[Guest post by DRJ]
Updates on the Shirley Sherrod story:
The Washington Examiner explains why we shouldn’t be so quick to forget about Shirley Sherrod.
NAACP and Glen Beck agree: People rushed to judgment on Sherrod.
The [EDIT: or maybe A] white farmer and his wife strongly defend Ms. Sherrod.
How did the white farmer know Sherrod’s anecdote was about him? Maybe he wasn’t the one … but if he is, did he recall “acting superior” or was he the only white farmer she helped?
UPDATE: My thanks to Dustin who provided a link to the NAACP website that posted the full Shirley Sherrod speech. As Dustin notes, this section at 21 minutes is most relevant and evidences Sherrod’s racial reconciliation theme:
“Working with him made me see that it’s really about those who have versus those who don’t. You know, they could be white, they could be black, they could be Hispanic … and it made me realize then that I needed to work to help poor people, those who don’t have access the way others have.”
She also discussed the history of slavery that impacted poor whites and poor blacks, which she said led to racism created by elites to divide the poor.
UPDATE 3 — The AP reports President Obama agrees with the decision to oust Sherrod:
“A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said President Barack Obama was briefed on the matter after Sherrod’s resignation and stands by the Agriculture Department’s handling of it.”