I've been quite for a couple of days about this, but this is starting to boil my blood. If you haven't heard, let me fill you in.
Prominent conservative site BigGovernment.com released an edited video of Shirley Sherrod, a black woman who worked for the Department of Agriculture, giving a speech. The video was edited to make it look like Ms. Sherrod was telling a racist story in which she had doubts about helping a farmer save his farm, which she appeared to revel in. Here is the edited video:
The problem is, that wasn't the case. Instead, Sherrod was making a point that racism is wrong, and used the story to illustrate how she herself overcame racism. In fact, Ms. Sherrod helped save the farm and is now friends with the farmer.
The full video (See 21:00):
Notice how long the actual video is? Andrew Breitbart, the founder of Big Government, released the video, despite apparently knowing it was factually and maliciously wrong. When the story broke, the NAACP denounced the comments, and Ms. Sherrod was fired by the Department of Agriculture. Multiple sources have also stated that the Administration pushed for the firing.
Now the whole video has been released. Andrew Breitbart, I call on you to apologize for the disservice you did to this woman. To the Department of Agriculture and to the White House, I call on you to give Ms. Sherrod her job back. To the NAACP, I call on you to apologize to Ms. Sherrod and in the future, you must confirm and obtain all facts before you act.
This whole thing disgusts me.
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