Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Video's Worth 1,000 Words

This video (the full version) tells the story that this viral video didn't.

The short of it: Shirley Sherrod tells a story at an NAACP meeting about her own racist attitude and behavior toward a white farmer she was supposed to help while working at a nonprofit. That's the story that made the circuit this morning.

But the real story was more nuianced, as the video shows. Unfortunately, the White House forced her to resign over this, which shows how scared they are of racial issues. This was clearly a case where the WH overreacted, which, given their usual languid response to issues (*cough* gulf oil spill *cough*), is unbelievable.