Shirley Sherrod Confesses Her Racism to NAACP

Shirley Sherrod, USDA Georgia Director of Rural Development

Remember recently when the NAALCP (National Association for the Advancement of Liberal Colored People) decided they needed to pass a resolution condemning the nonexistent racism in the Tea Party movement?

These folks who get upset at greeting cards which talk about astronomy don’t seem to mind a little racism against white people.

Shirley Sherrod of the USDA’s Georgia Rural Development office spoke to the NAACP in March 2010, telling them how she had withheld assistance to a farmer because he was white.

The first time I was faced with having to help a white farmer save his farm. He took a long time talking but he was trying to show me he was superior to me. I know what he was doing. But he had to come to me for help. What he didn’t know, while he was talking all that time trying to show me he was superior to me, was I was trying to decide just how much help I was going to give him. I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farm land, and here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land.

So I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do. I did enough so that when he, I assumed the Department of Agriculture had sent him to me, either that or the Georgia Department of Agriculture. And, uh, he needed to go back and report that I did try to help him. So I took him to a white lawyer….so I figured that if I take him to one of them, that his own kind would take care of him.

Now, in case the impact of this hasn’t settled on you yet, imagine Sherrod is a white woman and she is talking about refusing to help a black man. “Took him to one of his own kind?” “I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do?”

She admits that she deliberately withheld assistance (which is her job) from a member of “we the people” based on the color of their skin.

If you look for it, you could probably find racists in any group in the country: the Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis, the Chamber of Commerce, a sports team, a carpenter’s union, the Tea Party movement, and obviously even the NAACP.

A key difference is that in the Tea Party movement, you won’t find people condoning it as this friendly crowd condoned Sherrod’s racism.

If the NAACP is looking for racism, they need only go look in the mirror.

101 Responses to “Shirley Sherrod Confesses Her Racism to NAACP”

  1. As it turns out, Shirley Sherrod may be the Example of how we should treat each other. When you listen to the entire speech she gave to the NAACP group, it becomes clear that she was attempting to teach a lesson to her audience. The Lesson? It's not so much about racism as inequality, the ever increasing divide between the rich and poor; END THE FED! All races should come together to fight against the tyranny. Shirley Sherrod has it right! Shame on those who rushed to judgement to justify thier own predujice.

  2. This story is a deliberate lie.
    The author KNOWS that she went on to say the incident taught her that her attitude was wrong – it wasn't about colour it was about poverty and, as white small-farmers were in just as bad shape as black ones, that she owed him as much help as any other.. In other words, the point of her story is that this incident made her become less racist not more.
    In other words, Bob Ellis is a liar.

  3. N. Credulous, have you ever seen comic depictions of people, especially politicians? Their features are routinely exaggerated. I suppose comics exaggerating the features of George Bush, Bill Clinton, et al were all “racist,” too, eh?

    As for the other “evidence,” I've never seen the things you described, even in liberal propaganda attempts to smear the Tea Party movement, much less in images of a real one.

    Meanwhile, in the real world, you have black people such as Lloyd Marcus, Alphonso Rachel, Herman Cain and more who routinely speak at Tea Party events. That's an awful strange place to find black people, if the Tea Party movement is so racist–and awfully strange to find white racists gathering by the hundreds and thousands to listen to black people they supposedly hate.

    At Tea Party gatherings in my area, you will find black, white, brown, red and pretty much any color represented in the area. Our first Tea Party rally last year featured a Native American speaker–who, incidentally, was the most favorably received speaker of the day.

    Is it too much to ask that liberals stick to the issues? Perhaps it is, when they know their Marxist policies are unconstitutional and contradictory to the American way of life. They know they simply can't win a debate on the issues.

  4. Hmmm.

    So the wife if the white farmer indicates Shirley Sherrod finally got around to doing the right thing…after, in her own words, “trying to decide just how much help I was going to give him” and struggling with being “faced with having to help a white person” and making the decision to not “give him the full force of what I could do,” instead choosing to push him off on “his own kind.”

    And as I've pointed out before, the NAALCP crowd giving hearty approval to this treatment as she recounted the story.

    Nice that she finally did help the white guy (though whether the white guy ever received “the full force” of her help, we may never know), and nice that this wife is appreciative.

    Still pathetic and racist that she recounted the tale with no visible sign of remorse, and that the NAALCP crowd ate it up with no sign of condemnation.

    You would never hear the following at a Tea Party gathering:

    The first time I was faced with having to help a black farmer save his farm. He took a long time talking but he was trying to show me he was superior to me. I know what he was doing. But he had to come to me for help. What he didn’t know, while he was talking all that time trying to show me he was superior to me, was I was trying to decide just how much help I was going to give him. I was struggling with the fact that so many white people had lost their farm land, and here I was faced with having to help a black person save their land.

    So I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do. I did enough so that when he, I assumed the Department of Agriculture had sent him to me, either that or the Georgia Department of Agriculture. And, uh, he needed to go back and report that I did try to help him. So I took him to a black lawyer….so I figured that if I take him to one of them, that his own kind would take care of him.

    Nor would you hear the crowd agreeing.

  5. You're absolutely right, Lee.

    It would be nice to hear some of these racists in the NAALCP admit their sins and ask for forgiveness.

    In the meantime, I don't hate them for it; I just pity them, and do what I can to expose what a bunch of hypocrites they are for making the claim that the Tea Party is a racist movement. Their agenda is against the truth, and the truth should always be defended.

  6. What part of “What he didn’t know, while he was talking all that time trying to show me he was superior to me, was I was trying to decide just how much help I was going to give him” and “here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land” and “So I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do” and “his own kind would take care of him,” as well as the approving behavior of the NAALCP crowd, did you fail to understand?

    I realize thinking is discouraged on the Left, but you should give it a try sometime instead of regurgitating liberal talking points. It's amazingly fulfilling.

  7. Really, Mark? It's rather odd that I heard no remorse from her, other than possibly her embrace of Marxist class envy as a better weapon to use against people than even racism. I also saw and heard lots of hearty approval to her story of racism from the NAALCP crowd.

    Odd, too, that she would resign so quickly and that the NAALCP would rush to condemn her if your contention were really the case.

    Very odd, indeed.

  8. Really, Mark? It's rather odd that I heard no remorse from her, other than possibly her embrace of Marxist class envy as a better weapon to use against people than even racism. I also saw and heard lots of hearty approval to her story of racism from the NAALCP crowd.

    Odd, too, that she would resign so quickly and that the NAALCP would rush to condemn her if your contention were really the case.

    Very odd, indeed.

  9. Really, Mark? It's rather odd that I heard no remorse from her, other than possibly her embrace of Marxist class envy as a better weapon to use against people than even racism. I also saw and heard lots of hearty approval to her story of racism from the NAALCP crowd.

    Odd, too, that she would resign so quickly and that the NAALCP would rush to condemn her if your contention were really the case.

    Very odd, indeed.

  10. So Marxist class envy is better than racism? Interesting. She really grew a lot from that experience, didn't she?

    I also saw no real sign of remorse from her; she didn't seem sorry at all, beyond her apparent suspicion that perhaps class envy is a better weapon than racism.

    Perhaps you also failed to notice the hearty approval of the NAALCP crowd as she recounted her racist treatment of this white farmer.

    But why allow things like that get in the way of defending black racism, eh? Only white racism is to be condemned, right?

  11. Your explanation is rather odd to me in light of the fact that she showed no remorse whatsoever–in words or demeanor–in this video, and the NAACP crowd seemed pretty happy to hear that she had denied help to a white farmer.

  12. Let me know when the NAACP hangs, burns, and mutilates a White person. Let me know when the NAACP kills a child or firebombs a house. When something like that happens kindly let me know so that I can agree with your statement. You people on this site oughta follow the whole story. I think the reason so many people are jumping on this story and refusing to learn the whole story which is all over television and the internet and making comments about the NAACP being racist is because they need to vindicate their racist views by smearing the organization that largely made it possible for a nation within a nation to be free.

  13. Oh, I AM aware of the “latest developments” of this story. Sherrod still committed racist behavior, didn't sound remorseful, and members of the NAALCP crowd sounded like they heartily approved.

  14. Gee, I must have missed it when the Tea Party movement was hanging, burning and mutilating black people. Rather odd behavior for a movement frequently headlined by Lloyd Marcus, a black entertainer, and featuring common black speakers such as Alphonso Rachel and Herman Cain.

    Yes, very odd indeed that the Tea Party movement is “racist” while the people cheering this blatant racism against a white farmer are not.

  15. Sherrod had no responsibility to help that farmer 24 years ago. She did it out of the goodness of her heart. She wasn’t working for the USDA, she was a community organizer. In other words — this white Georgia farmer in 1986 went to the local ACORN worker for help.

  16. She resigned because she was order to. She was in her car. She had no way of even knowing what this was about. Do you think she spent her work time on Briebart’s website while driving?

  17. Bob, I understand your frustration. I have read many of the comments and you have been pretty beaten up on this issue. However, calling people names or labeling them as liberals, marxists, or racist won’t make you right on this. I don’t believe you set out to intentionally deceive everyone, I believe you just got a little ahead of yourself without doing due dilligence. You are no more a liar than Mrs. Sharrod is a racist. You just made a mistake. However, if you insist on defending something that is wrong, well, now it becomes a different matter entirely. As for the crowd, and I have watched the entire video, notice the hush that comes over them as they instantly confront the racism in their initial response. Mrs. Sharrod told a wonderful story that taught them and all of us that confronting injustice with more injustice will help no one. Trust me on this, admit you were wrong, those of us who truly love and respect our fellow man will admire you for it. We will all win and prosper when we stop dividing ourselves into political groups as liberals, conservatives, Republicans and Democrats and unite again as one nation under God. God does not have political ideology. He has his own plan. The real answers are within our faith in God, not our faith in politics or government. We all seem to be distracted into thinking that we need government to save God right now. What we really need is the grace of God to save us. Love you brother and I apologize if I offended you.

  18. Bob, yesterday I gave you the benefit of the doubt after you had been caught in an clear and obvious distortion of the truth. Now I am afraid it is clear that you have an agenda that supercedes facts and the truth. I don't know what you are up to but I feel sorry for all of us.
    Why are you doing this, Bob? Why are you defending a lie? You should be saying, we got this one wrong and we apologize. Your credibility would have gone up. Now, you have none.

  19. Frankly I couldn't care less whether I have any credibility with a liberal like yourself. Did you even bother to watch the video for the crowd's reaction? Did you read what I said about it?

    Or is it easier to avoid substantive arguments on the real issues facing our country if you just ignore the real racism of the NAALCP and keep on branding conservatives as racist based on no evidence?

    I think we both know the answer.

  20. Mr. Ellis, I'm sure you must realize by now that this two minute excerpt is not the entire speech, which is 40 minutes long. I'm sure you must also realize that the speech was about ending her prejudices and helping those in need.

    “There is no difference between us. White people, black people, Hispanic people, we all have to do our part.”

    Reading this comment section has been very interesting. You came out and attacked her speech as racist, and when faced with proof that the message was not racist, instead decided to attack her as “Marxist” or note that you think she didn't seem remorseful when giving the speech. When even Glenn Beck comes out and says that she should not have been fired, you would think it would be easy to admit that you jumped to conclusions and that you were wrong. But you simply cannot do so. You are incapable of admitting when you are wrong, but, being human, are more than capable of actually being so.

  21. You might want to go back and watch the video again, and read the article again, and try doing it with your mind open for a change.

    Did I say she should be fired? I don't think you'll find that I did–if you bother to even listen to me in the first place, as you never do. She isn't even really the issue here, though the Obama Administration and NAALCP was quite willing to throw her under the bus to deflect attention from themselves.

    Does she look sorry? No. Does she sound sorry? No. She does make a statement about having learned this was not right, but again, her demeanor doesn't show it. And in learning her racist behavior was not right, does she then get her act together? No. She embraces Marxist class envy instead.

    What is really at the heart of the issue here is the reaction of the NAALCP crowd; the NAALCP is the group that recently passed a resolution claiming the Tea Party movement was racist. Did you bother to take note of the crowd's approval of her racist actions? Did that penetrate your liberal brain at all? Or was it simply more important to ignore it and continue your demonization of patriotic Americans?

    I think the answer is obvious, and well in keeping with typical liberal propaganda effort: accuse others of doing what your group does, then when your own group's despicable actions are revealed, pretend they didn't happen and demonize your opponents yet again.

    The narrative is always that only whites are racists, and conservative whites doubly so. Nothing can be allowed to distract from that narrative: not Jeremiah Wright racism, not Black Panther voter intimidation, not Black Panther racism, not a suspicious DOJ dismissal of the Black Panther voter intimidation case, and not racism from the NAALCP.

    Nothing must impair the demonization of patriotic Americans.

  22. she wasn't working for the gov't at that time so it wasn't tax money. Just sayin

  23. I don't know where you are going with this Bob, but it's embarrassing, yet entertaining, to watch. You're WRONG, you're wronger than wrong, you're so far wrong you can't see right. This is an obvious case of irresponsible Tea-blogging and sophomoric journalism. Admit it, move on, we're all the better for it.

  24. Sorry, jpbuehner. I can't say I'm wrong just to placate the liberals. You can tease all you like but it won't change the truth. I think it'd be better if you moved on; I know we'd all be better for it.

  25. Bob, the article you are defending has been proven disingenuous and slanderous. A false misleading piece of journalism which cost a woman her job. There is no defending that. You are wrong as the day is bright. It has been irrefutably exposed as a mischievous piece of editing to score cheap political points. What “truth” are you talking about? What is your point now? Have you lost your mind here? You, and Brietbart, have every right to blog as you wish but that does not give you the right to slander and misrepresent someone. And above all, stand behind it!

    You chose to latch onto a story which in a proven lie. At least most bloggers out there have accepted that and chose to switch the subject in order to deflect responsibility. But you, oh no sir, you keep running with it!

  26. Other bloggers may have run like cowards, but I'm not concerned about the approval of liberals like yourself (and I know many others have NOT run).

    I don't have time to argue anymore with someone who isn't interested in the facts, and think that just like a spoiled, petulant child, you can wear down the grownups with your incessant whining. I won't be a part of spoiling you any further.

  27. Cost a woman her job? Are you serious? She is now in a BETTER position than she was before!

    What has been “proven a lie?” Huh?

    This whole deal stinks to the sky, and who comes out smelling like a rose? Hmmm… let's see.. Oh. It looks like the Obama administration does. Well, isn't that convenient?

    Take your fusion center machine on down the road, pal.

  28. Don't worry about me, Lee. I'm used to it. It's how liberals operate, and I've actually dealt with far worse than this.

    I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you really believe the terms “liberals,” “Marxists” and “racists” are “names” or slurs. Actually, the are descriptions of what various people believe.

    I am a conservative; I don't get upset when someone calls me a conservative because I'm proud of my beliefs. I am also a capitalist, and am proud of that. The only reason why liberals and Marxists consider it a slur when you call them what they are is because somewhere down in what remains of their conscience, they realize that Marxist and liberal beliefs are destructive, that they are wrong, and that most people are smart enough to realize that. That's why they run from those terms: they want other people to be deceived about what they advocate.

    I cannot admit I was wrong when I was not wrong. You obviously weren't watching the same video that I watched (or you are a propaganda artist). It was quite clear that the NAALCP crowd heartily approved of her racist attitudes and actions toward the white farmer. At least she did grow enough to finally admit she was wrong (though her demeanor was lacking in contrition)…only to go on and embrace class envy.

    But the NAALCP crowd ate it up. And apparently they saw no problem in falsely accusing the Tea Party of being a racist movement. That is where the utter hypocrisy comes in: a group that routinely acts in a racist manner would stoop to calling an ideologically opposed group “racist” even though that movement is filled with people of the same skin color as the NAALCP, with several even headlining Tea Party events.

    Allow me to invite you to remove the wool from your eyes. Ignoring the destructive ideology of liberals, Marxists and racists in the name of “uniting” will accomplish nothing…nothing but allowing the liberals and Marxists to advance their agenda unopposed. They are not as stupid and gullible as most conservatives and Christians. They, at least, understand that our goals are diametrically opposed, and that one side must win and the other must lose.

    I don't intent for the American way to lose, and neither does the Tea Party movement.

  29. Bob, thank you for the response and I do appreciate your time and effort and believe that you truly want to make a difference. As I have said before, I believe that if we sat down and talked, we would agree on a vast majority of the real issues. I just believe that we can bring in more people by making sure we pick the right cause and that this one was a huge mistake for everyone who jumped in it. But, if there is any good to come from it, we all learned something about ourselves. We have all made similar mistakes whether on our own or in a group. Truth is, there are good and bad people in every group, association, or organization. We have to be careful not to exclude good people because of labels. There are good people with good ideas who are liberals. We don't have to agree on every point. We never will. But we have to respect the majority rule aspect of our democracy in order for it to work. I believe that discussions like this are very important because we need liberals, conservatives, Dems and Republicans to help give government back to the people. I believe what we truly need is a party that will unite the best of us, regardless of any label, under a unified belief in the constitution. Conservatives and liberals have lost basic freedoms as we have allowed politicians and lawyers (not condemning all of them) to distort our constitution. I just believe that we will all benefit when and if we can restore the integrity of the constitution and it will take everyone we can get to make it happen.

  30. Iam a 68 year old Black southern woman, who in the past felt the same way,I was born and raised in Montgomery, Al., and I have seen some awful things happen to my Grandparents and parents at the hands of white people, but I learned to forgive, so that hate would not consume me. I remember when Gov. George Wallace ordered the Ala. National Guards to”Shoot to Kill”
    us if we marched on the Capitol. Years later on his death bed, he asked for forgiveness. It was hard, but I forgave him and I hope that God forgave him too.

  31. So have you recanted yet Mr. Ellis?

  32. Does it look like it? I don't recant the truth.

  33. The problem with this clip is you didn't show when the white farmer asked her again for help cause his lawyer was not simpathetic to his bankruptcy claim, she insisted on his behalf that his lawyer file a chap 11.
    She also went as far to refer him to another attorney cause she felt his rights were not being protected.
    She infact did suffer greatly from racism. and her comments were heart felt and true.
    I commend her for rising above and helping that family. Im not sure as a white male if i could have done the same if I were in her shoes.

  34. Bob, I agree with you. You have nothing to recant. I have read your article several times and there are few if any inaccuracies. I think everyone should reread this paragraph:

    “If you look for it, you could probably find racists in any group in the country: the Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis, the Chamber of Commerce, a sports team, a carpenter’s union, the Tea Party movement, and obviously even the NAACP.”

    I just wish you would concede that this is actually a great story of how as individuals our Christian values will triumph over the group think of racial prejudices and political ideals. I just wish you would concede that the answers are in Christian thinking, not conservative thinking. I wish you would concede that there will be Christians in heavan that you may have labeled as liberal and that there are conservatives that are not Christians. Again, I appreciate everyones time and ideas. I think that no matter what we should appreciate Bob for making this forum possible. We should thank him for the work it takes to keep it going. And, we should love and respect each other as Jesus has inspired and commanded us to do.

  35. No correction?

  36. The video clip was made available to show the NAALCP members enthusiasm for the racist behavior she recounted. That is displayed on the video, and there is no question about it.

  37. I fully acknowledge that Christian thinking is the best thinking, and also that there will be some liberals who get into heaven despite their embrace of some counter-Christian beliefs.

    Regarding conservative beliefs, they don't go nearly as far in reaching and revealing the truth as Christian beliefs, but genuine conservative beliefs are based on Christian doctrines. So while they are inadequate to enable one to find peace with God, they are useful in articulating and promoting compatible values in the secular realm.

    I appreciate that you recognize much of what I've been trying to say for so long.

  38. There is no correction for the truth.

  39. I agree that alot of what the NAALCP does is counter-productive to race relations in America. Our 2 party system holds the patent on dividing us as a nation.
    For me I thought her story while being counter productive in context, did not contain hatered or hositily towards white people.
    You could post hours of clips full of hatred and hostility from folks close to the obama administration. Just do not agree this was one of them.
    Its too bad that our government cant take the time to watch a fourty min video before forcing a women to resign.
    Anyway, nice blog
    Bernie

  40. Shame shame shame! You have taken the quote out of context. Mrs. Shirley is not a racist; she has worked hard to change the white racism her native Georgia.

  41. She admits to her racist behavior in the past. Certainly you saw that. And she does make statements which seem to indicate she has learned that her past behavior was wrong. She still seems pretty obsessed with skin color, as well as infatuated with Marxist class envy, but there is at least evidence that she has learned refusing to help someone based on their skin color is wrong.

    The crowd at this NAALCP event just a few months ago, however, is fresh. They seemed to think, as she recounted the story, it was pretty cool for her to withhold her help. It was the racist attitudes of the NAALCP crowd that was always at issue, because they are the group that recently passed a resolution hypocritically condemning the alleged racism of the Tea Party movement.