Jul 29, 2010


SAN DIEGO — Ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod said Thursday she will sue a conservative blogger who posted an edited video of her making racially tinged remarks last week.

The edited video posted by Andrew Breitbart led Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to ask Sherrod to resign, a decision he reconsidered after seeing the entire video of her March speech to a local NAACP group. In the full speech, Sherrod spoke of racial reconciliation and lessons she learned after initially hesitating to help a white farmer save his home.

She said she doesn't want an apology from Breitbart for posting the video that took her comments out of context, but told a crowd at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention that she would "definitely sue."

Vilsack and President Barack Obama later called Sherrod to apologize for her hasty ouster. Vilsack has offered her a new job at the department, which she is still considering.

"I have many, many questions before I can make a decision," Sherrod told the group. "I don't know what will happen from this day forward in terms of whether I'll be back in the department or what I'll do."

E-mails to Breitbart's Web sites seeking comment were not immediately returned Thursday morning.

Obama said Thursday morning on ABC's daytime talk show "The View" that the incident shows racial tensions still exist in America.

"There are still inequalities out there. There's still discrimination out there," Obama said. "But we've made progress."

Obama pinned much of the blame for the incident on a media culture that he said seeks out conflict and doesn't always get the facts right. But he added, "A lot of people overreacted, including people in my administration."


1 comment:

  1. What would surely help the rest of us a great deal when deciding how best to deal with the reckless indifference re: telling the truth by conservative leaders and the almost breathtaking gullibility or total lack of critical scrutiny they use when listening to these leaders, is for the public to become aware of the now-overwhelming research data that empirically proves most US conservatives process information in a way that is markedly different than the general population.
    Most conservatives also happen to score highly on psych-profile scales that measure authoritarianism. And RWA's (right-wing authoritarians) in turn process the info we receive from our environment in much the same way we all do if we are under threat, hurrying to meet a crucial deadline, or trying to deal with a hostile person or situation. While a few of the cognitive changes these conditions induce can be considered beneficial, most clearly are not (tunnel vision, premature closure, more violence-prone, etc). Unfortunately for everyone, even themselves, conservatives are limited by these primitive "fight or flight"-type responses all day, every day.

    But let's be clear here. Despite this revelation being absent from commercial MS- media sources, it is new or even controversial among academics.

    So neither is it mere character assassination, more crap albeit being fired from left to right in this instance. This is research reflecting the status quo of all competent social scientists working in relevant fields. It comes from Harvard, Yale, UCLA, Princeton....researchers whose excellent work on personality and terrorism correlations brought them to now be members of a DHS counter-terrorism panel (psych division). Look for the research paper "Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition", Jost et al. for confirmation of my claims here.