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The woman at the center of a racially tinged firestorm involving the Obama administration and the NAACP says she's not certain whether she would return to the Agriculture Department if invited back.
Shirley Sherrod says she's perplexed by the uproar over remarks she made 24 years ago about giving shortshrift attention to pleas for assistance by a white farmer. Sherrod, who is black, says her remarks broadcast on a conservative website were taken out of context, and "that's not me."
The white farming family that was the subject of the story stood by Sherrod and said she should stay.
"We probably wouldn't have (our farm) today if it hadn't been for her leading us in the right direction," said Eloise Spooner, the wife of farmer Roger Spooner of Iron City, Ga. "I wish she could get her job back because she was good to us, I tell you."
"I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farmland, and here I was faced with helping a white person save their land," Sherrod said.
Initially, she said, "I didn't give him the full force of what I could do" and only gave him enough help to keep his case progressing. Eventually, she said, his situation "opened my eyes" that whites were struggling just like blacks, and helping farmers wasn't so much about race but was "about the poor versus those who have."
post by ThaLoccster
I'd like to see the rest of the video.
I find it odd that it cuts out right at the moment where she begins to explain that its not all about being black or white, but also about class and being poor versus rich.
I think thats the message that maybe with the racism HYPE that is trying to be conveyed.
I've often told people that black/white/brown/yellow doesn't matter, the only color that does matter is green, and if you aren't green then you don't matter.
I think thats what has happened in the past few years, people are starting to wake up to the class divide, and realize that we are all second class citizens to the people with money and power. So enter the new racism debate, because thats what its really all about is skin color.
I'm kinda sick of the race hype in the MSM not to mention here on ATS.
In the past couple of weeks there have been an inane amount of race threads, saying this group is racist, no this group is obviously racist, and don't forget this group, they are the real racists.
For all the people of ATS, claiming to be free thinkers, quick to deny ignormace, its a shame to see people who are supposedly "enlightened" to the ploys of "TPTB" falling for the same crap as the average Faux new viewer.
So in the past year not only has the US been further divided by "tea parties" and "obamanation", now we have hyped racism to further divide.
I've said it before, deny ignorace...embrace ignorance...does anyone know the difference anymore?
Originally posted by ~Lucidity
But anyway, this whole new focus on race and racism is extremely disturbing. I know the country had great hopes that we could finally put it all behind us, but there are clearly people on all sides who don't want that to happen. Sad.