Thanks But No Thanks: Shirley Sherrod Refuses To Be A Crumb Snatcher for the USDA

I applaud Ms. Shirley Sherrod on refusing the position given to her after she was used as yet another political pawn within a government that bi-partisanly puts politics before the service of its people. Ms. Sherrod decided not to fall into the Obama “Change We Can Believe In” hero complex by coming into a completely broken situation that needs a complete overhaul, knowing very well that she will never be given the power & support to overhaul it because everyone is on the take & she has enough experience to know better. I applaud Ms. Sherrod for being fearless in refusing to sweep it under the rug & let the dirt build up again instead of facing it head on & cleaning it up in order to expose the beauty underneath or the beauty that could be in America. We need to take heed to the Shirley Sherrod story as Black people, as a nation & as a world at large that seems to play into the hands of those who continuously use us to divide ourselves so that they can conquer. Ms. Sherrod will probably serve the country better from the outside by being the one to watch over & call the USDA out on their own madness of corruption, kowtowing to big business & general lack of regulations & enforcement. I hope Van Jones will also continue to keep his eyes on BP & the environment by continuing his work after his own Fox news & its bi-partisan enablers ousting, in telling people the truth without political shackles, the same way I believe Shirley Sherrod will in her refusal to get sucked back into the same lions den.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that Sherrod will in the future work with the department in a consulting capacity to help it improve its civil rights performance. Sherrod said she was tempted to take the position in the Office of Advocacy and Outreach, but she could not accept it “at this point, with all that has happened.” READ MORE

In reading the piece quoted below on AOL’s Black Voices & their take on Ms. Sherrod’s job refusal, I am seeing more & more how we as local & global Black people need an overhaul in our reality check because we truly seem to see the global Black experience past, present & future completely differently & often refuse to see the other side until we are directly on the receiving end of the disrespect,struggle & carnage; As Black Republicans all of a sudden realize that Sarah Palin is no longer fit to lead in their Jack & Jill politics only after she co-signed on Dr. Laura’s “Nigger” explosion -letting them know that yes, America has come so far, but we have so far to go if we really want to see any semblance of the so called “post racial” utopian nation where you are just a “non-retreat & reload nigger” rant away from a reality check. This speaks to us when so called leaders like Russell Simmons think that having yoga in public schools & doing business with the same companies like DeBeers, who have benefitted the most from African suffering can somehow be the solution to the deplorable drop out rate amongst young Black Boys or a means to empower Africans. It speaks to us when calling for the boycott of Essence in the same month that we are accepting & celebrating the crumbs given by Vogue. It speaks to us when young Black men in Staten Island are committing hate crimes  against Mexican immigrants ,or our government continuing drone attacks on a flood ravaged Pakistan which the world seems to careless about because there is no media frenzy or celebrity telethon attached to it for it to have any importance, or the women continuously being raped in the Congo with little media attention to the fact that the act of female abuse , rape & torture is not illegal in the world enough for women to be allowed political asylum, yet our community & global leaders readily quote Dr. King’s words “Injustice anywhere is a threat to Justice everywhere” without giving voice, marching or fighting feverishly in truly giving credence & credibility to mouthing the words of Dr. King. Sometimes we have a tendency to be our own enemy in progress & attaining our own power in our progress by bowing down & accepting whatever is given to us, so I am more than ecstatic when there are true leaders like Shirley Sherrod who refuse to fall for the “okie doke” in knowing that in situations like this there are no winners  until the the root of the problem is unmasked  & abolished instead of being covered over & patronized. I am esctatic that there are leaders like Ms. Sherrod who refuse to fall in line with compromising their integrity for some symbolic gesture of faux inclusion & praise by choosing to move Forward Ever, Backward Never!

Black Voices when are you going to be honest with yourself on whose voice you really represent in your AOL compromise?

Sherrod is entitled to harboring some bruised feelings, but what else does she expect? She came out the hero in this story, while Breitbart has been unmasked as a dishonest fool. We all know she’s no racist. She won. If she were honest with herself, she would understand why she had to be let go after watching the edited tape. With the Obama Administration’s understandable hypersensitivity to all things racial, any official caught on tape talking about how they denied services to a citizen based on race would have to go. But they corrected the mistake the next day as soon as they found out they were tricked.” READ MORE

This is the USDA that so graciously offered Ms. Sherrod a position of faux power when the power rests with Corporations who pay to play. According to NYU Professor of Nutrition Marion Nestle “It’s the testing that really causes the problems.. nobody wants to test because if they test they might find something.” In going to the recall site I realized that there are more current recalls on our food than we have been made aware of in the media.

There are rotten apples in every industry. Or perhaps I should say rotten eggs. One especially rotten egg is Jack DeCoster, whose commercial egg agribusiness, which goes under the homey title “Wright County Egg,” headquartered in Galt, Iowa, sends eggs all over the country under many different brands. Those eggs have now laid low thousands of Americans with salmonella poisoning, and may well infect thousands more. DeCoster is recalling 380 million eggs sold since mid-May. It’s not clear how recall rotten eggs are recalled. They’re not like Toyotas. They’re already in our food supply. But this is only the beginning of the story. Thirteen years ago when I was Secretary of Labor, DeCoster agreed to pay a $2 million penalty (the most we could throw at him) for some of the most heinous workplace violations I’d seen. His workers had been forced to live in trailers infested with rats and handle manure and dead chickens with their bare hands. It was an agricultural sweatshop. Several people in Maine told me the fine wouldn’t stop DeCoster. He’d just consider it a cost of doing business. Evidently they were right. DeCoster’s commercial egg business has a record that would make a repeat offender blush…”READ MORE

Our complacency in accepting powerlessness & in accepting things as they are is the reason why our government does not seem to feel an urgency in the need for them to work to protect us!


  • Maryann

    October 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Every Jack will find his Jill.

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