Round two of the Tea Party-NAACP prize fight resulted in another knockdown, this time in the USDA’s state director of rural development for Georgia, Shirley Sherrod.
Miss Sherrod, stepping into the ring, standing at 5’3″ and weighing in at a svelte 142 pounds quickly took a first round fall from a tremendous roundhouse by Agriculture Secretary Tom “The Verminator” Vilsack. (Author’s note: No relation to the original Verminator, Married With Children’s Kelly Bundy. http://www.superheroinebabes.com/Verminator/index.htm)
Sadly though the punch was thrown by the Agricultural Secretary and former Iowa Governor, the move was orchestrated by various conservative media outlets and the rising political juggernaut, the Tea Party. (By the way, Conservative Media Outlets sounds like a giant store in Nebraska where you can purchase a Home Entertainment Center, farming equipment and an ice cold Orange Julius. Umm, yummy!)
After the left wing radical groups helped push the Tea Party Express Spokesman Marky Mark Williams’ fall from grace over the weekend, the tea Party Federation was out for blood. Their opportunity quickly came in the form of Miss Sherrod and a video clip of her telling a story of her not adequately helping a white farmer back in 1986 escape foreclosure of his farm. (Other notable history from 1986: US Bombed Mommar Qaddafi’s Libyan tent, the Space Shuttle Challenger explodes, Hands Across America helped save over 47 people from hunger and homelessness and a little band named Cameo recorded their smash hit, “Word Up” launching a new era in the high fade and a snappy Cherry Coke marketing revolution!)
Cameo, a classic band: http://www.marstalent.com/utopia/bio_cameo.htm
Sherrod, who resigned late Monday from her job as USDA’s Georgia director of rural development, was shown talking about “the first time I was faced with having to help a white farmer save his farm.” Miss Sherrod was quick to point out she used the words, “first time” as opposed to “last time”.
One of her more incendiary comments were the words, “I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farmland 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. I did enough,” she added. Rumors of her making 40 acres and a mule taunts to the white farmer still remained unsubstantiated.
“That B**ch!” Mark Williams was overheard shouting from a corner bar stool. “All I did was make slavery jokes and use the word ‘coloreds’ a lot!” (Note: We’re still trying to confirm that last quote.)
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Conservative website publisher Andrew Breitbart originally posted the video, which was quickly picked up by Fox News. (Who’d a thunk it?) The video claims Sherrod’s remarks were delivered March 27 to an NAACP Freedom Fund banquet. The poor-quality video showed Sherrod telling her audience that the farmer she was working with “took a long time … trying to show me he was superior to me.” (Mainly by stomping up and down, puffing out his chest and performing multiple sets of squat thrusts.)
To prove she had done her job, she said, she took him to a white lawyer. (That is how I prove I did my job. Done and done!)
“I figured that if I take him to one of them, that his own kind would take care of him,” she said.
She told CNN that at the time, she was working with a nonprofit association aimed at assisting farmers in Georgia and the Southeast. In the end, she said, the lawyer did not help the farmer and she “had to frantically find a lawyer who would file a Chapter 11 to stop the foreclosure.” (Apparently, the Lawyer considered his “own kind” only rich people who pay him lots of money. That’s the new “white”.)
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday he had accepted Sherrod’s resignation. He later said he had also accepted an invitation to Joe Biden’s birthday bowling and pizza party.
“There is zero tolerance for discrimination at USDA, and I strongly condemn any act of discrimination against any person,” Vilsack said. “We have been working hard through the past 18 months to reverse the checkered civil rights history at the department and take the issue of fairness and equality very seriously.”
Sherrod told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution there were white people, including a mayor, at the banquet where she spoke. “Why would I do something racist if they were there? I love the crackers!”
The NAACP issued a statement late Monday backing Vilsack’s decision.
“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,” said Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the civil rights group. “We are appalled by her actions, just as we are with abuses of power against farmers of color and female farmers.”
Coming up: round three. Who will throw the next punch and who will take the next fall? You be the judge.