Some may not have the open mind to actually listen to what she’s saying, but I ask you to listen to what she’s saying.
When a gentleman asked me what I thought about this issues with the USDA State Director of Rural Development, Shirley Sherrod’s comments about the White Farmer, and showed me the video clip, I said she should have been fired. He’s one of the few Republicans who understands where I’m coming from when I speak about issues of race. He has mentioned some of them to me in regarding his political party, not to have a ‘gotcha’, but to sincerely understand race and racism.
When he told me the source of the video clip, I was suspicious. So I searched for the entire video to see if it has been placed out of context. Once I found the video I listened to what she had to say.
When the White Farmer came to her defense I knew something was up, because how often does a White man from a rural area come to the defense of a Black woman on an issue of race in public?
So when I listened to what she had to say, I learned that her words was placed out of context. Listen to what she’s saying in full. She actually addresses the bias she held when this occurred back in 1986.
I would suggest listening from the beginning to end to get the full context.
FULL VIDEO: Pay more attention around 11 minutes and listen.
Now this controversy occurred because of ignorance and under-education on the subjects that evolves around race in America. It also happens because someone has a motive or vendetta, often personal if not political in nature. This case was no different.
When my friend who is a White Male Republican watched the full video, he had to admit that he jumped to conclusions and wanted to believe what the ‘news’ source was telling him. When we see how ‘fair and balance’ the news is in comparison to facts, this is what happens.
It is essentially people who believe the false perceptions of power they feel are entitled to them. It’s not really about race in the end, but the perception of power and access.
So when I have someone get upset with me, I listen to learn what and how they think. You can agree or disagree with me if you like, but tell me what you think?
The silence of the critics can be overwhelming. Any other issue that involves race & politics they’re all over me, but suddenly all we hear is…