July 21st, 2010
10:42 AM ET
4 years ago

Congressional Black Caucus releases statement on Sherrod firing

Washington (CNN) – The Congressional Black Caucus released the following statement today on the firing of USDA employee Shirley Sherrod:‬




‪“It is troubling that Shirley Sherrod was asked for her resignation as Georgia State Director for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of an edited video clip. A full review of the clip demonstrates Ms. Sherrod’s personal transformation. She was clearly educating the public about the power of redemption. It is now apparent that Secretary Vilsack did not have all of the facts available to him and overreacted.‬

‪“The Congressional Black Caucus continues to believe that Ms. Sherrod was unfairly asked to resign, without due process and should be reinstated immediately. There are many individuals still serving in the Department of Agriculture who were responsible for years of discrimination against African American farmers.‬

‪“We also believe that a national dialogue on race must be held. Last November, we held a forum on race in Washington DC to begin the discussion. The basis for Ms. Sherrod’s resignation is another example of why we must not sweep race under the rug. Rather, we must come together as a nation and recognize that we do not live in a post-racial era and that while difficult, we must confront these issues head on with clarity and without fear.‬

‪“Ms. Sherrod has been an effective public servant and it would be tragic to lose a person of such caliber, competence and commitment to fairness and equality and one who has dedicated her life to working for a more perfect union.”‬

soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I agree with the CBC's statement. I also think that anything reported by Fox(Fixed) News needs to be heavily strutinized before people pass judgements on it. Fox has proven to a source of falsehoods and misinformation and it needs to stop. When did networks start making up the news rather than actually reporting on it? I personally think the FCC should investigate this matter.

    July 21, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Lynn

    Never resign, force them to fire you. Then you have a law suit.

    July 21, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. wert

    These people make me want to vomit. It's their brand of politics that comdemned the woman in the first place.

    July 21, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. Living in America

    Wow Fox News have outfoxxed themselves on this one. Will the public demand the journalist be fired for doing this. Inquiring minds wanna know. The Weed Party, excuse me the Tea Party is pretty quiet as well. Knock, knock. Hello is anybody home.

    July 21, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  5. Marcus

    'Knee-Jerk' reactions are always lame and ridiculous...

    July 21, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Slider

    The CBC wants a national dialogue on race.

    Got some news for ya, CBC, you can start with your own race. Hold a dialogue with the NAACP, who had the full version of the speech by Sherrod and didn't release it to the media until the superficial stance, a stance you and the NAACP have gotten fat on, blew up in your faces.

    Ask yourselves why they operated this way?

    Most Americans don't regard someone's race in most issues. The only ones tripping over race are morans like yourselves, who've staked your lives and careers over it.

    You need race turmoil to have any semblance of employment. This stuff only happens when folks that belong to the CBC, NAACP and the government get involved.

    As for Sherrod. Well, one can only hope that her eyes are now opened a bit further.

    July 21, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. mat

    Once a Gov employee voices that they have considered using their power of office to discriminate based on race that should be grounds for immeadiate dismissal. Phrases like "one of his own kind" only back that up. Personal redemption is just that. Personal. Besides, the NAACP group she was speaking to seemed to approve of the choice and is made evident by their laughter.

    July 21, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Warren

    She should not have been asked to resign until they reviewed all the facts. On the audio you can hear people at the NAACP event laughing when she said I sent him to “his people”. I own and company that employs 73 people and if I was to hire someone but then said no "his people" should take care of him how immoral would that be. The Congressional Black Caucus is just as racist as the NAACP but I agree in this instance.

    July 21, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The issue is that he only saw part of the video. If everything had been seen, then there would have been some better level of understanding. She might not have been asked to resign. How long ago was this anyhow?

    July 21, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. grrace

    I just wish Vilsack, NAACP, and the Black Caucus would have listened to Ms. Sherrod before they fired her.

    The tip off should have been, "you're going to be on Glen Beck tonight." They should have known the story was a fabricated manufactured lie. We only need to do so much fact checking, till someone earns the title LIAR. And Fox News/Beck and other Fox entertainers have worked really really hard for THAT title.

    The real questions now are: Will the FCC fine Fox News? And will Glen Beck, etc., be fired?

    P.S. I'm still waiting for the "teapoty" to denounce racism. But they are more interested in trying to show racism somewhere else, so they can say "look, look, its okay to be racists, THEY are" ....

    July 21, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. John Cummings

    I do not understand why she was pounced on in the first place. What happened to the values of critical thinking that these 'great' leaders picked up in college? Is there really no time to think and evaluate a situation in the chains of command at that level. If that is the case, I wonder how many ignorant decisions are made on a daily bases by our "leaders".

    July 21, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. ib

    another over reaction by Obama and company just like everything else that Obama's touches.

    July 21, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. RTB

    Get rid of Sec. Vilsack.

    Shirley Sherrod should replace Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture.

    She is obviously the more capable of the two.

    July 21, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. ATL Guy

    Fox News has been promoting the Tea Party from day one and picked up on this story to blunt some of the Tea Party negatives. That's fair and balanced for you. To cause an innocent person their job for no reason is despicable and immoral. Obama should definitely apologize to her for this episode but the real blame here is on Fox News. They've been running the New Black Panther Party story nonstop and now they are after the NAACP. We will not let the Republicans get away with this.

    July 21, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. Angus McDugan

    Mr. Obama, This is an area where the nation needs leadership in race relations. Please step in and provide some leadership before the country tears itself apart over race.

    July 21, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. w l jones

    Put this race thing under a rock and leave it there where it belong. Said enough.

    July 21, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Zero Hour

    "...we must confront these issues ... without fear.‬"

    So whites who hold un-PC views on race can express those opinions without fear of defamation, destruction of their reputations, or job loss?

    The CBC has no intention of holding a dialogue on race. It'll just be a continuation of the usual monologue, where blacks hector whites and the latter are expected to just sit back and nod meekly in agreement.

    July 21, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. Guess Who

    Let's hope from here on, the entire world pause and take a serious look at Fox News Network for its agenda. They are doing a good job at swaying Independents and undecided voters into the GOP camp. Hopefully now, this can put a brake on this. We know the cunning FOX will fight back hard because this woman, Shirley Sherrod, really showed the redemption Jesus Christ taught about.

    July 21, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Christain Community Network

    Now we're finally hearing some rational words, some many owe Shirley Sherrod a blessing and much thanks, I truly believe Secretary Vilsack should resign, and the White House staff too.

    July 21, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. Brian Orlando

    This was just another controversy stirred up by conservatives altering video clips..... Just like with ACORN, FOX NEWS again shows how biased and unprofessional they are by being "an outlet" to both of these stories.

    July 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Zenon Fedyniak

    How can the Congressional Black Caucus make the following statement without offering any support or proof :

    There are many individuals still serving in the Department of Agriculture who were responsible for years of discrimination against African American farmers.‬

    That statement is divisive and incindiary and the caucus's judgement must be called into question if the statement was used to justify ANYONE's prejudicial attitudes or/and actions.

    July 21, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. Willy Brown

    Well CBC you should be blasting your brother in the White House.

    July 21, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. manhandler

    The while lot of them ought to be made to crawl up to her on their hands and knees to ask for her forgiveness...........the USDA, NAACP, Faux News, and the Obama Administration ought to be totally ashamed of themselves. Their pathetic attempts at backpeddling are laughable and they have made utter fools of themselves.

    July 21, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. manhandler

    The whole lot of them ought to be made to crawl up to her on their hands and knees to ask for her forgiveness...........the USDA, NAACP, Faux News, and the Obama Administration ought to be totally ashamed of themselves. Their pathetic attempts at backpeddling are laughable and they have made utter fools of themselves.

    July 21, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. Kevin in Ohio

    Whatever dialog must begin with you. Ackowledge that hatred comes from BOTH sides and condemn the hate that comes from groups like the Black Panthers. Until you do that, you have no credibility.

    July 21, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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