In an interview with CNN shortly after the White House forced her to resign on Monday (July 19), former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod said that a White House liason with the USDA demanded her resignation "because you're going to be on Glenn Beck tonight."
It seems that the White House was more concerned with what Fox News' Glenn Beck would say about a snippet of video that had been edited by a right wing conservative blogger to portray Sherrod as a biased racist.
But as this clip shows, Beck (who had not yet seen the full Sherrod video) came out in support of Sherrod on his show. Beck supported the USDA's former director of rural development in Georgia, even though he did not know that Sherrod did not discriminate against a white farmer.
"I'm puzzled by this," said Beck, "I believe that someone is innocent until proven guilty." Beck went on to accuse the Obama administration and the NAACP of "harassing" Sherrod into resigning - "before I even made it onto the air last night, and I didn't even run the video."
As you watch this video clip from Tuesday's Glenn Beck show, note that Beck made his comments before the NAACP released the full video.
Beck also noted that the NAACP and the Obama administration condemned Mrs. Sherrod before they had even heard her side of the story.
"Hold on just a second... the NAACP didn't even talk to her?" asks Beck incredulously. "The Obama administration does have a history of acting without all the facts," said Beck.
Yesterday the NAACP posted the full video of former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod's statements at a NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet on March 27, 2010.
The NAACP said in a statement Tuesday that it was "snookered by Fox News" and conservative website publisher Andrew Breitbart, who edited the video to portray Sherrod in the worst possible light. The NAACP had previously criticized Sherrod's statements as "shameful."
Yesterday, the blog aggregate Global Grind floated a petition on the microblogging website Twitter.com asking users to help send a message to Obama and the White House to reinstate Sherrod.
In the video, Sherrod recounted working with a white farmer to help him save his rural Georgia farm in 1986.
Sherrod described how racism influenced her decisions. In describing candidly (and honestly) how racism affected her personally, Sherrod explained how she reacted to the farmer's strong sense of pride by withholding the full resources available to the farmer.
On Tuesday, Sherrod told CNN that her remarks were taken out of context and that the 1986 incident, which occurred before she started work for the USDA, helped her learn to move beyond race. She said she only tells the story to audiences to make that point.
Sherrod told CNN that immediately after Fox News aired the edited version of the March 27 video on Tuesday, she was "harassed" by the White House and forced to resign. The last call "asked me to pull to the side of the road and [resign]," she said.
This case is typical of the way U.S. president Barack Obama treats black people whom he considers inconsequential and disposable if they are not radical activists or Muslims.
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."
You have to admit that the life of a stripper is an exciting one compared to yours. There's nothing wrong with being a wife and mother to your children. But there's something to be said about living that carefree lifestyle where your bills are paid by the husbands and boyfriends of other women.
Anyway, the last time we heard from Dallas' Premier exotic dancer and blogger, Zeralyn, she was peeved at NBA star Shawn Marion and rapper Slim Thug for being tightwads and not makin' it rain down on her in the club.
Since then, Zeralyn has starred in a music video by some cat named Durrough (I hope I spelled that right). And she hit the big time by landing her own radio segment called "Stripper Chronicles" on Dallas' K104 FM!
Slim Thugga has since apologized for his fiduciary inaction and he promises to do better this coming weekend:
Well, now Zeralyn is back with a new blog post and she has a story to tell:
So an insider *me* went to Kenyon Martins pool party this weekend and I must say it was the most yawn worthy pool (NOTE! THIS MANS HOUSE IS UH FOOL!) party I have ever been to and LAWD knows I have been to some boring shit… Well I can say that he clearly is over TRINA due to the fact that big ass pair of red lips is covered all the way up ..I couldn’t see what he chose to cover it with because I wasn’t bout to be all up on his neck like that. But y'all get the drift… I’m not sure why in the hell he had passwords to get up in that hoe considering when I arrived it was some of the homeliest chicks Dallas had to offer in attendance.
Although the cute females that were there all reminded me of Trina.. Ummm ok…But, moving along I was side tracked when I got a drunk story from a former stripper turned athlete wife who gave me a long drawn out story about her husband, some New York Jet player, that had a baby outside of their marriage… Read More...
The University of Georgia's athletic director Damon Evans has tendered his resignation after reaching a separation settlement with the university.
According to the police report obtained by the AJC, Evans, 40, was "smiling and laughing" when his BMW 750i was pulled over on Roswell Rd. in Buckhead late Wednesday night.
Evans refused to take a breathalyzer test and he was transported to Fulton county jail where he spent the night. Evans obviously thought Bulldog nation extended to Buckhead from Athens where his name carries a little more weight:
"I am not trying to bribe you but I'm the athletic director of the University of Georgia," he said. Later, he made another attempt, saying: "I don't want you to use who I am but I would just ask that you take me to a motel." [link]
When the cop asked Evans why he had a pair of red panties between his legs, he responded, "She took them off and I held them because I was just trying to get her home."
Last week I posted photos from the star-studded birthday party of a NY socialite named "Dawnie B." In my post I asked the question: I wonder who she is? The answer came from a loyal reader in the form of a wedding notice posted in the NY Times newspaper. Excerpts from that notice are posted below:
Dawn Camille Baxter and Derrin Arthur Woodhouse were married Saturday evening at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Englewood, N.J. The Rev. Robert L. Shearer, the priest-in-charge of the church, performed the ceremony, with the Rev. Charles L. Fischer III, another Episcopal priest, participating.
The bride, 34, will continue to use her name professionally. She works in New York as a manager in the entertainment marketing department of Nike of Portland, Ore. She handles the company’s collaborations with performers and books acts for Nike advertisements and events. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
The bridegroom, 37, works in Manhattan as the director of consumer marketing at Vevo, an online music site owned by the Universal Music Group. He helps produce special events for the site’s advertisers.
The couple were introduced by a mutual friend who had invited them to a Jets preseason game at the Meadowlands in the spring of 2002. The friend asked Ms. Baxter to give Mr. Woodhouse a lift to and from the game because they both lived in Harlem.
The two quickly rubbed each other the wrong way. Read More...
Rapper Slim Thug stirred up a hornet's nest recently when he voiced his opinion on black women in a VIBE magazine piece. Slim wrote:
"Black women have to bow down and let it be known that they gotta start working hard; they gotta start cooking and being down for they man more. They can’t just be running around with their head up in the air and passing all of us."
Slim Thug is typical of negroes who blame black women for our own problems but never lends a hand to help us up.
As exotic dancer-turned-blogger Zeralyn pointed out on her blog, Slim's unwillingness to support black women is legendary when he visits popular Gentlemen's clubs such as ONYX in Dallas, Texas where she works.
I'm especially tired of MILLIONAIRES coming into adult establishments, sitting around with their groupies (these are men and women alike), looking at us dancers like trash and not tipping, getting a dance or anything… I can name a few other celebs like rapper Slim Thug who is infamous in the strip club community for not tipping girls.. Read more...
Ig'nant dudes like Slim Thug don't realize that stripping is an occupation -- not a sport for his amusement. Strippers have bills to pay. If you've ever been in a strip club environment, you know that few women work harder for a living than they do.
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and Fox contributor Dick Morris both seem to think Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is just biding her time until she can run against Barack Obama for president in 2012.
On 60 Minutes earlier this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented that the American economy is making it more difficult for her to do her job because other nations are telling her that “we always look to you because you have this great economy, and now you’re in the ditch.” Bill O’Reilly saw “a little jab” at the President in those comments, blaming the White House for her job troubles, but guest Dick Morris took that premise a bit further, suggesting the remarks, coupled with her silence on health care reform, were a deliberate attempt to undermine the President building up to 2012.“I think there is a subtle distancing going on, and it began over health care,” Morris noted, pointing out that Clinton was not vocal about supporting health care reform. Read More...
She sure wasn't. We heard nary a peep from Hillary when it came time to support Obama's health care reform initiative. She pretty much stayed out of it.
Will Hillary make a run for president in 2012 and thereby oust her boss from the White House? You bet 'cha!
You just know Hillary is sitting back collecting all types of intel to use against Obama in 2012!
A Houston teacher has been fired from her position at a school for special education students after she was caught on video viciously beating a 13-year-old student.
Sherri Davis, 40, was terminated after school officials viewed the cell phone video of the assault which took place at Jamie's House Charter School in Houston.
The boy, who has a history of disciplinary problems, had allegedly punched a female student in the class. Other teachers stood by and watched while Davis dished out punishment to the teenager by slapping, punching, kicking and slamming his head against a wall.
But there's a fine line between discipline and an all out assault, and this teacher should have known better.
So yesterday I met up with an old friend who brought along her Louis Vuitton messenger bag to our lunch date. Inside the bag was her brand new iPad.
She happily told me she wasn't following the crowd because she had resisted the initial onslaught of overhyped iPad ads for at least a month before she finally gave in after reading on my blog that her favorite singer Monica had an iPad. She said she loves it.
Me, on the other hand, I still have no use for an iPad. I already have a MacBook Pro (which I'm typing this post on) and a HTC smart phone, which I hate, but it serves my purposes when I want to browse the Internet while out & about.
I simply can't see myself dragging that monster iPad out of a bag just to check the sports scores -- unless I just want the people around me to see that I have an iPad -- and I am not that vain.
US president Barack Obama probably feels the same way. He doesn't own an iPad either.
Obama told the graduating class of Hampton University today (April 9) that the iPad is just another useless invention that will only lead them to distraction as they try to find work in a dismal job market.
Last week Apple CEO Steve Jobs bragged that his iPad sold over 1 million units. With over 300 million people in the US, I am not impressed.
Besides, that figure doesn't include all the replacement iPads exchanged by clumsy owners who dropped and broke their first units.
For decades, full time workers have depended on health insurance provided by their employers to cover their family's health care needs.
Then along came Barack Obama and the Democrats who decided that changing history was more important than simply shoring up the financially strapped Medicare and Medicaid system, and changing the rules to allow more Americans to apply.
Now that the health care bill has passed, 4 major corporations (AT&T, Verizon, Caterpillar and Deere) plan to drop health coverage altogether for their employees -- and pay a penalty to the government instead.
This action will instantly terminate insurance coverage for millions of Americans who will be forced to negotiate with ruthless insurance companies on their own.
Internal documents recently reviewed by Fortune, originally requested by Congress, show what the bill’s critics predicted, and what its champions dreaded: many large companies are examining a course that was heretofore unthinkable, dumping the health care coverage they provide to their workers in exchange for paying penalty fees to the government. [link]
Calm down, my post title is just a rhetorical question.
Since yesterday, my Inbox has been bombarded by emails from irate readers demanding that I take down a picture that every blog and tabloid newspaper has associated with the infamous Vera Baker -- Barack Obama's alleged mistress.
Interestingly, I have not heard a peep from Irene Schwoeffermann herself.
Irene S. is the woman misidentified by many as Vera Baker, the alleged mistress at the center of a cheating scandal that threatens to derail Barack Obama's presidency.
A few readers accused me of "interrupting" Irene's life by posting her picture, which is hardly likely since Irene S. is already a public figure, and surely she knows by now that her picture is everywhere.
It remains a mystery why Irene S. hasn't reached out to the many blogs and tabloids that has posted her picture over the past two years. Maybe she likes all the attention?
At any rate, loyal reader John H. did a lot of digging last night and he came up with a trove of information on Ms. Irene -- who shares a few coincidental similarities with the elusive Ms. Baker. In fact, their backgrounds are so similar that at one point we both thought she might even be Ms. Baker... Lol.
The similarities in their backgrounds include: both attended Howard University, and both worked for the Black Caucus (see picture of Irene S. above). which might explain how she got mixed up for Baker in the first place.
We still don't have a clear photo of Baker since all of her pictures have been scrubbed from the Internet, and she's been exiled to the Caribbean island of Martinique where she remains in hiding -- at least until Obama is voted out of office in 2012.
In light of allegations of a cheating scandal involving Barack Obama and his former campaign aide, surprisingly there are no photos available of the two of them together.
According to a loyal reader, the photo that most media outlets have been running with is not Vera Baker. Loyal reader Kandyce B. says the woman in the picture is her sorority sister named "Irene S" (I'm waiting for Kandyce to respond to my request for a picture of Irene to compare).
Though the national media has known about Vera Baker for years, they have kept the details of her alleged fling with Obama hush hush. The cheating scandal resurfaced due to new evidence in the form of hotel surveillance video, according to the National Enquirer:
"On-site hotel surveillance video camera footage could provide indisputable evidence. Investigators are working to obtain the tape. If the tape surfaces, it will explode the scandal."
For a woman who raised millions for Senator Obama during his successful 2004 campaign, there are no photos available anywhere of the two of them together at fundraising events. That's odd.
Even Baker's company website, CapeCaribbean.com, has been taken offline. Isn't she still doing business? Or are the rumors true that she was exiled to the Caribbean isle to hide out with enough cash to keep her quiet for years?
But many in Washington's close knit political circles -- including Hillary Clinton -- have known about the affair for years!
According to online reports, the Hillary Clinton campaign dug up background information on Barack Obama's mistress, Vera Baker, in 2008, but decided not to run with the scandal -- probably because Hillary knew she would lose the campaign and might need a favor from Obama later on.
This would explain why Obama installed his arch nemesis Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, and why he gave Hillary's husband, former president Bill Clinton, a cushy job in his cabinet as well.
But too many people in Washington know about Obama's affair with Vera Baker, who became the largest fundraiser for the Congressional Black Caucus.
Does Baker's split from the Black Caucus explain why Obama is giving the organization the cold shoulder lately? Could Obama be shutting them out because some members within the Caucus are spilling the teas about what they know?
Or did this story grow legs as a result of the recent departure of a certain social secretary who returned to the White House as the invited guest of HuffPo's Arianna Huffington because she couldn't swing an invite for herself?
ABC Nightline asks the question 'why can't successful black women find a man?' I changed the title to 'husband' because most successful black women don't have trouble finding a man. There are plenty of black men in our community who don't mind being kept lavishly while spending her money. I can think of a handful of them right off the top of my head.
The problem is that these successful women can't land a husband because doing so takes a lot more work and effort than they are willing to put out. That's because most successful black women believe they are above black men. It's sad but true. Society has devalued black men to the point where our women don't even respect them any more.
Haven't you wondered why there is such a proliferation of lesbians in our community within the past two decades?
Last week, ABC gathered together the cream of the crop within the black Entertainment industry to try and tackle the troubling question from the inside.