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Jett, Carole 
From:  Mather, Chris  
Sent:  Tuesday, July 20, 2010 7:55  
To:  Jet!, Carole; Ross, Karen -Chief OfStaff; Berge, John; Harden, Krysta; Washo, Kevin  
Subject:  Fw: CNN: "president fully supports the decision"  
Chris Mather  

From: Misailidis, Sarah 
To: Chan, Stephanie; Mather, Chris 
Sent: Tue Jul 19:50:13 2010 
Subject: Re: CNN: "president fully supports the decision" 
This the clips just sent out. 
From: Chan, Stephanie To: Mather, Chris Cc: Misailidis, Sarah Sent: Tue Jul 19:46:18 2010 Subject: CNN: "president fully supports the decision" CNN (11 min ago)-Is this what you were referring to? 
NAACP 'snookered' over video former USDA employee 
... Vilsack told CNN Tuesday that "didn't speak anyone the White House .... made this decision, it's 
decision. Nobody from the White House contacted about this all." White House official also told CNN that "the White House did not pressure her the USDA over the resignation. was the secretary's decision, has said." 
President Barack Obama was briefed the situation after Vilsack decided seek Sherrod's reSignation, according White House official, who said the president fully supports the decision .... 

FULL STORY: 
The NAACP has retracted its original statement condemning comments made former Agriculture Department 
official who resigned after video clip surfaced her discussing white farmer. 
The NAACP said statement Tuesday that was "snookered Fox News" and conservative website publisher 
Andrew Breitbart. 
"Having reviewed the full tape Shirley Sherrod, who the woman who was fired the Department 
Agriculture, and most importantly heard the testimony the white farmers mentioned this story, now believe 
that the organization that edited the documents did with the intention deceiving millions Americans," the 
statement from NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said. 
The organization also urged Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reconsider Sherrod's resignation from her post 
the department's director rural development for Georgia. 
Breitbart originally posted the video, which was quickly picked Fox News. the video, Sherrod, can heard telling audience March 27, 2009, appearance before local chapter 
the NAACP that she had not given white farmer "the full force what could do" help him save the family farm. 

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Conservative media outlets tied the video the NAACP's recent resolution calling the Tea Party movement 
repudiate racist elements within that have displayed such items images President Obama with bone 
through his nose and the White House with lawn full watermelons. The controversy has led one Tea Party 
group oust another because blog posting the second group's leader. 
Tea Party Express leader Mark Williams posted his blog faux letter from Jealous President Abraham Lincoln which Williams ridicules the organization's use "colored" its historic name and uses multiple stereotypes 
bolster his point. The National Tea Party Foundation expelled Williams' organization from its coalition result. 
Breitbart told CNN's "John King USA" Tuesday that releasing the video was "not about Shirley Sherrod." 
"This was about the NAACP attacking the Tea Party, and this showing racism NAACP event," said. did 
not ask for Shirley Sherrod fired." 
Sherrod defended herself number interviews Tuesday, saying her controversial comments were taken out 
context. 
She insisted she "went all out" help the man keep his farm and said she resigned only under pressure from the 
Obama administration, telling CNN she received four phone calls Monday telling her the White House wanted her 
step down. 
"They asked resign, and fact they harassed was driving back the state office from West Point, 
Georgia, yesterday," she said. The last call "asked pull the side the road and [resign]," she said. 
Vilsack told CNN Tuesday that "didn't speak anyone the White House .... made this decision, it's 
decision. Nobody from the White House contacted about this all." White House official also told CNN that "the White House did not pressure her the USDA over the resignation. was the secretary's decision, has said." 
President Barack Obama was briefed the situation after Vilsack decided seek Sherrod's resignation, according White House official, who said the president fully supports the decision. 
Sherrod said Tuesday that the incident with the farmer 1986 occurred before she started work for the USDA and 
was working the nonprofit Federation Southern Cooperatives. She said the experience helped her learn 
move beyond race and she tells the story audiences make that point. Meanwhile, the farmer referenced the clip told CNN credits Sherrod with helping his family save their farm. don't know what brought the" racist mess," Roger Spooner told CNN's "Rick's List." "They just want stir 
some trouble, sounds opinion." 
Spooner says Sherrod accompanied him and his wife lawyer Americus, Georgia, who was able help them 
file for Chapter bankruptcy, which ultimately saved their farm. 
"If hadn't been for her, would've never known who see what do," said. "She led right our 

success." 
Spooner's wife, Eloise, remembered Sherrod "nice-mannered, thoughtful, friendly; good person." 
She said that when she saw the story the tape and Sherrod's resignation television, said, 'That ain't right. 
They have not treated her right.' 
The poor-quality video shows Sherrod telling her audience that the farmer she was working with "took long time ... 
trying show was superior me." result, she said, she "didn't give him the full force what could do. did enough." prove she had done her job, she said, she took him white lawyer. figured that take him one them, 
that his own kind would take care him," she said. 
But that lawyer failed help, she said. did not discriminate against [the farmer]. And, fact, went all out 
frantically look for lawyer the last minute because the first lawyer went was not doing anything really 
help him. fact, that lawyer suggested they should just let the farm go." She was able find attorney file 
Chapter bankruptcy help the family stay the farm, she said. 
Sherrod said she first heard the possible controversy when someone e-mailed her Thursday taunt her about 
her comments. She immediately forwarded the e-maitto the USDA the agency would aware. She was told 
that someone would look into it. 
She said wasn't until Monday that she heard back, and then, she was being asked for her resignation. 

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Sherrod said she got four calls Monday from Cheryl Cook, the USDA rural development undersecretary. the first, she said, she was told she was being put administrative leave. the second, she said, she was told she needed resign. Asked she felt she had opportunity explain, Sherrod said, "No, didn't. The administration, they were not interested hearing the truth. one wanted hear the truth." Vilsack said Tuesday that the controversy, regardless the context her comments, "compromises the director's ability her job." "This isn't situation where are necessarily judgmental about the content the statement, that's not the issue here. don't believe this woman racist all," said. "She's political appointee, and her job basically focus job growth Georgia, and have deep concern about her ability her job without her judgments being second-guessed." Ralph Paige, executive director the nonprofit Sherrod worked for before being appointed the USDA job 2009, told CNN Tuesday that she garnered only praise and there were never any claims discrimination against her. can't praise Shirley enough," said. "She holds malice her heart." Vilsack issued statement Monday announcing had accepted Sherrod's resignation, noting "zero tolerance" policy for discrimination the USDA, adding, strongly condemn any act discrimination against any person." The first statement that the NAACP issued late Monday backed Vilsack's decision. "Racism about the abuse power. Sherrod had her position USDA. According her remarks, she mistreated white farmer need assistance because his race," Jealous said. 'We are appalled her actions, just are with abuses power against farmers color and female farmers." Sherrod said the NAACP did not contact her before issuing the first statement. She said she got phone call from NAACP representative Washington Tuesday afternoon telling her another statement would issued once the full tape was reviewed. told him was highly disappointed that they would make statement without even looking into it," she said. the statement issued Tuesday evening, the NAACP reversed its condemnation after viewing the full video. "She was sharing this account part story transformation and redemption," the statement said. "In the full video, Ms. Sherrod says she realized. that the dislocation farmers about 'haves and have nots.' 'It's not just about black people, it's about poor people,' says Sherrod the speech. 'We have get the point where race exists but doesn't matter.' Earlier Tuesday, Sherrod called the NAACP "the reason why this happened. They got into fight with the Tea Party, and all this came out result that." She called the ensuing controversy "unbelievable." think any moment I'm going wake and none this happening, but is," she said. 'When you spend your life helping others and see people try turn that around try make look like you're racist when that's not been what your life has been about --that doesn't feel good." 
Older stories ... p.m. 
Official: White House pressure Sherrod 
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this afternoon took responsibility for firing official, Shirley Sherrod, 
whose appearance video recalling her behavior toward white farmer drew charges racism, and whose immediate 
firing drewsuggestions that the administration had over-reacted edited video clip. White House official told just now that the White House backs Vilsack's decision --but that was Vilsack's alone. 
The official said the White House --contrary the Sherrod's charge --did not pressure the Department fire her. 

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Yesterday, asked for and accepted Ms. Sherrod's resignation for two reasons. First, for the past months, have 
been working turn the page the sordid civil rights record USDA and this controversy could make more difficult 
fTlove forward correcting injustices. Second, state rural development directors make many decisions and are often 
called use their discretion. The controversy surrounding her comments would create situations where her decisions, 
rightly wrongly, would called into question making difficult for her bring jobs Georgia. 
Our policy clear. There zero tolerance for discrimination USDA and strongly condemn any act discrimination 
against any person. have duty ensure that when provide services the American people 
equitable manner. But equally important our duty instill confidence the American people that are fair service 
providers. 
4:30 
White House official: didn't push for Sherrod's firing White House official insists that the White House didn't pressure Shirley Sherrod resign, pressure USDA chief Tom Vilsack fire her, over the Andrew Breitbart video allegedly showing her claiming she didn't help white farmer years ago because racial reasons. 
'We did not pressure USDA Ms. Sherrod," the White House official emails me. Ben Smith was told something similar. 
Separately, Vilsack, who fired Sherrod while declaring zero tolerance for "discrimination," released statement that seemed take ownership the firing, without quite clarifing whether the White House had any role: 
YesterdaY,1 asked for and accepted Ms. Sherrod's resignation for two reasons. First, for the past months, 
have been working turn the page the sordid civil rights record USDA and this controversy could make 
more difficult move forward correcting injustices. Second, state rural development directors make many decisions and are often called use their discretion. The controversy surrounding her comments would create situations where her decisions, rightly wrongly, would called into question making difficult for her bring jobs Georgia. 
Our policy clear. There zero tolerance for discrimination USDA and strongly condemn any act discrimination against any person. have duty ensure that when provide services the American people equitable manner. But equally important our duty instill confidence the American people that are fair service providers. 
Some have been claiming that the firing shows the White House allowed itself led around the nose 
Breitbart. And this quote from White House official may not quiet the criticism, perhaps understandably, since it's 
anonymous. 
Whatever the White House role, Vilsack canned this woman based the strength the Breitbart video alone, 
before the. facts were --and don't know for certain that happened this way, though certainly appears -that's appalling its own. 
UPDATE, 6:17 p.m.: Much more the way reactions this righthere. 
UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.: The NAACP admits having been snookered Breitbart and Fox. 
Stephanie Chan 
Press Assistant, Office a/Communications 
u.s. Department ofAgriculture 
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Jett. Carole 
From:  DeJong, Justin  
Sent:  Tuesday, July 20,20106:37  
To:  Mather, Chris; Harden, Krysta; Berge, John; Weaver, Caleb; Chan, Stephanie; Jet!, Carole;  
Ross, Karen -Chief OfStaff  
Subject:  Fw: POLITICO Breaking News  

From: breakingnews@politico.com To: Dejong, Justin Sent: Tue Jul 18:35:31 2010 Subject: pounco Breaking News POLITICO Breaking News: 
The NAACP Tuesday said Owe were snookeredO Fox News and conservative Internet entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart into criticizing former USDA official Shirley Sherrod, who was captured videotape saying she once withheld assistance white farmer. oThe tape ofMs. SherrodOs speech NAACP banquet was deliberately edited create false impression ofracial bias, and create controversy where none existed, the group said statement: 
For more information ... http://www.politico.com 
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Jett, Carole 
From:  Jeanquart, Bobbi  
Sent:  Tuesday, July 20,20106:13  
To:  Jett, Carole; Mather, Chris  
Cc:  Reed, Pearlie  
Subject:  calls -fyi got couple calls saying the firing Shirley Sherrod was not fair. bobbi 
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Jett, Carole 
From: Diephouse, Greg Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 20104:58 To: Fromstein, Charles; Jet!, Carole; Ross, Karen -ChiefOfStaff; Berge, John; Mather, Chris Subject: RE: Shirley Sherrod's Dismissal 
Getting lots phone calls (over 70) this subject now too. think operator somewhere sending the calls our way. 
Anything sent the AGSEC@usda.gov account goes -no need forward. Thanks. 
Greg Diephouse Director Office the Executive Secretariat USDA 202-720-7100 
-----Original Message----From: Fromstein, Charles Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 4:51 To: ,Diephouse, Greg Subject: FW: Shirley Sherrod's Dismissal 
Hey Greg, believe you are logging these complaints. Just wanted pass this you have the record. 
-Charlie 
-----Original Message----From: ENNIS BRECKENRIDGE [mailto:ennislb@yahoo.com] Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 1:49 To: King, David; Renee Brown; Eric Holden; Scott, Denise -OSEC; Wright, Lloyd; Porto, Stacy; PRESIDENT BARACK; AGSEC -USDA Subject: Shirley Sherrod's Dismissal 
Dear USDA 
This Ennis Breckenridge very,very,very upset the pressure your Administration has put Shirley Sherrod vacate her office. What about the other USDA employees who Blakeley ADMITTING doing THE BLACK FARMERS wrong court and before GOD I!! They got pay raises and new positions. Maybe contacted larger ORDINANCE might see some JUSTICE!!! Something wrong, very wrong!!! Ennis 
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Office Communications (202) 720-4623 

USDA Clips 
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 
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Rural Development clips 
USDA worker quits over racism charge from video (AP 7/20) black federal worker has resigned from Georgia agricultural job after video clip showed her saying she had not helped farmer much she could have because was White. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said statementTuesday had accepted the resignation Shirley Sherrod. Vilsack says the USDA has tolerance for discrimination. Sherrod told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution she was forced out her job the USDA's rural development director for Georgia. She said the two-minute, 38-second video posted online Monday misconstrued her message. Sherrod's taped remarks were from local meeting the civil rights group NAACP. National NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous welcomed the resignation because the group opposes racism all kinds. Link 
Dismissed employee blames media (UPI 7/20) employee the U.S. Department Agriculture says she lost her job because the media misconstrued speech she gave NAACP banquet. Shirley Sherrod, who was forced out the USDA's rural development director for Georgia, seen video admitting she didn't everything she could help white farmerwho needed aid, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday. What the media didn't report, Sherrod says, was that the incident she was relating the video happened years ago when she was working for another organization, not the federal government. Also left out, Sherrod says, the part where she says she was trying figure out how help someone who was condescending. Link 
Ex-worker: USDA 'wasn't interested hearing the truth' (CNN 7/20) former USDA employee who resigned after video surfaced her talking about white farmer told CNN Tuesday that the administration "wasn't interested hearing the truth." Shirley Sherrod, who resigned Monday the department's state director rural development for Georgia, told CNN she had four calls telling her the White House wanted her resign. She said she was driving the time, and the. last call asked her pull the side the road and offer her resignation. Sherrod's reSignation came after media outlets aired the video, which she tells and audience she did not give the white farmer "the full force what could do" help him avoid foreclosure. Link 
USDA employee says statements white farmer misconstrued (CNN 7/20) black Agriculture Department employee who resigned after video clip showed her talking about white farmer said Tuesday her remarks were taken out context. Shirley Sherrod, the department's former state director rural development for Georgia, told CNN Tuesday the incident she discusses the clip took place more than two decades ago --and she recounted audience make the point that people should move beyond race. was speaking that group, like I've done many groups, and tell them about time when thought the issue was race and race only," Sherrod told CNN's "American Morning" from her home Albany, Georgia. The incident took place 1986, while she worked for nonprofit and before she worked for the USDA, she said. was telling the story how working with him helped see the issue not about race. It's about those who have versus those who not have." 
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Race remarks cost USDA official her job (CNN Blog 7/20) African-American Agriculture Department worker resigns over her handling white Georgia farmer's case when she worked for nonprofit group 1986. came light when Shirley Sherrod talked about the case NAACP banquet earlier this year. Were her remarks teaching moment that backfired, evidence racism? Sherrod says her comments were taken out context -that the point her story was unite people. Tony Harris will talking Sherrod 11:00am CNN, and we'll post that interview here. Watch some her speech and phone interview with CNN's American Morning below, then tell what you think. We'll share some your comments air the CNN Newsroom, 11:00am 1:00pm ET. Link 
Ex-Ag Official Says Video Showing 'White Farmer' Story Excludes Key Context (Fox News 7/20) The Department Agriculture official who resigned Monday night over comments she made NAACP dinner March claiming that the video clip that caused the firestorm excluded critical context. Shirley Sherrod said the Obama administration got scared after the YouTube clip surfaced. the Video, the department's ex-Georgia director Rural Development shown telling the story about how she withheld 
help white farmer trouble. But Sherrod, interview overnight with The Atlanta JournalConstitution, said she was telling story about events that happened years when she was working for local non-profit group. Link 
Video Shows USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give 'Full Force' Help White Farmer (FOX News 7/20) 
Days after the NAACP clashed with Tea Party members over allegations racism, video has surfaced showing Agriculture Department official regaling NAACP audience with story about how she withheld help white farmer facing bankruptcy --video that now has forced the official resign. Shirley Sherrod, the department's Georgia director Rural Development, shown the clip describing "the first time was faced with having help white farmer save his farm." Sherrod, who black, claimed the farmer took long time trying show was "superior" her. The audience laughed she described how she determined his fate ..."There zero tolerance for discrimination USDA, and strongly condemn any act discrimination against any person," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said written statement. "We have been working hard through the past months reverse the checkered civil rights history the department and take the issue fairness and equality very seriously. Link 
Gingrich Responds Discrimination USDA (Fox News 7/20) 
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: And this Fox News alert. Obama administration official resigned just short time ago after she was caught tape appearing tell aUdience that she had used her position racially discriminate against white farmers. Now the woman, Shirley Sherrod, was the Georgia state director the Department Agricultural. Now the president's Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack just released statement saying the USDA has zero tolerance policy against discrimination. Here's part the shocking video that ignited this controversy. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) SHIRLEY SHERROD, FORMER USDA STATE DIRECTOR: The first time was faced with having help white farmer save his farm, took long time talking but was trying show was superior me. know what was doing. But had come for help. What didn't know while was taking all that time trying show was superior was was trying decide just how much help was going give him. Request Storv 
Black USDA official resigns after admitting she only 'did enough' for white farmer (MSNBC 7/20) 
315 black USDA official Georgia has resigned after publicly admitting she didn't help white man trying save his farm the "full force" her power and instead referred him "one his own." Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said had accepted Shirley Sherrod's resignation, saying there was "zero tolerance for discrimination USDA." The NAACP, which recently condemned racism tea party groups, also issued statement Monday night saying: "Racism about the abuse power. Sherrod had her position USDA. According her remarks, she mistreated white farmer need assistance because his race." Link 
Morning Joe (MSNBC 7/20) 
Well, another story reverse discrimination comes out today. This one really interesting. I'm thinking that this woman regrets this comment. USDA official Georgia has resigned after YouTube clip shows her admitting that race helped determine how much aid would given white farmer. You're not supposed that, are you? mean, I'm not --it's probably not good idea. for being stupid. It's not even --well, how about you just don't it. Anyway, the state'S director rural development apparently made the comments during NAACP banquet March. Take listen. The first time was faced with having help white farmer save his farm, took long time talking, but was trying show was superior me. What didn't know while was taking all that time show was superior was was trying decide just how much help was going give him. was struggling with the fact that many black people had lost their farmland, and here was faced with having help white person save their land. So, didn't give him the full force what could do. Request Story 
Shirley Sherrod Resigns Over USDA Race Remark Furor (CBS News 7/20) high-ranking black employee the U.S. Department Agriculture has resigned after remarks she made about race were distributed conservative web sites and aired Fox News. video clip Shirley Sherrod, the USDA's Georgia State Director Rural Development, was circulated conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart and his site, biggovernment.com, which Sherrod talked withholding lielp white man facing the loss his family farm. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released statement Tuesday saying had accepted Sherrod's resignation, and added that the department has tolerance for discrimination. Link 
USDA worker quits over 1986 racial incident (The Washington Post 7/20) U.S. Agriculture Department official from Georgia resigned late Monday after she was caught tape admitting that she had not helped farmer much she could have because was white. Shirley Sherrod, USDA state director rural development, made the remarks March NAACP Freedom Fund banquet. Her videotaped remarks surfaced YouTube Monday. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vii sack accepted Sherrod's resignation, saying, "There zero tolerance for discrimination USDA, and strongly condemn any actof discrimination against any person. have been working hard through the past months reverse the checkered civil rights history the department and take the issue fairness and equality very seriously." NAACP President and Benjamin Jealous called Sherrod's actions shameful and agreed with the decision fire her. Link 
Shirley Sherrod: Racist scapegoat? (Washington Post Blog 7/20) 
Were the administration and the NAACP too hasty their reactions Shirley Sherrod, the Department Agriculture employee who resigned (i.e., was fired) for allegedly racist comments? video clip posted online Monday shows Sherrod delivering speech March NAACP banquet, where she talks about her failure help white farmer who was danger losing his farm. Her suggestion: he'd been black, she would have moved heaven and earth help him. "There zero tolerance for discrimination USDA, and strongly condemn any act discrimination against any person," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, accepting Sherrod's resignation. The NAACP, which last week accused the Tea Party racism, rushed out searing condemnation Sherrod: "We are appalled her actions, just are with abuses power against farmers color and female farmers," said NAACP president Benjamin Jealous. Link 
USDA Official Resigns Racial Flap (TIME 7/20) U.S. Department Agriculture official who African American has resigned after tape discriminatory comments she made NAACP event was posted the web. Shirley Sherrod, who had 
been Georgia's state director ofrural development told CNN the video, first shown conservative web 
publisher Andrew Breitbart, was taken out context. the clip, Sherrod describes how 1986 she 
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didn't offer her "full force" help white farmer. Sherrod told CNN that the time the incident, she was not working for the USDA, but for nonprofit organization and that she had been trying help the farmer who had been foreclosed on. was telling the story how working with him helped see the issue not about race," she said "It's about those who have versus those who not have." Link 
Farmer's wife says fired USDA official helped save their land (Atlanta Journal Constitution 7/20) 
The wife the white farmer allegedly discriminated against the USDA's rural development director for Georgia said Shirley Sherrod "kept out bankruptcy." Eloise Spooner, 82, awoke Tuesday discover that Sherrod had lost her job after videotaped comments she made March local NAACP banquet surfaced the web. Sherrod, who black, told the crowd she didn't everything she could help white farmer whom she said was condescending when came her for aid. She said the video was selectively edited but regardless U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was adamant that she resign. 
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Resigned USDA official says racial story misconstrued (Atlanta Journal Constitution 7/20) 
The USDA's rural development director for Georgia says she was forced out her federally appOinted job after "snippet" speech she gave March appeared show her admission only half-heartedly aiding struggling white farmer because his race. But phone interview from her home Albany early Tuesday morning, Shirley Sherrod told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that the two-minute, 38second video posted online Monday biggovernment.com and reported FoxNews.com and the AJC completely misconstrued the message she was trying convey. Sherrod, 62, insisted her statements the video were not racist. "For Fox take spin this like they have done, and know it's not the truth ... it's very upsetting," she said. Link the curious case Shirley Sherrod, let's see the whole tape (Atlanta Journal Constitution Blog 7/20) couple folks comments yesterday brought the case USDA official Shirley Sherrod, black 
woman caught tape NAACP meeting here Georgia apparently bragging about being less than 
diligent helping white farmer. The folks Big Government posted portion her speech part 
the running feud between the NAACP and the Tea Party over which organization more racist. the end the day Monday, Sherrod had been forced resign her post, and NAACP President Ben Jealous had 
released statement agreeing with the forced resignation:"Racism about the abuse power. Sherrod 
had her position USDA. According her remarks, she mistreated white farmer need 
assistance because his race. Link 

Georgia family defends USDA official (Politico Blog 7/20) 
The family involved 24-year-old incident that resulted Department Agriculture official resigning 

Monday night speaking out her behalf. Shirley Sherrod stepped down from her post Georgia 
director rural development Monday night, two days after video surfaced which she explains 
audience the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet March that she did not everything she could have 

help struggling farmer because was white. the video, Sherrod describes the incident, that took 

place when she was working with the Georgia field office for the Federation Southern Cooperative/Land 
Assistance Fund. Link 

Shirley Sherrod Resigns USDA Job After Admitting Use Racial Preference During NAACP Banquet (VIDEO) (The Huffington Post 7/20) 
Shirley Sherrod, who resigned Monday from the USDA. 756 Shirley Sherrod, USDA official Georgia, 
has resigned after publicly admitting that race played factor her decision limit how much aid would given whit.e farmer. Sherrod, who African American, made the comments during local NAACP 
banquet March 27, according information displayed the video. clip her speech first appeared 
Monday morning BigGovernment.com and aired that evening Fox News. Her resignation the agency's state director rural development was quickly accepted U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. cited zero-tolerance policy and told CNN that was working "reverse the checkered civil 
rights history the department." her controversial speech, Sherrod discussed the first time she was 
"faced with having help white farmer save his farm." She claimed that during the conversation, the 
man "was trying show was superior me." Link 
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Black USDA Official Resigns Flap Over White Farmer (AOL News 7/20) black USDA official who was pressured resign over comments she made about not helping struggling white farmer much she could have says the agency didn't know the whole story and succumbed political pressure. Shirley Sherrod resigned Monday the USDA's rural development director for Georgia after clip the speech was posted online conservative outlets, biggovernment.com and later FoxNews. link 
NAACP Slams Shirley Sherrod's Actions 'Shameful' (My Fox New York 7/20) 
The actions black u.s. Department Agriculture (USDA) official who admitted withholding help white farmer facing bankruptcy were late Monday described "shameful" the National Association for the Advancement Colored People (NAACP). Shirley Sherrod, the department's Georgia director Rural Development, was exposed video recorded NAACP banquet describing "the first time was faced with having help white farmer save his farm." Sherrod claimed the farmer took long time trying show was "superior" her. was struggling with the fact that many black people have lost their farmland and here was faced with having help white person save their land --so didn't give him the full force what could do. did enough," she said the video. The Agriculture Department announced Monday, shortly after FOXNews.com published its initial report the Video, that Sherrod had resigned. link 
Ga. USDA Official Resigns Over Comments (My Fox Atlanta 7/19) 
Racially charged comments have led the abrupt resignation agriculture department official. Shirley Sherrod was the top official who oversaw rural development the state Georgia. According FOX News, Sherrod, the director the USDA's rural development agency, resigned over comments she made NAACP meeting. FOX News obtained taped comments from NAACP meeting that took place Douglas, Georgia March. According FOX News, Sherrod seen talking about how she withheld help white farmer who was facing bankruptcy. didn't give him the full force what could do, did enough," Sherrod said during the meeting. the video, Sherrod said she was struggling with the fact many black people have lost their farmland and she was faced with having help white person save their land. Sherrod said she took him see white lawyer. figured took him one them his own kind, [they] would take care him," said Sherrod. According FOX News, the agriculture department announced Monday that Sherrod had resigned. link 
USDA big quits bias-boast shock (The New York Post 7/20) black official the Agriculture Department resigned yesterday after video surfaced her bragging the NAACP that she didn't everything she could help white farmer facing bankruptcy. Shirley Sherrod, the department's Georgia director Rural Development, told the audience March banquet Atlanta that she claimed the man felt "superior" her, according FoxNews.com. "He had come for help. What didn't know while was talking all that time, trying show was superior me, was was trying decide just how much help was going give him," Sherrod said. was struggling with the fact that many black people have lost their farmland, and here was faced with having help white person save their land --so didn't give him the full force what could do. did enough," she said. link 
NAACP 'appalled' black USDA official's racial discrimination (Daily Caller 7/20) 
National Association for the Advancement Colored People President Benjamin Todd Jealous said late Monday was "appalled" the actions U.S. Department Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod, who resigned earlier the day after video surfaced her speaking NAACP event about discriminating against white farmer seeking government help. Jealous also promised look into why members the audience NAACP fundraiser Georgia this past March reacted, shown the video, nodding and some cases laughing Sherrod's remarks. But Jealous distanced the national NAACP from the incident. Coming just days after the NAACP condemned racist elements inside the Tea Party movement, Sherrod's remarks place the storied civil rights organization uncomfortable position. "Racism about the abuse power. Sherrod had her position USDA. According her remarks, she mistreated white farmer need assistance because his race," Jeaous said. "We are appalled her actions, just are with abuses power against farmers color and female farmers:"'Her actions were shameful. While she went explain the story that she ultimately realized her mistake, well the common predicament working people all races, she gave indication she had attempted right the wrong she had done this man," Jealous said (read his full statement below). link 
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BREAKING: Racist Obama administration member resigns (Manhattan Conservative Examiner 
7/19) 
Shirley Sherrod the USDA's Georgia Rural Development office has resigned following the airing overtly racist remarks she made speech before-of all organizations-the NAACP. local NAACP meeting March 2010, Sherrod boasted withholding assistance farmer based the color his skin, which happened white. Sherrod (surprise!) black. her comments, which are captured the video below, Sherrod freely admits "struggling with the fact that many black people had lost their farm land, and here was faced with having help white person save their land." She further confesses abusing her position refusing "give him the full force what could do." The remarks conclude with racist gem: took him white lawyer... figured that take him one them, that his own kind would take care him." Link 
USDA Official Implicated NAACP Racism Flap (Buckeye Network 7/20) 
Days after the National Association for the Advancement Colored People (NAACP) denounced the Conservative Tea Party movement allegations racism, the organization was itself implicated charges racism involving USDA official. video released BigGovernment.com, USDA's Director Rural Development Georgia Shirley Sherrod was depicted acknowledging discriminating against white farmers. The video, speech Sherrod gave the NAACP's Freedom Fund banquet March this year, stirred quite controversy the internet this week, forcing Sherrod's resignation from the department Monday. Sherrod's remarks the NAACP speech indicated that she "didn't give white farmer] the full force what could do," because was struggling with the fact that many black people had lost their farm land." Link 
The rest the story (Arkansas Times Blog 7/20) 
The right-wing echo chamber has been beating the drums for couple days now about supposedly racist (black) USDA worker, promptly sacked Secretary Tom Vilsack the strength Fox reporting her supposedly offensive remarks. The rest the story instructive. Hardly what Fox'News the odious Andrew Breitbart reported. The full video apparently will back her account, the appropriate fuller context, what she said and did TWENTY-FOUR YEARS AGO. Acorn Faux reporting redux. occurs that Sen. Blanche Lincoln could score some courage points here. breath being held. Link 
Breitbart's Skilled Editing (The Atlantic Blog 7/20) 
The quotes that former USDA worker Shirley Sherrod gave the edited tapes disseminated Andrew Breitbart are indeed indefensible, but not fair provide some kind context? wit: Sherrod said the short video clip excluded the breadth the story about how she eventually worked with the man over two-year period help ward off foreclosure his farm, and how she eventually became friends with him and his wife. "And went work with many more white farmers,"'she said. "The story helped realize that race not the issue, it's about the people who have and the people who don't. When speak groups, try speak about getting beyond the issue race." Link 
USDA worker quits over racism charge from video (Salon 7/20) black federal worker has resigned from Georgia agricultural job after video clip showed her saying she had not helped farmer much she could have because was white. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said statement Tuesday had accepted the resignation Shirley Sherrod. Vilsack says the USDA has tolerance for discrimination. Sherrod told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution she was forced out her job the USDA's rural development director for Georgia. She said the two-minute, 38-second video posted online Monday misconstrued her message. Link 
Justice Not Only Obama Department Not Equally Enforcing Law (Heritage Foundation Blog 7/20) 
This morning reviewed the still unfolding New Black Panther Party scandal the Department Justice where whistle blower, testifying under oath, quoted Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandes saying that "the Voting Section will never will not, least while she there, bring any more cases against blacks other national minorities." other words, Fernandes has reportedly admitted that the Obama Justice Department not enforcing the nation's civil rights law equally and race-neutral manner. The Obama Justice Department has refused confirm deny that Fernandes made this statement. Now Andrew Breitbert has unearthed very similar statement from another Obama political 
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appointee, this time from the Department Agriculture. the video, u.s. Department Agriculture Director Rural Development for Georgia Shirley Sherrod tells NAACP audience ... First Justice. Now Agriculture. How many other Obama Department's are refusing enforce our nation's laws equally? Link 
NAACP meeting calmly listened racist remarks from black fed official (American Thinker 7/20) 
Andrew Breitbart has scored another bullseye, revealing hypocrisy the highest order the part another leftist establishment organization, the NAACP. March this year, speaking before NAACP 20th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, Shirley Sherrod, the Department Agriculture director for the State Georgia --responsible for over billion dollars year spending --boasts denying white farmer her full efforts because his race. The audience does not react with shock disapproval, but rather just sits there. much for NAACP President Ben Jealous denouncing the tea parties for tolerating racists. Only after Breitbart gave the incriminating video national exposure did the NAACP issue the obligatory denunciation, prevent further embarrassment. But when nobody was looking, the NAACP audience was totally cool with the racism expressed their speaker. Link 
Another Win For Andrew Breitbart (National Review Blog 7/20) 
The USDA official who admitted discrimination against white farmer, exposed this video Big Government, has resigned: Days after the NAACP clashed with Tea Party members over allegations racism, video has surfaced showing Agriculture Department official regaling NAACP audience with story about how she withheld help white farmer facing bankruptcy -video that now has forced the official resign. Shirley Sherrod, the department's Georgia director Rural Development, shown the clip describing "the first time was faced with having help white farmer save his farm." Sherrod, who black, claimed the farmer took long time trying show was "superior" her. The audience 
laughed she described how she determined his fate. Link 
Shirley Sherrod Comments Results Resignation (Lalate Blog 7/20) 
Shirley Sherrod has resigned following her comments about white farmer. Shirley Sherrod's remarks appeared video from BigGovernment.com, dated the website March 27. Shirley Sherrod has 
been the USDA's Georgia director Rural Development. the Video, Sherrod addresses NAACP banquet stating "the first time Iwas faced with having help white farmer save his farm." was struggling with the fact that many black people have lost their farmland and here was faced with 
having help white person save their land -so didn't give him the full force what could do. did enough". Late Monday the USDA announced Sherrod had resigned. NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous .issued statement against Sherrod's comments. Link 
USDA's Shirley Sherrod Disputes Clip 'Racist' NAACP Banquet Comments (Mediaite 7/20) the latest series racially-charged summer shark-week stories, USDA official Shirley Sherrod has resigned over Breitbart-promoted YouTube clip that shows portion her March speech NAACP banquet. the clip, Sherrod talks about resenting white farmer's condescending attitude, and result, not giving him "the full force what could do." The NAACP and the Secretary Agriculture have weighed in, but there may more this story than meets YouTube's 2-minute eye. Link 
USDA Official Resigns After Racial Comments Surface; NAACP Calls Comments "Shameful" 
(Mediaite 7/20) edited two-minute clip African American United States Department Agriculture official has 
brought about her resignation after BigGovernment.com published yesterday. Shirley Sherrod has 
reSigned, the NAACP has condemned her "shameful" comments about withholding help for white farmer and Sherrod has said she was taken out context. the video clip, put out Andrew Breitbart's site and speech she gave March NAACP banquet, she describes interaction with white farmer... 
Link 
Shirley Sherrod USDA resigns (Buzz Tab 7/20) 
Shirley Sherrod, USDA's black employee has resigned from her post Monday the wake outburst video conservative media outlets which Shirley Sherrod shown telling one the audience that she had not given white framer the full force what could help him save his family farm. Tom Vilsack, the Agriculture Secretary said that had accepted Shirley Sherrod's resignation. Shirley Sherrod was working USDA's State Director Rural Development for Georgia. Agriculture Secretary Tom 
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Vilsack said had accepted the resignation Shirley Sherrod, the department's state director rural development for Georgia. Tom Vilsack further added that USDA, they are following zero tolerance for discrimination. said that being Secretary Agriculture condemns any discriminatory act against any person. further added that USDA, they are working hard for past months reverse the checkered civil rights history and they are taking fairness and equality serious matter USDA. Link 
Shirley Sherrod Has Officially Resigned From Her lob Due Racial Preference! (Moms Word Blog 7/20) 
Shirley Sherrod, who known USDA official Georgia, has finally resigned after publicly admitting that race played factor her decision limit how much aid would given white farmer. Sherrod, who African American, made the comments during NAACP banquet March 27, according the information the video above. fact clip her speech was being aired BigGovernment.com and also Fox News Monday morning. Sherrod said during the now famous speech about the first time she was "faced with having help awhite farmer save his farm." She claims that during the conversation, the man "was trying show was superior me." was struggling with the fact that many black people had lost their farmland," Sherrod told the crowd. "And here was faced with having help white person save their land." Link 
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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT AGRICULTURE 
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Dear employee: 
Some you may have seen the news stories about USDA today. want reiterate .commitment and that the leadership USDA civil rights. all must work ensure that are treating our customers and employees equally and fairly and all should have zero 
tolerance for discrimination. also want remind all you that you have unique and important individual responsibility represent this sentiment your official actions, statements, and public presentations. are lucky have the opportunity work for the American people and owe them instill confidence our leadership. Our words and actions matter. have been working hard through the past months reverse the checkered civil rights 
history the department and thank you for your service and efforts achieve this goal, 
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USDA worker quits over racism charge from video BEN EVANS aud MARY CLARE JALONlCK (AP) 

WASHINGTON black employee who resigned from the Agriculture Department over comments Georgia 
NAACP meeting said Tuesday the White House forced her out ofher job over manufactured racial controversy. 

Shirley Sherrod said she was the road Monday after event rural Georgia when USDA deputy undersecretary 
Cheryl Cook called her and told her the White House wanted her resign. "They called twice," Sherrod told The 
Associated Press interview. "The last time they asked pull over the side ofthe road and submit resignation Blackberry, and that's what did." 

The controversy began Monday when the conservative website biggovernment.com posted two-minute, 38-second video 
clip Sherrod's remarks local NAACP chapter. the video, she says the first time white farmer came for help, was acting "superior" her and that she struggled decide how much help provide him when many black farmers were struggling. She said she didn't give him the 
full force ofhelp she could have, but gave him enough. 

The website called proofthat the NAACP -which recently accused the Tea Party including racist elements condones racism. 

Sherrod said her comments the local NAACP group that she withheld support some years ago from farmer because was white are really part ofa story racial reconciliation. She said she ultimately became friends with the farmer and 
worked closely with him for two years keep him from losing his farm. the time, she worked for nonprofit farm aid 
group. 

"My point telling that story that working with him helped see that wasn't just black and white issue," she 
told The AP. "It was about those who have and those who not. That's why take the time tell that story tell 
people need get beyond and work together." 

Hours after her resignation, Sherrod accused administration officials lacking backbone. USDA spokesman would not 
comment whether the White House was involved. 

Secretary Tom Vilsack issued statement saying the agency has tolerance for discrimination. 

"We have been working hard through the past months reverse the checkered civil rights history the department 
and take the issue offaimess and equality very seriously," the statement said. 

National NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous issued statement Monday night -before Sherrod's explanation
supporting the resignation. Jealous said the group opposes racism all kinds. 

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"According her remarks, she mistreated white farmer need ofassistance because ofhis race," she said. "We are appalled her actions, just are with abuses power against farmers ofcolor and female fanners." 
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TONY HARRIS: And Shirley Sherrod with now from Albany, Georgia. And, Shirley, let's take our time and walk through this together. that okay with you? 
SHIRLEY SHERROD: Yes. 
HARRIS: Okay. Shirley, just straightforward, fundamental question here. Did you discriminate against this white farmer, Roger Spooner? was facing foreclosure years ago and, again, this was before you were working for the united states Department Agriculture. Did you discriminate against him? 
SHERROD: No, did not discriminate against him. And, fact, went all out. had franticly look for lawyer the last minute because the first lawyer went was not doing anything really help him. fact, that lawyer suggested they should just let the fann go. All ofthat process -that's why tell it, because everything that happened dealing with him -he was the first white farmer that had come for help. Everything that did working with him helped see that wasn't about race. It's about those who have and those who don't. The fanner's home had done something him that hadn't seen them any black farmer. They had actually rented his land someone else, when they didn't are right that. still had title the land. That's why couldn't qualify file chapter bankruptcy. That's why the end had try file chapter bankruptcy stop the forced sale the first Tuesday June. 
HARRIS: I'm going ask again slightly differently. Did you discriminate against this white farmer years ago, when you were, guess, about years old, because brought you what you described your March NAACP Speech "superior attitude? 
SHERROD: You know, initially -and that's why say that. ltook the time weave what was happening there. did 
come with superior attitude, but didn't discriminate. IfI had discriminated against him, would not have given hum 
any help all because wasn't obligated anyone. wasn't working for the government. didn't have help him, but 
did. And went -that was the first white farmer helped. went help hundreds ofothers through the years. 
HARRIS: Was your --I'm trying understand your reaction what you described "superior attitude." Was your reaction, perhaps, "Look, why are you taking this attitude with me? sit here position help you, and yet you bring this attitude me." Did that cross your mind all and did you act upon those feelings? 
SHERROD: Certainly, didn't' act upon it. You know, I'm from the South. I've lived the South all life, and know how black people were treated white people during those years. own father was murdered one. But didn't let 
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that get the way oftrying help. don't know why it's difficult see. didn't have help that fanner. could have sent him out the door without giving him any help all. But the end became very good friends, and that friendship lasted for some years. 
HARRIS: Explain the statement the recording that goes, "So 1didn't give him the full force ofwhat could do." 
SHERROD: You know, could have tried rally other farmers support him. didn't know any black farmers who would come out try support white farmer that point. That's something could have done for black farmers. This was first time trying help white farmer save his land. wasn't really sure what could do, because thought that time they had the advantages. learned that that was notthe case working with this farmer. 
HARRIS: And then you went say, did enough." What was "enough" the case Roger Spooner? 
SHERROD: took him -you mean initially? took him lawyer who had attended some training for lawyers chapter bankruptcy. But the end, that lawyer wasn't doing anything. And when the Spooners said that wasn't, jumped into action. Ittook couple ofhours calling everyone knew. even called other states trying fmd lawyer who would file chapter bankruptcy stop the sale ofhis land the courthouse steps. was successful the 
end. 
HARRIS: During your time with the USDA was there ever discrimination claim filed against you? 
SHERROD: No, never. went out way -you know, and didn't work directly with fanners Rural Development. were working with cities, with sewer problems, with police cars, with health centers, with housing. That agency the one agency, say, that could build city. didn't any work --and didn't discriminate and went out ofmy way make sure one who came the agency was discriminated against. And, fact, during tenure there, targeted nine the poorest counties the state outreach work. had outreach meetings all ofthose counties. even started working with other USDA agencies and state agencies that could coordinate our efforts these areas, and, fact, this coming Thursday was the first meeting where were going pilot that, and that was county here southwest Georgia, Calhoun county. 
HARRIS: So, Shirley, ifyou didn't discriminate during your time USDA and least one filed such claim, you accept the statement from agriculture secretary tom Vilsack that there zero tolerance for discrimination USDA? 
SHERROD: don't know, but I'm assuming there is. know didn't discriminate, and made very clear the staff there USDA that wouldn't tolerated during tenure. said over and over again. 
HARRIS: why are you out? 
SHERROD: Pardon? 
HARRIS: Why are you out? 
SHERROD: Why lout? They asked resign, and, fact, they harassed was driving back the state office from west point, Georgia yesterday. had least three calls telling the White House wanted resign. 
HARRIS: the pressure came from the White House? 
SHERROD: And the last one asked pull over the side ofthe road and it. 
HARRIS: Are you willing name names? 
SHERROD: That's what did. 
HARRIS: Are you willing name names. 
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,SHERROD: That was Cheryl cook, the deputy undersecretary, She called and said, Cheryl, have 112 hour ride get into Athens, She called second time, where are you now? said I'm just going through Atlanta, She call 
again and said, I'm least minutes hour from Athens, She said, well, Shirley, they want you pull over the side ofthe road and because you're going Glenn Beck tonight 
HARRIS: Wow, the administration pressured you out? 
SHERROD: Yes, 
HARRIS: How you feel about that? 
SHERROD: don't feel good about because know didu't anything wrong, and know during time USDA gave all had, worked when didn't feel like pushed the staffto get out there places they had not been into before, Like said, the nine counties targeted, asked them shortly after getting there, tell what rural development has been doing these areas, and when they did that, there were zeros lot ofplaces, and knew this was area where needed target needed get programs out into some ofthese areas that need it, just like some other areas that had gotten the funding over and over again, 
HARRIS: want really specific here and apologize, Ijust have You get, one, two, three calls from 
miss cook, and the point that made clear you that you need go, how does that conversation go? 
SHERROD: Yes, 
HARRIS: What said you? 
SHERROD: The very first one --I guess there were like four calls because the very first one was before got car Athens, She said was being put administrative leave, The next call after sat waiting and waiting because she told she would call right back, the next call said that they're going have ask resign, 
HARRIS: you feel though you had opportunity state your side ofthe story? 
SHERROD: No, didn't The administration, they were not interested hearing the truth, one wanted hear the 
truth, 
HARRIS: The NAACP released statement late lastnight saying part are appalled her actions, That 
opportunity explain what happened years ago, you feel though you got the opportunity, even phone call 
with the NAACP? 
SHERROD: No, didn't The NAACP has not tried contact one time, and they are the reason why this happened 
they got into fight with the tea party"and all ofthis came out result ofthat 
HARRIS: Your reaction-
SHERROD: would have appreciated --when you look history ofcivil rights, would have appreciated having the NAACP least contact and Roland martin, too, contact try get the truth about what happened, 
HARRIS: The reaction your reaction essentially being condemned the NAACP? 
SHERROD: That hurts, Because ifyou look history, that's what I'm saying --I've done more advance the causes civil rights this area than some ofthem who are sitting those positions now with the NAACP, They need learn something about me, need know about work. They need know what I've contributed through the years, 
HARRIS: What was the point ofthe story you were telling the NAACP March? What was the point? 
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SHERROD: The point was get them understand need look heyond race; look working together. I've said audiences here, not just that one -in fact, spoke housing conference county just south here, and said, look, need get heyond the Civil War. tell them, there are good things about history from the white side and good things about history and culture from the black side. People love come into this part ofthe state see that. tell them, need make the most it, and ifwe work together, can that. 
HARRIS: you believe principle -do you believe black people power can make have the ability -can make 
race-based discriminatory decisions? 
SHERROD: I'm sure that can happen. can tell you didn't it. 

HARRIS: Okay, that was follow-up. 
SHERROD: And you could any ofthe communities that worked with and ifthe staff were free tell you, you 
could talk any ofthe people I've worked with since I've been USDA, and they can tell you what record is. 

HARRIS: Shirley, stay right there. have someone who wants speak this whole controversy. Her name Eloise 
Spooner. She Roger Spooner's wife -widow this point. 
SHERROD: Yes. 
HARRIS: Widow this point. 
SHERROD: Yes. 
HARRIS: Eloise, thanks for taking the time talk me. 
ELOISE SPOONER: Thank you. 
HARRIS: What you think ofthis whole controversy? First ofall, what you think Shirley? 
SPOONER: She's good friend. 
HARRIS: Describe your relationship with her through the years. 
SPOONER: She helped save our farm. 
How did she that? 
SPOONER: getting there and doing all she could help us. 
What did your husband, your late husband, think Shirley? 
SPOONER: He's not dead. He's very much alive. 
HARRIS: Really? 

SPOONER: He's and he's his peterbuilt truck this morning. 
HARRIS: Then apologize. I've got incorrect information from one ofthe newspapers writing this. apologize for 
that. 

SPOONER: That's okay. 
HARRIS: aware ofthe controversy swirling around? 

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SPOONER: Yes, our son, came and said, mama, turn the CNN and said, it's about your friend Shirley Sherrod. And said, what. listened and said, that's not right. They have not treated her right because she's the one that give credit for helping save our farm. 
HARRIS: Some ofthe story that you met the '80s, and was bad time? 
SPOONER: Mm-hmm. 
HARRIS: Itwas bad time the family's life the time. Tell why you were trouble with the farm. 
SPOONER: Well, had lot dry weather, and had run the irrigation lot. And when you'd make good crop, you wouldn't get good price. And just number ofthings together caused it. 
HARRIS: you remember your first interaction with Shirley? 
SPOONER: Yeah. first looked into -it was the market bulletin from Atlanta that get. We've gotten for years and years and years, and said, ifyou were having trouble and about lose your farm torque get with them. And said, George, I'm going try that. And did, and told see lawyer Cairo. said, you all might well just ahead and what Diane said do. And was mad when came home. So, anyway, few weeks later, the guy from Atlanta, the Market Bulletin, said, what happened over Cairo? And said, exactly nothing. didn't help all. said, well, I'm going get you with somebody that will help you, think. And that's when told call 
Shirley. And did, and started right then. She said there's too lawyers, there's black lawyer and there's white 
lawyer, and one --the black lawyer Albany and the white lawyer [inaudible]. said, he's closer, maybe we'll try him, the black one. went through him for months and months and months and paid him some money, which was hard scrape up. And fmally got with the lawyer Donaldsonville that had talked to, and called and told the lawyer Albany, called and told that could not handle anymore, that had this client that had had for ten years, and was going have spend lot oftime that. couldn't help us. 
HARRIS: Hey, Eloise, couple quick questions here aboutthis relationship. 
SPOONER: Okay. 
HARRIS: I'm just trying establish this relationship. Explain --I have line here that says that you guys picked bunch oftomatoes? 
SPOONER: Yeah. One year, after things kind ofsettled down, had really pretty garden that year, and going 
Albany for some reason, told Roger was going pick Shirley some tomatoes. And did, and carried them her and had good visit. 
HARRIS: You know, what you think ofthe statement that's the tape. It's undeniable, there, where Shirley 
essentially says, didn't give him the full force ofwhat could do. 
SPOONER: Well, she gave enough that helped save our farm. And she went two trips -after the lawyer Albany did like did, well, then called Shirley and told her, and she said, you're kidding me. said, no, I'm not. That's the words she told me. She said, well, you want try the one Easterland? said, yes, get appointment and we'll ready go. 
HARRIS: Eloise, thank you for your time. 
SHERROD: Please tell her want -can you don't know that she can hear me, but haven't talked here years, and 
I'm happy hear that both ofthem are still living. And Miss Spooner, definitely want contact you. It's great 
hear. 
SPOONER: When heard about tried call you, but Roger couldn't get ahold ofyou. 
SHERROD: Okay. Maybe you can get him. 
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USDA worker quits over racism charge from video (AP 7/20) black federal worker has resigned from Georgia agricultural job after video clip showed her saying she had not helped farmer much she could have because was white. u.s. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vii sack said statement Tuesday had accepted the resignation Shirley Sherrod. Vilsack says the USDA has tolerance for discrimination. Sherrod told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution she was forced out her job the USDA's rural development director for Georgia. She said the two-minute, 38-second video posted online Monday misconstrued her message. Sherrod's taped remarks were from local meeting the Civil rights group NAACP. National NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous welcomed the resignation because the group opposes racism all kinds. Link 
Dismissed employee blames media (UPI 7/20) employee the U.S. Department Agriculture says she lost her job because the medi.a misconstrued speech she gave NAACP banquet. Shirley Sherrod, who was forced out the USDA's rural development director for Georgia, seen video admitting she didn't everything she could help white farmer who needed aid, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday. What the media didn't report, Sherrod says, was that the incident she was relating the video happened years ago when she was working for another organization, not the federal government. Also left out, Sherrod says, the part where she says she was trying figure out how help someone who was condescending. Link 
USDA employee says statements white farmer misconstrued (CNN 7/20) black Agriculture Department employee who resigned after video clip showed her talking about white farmer said Tuesday her remarks were taken out context. Shirley Sherrod, the department's former state director rural development for Georgia, told CNN Tuesday the incident she discusses the clip took place more than two decades ago --and she recounted audience make the point that people should move beyond race. was speaking that group, like I've done many groups, and tell them about time when thought the issue was race and race only," Sherrod told CNN's "American Morning" from her home Albany, Georgia. The incident took place 1986, while she worked for nonprofit and before she worked for the USDA, she said. was telling the story how working with him helped see the issue not about race. It's about those who have versus those who not have." Link 
Race remarks cost USDA official her job (CNN Blog 7/20) African-American Agriculture Department worker resigns over her handling white Georgia farmer's case when she worked for nonprofit group 1986. came light when Shirley Sherrod talked about the case NAACP banquet earlier this year. Were her remarks teaching moment that backfired, evidence racism? Sherrod says her comments were taken out context -that the point her story was unite people. Tony Harris will talking Sherrod 11:00am CNN, and we'll post that interview here. Watch some her speech and phone interview with CNN's American Morning below, then tell what you think. We'll share some your comments air the CNN Newsroom, 11:00am 1:00pm ET. Link 
Video Shows USDA Official Saying She Didn't Give 'Full Force' Help White Farmer (FOX News 7/20) 
Days after the NAACP clashed with Tea Party members over allegations racism, video has surfaced showing Agriculture Department official regaling NAACP audience with story about how she withheld help white farmer facing bankruptcy --video that now has forced the official resign. Shirley Sherrod, the department's Georgia director Rural Development, shown the clip describing "the first time was faced with having help white farmer save his farm." Sherrod, who black, claimed the farmer took long time trying show was "superior" her. The audience laughed she described how she determined his fate..."There zero tolerance for discrimination USDA, and strongly condemn any act discrimination against any person," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said written statement. "We have been working hard through the past months reverse the checkered civil rights history the department and take the issue fairness and equality very seriously. Link 
Gingrich Responds Discrimination USDA (Fox News 7/20) 
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: And this Fox News alert. Obama administration official resigned just short time ago after she was caught tape appearing tell audience that she had used her position racially discriminate against white farmers. Now the woman, Shirley Sherrod, was the Georgia state director the Department Agricultural. Now the preSident's Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack just released statement saying the USDA has zero tolerance policy against discrimination. Here's part the shocking video that ignited this controversy. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) SHIRLEY SHERROD, FORMER USDA STATE DIRECTOR: The first time was faced with having help white farmer save his farm, took long time talking but was trying show was superior me. know what was doing. But had come for help. What didn't know while was taking all that time trying show was superior was was trying decide just how much help was going give him. Request Story 
Black USDA official resigns after admitting she only 'did enough' for white farmer (MSNBC 
7/20) black USDA official Georgia has resigned after publicly admitting she didn't help white man trying save his farm the "full force" her power and instead referred him "one his own." Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said had accepted Shirley Sherrod's resignation, saying there was "zero tolerance for discrimination USDA." The NAACP, which recently condemned racism tea party groups, also issued statement Monday night saying: "Racism about the abuse power. Sherrod had her position USDA. According her remarks, she mistreated white farmer need assistance because his race." Link 
Morning Joe (MSNBC 7/20) 
Well, another story reverse discrimination comes out today. This one really interesting. I'm thinking that this woman regrets this comment. USDA official Georgia has resigned after YouTube clip shows 
her admitting that race helped determine how much aid would given white farmer. You're not supposed that, are you? mean, I'm not --it's probably not good idea. for being stupid. It's not 
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even --well, how about you just don't it. Anyway, the state's director rural development apparently made the comments during NAACP banquet March. Take listen. The first time was faced with having help white farmer save his farm, took long time talking, but was trying show was superior me. What didn't know while was taking all that time show was superior was was trying decide just how much help was going give him. was struggling with the fact that many black people had lost their farmland, and here was faced with having help white person save their land. So, didn't give him the full force what could do. Request Story 
Shirley Sherrod Resigns Over USDA Race Remark Furor (CBS News 7/20) high-ranking black employee the U.S. Department Agriculture has resigned after remarks she made about race were distributed conservative web sites and aired Fox News. video clip Shirley Sherrod, the USDA's Georgia State Director Rural Development, was circulated conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart and his site, biggovernment.com, which Sherrod talked withholding help white man facing the loss his family farm. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released statement Tuesday saying had accepted Sherrod's resignation, and added that the department has tolerance for discrimination. Link 
USDA worker quits over 1986 racial incident (The Washington Post 7/20) U.S. Agriculture Department official from Georgia resigned late Monday after she was caught tape admitting that she had not helped farmer much she could have because was white. Shirley Sherrod, USDA state director rural development, made the remarks March NAACP Freedom Fund banquet. Her videotaped remarks surfaced YouTube Monday. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack accepted Sherrod's resignation, saying, "There zero tolerance for discrimination USDA, and strongly condemn any act discrimination against any person. have been working hard through the past months reverse the checkered civil rights history the department and take the issue fairness and equality very seriously." NAACP President and Benjamin Jealous called Sherrod's actions shameful and agreed with the decision fire her. Link the curious case Shirley Sherrod, let's see the whole tape (Atlanta Journal Constitution 7/20) couple folks comments yesterday brought the case USDA official Shirley Sherrod, black woman caught tape NAACP meeting here Georgia apparently bragging about being less than diligent helping white farmer. The folks Big Government posted portion her speech part the running feud between the NAACP and the Tea Party over which organization more racist. the end the day Monday, Sherrod had been forced resign her post, and NAACP President Ben Jealous had released statement agreeing with the forced resignation:"Racism about the abuse power. Sherrod had her position USDA. According her remarks, she mistreated white farmer need assistance because his race. Link 
Resigned USDA official says racial story misconstrued (Atlanta Journal Constitution 7/20) 
The USDA's rural development director for Georgia says she was forced out her federally appointed job after "snippet" speech she gave March appeared show her admission only half-heartedly aiding struggling white farmer because his race. But phone interview from her home Albany early Tuesday morning, Shirley Sherrod told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that the two-minute, 38second video posted online Monday biggovernment.com and reported FoxNews'.com and the AJC completely misconstrued the message she was trying convey. Sherrod, 62, insisted her statements the video were not racist. "For Fox take spin this like they have done, and know it's not the truth ... it's very upsetting," she said. Link 
Shirley Sherrod Resigns USDA Job After Admitting Use Racial Preference During NAACP Banquet (VIDEO) (The Huffington Post 7/20) 
Shirley Sherrod, who resigned Monday from the USDA. 756 Shirley Sherrod, USDA official Georgia, 
has resigned after publicly admitting that race played factor her decision limit how much aid would given white farmer. Sherrod, who African American, made the comments during local NAACP 
banquet March 27, according information displayed the video. clip her speech first appeared 
Monday morning BigGovernment.com and aired that evening Fox News. Her reSignation the agency's state director rural development was quickly accepted U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. cited zero-tolerance policy and told CNN that was working "reverse the checkered civil 
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rights history the department." her controversial speech, Sherrod discussed the first time she was 
"faced with having help white farmer save his farm." She claimed that during the conversation, the 
man "was trying show was superior me." Link 
NAACP Slams Shirley Sherrod's Actions 'Shameful' (My Fox New York 7/20) 
The actions black U.S. Department Agriculture (USDA) official who admitted withholding help white farmer facing bankruptcy were late Monday described "shameful" the National Association for 
the Advancement Colored People (NAACP). Shirley Sherrod, the department's Georgia director Rural 

Development, was exposed video recorded NAACP banquet describing "the first time was faced 
with having help white farmer save his farm." Sherrod claimed the farmer took long time trying 
show was "superior" her. was struggling with the fact that many black people have lost their 
farmland and here was faced with having help white person save their land --so didn't give him 
the full force what could do. did enough," she said the video. The Agriculture Department 
announced Monday, shortly after FOXNews.com published its initial report the video, that Sherrod had 
resigned. Link 
Ga. USDA Official Resigns Over Comments (My Fox Atlanta 7/19) 
Racially charged comments have led the abrupt resignation agriculture department official. Shirley Sherrod was the top official who oversaw rural development the state Georgia. According FOX News, Sherrod, the director the USDA's rural development agency, resigned over comments she made NAACP meeting. FOX News obtained taped comments from NAACP meeting that took place Douglas, Georgia March. According FOX News, Sherrod seen talking about how she withheld help white farmer who was facing bankruptcy. didn't give him the full force what could do, did enough," Sherrod said during the meeting. the video, Sherrod said she was struggling with the fact many black people have lost their farmland and she was faced with having help white person save their land. Sherrod said she took him see white lawyer. figured took him one them his own kind, [they] would take care him," said Sherrod. According FOX News, the agriculture department announced Monday that Sherrod had resigned. Link 
USDA big quits bias-boast shock (The New York Post 7/20) black official the Agriculture Department resigned yesterday after video surfaced her bragging the NAACP that she didn't everything she could help white farmer facing bankruptcy. Shirley Sherrod, the department's Georgia director Rural Development, told the audience March banquet Atlanta that she claimed the man felt "superior" her, according FoxNews.com. "He had come for help. What didn't know while was talking all that time, trying show was superior me, was was trying decide just how much help was going give him," Sherrod said. was struggling with the fact that many black people have lost their farmland, and here was faced with having help white person save their land --so didn't give him the full force what could do."I did enough," she said. Link 
NAACP 'appalled' black USDA official's racial discrimination (Daily Caller 7/20) 
National Association for the Advancement Colored People President Benjamin Todd Jealous said late Monday was "appalled" the actions U.S. Department Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod, who resigned earlier the day after video surfaced her speaking NAACP event about discriminating against white farmer seeking government help. Jealous also promised look into why members the audience NAACP fundraiser Georgia this past March reacted, shown the Video, nodding and some cases laughing Sherrod's remarks. But Jealous distanced the national NAACP from the incident. Coming just days after the NAACP condemned racist elements inside the Tea Party movement, Sherrod's remarks place the storied civil rights organization uncomfortable position. "Racism about the abuse power. Sherrod had her position USDA. According her remarks, she mistreated white farmer need assistance because his race," Jeaous said. "We are appalled her actions, just are with abuses power against farmers color and female farmers:"'Her actions were shameful. While she went explain the story that she ultimately realized her mistake, well the common predicament working people all races, she gave indication she had attempted right the wrong she had done this man," Jealous said (read his full statement below). Link 
BREAKING: Racist Obama administration member resigns (Manhattan Conservative Examiner 
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Shirley Sherrod the USDA's Georgia Rural Development office has resigned following the airing overtly racist remarks she made speech before-of all organizations-the NAACP. local NAACP meeting March 2010, Sherrod boasted withholding assistance farmer based the color his skin, which happened white. Sherrod (surprise!) black. her comments, which are captured the video below, Sherrod freely admits "struggling with the fact that many black people had lost their farm land, and here was faced with having help white person save their land." She further confesses abusing her position refusing "give him the full force what could do." The remarks conclude with racist gem: took him white lawyer... figured that take him one them, that his own kind would take care him." Link 
USDA Official Implicated NAACP Racism Flap (Buckeye Network 7/20) 
Days after the National Association for the Advancement Colored People (NAACP) denounced the Conservative Tea Party movement allegations racism, the organization was itself implicated charges racism involving USDA official. video released BigGovernment.com, USDA's Director Rural Development Georgia Shirley Sherrod was depicted acknowledging discriminating against white farmers. The video, speech Sherrod gave the NAACP's Freedom Fund banquet March this year, stirred quite controversy the internet this week, forcing Sherrod's resignation from the department Monday. Sherrod's remarks the NAACP speech indicated that she "didn't give white farmer] the full force what could do," because was struggling with the fact that many black people had lost their farm land." Link 
USDA worker quits over racism charge from video (Salon 7/20) black federal worker has resigned from Georgia agricultural job after video clip showed her saying she had not helped farmer much she could have because was white. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said statement Tuesday had accepted the resignation Shirley Sherrod. Vilsack says the USDA has tolerance for discrimination. Sherrod told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution she was forced out her job the USDA's rural development director for Georgia. She said the two-minute, 38-second video posted online Monday misconstrued her message. Link 
Justice Not Only Obama Department Not Equally Enforcing Law (Heritage Foundation Blog 7/20) 
This morning reviewed the still unfolding New Black Panther Party scandal the Department Justice where whistle blower, testifying under oath, quoted Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandes saying that "the Voting Section will never will not, least while she there, bring any more cases against blacks other national minorities." other words, Fernandes has reportedly admitted that the Obama Justice Department not enforcing the nation's civil rights law equally and race-neutral manner. The Obama Justice Department has refused confirm deny that Fernandes made this statement. Now Andrew Breitbert has unearthed very similar statement from another Obama political appointee, this time from the Department Agriculture. the Video, U.S. Department Agriculture Director Rural Development for Georgia Shirley Sherrod tells NAACP audience ... First Justice. Now Agriculture. How many other Obama Department's are refusing enforce our nation's laws equally? Link 
NAACP meeting calmly listened racist remarks from black fed official (American Thinker 7/20) 
Andrew Breitbart has scored another bullseye, revealing hypocrisy the highest order the part another leftist establishment organization, the NAACP. March this year, speaking before NAACP 20th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, Shirley Sherrod, the Department Agriculture director for the State Georgia --responsible for over billion dollars year spending --boasts denying white farmer her full efforts because his race. The audience does not react with shock disapproval, but rather just sits there. much for NAACP President Ben Jealous denouncing the tea parties for tolerating racists. Only after Breitbart gave the incriminating video national exposure did the NAACP issue the obligatory denunciation, prevent further embarrassment. But when .nobody was looking, the NAACP audience was totally cool with the racism expressed their speaker. Link 
Shirley Sherrod Comments Results Resignation (Lalate Blog 7/20) 
Shirley Sherrod has resigned following her comments about white farmer. Shirley Sherrod's remarks appeared video from BigGovernment.com, dated the website March 27. Shirley Sherrod has been the USDA's Georgia director Rural Development. the video, Sherrod addresses NAACP 
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banquet stating "the first time was faced with having help white farmer save his farm." was struggling with the fact that many black people have lost their farmland and here was faced with having help white person save their land -so didn't give him the full force what could do. did enough". Late Monday the USDA announced Sherrod had resigned. NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous issued statement against Sherrod's comments. Link 
Shirley Sherrod USDA resigns (Buzz Tab 7/20) 
Shirley Sherrod, USDA's black employee has resignedfrom her post Monday the wake outburst video conservative media outlets which Shirley Sherrod shown telling one the audience that she had not given white framer the full force what could help him save his family farm. Tom Vilsack, the Agriculture Secretary said that had accepted Shirley Sherrod's resignation. Shirley Sherrod was working USDA's State Director Rural Development for Georgia. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said had accepted the resignation Shirley Sherrod, the department's state director rural development for Georgia. Tom Vilsack further added that USDA, they are following zero tolerance for discrimination. said that being Secretary Agriculture condemns any discriminatory act against any person. further added that USDA, they are working hard for past months reverse the checkered civil rights history and they are taking fairness and equality serious matter USDA. Link 
Shirley Sherrod Has Officially Resigned From Her lob Due Racial Preference! (Moms Word Blog 7/20) 
Shirley Sherrod, who known USDA official Georgia, has finally resigned after publicly admitting that race played factor her decision limit how much aid would given white farmer. Sherrod, who African American, made the comments during NAACP banquet March 27, according the information the video above. fact clip her speech was being aired BigGovernment.com and also Fox News Monday morning. Sherrod said during the now famous speech about the first time she was "faced with having help white farmer save his farm." She claims that during the conversation, the man "was trying show was superior me." was struggling with the fact that many black people had lost their farmland," Sherrod told the crowd. "And here was faced with having help white person save their land." Link 
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first, her comments about white farmer cost u.s. department agriculture official her job, but shirley, sherrod, who africanamerican says her comments were taken out context and referred incident that happened years ago. will talk with 
shirley sherr lad and just minute but first the comments that set off the controversy. this the longest portion the video have been able locate and unedited. 
the first time was faced with helping white farmer save his farm, took long time talking, but was trying show was superior me. know what was doing, but had come for help. what didn't know while was taking all that time trying show she was superior me, was trying show him was superior him. many black people had lost their 
farmland and here was faced with having help white person save their land. didn't give him the full force what could 
do. did enough that when --i assumed the department agriculture had sent him me, either that the georgia 
department agricult~re, and needed back and tloort did try and help. took him white lawyer that had --that had attended some the training that had provided because chapter bankruptcy had just been enacted for the family farmer, figured taking him there, his own kind would take care him. that's when was revealed that It's about those who 
have versus those who don't. It's not about white and black. opened eyes because took him one his own. what did she mean and what was the purpose her comments?-shirley sherrod meeting from albany, georgia. shirley, good see you. first ali, going dive right into this with you. the direct question did you discriminate against his white farmer? don't have her yet. don't have her yet. okay. how close are we? any idea? all right. shirley was guest ""american morning.II.. here what she had say that program. 
you say that this was part story and that was part that was spliced enough show new bad light, that this isn't the whole 
story. will you fi,nish ,for how this ended? 

okay, was speaking that group like many groups, and was telling them about time when thought that the issue was race 
and race only, and tell them the story how worked with white farmer back 1986. was not working for the department 
agriculture. was working with nonprofit organization assisting farmers throughout south georgia and the southeast, and this farmer came for help. was telling the story about how working with him helped see that the issue not about race. it's about those who have versus those who not have. 
you said you didn't give him the full force what you could do. you said you did enough. and then You referred the race the lawyer well, saying that perhaps because the lawyer was white that wo~ld help him. what did you mean that? 
well, what meant was that didn't know anyone else. didn't know another lawyer that time who was local, who knew something 
about chapter 12, but thought took him white lawyer, would definitely all that could help save his farm. 

when the u.s. department agriculture came you and said you have step down, why didn't you just say, wait minute, you 
don't know the whole story? here's the full story, why should step down? did say that, but they for some reason, the stuff that fox and the tea party does scaring the administration. told them, get the whole tape and look the whole tape and look how tell people have get beyond race and start working together. 
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and shirley sherrod with now from albany, georgia, and, shirley, let's take our time and walk through this together. that 
okay with you? 
yes. 
okay. shirley, just straightforward, fundamental question here. did you discriminate against this white farmer, roger spooner? was facing foreclosure years ago and this was again before you were working for the united states department agriculture. did you discriminate against him? 
no, did not dIscriminate against him and, fact, went all out. had franticly look for lawyer the last minute because the 
first lawyer went was not doing anything really help him. fact, that lawyer suggested they should just let the farm go. all that process --that's why tell because everything that happened dealing with him. was the first white farmer that had come for help. everything that did working with him helped see that wasn't about race. it's about those who have and those who don't. the farmer's home had done something him that hadn't seen them any black farmer. they had actually rented his land someone else when they didn't are right that. still had title the land. that's why couldn't qualify file chapter bankruptcy. that's why the end had try file chapter bankruptcy stop the forced sale the 
first tuesday june. going ask again slightly differently again. did you discriminate against this white farmer years ago, when you were, guess, a.bout years old because brought you what you described your march naacp speech superior attitude? 
you know, initially --and that's why said that. took the time weave what was happening there. did come with superior attitude, but didn't discriminate. had discriminated agafnst him, would not have given hum any help all because wasn't obligated anyone. wasn't working for the government. didn't have help him, but did. and went --that was the 
first white farmer helped. went help hundreds others through the years. 
was your --j'm ttying understand your reaction what you described superior attitude. was your reaction, perhaps, look, 
why are you taking this attitude with me? sit here position help you, and yet you bring this attitude me. did that cross your mind all and did you act upon those feelings? 
certainly didn't act upon it. you know, i'm from the south. j've lived the south all life, and know how black people were 
treated white people during those years. own father was murdered one. didn't let that get the way trying help. 
don't know why it's difficult see. didn't have help that farmer. could have sent him out the door without giving him any 
help all. but the end, became very good friends. and that friendship lasted for some years. 
explain the statement the recording that goes --so didn't give him the full force what could do. 
you know, could have tried rally other farmers support him. didn't know any black farmers who would come out try support white farmer that point. that's something could have done for black farmer. didn't know --this was first time dealing with trying help save --help white farmer save his land. wasn't really sure what could because that time, 
thought they had the advantages. learned that that was not the case working with this farmer. 
and then you went say, did enough. what was enough the case roger spooner? took someone --i took him --you mean initially? took him lawyer who had attended some training for lawyers chapter bankruptcy. but the end, that lawyer wasn't doing anything,. and when the spooners called and said wasn't, then jumped into action. took couple hours calling everyone knew. even called other states trying find lawyer who 
would file chapter bankruptcy stop the sale his land the courthouse steps. was successful the end. 
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during your time with the USDA was there ever discrimination claim filed against you? 
no. never. went out way --you know, didn't work directly with farmerS rural development. were working with cities, with sewer problems, with police cars, with health centers, with housing. that agency the one agency, say, that could 
build city. didn't any work --and didn't discriminate and went out way make sure one who came the agency 
was discriminated against. and! fact, during tenure there, targeted nine the poorest counties the state outreach work. had outreach meetings all those counties. even started working with other USDA agencies and state agencies that could coordinate our efforts these areas, and! fact, this coming thursday was the first meeting where were going pilot that, and that was -in county here southwest georgia, calhoun county. 
so, shirley, you didn't discriminate during your time USDA and least one filed such claim, you accept the statement 
from agriculture secretary tom vilsack that there zero tolerance for dis discrimination USDA? don't know, but i'm assuming there is: know didn't discriminate, and made very clear the staff there USDA that 
wouldn't tolerated during tenure. said over and over again. why are you out? 
pardon? 
why are you out? 
why lout? they asked resign, and, fact, they harassed was driving back the state office from west point, 

georgia yesterday. had least three calls telling the white house wanted resign. the pressure came from the white house? 

and the last one asked pull over the side the road and it. 
are you withing name names? 
that's what did. 
are you willing name name ys. 
that was cheryl cook, the deputy undersecretary. she called and said, cheryl, have 1/2 hour ride get into athens. she 
called second time, where are you now? said i'm just going through atlanta. she call again and said, i'm least minutes hour from athens. she said, well, shirley, they want you pull over the side the road and because you're 
going glen beck tonight. 
wow. the administration pressured you out? 
yes. 
how you feel about that? don't feel good about because know didn't anything wrong, and know during time USDA gave all had. worked 

when didn't feel like it. pushed the staff get out there places they had not been into before. like said, the nine counties targeted, asked them shortly after getting there, tell what rural development has been doing these areas, and when they did that, there were zeros lot places! and knew this was area where needed target. needed get programs out into some these areas that need it, just like some other areas that had gotten the funding over and over again. want really specific here and apologize. just have it. you get, one, two, three calls from miss cook, and the point that you have the conversation, that made clear you that you need go, how does that conversation go? 
yes. 
what said you? 
the very first one --i guess there were like four_calls because the very first one was before got car athens. she said was being put administrative leave. the next call after sat waiting and waiting because she told she would call right back, 
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the next call said that they're going have ask resign. you feel though you had opportunity state your side the story? 
no, didn't. the administration, they were not interested hearing the truth. one wanted hear the truth. 
the naacp released statement late last night saying part are appalled her actions. that opportunity explain what happened years ago. you feel though you got that opportunity, even phone call with the naacp? 
no, didn't. the naacp has not tried contact one time, and they are the reason why this happened. they got Into fight with the tea party, and all this came out result that. 
your reaction would have appreciated --when you look history civil rights, would have appreciated having the naacp least contact and roland martin, too, contact