NAACP ‘appalled’ by black USDA official’s racial discrimination

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President Benjamin Todd Jealous said late Monday he was “appalled” by the actions of U.S. Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod, who resigned earlier in the day after video surfaced of her speaking at an NAACP event about discriminating against a white farmer seeking government help.

Jealous also promised to look into why members of the audience at an NAACP fundraiser in Georgia this past March reacted, as shown in the video, by nodding and in some cases laughing at 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 in an uncomfortable position.

“Racism is about the abuse of power. Sherrod had it in her position at USDA. According to her remarks, she mistreated a white farmer in need of assistance because of his race,” Jeaous said. “We are appalled by her actions, just as we are with abuses of power against farmers of color and female farmers.”

“Her actions were shameful. While she went on to explain in the story that she ultimately realized her mistake, as well as the common predicament of working people of all races, she gave no indication she had attempted to right the wrong she had done to this man,” Jealous said (read his full statement below).

In the video, which was first posted Monday on biggovernment.com, a conservative site run by Andrew Breitbart, Sherrod is shown speaking on March 27, 2010, at what is labeled as a “Freedom Fund” dinner in Georgia, though the exact location is not clear. The Daily Caller has asked the NAACP to clarify that detail.

“I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farm land, and here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land, so I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do,” Sherrod said.

“I did enough,” she said.

Sherrod said the only reason she helped the man at all was because she knew that the federal or state department of agriculture had sent him to her and “he needed to go back and report that I had tried to help him.”

“So I took him to a white lawyer,” she said. “So I figured if I take him to one of them, that his own kind would take care of him.”

Sherrod then said it was “revealed” to her, though she did not explain how, that “it’s about the poor versus those who have.”

“It’s not so much about white — it is about white and black — but it’s not, you know,” she said, failing to finish the thought. “It opened my eyes, because I took him to one of his own.”

The video, a less than three-minute excerpt of Sherrod’s remarks, ends at that point.

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  • libertyatstake

    Shocked! Shocked! Wait, he owned the full tape all along. Set up?

    [For a light hearted take on our present peril]

  • truthiskey

    I’m really tire of the lame stream media who refuses to get the facts straight when they finally decide to report the real news. Blaming FOXNEWS will not work because every God fearing and fare minded person out there is on to you. FOX NEWS didn’t report this Sherrod or should I say CHARADE of a story until late in the night and after the Obama admn(whom I belief, with the help of the irrelevant NAACP, to throw this NONNEWS out in order to cover up the real atrocity being comitted by this WH ) had fired the lady. As an AFRICAN BLACK woman, I stand for the truth and the truth alone and those who truelly love the LORD should be prayerful that the LORD will guide their ears and eyes to the truth. OBAMA and his White House know that they are purposefully dividing this country a country in which he would not have become president of if many white had not voted for him. I belief he has his filthy finger prints all over this simply because people don’t like his SOCIALIST and UNGODLY policies ….SHAME on you BARACK OBAMA. As a christian, I don’t see color I only stand by the truth and it is high time people, both black and white, start to see our president for whom he truelly is : A THUG in SUIT. OBAMA can not put a wool over my face. If you think I’m being harsh, then people shoud demand from this president what he thinks about all of these mess tha’s being coming out of the gutter: the true racist Black panther fiasco, the irrelevant NAACP condemnation of the tea party of which I’m a proud member of, and of course this Sharrode or charade story. He needs to publicly denounce all of these nonsense that divides the people or he’s proven my point and evil becomes him…WAKE UP AMERICA