Shirley Sherrod

July 20, 2010 by Post Team 

Shirley SherrodShirley Sherrod:(The Huffington Post) — Shirley Sherrod, a USDA official in Georgia, has resigned after admitting publicly that race played a factor in his decision to limit the amount of aid would be given to white farmers.

Sherrod, who is black, made the comments during a local NAACP banquet on March 27, according to the information in the video. A clip of his speech first appeared on Monday morning and aired that night on Fox News.

His resignation as state director of rural development agency was quickly accepted by the U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. He cited a zero tolerance policy and told CNN he was working to “reverse the checkered history of civil rights in the department.”

In his controversial speech, Sherrod considered the first time it was “against having to help a white farmer save his farm.” She said that during the conversation, the man was trying to prove that he was superior to me. ”

“I was struggling with the fact that for many black people had lost their farmland,” Sherrod told the crowd. “And here I was facing having to help a white person save their land.”

“I did not give the full force of what he could do.”

During the early part of his speech posted online, said the Chapter 12 bankruptcy had just been enacted to family farming. This protection was initiated in 1986, more than two decades before Sherrod joined the USDA. He said the incident “opened my eyes.”
The website for the department oversaw last Sherrod is a clear warning that the USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation and marital or family status. ”

Sherrod seems to have a long history in the civil rights movement before joining the USDA, which came almost exactly a year ago. It is possible that she has been on the other side of the story “checked” which refers Vilsack.

The Leadership Network for Rural Development their lists as a board member and has a page to congratulate her on the appointment. In that announcement, stated that Sherrod and her husband, Charles, were part of a settlement of several million dollars against the USDA on the basis of civil rights claims of the 1980s. The case was not resolved until May 12, 2009. She was appointed to work two months after USDA.

A photo on the website RDLN figure standing with her husband next to a sign for the Charles M. Sherrod Civil Rights Park in his hometown of Albany, Georgia.

NAACP President Benjamin Jealous issued a statement Monday saying his organization was dismayed by “Sherrod shameful” actions.

The NAACP has been involved in a heated debate after passing a resolution condemning the motion tea party to tolerate bigotry. Mark Williams, spokesman for the Tea Party Express, responded by calling the racist NAACP and later was expelled from the National Federation of Tea Party blog for a post racial charges. Tea Party activists are planning a summit to combat racism.

According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the local chapter of the NAACP has also firmly rejected the comments Sherrod. Also report:

Sherrod, 62, lives in Albany. She was appointed to their position on Obama in July 2009 to manage more than 40 homes, businesses and community infrastructure and installation programs, and more than 114 billion and federal loans.

Before that, she had served as director of the office of Georgia by the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and Land Assistance Fund.


Complete Declaration NAACP PRESIDENT BENJAMIN jealous

Since our founding in 1909, the NAACP has been a multi-racial, multi-faith organization – but usually its roots in African American communities – the fight to end racial discrimination against the Americans.

We agree with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack to accept the resignation of Shirley Sherrod for his comments at a local NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet.

Racism is about the abuse of power. Sherrod had in his position at USDA. According to their observations, who abused a white farmer who need help because of their race.

We are shocked by their actions, as are the abuse of power against farmers of color and women farmers.

His actions were disgraceful. As she went on to explain in the story that ultimately realized his mistake, and the common situation of the working people of all races, gave no indication that he had tried to right the wrong he had done to this man.

The reaction of many participants is disturbing. We will be looking at the behavior of representatives of the local NAACP at this event and take appropriate action.

We thank those who brought to the attention of our national office, as there are hundreds of fundraising dinners premises each year.

Sherrod behavior is even more intolerable in the light of the U.S. Department of Agriculture of the well-documented history of denying opportunities to African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and Native American farmers and rural women of all races. Today, justice for many of these farmers is hampered by Congress. We hope all who share our outrage at the statements by Sherrod to join us in pushing for these cases is to be addressed.

The NAACP, continue to advance the ideals of America and the struggle for freedom, justice and fairness for all Americans.

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