Shirley Sherrod May Prefer The Life Left Unexamined
Somewhere, Andrew Breitbart must be smiling about this article at Counterpunch, The Other Side of Shirley Sherrod, which exposes Shirley Sherrod in rather bleak terms as to her treatment of black farmers and their families:
The swirling controversy over the racist dismissal of Shirley Sherrod from her USDA post has obscured her profoundly oppositional behavior toward black agricultural workers in the 1970s. What most of Mrs. Sherrod’s supporters are not aware of is the elitist and anti-black-labor role that she and fellow managers of New Communities Inc. (NCI) played. These individuals under-paid, mistreated and fired black laborers–many of them less than 16 years of age–in the same fields of southwest Georgia where their ancestors suffered under chattel slavery.
When I first noticed the story of her firing and the association of Shirley Sherrod’s name with the rural black poor and concern for “black land-loss”, I wondered if the person being praised was the same Shirley Sherrod whom I knew. One piece posted on the July 23rd Alternet and captioned “Shirley Sherrod and the black Land Struggle” even claimed that she “devoted her entire life to economic justice”. The mistreatment of black workers at NCI under the Sherrods is a matter of record that contradicts this claim.
The other day, in assessing Sherrod’s claims against Breitbart for releasing the original clip of her comments to the NAACP, I noted that any lawsuit by Sherrod against Breitbart would open Sherrod’s entire life up to scrutiny, and that Breitbart might relish such opportunity.
Based on the quoted article above, Sherrod’s life may be one she prefers to leave unexamined.
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She should take her old job back. She can do whatever she wants and, so long as there is a Democrat in the White House, she will never be fired. It would be too embarrassing for them. Too quick to fire her, too quick to rehire her…what better example of the amateur hour that is the Obama administration?
There are other questions about Sherrod's background. Her father was not "shot in the back by a klansman" – it was a dispute between her father and a neighbor, who happens to be a relative of her mother's, and he was shot in the chest in self defense. The GJ refused to indict, and a civil suit was found in Hall's favor. The whole family is sue happy.
Will the real Shirley Sherrod please step forward? Her actions speak far louder than her words. Counterpunch calls her out.
Ack, oops, I hit enter and I had not finished. Counterpunch is left leaning…Sherrod should walk softly now.
As for being sue happy, I think Sherrod has certainly learned how the game is played over the years.
I often wondered after hearing the original video that there was a Paul Harvey in this story. I think that Ms. Sherrod should just fade into the background and disapear.
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