Shirley Sherron was an official with the USDA in Georgia until Monday when she was allowed to resign following release of a video which shows her boasting of discrimination against white farmers.
Sherron’s candid remarks were apparently delivered at an NAACP banquet in March as shown in the You Tube video linked at reference 1.
As reported in part:
“During her controversial speech, Sherrod discussed the first time she was “faced with having to help a white farmer save his farm.” She claims that during the conversation, the man “was trying to show me he was superior to me.”
“I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farmland,” Sherrod told the crowd. “And here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land.”
“I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do.”
So, in what seems like an open and shut case of racial discrimination by a department of the U.S. government, why has President Obama not expressed outrage over Ms. Sherron’s “stupidity” and demanded a full and complete investigation of all departments to root out the likes of Shirley Sherron?
Where in Hades is Attorney General Eric Holder? Will his Department of Justice step up to the bar and look into this case of deliberate racial discrimination by a government employee?
Will Shirley Sherron be arrested and charged with a hate crime?
Or are DOJ lawyers too busy investigating an Oakland California jury for finding Johannes Mehserle guilty of involuntary manslaughter instead of second-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter?
The probability of justice being served in the Shirley Sherron case seems remote, at best, given Holder’s failure to take action against the New Black Panthers for voter intimidation in 2008.
Perhaps the government blurb which states that the U.S. “prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status” should be appeneded with the phrase, “except in the case of white folks with attitude” ?
John W. Lillpop is a Capitol Hill Coffee House staff writer.