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Shirley Sherrod Resignation

Agriculture Secretary Subpoenaed In Racist Video Suit

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has been subpoenaed in a lawsuit filed against the late blogger Andrew Breitbart. Former USDA e...

Lessons In Discipline: What LGBT Rights Advocates Can Learn From Shirley Sherrod

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 10.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Reactions to the financing of anti-gay groups by Chick-fil-A owner Dan Cathy included ill-considered behavior by some on the pro-LGBT side that played into the hands of our opponents, who are always looking for excuses to portray themselves as victims.

GOP Rep. Steve King on Shirley Sherrod, Pigford and Racism (VIDEO)

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Stranahan

As part of my documentary about how the Pigford settlement designed to help black farmers was hijacked by trial lawyers and politicians, I interviewed controversial congressman Steve King.

The Odd Timing of Shirley Sherrod's Lawsuit Against Andrew Breitbart

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Stranahan

Until Mrs. Sherrod plunged herself headfirst into the Pigford story by suing my film's funder, Andrew Brietbart, I wasn't clear on how central a figure she was.

Emails Show Shirley Sherrod Fired In Rush Over Edited Video

Los Angeles Times | Peter Nicholas and Kathleen Hennessey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Obama administration officials knew they did not have all the facts last summer when they rushed to dismiss Shirley Sherrod from the Agriculture Depar...

Alan Simpson: Totally Lucky He's Not a Democrat

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

It's strange that the administration is defending a man who seems hellbent on slashing benefits while co-chairing Obama's Catfood Commission.

Tom Vilsack Offered To Resign Over Shirley Sherrod Debacle

Politico | Roger Simon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

...In a 75-minute, exclusive interview Tuesday, [Agriculture Secretary Tom] Vilsack told me about his initial suspension of Shirley Sherrod and his su...

We Can't Yield -- Not Now, Not Ever

Shirley Sherrod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shirley Sherrod

Life is a grindstone. But whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us.

The Bitter Ironies in USDA's Firing of Shirley Sherrod

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Carr

For all the the subsidy programs' generosity toward those least in need, it has been impossible to bring closure to black farmers victimized by past USDA discrimination.

WaPo 'On Faith': Shirley Sherrod: Racial Healing And God's Amazing Grace

The Washington Post | Gustav Niebuhr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

In reporting on Shirley Sherrod's case, commentators have focused on the high-pressure dysfunctions of the 24-hour news cycle, the embarrassing, knee-...

Is There Any Integrity Or Honesty Out There?

Russell Bishop | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Russell Bishop

Self interest seems to trump "doing what is right," dragging the world into more and more of the kind of "caveat emptor" thinking that helped created the economic crisis that seems to pervade life these days.

Shirley Sherrod, Black Farmers and the 2010 Racial World Cup

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Perhaps one of the more eloquent and official retrospectives resulting from the Shirley Sherrod incident was White House Press Secretary Robert Gibb's...

NAACP Still Hasn't Atoned for Sherrod Blunder

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

NAACP president Ben Jealous caught holy hell from black bloggers for his astoundingly embarrassing rush to judgment applauding the curb toss of Shir...

Shirley Sherrod To Obama: Come To Georgia, See How 'Regular Folks' Live

AP | BRENT KALLESTAD and MERRILL HARTSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ALBANY, Ga. — Former Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, who was forced to resign after a blogger posted comments she made to an NA...

Bob Herbert On Shirley Sherrod: Obama Running From Race Issue

New York Times | BOB HERBERT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Shirley Sherrod story tells us so much about ourselves, and none of it is pretty. The most obvious and shameful fact is that the Obama administrat...

Jason Linkins

Politico's 'Age Of Rage': More Evidence That It Still Hasn't Figured Out Journalism

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Let's recall: the rickety bandwagon that provides the peg for Politico's whole "Age Of Rage" item is Andrew Breitbart's calculatedly deceptive smear of Shirley Sherrod, which resulted in a massive rush-to-judgment orgasm from the media that sprinted ahead of common sense. John Harris and Jim VandeHei have essentially cast themselves in the role of Tiresias, and they are warning us today that if you do not want to see the coming Rage Age, tear out your eyes now! It's getting really weird to hear an organization that's cast itself as a "new-media" leader constantly admit that it doesn't understand the first thing about it.

Barack Obama, The National NAACP, and Chickensh*t Liberalism

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

There used to be a time when liberals, progressive and civil rights leaders stood up to right-wing bullies like Andrew Breitbart and Fox News, fighting back, sometimes even risking their lives. No more, it seems.

Four Ways To Avoid Future Shirley Sherrod Debacles

Politics Daily | Walter Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

An apologetic phone call from Barack Obama and a new (and still unaccepted) job offer from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack should help end the media...

Obama Blames Media For His Administration's Firing Of Shirley Sherrod

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack erred in pushing out Shirley Sherrod over allegations of racism that later proved unsubstantiat...

Jason Linkins

Shirley Sherrod Scandal: The Obsession With 'Teachable Moments'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Lots of people despise the term "teachable moment" and I can understand why. A lot of the time, the phrase is invoked as a way of saying, "Hey, isn't the good news that all of you now have this awesome opportunity to learn from the monumental mistake I've just made?" Nevertheless, the Shirley-Sherrod-fiasco-as-teachable-moment idea came up at yesterday's White House press briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, so let's get into it.

Why the White House Really Rushed to Judgment on Sherrod

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Capitol Hill reporters relentlessly peppered White House press secretary Robert Gibbs with questions of why the White House rushed to judgment and dem...

If It's Okay, I Prefer Assistant: Sherrod's Unique Position (VIDEO)

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Karen Dalton-Beninato

This is how I picture Sherrod accepting the unique position offered by the Agriculture Department yesterday.

Shirley Sherrod, a Family Farmer's Friend

Willie Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Willie Nelson

The real story of Shirley Sherrod deserved to be told a long time ago. She has had an amazing impact on the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of families and communities throughout the South.

Jason Linkins

Sherrod Scandal: Washington Post Finds It Impossible To Form Any Conclusions On The Incident

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Shirley Sherrod affair is one of those stories that has absolutely no ambiguity to it. Alex Pareene basically captures what happened in the subhed...

Secretary Vilsack: Re-Hire Shirley Sherrod

Ken Blackwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

Here is an opportunity for all of us. Shirley Sherrod should be reinstated. We can all learn a lesson in humility. We can all learn something about forgiveness and grace from this story.