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Shirley Sherrod: "In our struggle between the 'haves' and the 'have-nots,' they want to keep the poor divided - and we have to insist, by our words and our actions, that there is no difference between us."

Ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod listens during a panel discussion at the National Association of Black Journalists, 07/29/10. (photo: Gregory Bull/AP)
Ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod listens during a panel discussion at the National Association of Black Journalists, 07/29/10. (photo: Gregory Bull/AP)

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+2 # Guest 2010-08-19 10:46
Michael:
Thanks for publishing the words of this dedicated and loving woman. The lesson that has been missed in the reporting about this event is that we all must uncover and admit our own racism in order to be free of it. Sherrod's courageous self-disclosure was summarily crushed, but the redemption that followed should make us all feel safer to admit our own faults and break-throughs. The finger that we so easily point at others needs to be directed at ourselves in an act of self-reflection . This event has the potential for positive cultural change if that idea could gain acceptance in mass consciousness. As a now-respected main-stream media progressive pundit (bet you didn't expect that that would happen!), I hope you will pass that message on.
With great respect and affection,
Ron Iverson
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-08-19 20:20
Perhaps the most important line in the letter reads:
"That very night, I made a commitment that I would stay in the South and fight for change." WE must all find the courage and wherewithall to fight. When union members are attacked by the media, when workers go on strike we must stand 'shoulder to shoulder' in support. We must confront the lies. The other day I had jury duty and a local Sacto station was doing a story on the state claiming the state pays $150 for a state worker to change a light bulb. Call the station and you will find out the reporter can't tell you where the figure comes from or the math behind it. She just reads the copy. Confront the Goebbels school of journalism that seems to have trained so many of our 'reporters.' Buy products with a union label. Do what you can, when you can. My daughter started a conversation with someone on the lightrail about the positive aspects of unions. Others joined in. Don't waste a minute. Above all remember that solidarity works.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-08-19 20:48
Hi Shirley do agree 100% with you and keep up your good works, somebody has to stand tall and believe in what they are doing. Been around this old world some 80 years now and watched it all and at times I thought really maybe we get the point, but alas always something or somebody in the wings to put the screw in backwards and get it all wrong, anyway keep going Girl behind you all the way.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-08-19 21:58
Shirley,
Thank you. I'm honored by your work on every American's behalf. The biggest tragedy is that so many Americans don't understand that you are a Champion for us all. Your wisdom and actions humble and inspire me. Yesterday, it was announced that Pakistan needed half a billion dollars for relief. Not one multi-billionai re wrote a check. There is a difference in hearts. I love you.
 
 
+1 # soularddave 2010-08-20 00:42
I must live too far away to have known of Ms. Sherrod's efforts before the story at hand surfaced. That clown who twisted her story caused me, eventually, to know the bigger story. It is with awe & respect that I "meet" Ms. Sherrod, and these comments fill in missing pieces of her life struggle. We are all deeply indebted to her for persevering for years, so many years. The struggle advances with each person from whom we learn so much. I feel indebted.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-08-20 08:42
Re Shirley's metaphor on the grindstone (grinding you down or polishing you up), I, an over-educated-7 4-year-old-lady , can only applaud. Damn tootin'!
 
 
0 # Guest 2010-08-23 06:21
Ms. Sherrod was the victim of a media lynching. She refuses to be embittered and perseveres in her call for justice. That happens to make her a hero. I am inspired and if I could, I'd tell her personally that she honors everything that King stood for and I am moved by her courage and will endeavor to remain in the struggle as well. Thank you Ms. Sherrod.
 

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