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    Re: USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give 'Full Force' of Help to White Farmer resigns

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    I think this is a problem all around these days. The media has forgotten its role to challenge societal institutions, and instead relies upon currying favor with organizations and governmental figures in order to maintain access to sources.

    The Rolling Stone article about McCrystal was a good example of how the media now works...I suspect that McCrystal fully believed that the Rolling Stone writer would cover for him because he was given access to the halls of power. That's the brave new world we now live in.
    When was the last time we had people that could honestly wear the label "journalist"? I used to read the RS all the time...and if they would just let go of the bias and attack EVERYTHING with the same zeal they do conservatives, I think they would be that...and honestly...I think if they were that fearless their market would expand.

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    Re: USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give 'Full Force' of Help to White Farmer resigns

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    I agree. Recognizing that we are all a little bit racist is a crucial ingredient to sorting out our racial issues in this country.

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    Re: USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give 'Full Force' of Help to White Farmer resigns

    Now with all the knee-jerking out of the way, a little more information...

    Sherrod spoke to CNN on Tuesday, explaining that she told the story of her actions — which, she said, occurred 24 years ago when she was working for a nonprofit, not the USDA — to illustrate how she has since realized that everything is not about race but "about those who have versus those who do not have." She says she later became friends with the farmer and his wife.


    USDA official resigns amid race controversy - Yahoo! News
    “We just simply don’t know how to govern” - Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) a member of the House Budget Committee

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    Re: USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give 'Full Force' of Help to White Farmer resigns

    Quote Originally Posted by Moon View Post
    Four months after the NAACP event at which she made her comments. If they were so outraged at her blatant racism, why did the NAACP wait until the video became public to do anything?
    I dont think HER comments were racist. I do agree that the indictment comes from the people watching...not knowing where it was going...and when she was describing what she had done they were in the background laughing, clapping, and "thats right!"..."uh huh!" The audience is far more guilty of racism than a woman that put herself forward as a learning opportunity for all of us.

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    Re: USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give 'Full Force' of Help to White Farmer resigns

    This is just another racist BS story from the Right Wing. Sad.

    Breitbart's Sherrod/NAACP story disintegrates

    Yesterday, Andrew Breitbart released heavily-edited video of a speech that Shirley Sherrod, then-USDA Georgia Director of Rural Development gave at the NAACP Freedom Fund dinner in Georgia this year. Breitbart writes that in the video, "this federally appointed executive bureaucrat lays out in stark detail, that her federal duties are managed through the prism of race and class distinctions."

    But Breitbart's suggestion that Sherrod was describing actions that she recently took as an Obama administration official is clearly false.

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    Re: USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give 'Full Force' of Help to White Farmer resigns

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    This is just another racist BS story from the Right Wing. Sad.

    Breitbart's Sherrod/NAACP story disintegrates
    Well then - by all means - show us the *full* version so then, in her speech context, she can reprieve herself.
    If she continued with her story and got past her racism then I might change my mind - but taking her word on it, or Breitbart's word for it - won't happen.

    The video of now-former USDA official Shirley Sherrod released by Andrew Breitbart's Big Government discussing work she did with the Federation of Southern Cooperative/Land Assistance Fund was an excerpt from a longer speech. According to Sherrod, the video doesn't show the full context of her remarks and leaves a false impression.

    Conservative bloggers have raised questions about the abrupt end of Breitbart's tape, and wondered what the rest of the tape shows. The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Jay Bookman also raises questions about the full tape:

    We've seen this before. When the Attorney General of California finally got ahold of the unedited version of the Breitbart-promoted Giles/O'Keefe videos attacking ACORN, he called them a "highly selective editing of reality."

    Based on Breitbart's terrible track record with the truth, until he releases the full, unedited video the version of the story that he's promoting lacks credibility.
    If the full length video out there will show the full picture then by all means, I'd love to watch it. But since a certain someone doesn't want to release it - I have no choice but to draw a conclusion based on what we do see, here.

    Now - do I feel that maybe she was heading in a different direction with her story? Possibly - the last lines in her speech before the video is snipped points in that direction. But does that mean she's not possibly a racist? No. Does that mean that she didn't bring foul to this man and others based on race throughout her life - no.

    I don't believe people can just change their selves that easily and get over their racism and such issues - it just doesn't happen that quickly. It would be nice if it did. We could all stage racist-interventions worldwide, put them in rehab and send them through therapy.

    But in my book - unless I see astounding proof otherwise - I believe that once a racist always a racist.
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    Re: USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give 'Full Force' of Help to White Farmer resigns

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Well then - by all means - show us the *full* version so then, in her speech context, she can reprieve herself.
    If she continued with her story and got past her racism then I might change my mind - but taking her word on it, or Breitbart's word for it - won't happen.

    If the full length video out there will show the full picture then by all means, I'd love to watch it. But since a certain someone doesn't want to release it - I have no choice but to draw a conclusion based on what we do see, here.

    Now - do I feel that maybe she was heading in a different direction with her story? Possibly - the last lines in her speech before the video is snipped points in that direction. But does that mean she's not possibly a racist? No. Does that mean that she didn't bring foul to this man and others based on race throughout her life - no.

    I don't believe people can just change their selves that easily and get over their racism and such issues - it just doesn't happen that quickly. It would be nice if it did. We could all stage racist-interventions worldwide, put them in rehab and send them through therapy.

    But in my book - unless I see astounding proof otherwise - I believe that once a racist always a racist.
    Auntie...watch the video in the OP...she does just that...she calls herself into accounting. and as i understand it the actual act occured two decades ago.

    There are LOTS of racists...I just dont think she is one. I hope if I ever see in me what she saw in herself I will have the integrity to change.

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    Re: USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give 'Full Force' of Help to White Farmer resigns

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    This is just another racist BS story from the Right Wing. Sad.

    Breitbart's Sherrod/NAACP story disintegrates
    Of course it is.... Her saying she had discriminated against a white farmer was nothing but an illusion, just as the ACORN workers never turned a blind eye to child prostitution.

    Apologists like you would be entertaining, if your views weren't so sad, dishonest and pathetic.

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    Re: USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give 'Full Force' of Help to White Farmer resigns

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Auntie...watch the video in the OP...she does just that...she calls herself into accounting. and as i understand it the actual act occured two decades ago.

    There are LOTS of racists...I just dont think she is one. I hope if I ever see in me what she saw in herself I will have the integrity to change.
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    I didn't give him the full force of what I could do. I did enough so that when he - I assumed the Dept. of Agriculture sent him to me, either that or the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture - and he needed to go back and report that I did try to help him. So I took him to a white lawyer that had attended some of the training that we provided; because chapter 12 bankruptcy had just been enacted for the family farm. So I figured that if I'd take him to one of them that his own kind would take care of him.

    That's when it was revealed to me that it's about the poor VS those who have. And not so much about white - it is about white and black - but it's not. You know, it opened my eyes. Because I took him to one of his own. . . . "
    This is all we have - the last 1/2 of the released video.

    She states that "it is about black and white . . . but it's not" and then states "it opened my eyes" . . . and obviously continues beyond the video itself but continues onto what?

    Does she really continue on to reprieve herself?
    I don't know.
    We don't know.

    Does that mean she feels *racist* now - maybe - we don't know.
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    Re: USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give 'Full Force' of Help to White Farmer resigns

    Quote Originally Posted by Grim17 View Post
    Of course it is.... Her saying she had discriminated against a white farmer was nothing but an illusion, just as the ACORN workers never turned a blind eye to child prostitution.

    Apologists like you would be entertaining, if your views weren't so sad, dishonest and pathetic.
    You're not gonna have a leg to stand on if it turns out the video was unfairly cut Grim.

    In a CNN interview today, the wife of the farmer called Sherrod a "friend" and praised her for having "helped us save our farm."

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