do that. Otherwise, all you’ve done is destroyed Sherrod in the same way that Trent Lott was ruined: by taking her remarks out of context.

Context matters. If the right, quite correctly, doesn’t like to see pols on their side tarnished with this despicable label sans context, they they can’t be happy to see what happened to Sherrod.

And then she asked the NAACP question:

NAACP says it was snookered by Breitbart and Fox. They said they have “reviewed the tape.” Well, good. Why didn’t they do that, first thing? And when can we see it?

Yeah they were kinda fast assuming they had the tape, could there be more there there? Particularly since the government stands behind their dumping of her. The Washington Examiner may have that answer:

Here are just a few questions about Ms. Sherrod that deserve answers:

* Was Ms. Sherrod’s USDA appointment an unspoken condition of her organization’s settlement?
* How much “debt forgiveness” is involved in USDA’s settlement with New Communities?
* Why were the Sherrods so deserving of a combined $300,000 in “pain and suffering” payments — amounts that far exceed the average payout thus far to everyone else? ($1.15 billion divided by 16,000 is about $72,000)?
* Given that New Communities wound down its operations so long ago (it appears that this occurred sometime during the late 1980s), what is really being done with that $13 million in settlement money?

The Anchoress tweets that CNN got the whole tape in the mail.

So here are the questions:

Is the source for the full tape the same as Breitbart’s source for the partial tape?

Did the NAACP provide the full tape, they said they “reviewed the tape” that implies they provided it to CNN? If so why make the initial statement and why claim to be fooled by their own tape?

What else does Breitbart have?

How is this going to end? I have absolutely no idea, but it won’t be boring.

Update: Full tape up on NAACP site, they apparently had the whole thing all along. Am I the only person who finds it odd that NAACP jumped on this before, if they had this tape in their possession? I’m wondering if somebody played Breitbart?

CNN is going after the NAACP’s Shelton: Campbell Brown “You allowed yourselves to be snookered”

memeorandum thread up

Update 3: Irony of Ironies Glenn Beck was ahead of the curve on this. Isn’t he a big tea party guy? Biggest lesson, the Anchoress has the best gut instincts out there.

Update 4: Just listed to the tape, this woman was jobbed.

Update 5: Hotair has more

  1. mantis says:

    Full tape is up now.

  2. mantis says:

    The gut instinct is not to trust Brietbart. Figuring out the truth took me five minutes of searching yesterday. Anyone could have done it.

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  5. mantis says:

    The NAACP did not have the tape until DCTV gave it to them to review, as reported by FOX. Vilsack most certainly acted too soon. I don’t find that particularly odd. The last thing this administration wants is to get into a racially-tinged controversy a few months from the election. Obviously that’s exactly what Brietbart wants.

    Here’s what Brietbart told TPM earlier this morning, before he thought better of it and changed his story:

    Breitbart tells TPM: Sure, I’ll release the entire Shirley Sherrod video — if I can get permission.

    If he can get permission. Not if he could get the full video.

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  7. Breitbart’s timing of the release of his EDITED video was calculated deflect of the racism charge leveled at Tea Party members, while at the same time fanning the flames of racism that seems to exist among many Tea Party members. Even Fox News is stepping back from yesterday’s noise they were selling, but Breitbart’s evil genius has prevailed i fear. He has ended the career of a woman who had the best interests of ALL poor people in mind. Another victory for the dark side.

  8. mantis says:

    I see you got your marching orders from Brietbart, you soulless, ugly ****. You people have no morals and no shame.

  9. Gweilo66 says: I enjoy logging video. Some of the gestures don’t come across in type, but other things do.

    Almost complete speech:

    17:15 (on the white farmer she helped, that claims to be friends with her)
    He talked a loonng time..trying to show he was superior to me. I knew what he was doing, but he came to me for help.”

    18:35 “It IS about white and black”

    21:03 point of edit..not sure how much time elapsed

    22min or so (discussion of history of indentured servitude, how whiet and black slaves got along, intermarrying and the history of rich people using laws of division to prevent poor people from banding together as one to fight for change.)

    22:40 “The people with money..the elite decided..hey..we need to do something here to divide them. So that’s when they made black servants, servants for life. That’s when they put laws in place, forbidding them to marry each other. That’s when they created the racism that we know of today. They did it to keep us divided. And started working so well, they said gosh..looks like we come upon something here that could last for generations. And here we are ..over 400 years later..and it’s still working.
    23:25 What we have to do is get that out of our heads. There is no difference…between us. The only difference is that folks with money, want to stay in power. And whether it’s health care, or whatever it is, they’ll do what they need to do to keep that power.” (applause)
    23:52 It’s always about money, y’all.
    23:59 “I haven’t seen…such mean spirited people (Hmm), as I’ve seen lately (Hmm!) over this issue of health care. (All right)
    Some of the racism we thought was buried…didn’t it surface.
    Now we endured 8 years of the Bushes. And we didn’t do the stuff Republicans are doing because you have a black president.” (applause)

    29:14 (on signing checks for grants and loans)
    80 million and not one dime to black business.

    29:56 One of the programs we have with some of the most money in it, you know, is for business and industry. And I sit up there and I’m signing off on 6 million, 3 million, 2 million.. But who is it going to? (long pause..crowd mumbles) Not one so far. And when I got a report on where we are with it, we are approaching 80 million dollars since October 1st. But not one dime to a black business. Not one.

    30:49 “There’s a program, the 1890s scholars program. And they’re connected with every 1890 land grant institution. And let me tell you what that is. That’s the black land grant institutions, and there’s about 17 in Tuskeegee. can actually get a scholarship, and fort battle state is the main grant, in Georgia..the 1890. The 1862 is the white land grant. That’s the University of Georgia. You can get a scholarship. And every summer, you work in one of those agencies while you are in school. And when you get out, it’s an automatic job.”
    31:38 Agencies like natural resources and conservation services. That’s in RCS. Farm service agency. That’s the old farmer’s home administration. Rural development. Uh..those are the major 3.

    31:54 “But there so many other, there are other, so many other many..just in rural development nationwide there are over 6,000 employees. But you go up there to Washington, to the department of agriculture, it’s on both sides of the street!”

    32:08 “In rural development, there are 129 employees. Guess how many of them are people of color. Anybody want take a guess? That’s in Georgia. I’ve got 129 in my agency. How many (audience:2) It’s more than 2. (12.) A little more than 12. There are less than 20 of us. We have 6 area offices in the state and sub area offices..
    32:38 And when I look at who’s coming up in the agencies, in the agency. There’s not many of us.”

    36:19 (on value of helping others)
    “You could be helping the second black president”

    39:43 (on direct loan program)
    “That program is so successful, we’re about to run out of money”

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