Call Shirley Sherrod Firing A Mistake.
As we now know, the video didn't show the entire story. The story that Sherrod, a product of the racist, segregated Georgia South, has been a crusader championing the cause for equal rights her whole adult life.
Sherrod was fired from her job as an official with the US Department of Agriculture, and received from the agency's Tom Vilsack scathing remarks. (He has since retracted them).
Said Vilsack, "This is a good woman." She has been put through hell. I could have done and should have done a better job."
But Vilsack wasn't the only person in this firestorm of attacks on Sherrod. The NAACP, once they saw the video, also acted in kind saying, "We have a zero tolerance policy for racism, of any kind", and also denounced the ousted USDA official."
We spoke with NAACP Director Hiliary Shelton, who, on a CNN special said the NAACP was "snookered" into believing what was on a video clip that was later found to have been taken out of context.
"It was really sad, that you had someone that was so maliciously edited the words of such a good woman at an NAACP event with the intent of impugning the NAACP and smearing the administration", Shelton told us.
Full Shirley Sherrod NAACP video can be seen here.
The Sherrod story brought to light the plight of Black Farmers who still have not been awarded the $1.5B owed to them from a racial discrimination lawsuit with the US Department of Agriculture.
"Well, we’re hoping that this will incentivize the Senate to go ahead and move on the funding to fund the settlement and you never know, in politics, what the straw is that will move something [to action] so at the end of the day, perhaps this will serve some useful purpose", said Congressman Mel Watt.
NAACP's Hilary Shelton told us the NAACP has sided with the plight of the Black Farmers since the beginning.
"We testfied and supported their initiative before Federal District court when they filed the Pigford suit in the first place. We supported those initiatives through the Congress to receive the funding we needed with the Pigford I settlement. We realize the some farmers have been locked out and we continue to work with organizations like the Black Farmers Association, and with Black farmers themselves, to make sure Pigford II is passed to extend the eligibility to farmers that got left out of the first Pickford settlement.
Shelton said the NAACP is working now with the Department of Agriculture, who he says, recognizes and supports the $1.5B settlement owed to Black Famers.
"The issue for us is making sure the House and Senate support appropriating the funds to pay the farmers what they're due."