A former USDA employee, who resigned after a video showed her making racist statements, insisted she went all out to help a white farmer.

The video was posted on a Conservative right wing blog and quickly picked up by Fox News. The video showed Shirley Sherrod, former USDA director of rural development in Plains, Georgia, speaking at a NAACP meeting.

The poor-quality video shows Sherrod telling her audience that the farmer she was working with “took a long time … trying to show me he was superior to me.” As a result, she said, she “didn’t give him the full force of what I could do. I did enough.”

To prove she had done her job, she said, she took him to a white lawyer. “I figured that if I take him to one of them, that his own kind would take care of him,” she said.

Sherrod told CNN that shortly after Fox News aired the video, the White House began harassing her to resign.

“They asked me to resign, and in fact they harassed me as I was driving back to the state office from West Point, Georgia, yesterday,” she told CNN. The last call “asked me to pull to the side of the road and do it [resign],” she said.

Meanwhile, the wife of the white farmer referenced in the video has come out in support of Sherrod. Eloise Spooner told CNN she credits Sherrod with helping her family save their farm.

It’s amazing how swiftly the White House turned their backs on this black woman without hearing all of the facts. Had she been a white woman (or someone who is highly favored by Obama), the White House would have defended her and claimed she “misspoke.”

According to CNN.com, Sherrod said Tuesday that those remarks were taken out of context and that the 1986 incident, which occurred before she started work for the USDA and was working at a nonprofit, helped her learn to move beyond race. She only tells the story to audiences to make that point, she said.

The NAACP, which initially criticized Sherrod’s comments as “shameless” has now backed off from their condemnation of her.

The NAACP said in a statement Tuesday it was investigating “the recent revelations about the situation” and was attempting to speak with Sherrod and the farmer, as well as view the full video. The organization said it would speak further “following a full and comprehensive process.”

Source: CNN

Thanks to loyal reader Erika S. for the tip!



  • OutsidetheBox

    *deep sigh* Yeah this is what happens when people assume.

    I still stand by my theory that Black people cant be racist. Not Black Americans at least. Prejudice? Yes.

    #JMO

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1335451522 therapist1911

    Guess you can’t say everything you feel. no matter right or wrong. I hope she is reinstated with the support of the farmer’s wife.

    Idk if we can blame Obama for this…

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    therapist1911 says:

    Idk if we can blame Obama for this…

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    Van Jones made much worse racist statements than this lady did and he was strenuously defended and protected by Obama until the media pressured him to resign. :coffee:

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1335451522 therapist1911

    @OTB…pretty gravie!

    I think i’m kinda sorta racist…

    1. i hate when foriegners don’t speak english when i’m around…like it really annoys me

    2. i lock my doors around the hood….hood looking black boys, spanish and crazy white men that can pass as serial killers

    racist? prejudice? or cautious?

  • chase

    People have to be very cognizant of what they say. People nowadays hold on to each and every word someone says.. What you say at home w/ the family can’t be said out in a social gathering…

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1335451522 therapist1911

    @Sandra…if tht’s true u have a point. i don’t follow politics that much

  • OutsidetheBox

    :rofl: Prejudice and thank you @therapist.

    :dead: @your shirt reading “Delicious” I kinda love it LOL

  • chase

    I think i’m kinda sorta racist…
    1. i hate when foriegners don’t speak english when i’m around…like it really annoys me
    2. i lock my doors around the hood….hood looking black boys, spanish and crazy white men that can pass as serial killers
    racist? prejudice? or cautious?
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    Me too….. Hubby thinks I’m crazy but I guess it is what it is…

  • Man, I just don’t care™

    These yt people KILL me talking bout the NAACP is racist and chit like that. They are trying some ol “reverse psychology” type bullchit on us and we shouldn’t fall for it.

    Ain’t this the same organization that was convicted of discriminating against black farmers and slapped with a multi billion dollar restitution award or something??????

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1335451522 therapist1911

    lol @ OTB i get a lot of comments when i wear it…..#urbanoutfitters

    @chase….yeah i don’t play with these fools

  • http://www.soulfulbeauty.com soulfulbeauty

    It’s unfortunate, but I believe she was set up. I mean really, how and why would a 24 year old video suddenly surface on the internet and cause this woman to lose her job.

    Whoever posted the video obviously knew there would be some serious consequences.

    As far as the NAACP, they kinda pissing me off.

  • T.Y’z Cha Cha

    The last call “asked me to pull to the side of the road and do it [resign],” she said.

    :wtf:

  • Daisy

    They discussed this today on Rev Als show (he was out and had a guest co host filling in). I am on the fence as with most things I can see both sides but Reps stand by their ppl cause the former Sentor Byrd I believe use to be in the KKK and I dont recall him being forced to resign. People should be allowed to evolve this was from 24yrs ago.

    I wish her well all the same and still #teamObama :cheer:

  • spongebobfan

    #politicsasusual

    :coffee:

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    Daisy says:

    but Reps stand by their ppl cause the former Sentor Byrd I believe use to be in the KKK and I dont recall him being forced to resign.

    ****************************

    Exactly. This is yet another example of Obama doing nothing for black people. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1335451522 therapist1911

    wait…this happen 24 years ago? and now they want her to resign. GTFOH….i would go out like Columbine

  • SuthernBelle4

    I saw this on CNN today and I was like damn, but the farmer’s wife called in and praised Sherrod for helping her family get their farm back. As far as Black people being racist or people of color for that matter its not possible because race is socially constructed by those with power and no matter how many Obamas we get in office the folks with the power are White. Therefore people of color can’t be racist because we have no power, but we can be prejudice. A good read is Critical Race Theory its an interesting perspective.

  • scorpio

    @Soulfulbeauty
    It’s unfortunate, but I believe she was set up. I mean really, how and why would a 24 year old video suddenly surface on the internet and cause this woman to lose her job.

    Whoever posted the video obviously knew there would be some serious consequences.

    As far as the NAACP, they kinda pissing me off.
    ——————————————————————

    She was most definetly set up because the tea party and its leaders need us to see a black person as racist with all that has been on them in the news.

    timing is not a coincidence.

  • http://dahoneyhive.blogspot.com ryand91

    Yet another person thrown under the bus. I do believe her comments were cut up to serve the purpose of Faux News. But Sandra, can you please post an article about the Williams man from the Tea Party who wrote that letter to Abraham Lincoln from the “colored people”. That chit pissed me off.

  • Daisy

    @Sandra :nono: I was not looking or expecting Obama to do anything for black folks specifically (although that would have been nice I know what country I live in). He is the President for all and I dont recall any other Presidents doing much for the black agenda (yes we have had one for yrs). Healthcare, unemployment benefits and a black atty general will hopefully impact and HELP black folks. I hope black kids are helped with an education overhaul as well.

    I agreed with some of the things Van said but I knew his days were numbered.

  • Daisy

    I agree the tea party and Rush/Glen are trying to show “reverse racism” whenever and wherever possible to try and prove that its not harder for a white man/person in this country since we now have a black President GTFOH with that BS *father forgive me*

  • Daisy

    *not = now

  • Redeemed777

    @Sandra

    Obama can’t do nothing for black people even if he wanted too because as we all know he aint running nothing.

    The Queen and her royal family, Bushes, Rothchilds, Bilderberg, Rockerfellers, etc they run the show.

  • http://www.soulfulbeauty.com soulfulbeauty

    scorpio says:

    She was most definetly set up because the tea party and its leaders need us to see a black person as racist with all that has been on them in the news.

    timing is not a coincidence.

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    Funny thing is, any sensible person is gonna see it for what it really is; a set up (may not understand it, but definitely will know something is wrong).

    All the rest will push to make it more than what it is, which is what they’ve been trying so hard to do with just about everything they can find any sort of fault with (i.e. Black Panthers).

    The sad part is, there are a lot of gullible people out there that are easily made to believe just about anything.

  • Cariblife

    GTFOH with this mess. 24 years?? I can’t believe this would come up. I agree with Scorpio & Soul, something jus don’t smell right.

    Half of those damn yt people that are sitting on the heads of some committee or company or whatnot were still riding with the KKK up until the 70s and they want to kick her out for this?? I would have gotten a good lawyer and sued every damn body, the farmer, his wife, his goat, hell I would have sued the sheep. This is a snowjob and she needs to get Al Sharpton or somebody involved cause this mess ain’t right. :nono:

  • http://dahoneyhive.blogspot.com ryand91

    Okay the video isn’t from 24 years ago, the video is from a few months ago. However, the incident that she is talking about in the clip occurred 24 years ago.

  • gypsyeyes

    this is so off off topic but @therapist you look so scrumptuous in that gravi.WOW!!!

  • scorpio

    That video is from 24 years ago. Look at her on CNN, then look at the video, she was much younger in the video. Why would she lie about that? What would she have to gain? The farmer and his wife have come forward to confirm her telling of what happened. Why would some random farmer be talking in the news if this happened recently?

  • http://dahoneyhive.blogspot.com ryand91

    @ Scorpio, this clip is from March 27th at an NCAAP Freedom Fund banquet. However, what she is talking about is an event that happened 24 years ago.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20011026-503544.html

  • http://www.soulfulbeauty.com soulfulbeauty

    ryand91 says:

    Okay the video isn’t from 24 years ago, the video is from a few months ago. However, the incident that she is talking about in the clip occurred 24 years ago.

    ———————————————

    After going back over the article and video from the Washington Post it does state that she was speaking at a March 27 meeting. And yes, she was telling a story that occurred 24 years ago “1986.” If you really listen to her delivery with the speech, you can tell she hadn’t gotten to her point yet before it was cut off.

    Where the farmer and his wife came from so quickly in her defense is beyond me lolol… smh Oh yeah, they became friends?

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1335451522 therapist1911

    @gyps…thx lol@scrumptious

  • http://dahoneyhive.blogspot.com ryand91

    @soulofbeauty, I think some people are changing the facts around to suit their specific purpose, but the video has clearly been edited by Faux News. Either way at the end of the day, this woman is out of a job.

  • gypsyeyes

    I see that you and your educated self corrected my spelling. I spelled it like I was saying it when I saw the picture.
    Thanks but normally I’m the spell checker.Still teaching even on break.lol

  • http://www.soulfulbeauty.com soulfulbeauty

    FYI: NAACP admits being “snookered” and calls for Sherrods job back. The full statement can be found on the NAACP’s website.

  • Daisy

    @soul thanks I will wait on my email from Ben Jealous somehow I am on their list

    @Anna if you are lurking, are you watching teen mom tonight :popcorn:

  • Daisy

    Did anybody else see or hear that her father was killed by the KKK?

  • http://myspace.com/dannyblaq dblaq

    What about the Fox News the Republican Propoganda Machine, that continues to put out lies, misinformation and deception. They are responsible for putting this out edited and misconstrued.

    But yes the WH should had some balls and stood behind her or at least investigate it first before making any decision. I guess Fox was able to shut down ACORN with their antics and right wingers eat that sh!t up. You can’t bow down to this or you will lose everytime

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1335451522 therapist1911

    @gyp…i wasn’t correcting your spelling lol i’m not the best speller so i guess i lucked up

  • pointhimout

    racists. dont they usually how power over something or someone? maybe i’m off. african americans, blacks, negros dont have power. we say something and it means nothing, even to mexicans now. we’re less respected than any other race of people.

    hell, they did her a favor by asking her to resign. now the bigger question should be will the NAACP hire her to work for them, since it was their stage she boasted and bragged about what she did. her fault. We must learn, as hard as it is to do most times, to not say nothing if it wont be nice. In her position, I assumed she would’ve known better.

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    This situation is beyond sad. This woman statement was completely taken out of context.

    I wonder if President Obama will invite her to the White House for a beer or some tea. I sure hope she has an Ivy League Degree otherwise she definitely will not be invited.

  • free

    the USDA says the white house was not involved. sherrod also gave the lady’s name she spoke to (cheryl cook) and that lady is from USDA, not the white house.

    not only did the USDA secretary make a judment from the video snippet, the NAACP, roland martin and every other person did too. if you listen, what she said was inflammatory but she felt comfortable amongst her peers (like we always do). this is a classic case of WHEN KEEPING IT REAL GOES WRONG. if white people had been in the audience, she wouldn’t have made that speech.

    if she was a white person saying this, we’d be all up in arms and wouldn’t care to hear the rest of the video or the context. lots of white people have been fired because of a few words or sentences out of context and we have no problem with that.

    in her position, with the sensitivity of black farmers not getting their fair share because of racism, she should have known better. i don’t feel sorry for her.

  • free

    soulfulbeauty says: Where the farmer and his wife came from so quickly in her defense is beyond me lolol… smh Oh yeah, they became friends?

    *************************************************************

    i got kinda scared when he started doing his interview because i thought for sure some ish was gonna slip out of his mouth, lol.

    but on another note, i think the point of all this was that, at one time, she had the power to make or break a farmer and she ADMITTED (not under any coercision or through any type of trickery for all you conspiracists) that she made a decision based on race and attitude. whether she ultimately had a change of heart or not doesn’t matter. if that first lawyer he went to had took his case, she probably wouldn’t have gone any further.

    i mean, look how yall tore up mel gibson. whoopi basically said that she has spent a lot of time with this man and he is not a racist but a lot of people tore his *ss up because of a few PRIVATE conversations. this woman is talking this mess in PUBLIC and thinks there shouldn’t be any fallout.

  • Daisy

    I am waiting on Roland Martin (whom I love) to really apologize cause he was co signing the NACCP yesterday on twitter but brushed passed jumping to conclusions today on TJMS. The NAACP gets a :clap: for saying my bad we were wrong.

  • Daisy

    I don’t think this is the same situation as Mel :shrug: Whoopi (whom I like) reason for Mel not being a racist was BS IMO. I dont know if the man is or isnt but just because he is nice and came over to her house doesnt stop him from being a racist which was her rationale (again not saying he is or isnt). To me that sounded the same as somebody saying I have black friends so im not racist.

  • Mamacita

    “…african americans, blacks, negros dont have power.”

    See it’s this type of stupidity and ignorant thinking that leaves African Americans and black people as a whole “inferior” to other races. If we, OURSELVES, believe that we “have no power” then guess what…WE WON’T! Once we stop making statements like this we can move forward. Many black people have power whether it’s used for good or bad. This mess just pissed me off. :wtf:

    if she was a white person saying this, we’d be all up in arms and wouldn’t care to hear the rest of the video or the context. lots of white people have been fired because of a few words or sentences out of context and we have no problem with that.

    in her position, with the sensitivity of black farmers not getting their fair share because of racism, she should have known better. i don’t feel sorry for her.

    :cosigh: :cosign:

    Yes, I do feel sorry for her but let’s be real, if a white person had done this the SAME amount of judgment and scrutiny would be placed on this person. I don’t know why blacks are dissmissed and backed when saying things like this but when white people say it we wanna have a march down the streets of Washington. People kill me with that. I hear Black people make statements all the time like “I hate YT people” but let a YT person say they hate black people Black people and they want to start a riot. So hypocritical smh…

  • Daisy

    The farmer is on her side and said she went above and beyond. Like I said we have Senators who were former KKK mbrs and nothing ever happened to them. So no we arent always up in arms when we need to be. I still dont see what she said that was racist :shrug:

    @mama :eek:

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1335451522 therapist1911

    Totally cosigning w/ Free & Mamacita

  • SuthernBelle4

    @Mamacita when I meant we had no power it wasn’t coming from a standpoint of inferiority complex. Instead I was talking about the social constructs of this nation and how it places white privilege on a pedestal which in turn gives them many powers that we are not afforded. I apologize if you took my statement like that.

  • Mamacita

    @Daisy Basically what I got out the video is that INITIALLY she felt like he was trying to be “superior” to her but his fate rested in her hands. So she did “just enough” so that she did her job BUT she didn’t fully help him to the extent of her power. She stressed the fact about him being YT so obviously that had some influence on her decision as well.

  • Mamacita

    @SuthernBelle4 I was referencing comment #39…I understood what you were saying but what @point said was what had me smh.

  • SuthernBelle4

    @mamacita no problem, I hate that this is happening, but I hope that because of this people will have a starting point for a discussing- race relations

  • free

    what i hate MOST about this is the pressure it puts on the prez. we are in a historic state and EVERYTHING that happens with this president and his minions will be broken down like a molecule and criticized. why do we continue to put ourselves and our president in this stupid azzz position with our carelessness? bringing up race everytime we can. our prez has enough to deal with.

    this is suddenly about the prez and not about the woman that spoke the words or the boss whom she put in a bad position. now they will want the president to step in an reinstate her and YT will have a field day in the future with their subtle racist remarks, in a broader context of course, and we can’t protest because they will bring up this broad and how we gave her a pass under pressure.

    i see in church where people in important positions think they can say whatever they want because they are around their people and they’ve so called “earned the right”. i also see it with my local politicians who are a goddamn EMBARASSMENT to my county. leave YT out your mouth. this administration is supposed to be about cohesiveness, not divisiveness.

    suthernbelle, if you’re from the south you know doggone well the issue of race ain’t going nowhere, ever. maybe it will be diluted with each generation but it will still take many, many generations (probably until the rapture) for it to be gone. hell, i still don’t like going through some parts of the south.

    ok i just had to vent.

  • Anna

    Daisy says:

    The farmer is on her side and said she went above and beyond. Like I said we have Senators who were former KKK mbrs and nothing ever happened to them. So no we arent always up in arms when we need to be. I still dont see what she said that was racist
    ~~~~~~~
    That’s just it, everyone is looking for a racist comment and there is not one. She stated her own fact and ppl want to read between a line that is not there.

  • pointhimout

    #45, it’s no longer a debate once name calling starts. barack obama, a black man, has the highest amount of authority and is still challenged. so again, i say, what power does a negro, black person, african american has? dont come quoting how much money we spend on products, how many businesses we open. what power does black, negroes, african americans have? it has nothing to do with feeling inferior or believing ur inferior.

    after your comment, lets join hands and sing we shall overcome. isn’t that usually how it ends up for the “powerful blacks, negros, african americans?”

  • SuthernBelle4

    @free I completely agree with you, but I never said racism would end. I was just being “hopeful” this could lead to a conversation, but I know racism not only exists in the South but everywhere. I hate that people always condemn the South as being racist when you can go to anywhere in the country and deal with racism. I feel like the only reason people are so acute to point the finger to the South is people are a lot more overt with their racism, where as other parts of the country people are covert as hell. I am in grad school in the Midwest and if these aren’t some of the most bigoted people that I have ever met in my life I don’t know who is. The only difference between them and the south is that while people in the south wear their racism in the open these mofos have figured out a way to hide it and shield it as something else.

  • Mamacita

    @Point Name calling? When did I do that? Reading is fundamental… :coffee:

    And as I stated earlier, thinking like yours is the reason black people are being held back. If you think speak and write that black people have no power then you are dooming your own fate. I know several black people in positions of power so I REFUSE TO AGREE WITH YOUR CLOSED MINDED THINKING AND DEGRADING ATTITUDE TOWARDS BLACKS AS A WHOLE. My boss is the Chief of the design branch at the Army Corps of Engineers so he has LOTS of power…just ONE example of of a black person with power…there are plenty other examples but I don’t have time to put them all in ONE post.

  • pointhimout

    and the conversation ends here. you can’t give me a viable example of negros, blacks, african americans with power. your chief of the design branch isn’t an example of AN ENTIRE PEOPLE WITH POWER, genius.

    let me guess; you earned your college degree and thought u were doing it and the struggle was over? gtfoh.

    so until you can tell us all what power negros, blacks, african americans have, there really is no point in u responding, seriously. i’m asking for examples we as a people have power, not one person with a healthy pay check. gates thought he was powerful and somebody too….til that unforgetful night. the morning after, he was just another loud mouth nigga crying a river.

    but again, i’ll wait for your example of WE THE PEOPLE with power.

  • Mamacita

    :lol: Ignorance is bliss…saying black people have no power is ignorance in it’s truest form.

    “let me guess; you earned your college degree and thought u were doing it and the struggle was over? gtfoh.”

    Yes I have earned my degree and I don’t “think I’m doing it”, I AM DOING IT! So miss me with your negativity because it’s digusting. I work hard so i won’t become a statistic and the sterotype “they” want us to live up to.

  • free

    pointhimout says: and the conversation ends here. you can’t give me a viable example of negros, blacks, african americans with power. your chief of the design branch isn’t an example of AN ENTIRE PEOPLE WITH POWER, genius.

    ***********************************************************

    there is a disconnect here. it’s not that we don’t have power but we don’t EXERCISE IT. first gays, and now latinos, are gearing up to exercise their power in terms of voting and putting folks in political office. even illegals are starting to rally and god forbid if they all just stopped working one day. no oranges, no service workers, etc.

    black people have ceased to exercise power like we used to. the power of being educated and passing the polls test to vote; the power of leadership; the power of patience to boycott and hold sit-ins; etc. we also have more financial power than we think but we choose to spend our money on liquor and clothes instead of education and assets. we DO have power but we don’t use it to affect change because we are too lazy and have to be convince that we have something to fight for.

    we accept everything and shake our heads and say, that’s the way it is. we get used to it rather than fight against it. white folks, gays, and now latinos are ALWAYS on the news talking about they want this and that and they go all out to GET IT by any means necessary.

  • pointhimout

    free, i can respect that. different opinions, but i can respect that. i mean, there was so much hot air brewing, asked to back it up with intelligent dialogue, suddenly i’m the clown who’s negative.

    thx for your input free.

  • Mamacita

    pointhimout says:

    free, i can respect that. different opinions, but i can respect that. i mean, there was so much hot air brewing, asked to back it up with intelligent dialogue, suddenly i’m the clown who’s negative.

    thx for your input free.

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    I’m just pointing out the fact that you thinking black people have no power is EXACTLY what they want you to believe eventhough it’s not true. And I never clled you a clown, you called yourself that.

    #StopPuttingWordsInMyMouth

  • http://myspace.com/dannyblaq dblaq

    maybe we should point our focus on the REAL goons and crooks, that put her on blast Fox News and company along with their republican party!

    So from taking the statements they are the racists because they had the power to put it out there like that and make it happen to feed their agenda.

    It was wrong that they jumped to conclusions BUT if it wasn’t for the good people at Fox, it would have never happened to the woman period.

    Let’s attack the source