Bringing Shirley Sherrod’s Past Into the Light

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Shirley Sherrod – Made Infamous from the NAACP Video Controversy and Andrew Breitbart

Over the last 2 weeks I have been doing research into the Shirley Sherrod controversy which you can read about here… More to dig into, especially her affiliations, so stay tuned on that front. I guarantee you have not heard the whole story from the mainstream media.

Oh, what a tangled web Sherrod has woven for herself. Selectively cherry picking recounts of her so-called civil rights work in the 60s and 70s. Painting herself as a victim while smearing Fox News and Glenn Beck, who I might add, oddly enough was the FIRST one to come to her defense. Definitely would not want her anywhere behind me in a fight.

Lost in the NAACP controversy and Sherrod’s claim to be a ‘reformed racist,’ is the story of her time at New Communities Inc. During her time in her role there, it would seem there are those that claim she held an ostensibly elitist and anti-black-labor viewpoint. Along with her cohorts at NCI, Sherrod underpaid, mistreated and fired black laborers, many of which were under 16 years of age. She did so in those very same fields of southwest Georgia that her ancestors labored under the yoke of slavery.

Ron Wilkins at CounterPunch tells a decidedly different story of Sherrod’s deeds back in the 1970s. He is a former organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and worked with Sherrod at NCI during that time. According to Wilkins, Sherrod’s history is rife with abuse towards black laborers and underage workers. From CounterPunch:

If confession is good for the soul, then Mrs. Sherrod took a first step toward her redemption by admitting the error of her ways in her earlier attitudes toward poor white farmers. Mrs. Sherrod says she began to see poverty as more central than race. So, should indigent black child farm laborers warrant less reflection by Mrs. Sherrod? What lessons does she have to share from her tenure as management when she had power over her own people working under deplorable conditions at the same New Communities Inc.(NCI) identified in the current issue? Shirley Sherrod could have included this chapter of her history in the same confession speech. Justice and integrity require at least as much accountability from Mrs. Sherrod to the poor black farm workers of NCI as to the white farmers she came to befriend. This lack of full disclosure of the whole truth is a “sin of omission” that trivializes the suffering of poor black farm workers and exacerbates the offenses of NCI.

Shirley Sherrod was New Communities Inc.’s store manager during the 1970s. As such, Mrs. Sherrod was a key member of the NCI administrative team, which exploited and abused the workforce in the field. The 6,000 acre New Communities Inc. in Lee County promoted itself during the latter part of the 1960s and throughout the 70s as a land trust committed to improving the lives of the rural black poor. Underneath this facade, the young and old worked long hours with few breaks, the pay averaged sixty-seven cents an hour, fieldwork behind equipment spraying pesticides was commonplace and workers expressing dissatisfaction were fired without recourse.

Eventually, loan discrimination and relentless creditors did take down New Communities Inc. in 1985. But NCI’s, and Sherrod’s, unfair labor practices and incompetent leadership were equally, if not more so, to blame for the company’s failure.

Zombie has written a magnificent piece detailing these events. Here is a list from the article at Pajamas Media of items that Wilkins has accused Sherrod of being guilty of – and I believe him:

Combined, the new 2010 allegations and the original 1974 allegations accuse Shirley and Charles Sherrod of:

• Paying farm workers as little as 67¢ per hour, far below minimum wage for the era.
• Employing underage children to perform hard labor.
• Compelling their employees to work in unsafe conditions, including getting sprayed with pesticides.
• Firing any workers who acted as whistleblowers.
• Forcing employees to work overtime in the fields at night with practically no advance notice.
• Having a capricious payscale under which employees doing the exact same jobs were paid different amounts according to the whims of the managers.
• Being unwilling to address the abuse even after it was raised by union representatives.
• Seriously mismanaging the farm to such an extent that it went bankrupt.

Sherrod cries foul to the government concerning their treatment of black farmers, all the way to the bank I might add. But she never once addressed the fact that said treatment was undeniably under her management and by her own hand.

United Farm Workers’ newspaper El Malcriado on September 28, 1974, also weighed in against Sherrod:

All of this while accusing Andrew Breitbart of wanting Blacks to get “stuck back in the times of slavery.” He only showed excerpts that were given him and I contend that Sherrod is still a racist despite the lipstick she has slapped on Pigford.

The Sherrods’ New Communities farm received $13 million from the USDA to compensate for the loss of their land as part of the “Pigford v. Glickman” settlement. Shirley and Charles Sherrod personally received $300,000 for “pain and suffering.” Now Pigford II is in the works to rip off America even more.

Much, much more can be found in Zombie’s Piece: Slave-labor conditions at Sherrods’ farm?

Shirley, you’ve really done your family proud by promoting slavery of your fellow African Americans while displaying traitorous elitism and monstrous graft. Well done…


Cross-posted at New Zeal and KeyWiki


Links To Visit – 08/05/10

Weeding Out “Minnick Myths” – The 9th Circuit’s Ruling About The AZ Immigration Law (Video)

Free Republic – Who Is George Soros? (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

examiner.com – Federal judge illegally nullifies California gay marriage ban

RealClearPolitics – Sen. McCaskill: “Message Received” On Missouri Voters Against Health Care (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

examiner.com – Video: Union gets a taste of its own medicine

examiner.com – More proof of the illegal immigrant crime epidemic

The American Spectator – No Mosque

McClatchy – Scientists cast doubt on claims BP spill’s no threat to Gulf (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

WSJ – Liberal Piety and the Memory of 9/11 (Hat Tip: Curtis Frantz)

IBD – Mexico: Where Is Your Shame? (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

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Financial News Update – 08/05/10

About Those Supposedly Strong Corporate Balance Sheets…. They’re A Myth

Pimco’s El-Erian: Chance of US Deflation Is 25 Percent

Clarium’s Peter Thiel’s Investment Tips: Preparing For A Deflationary World

CHART OF THE DAY: Here’s America’s Nightmare Austerity Scenario

The Market Has Been Fearing Deflation Since 1998, And The Current Rally Will Fizzle

Pending Homes Sales Hit New Record Low Again — When Will the Deja Vu Be Over?

Here’s Just One Of Many Reasons Why We’re Headed For Another Recession

AEI’s John Makin: The Deflation Is Already Here

Now Russia Is Being Told To Ban All Grain Exports As Crisis Worsens

Once Again, Companies INCREASE Planned Layoffs

Argonaut Capital’s David Gerstenhaber: America’s Ugly Demographics Is Destiny For The Market

China – The Reality of the Bubble

Iran War to Advance Global Currency?

Beautiful & Bankrupt

U.S. to Train 3,000 Offshore IT Workers (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Imaginary Savings Used to Justify $26-Billion in Spending

Prognosis guarded for Medicare and Social Security

Corporate lobbyists fought Missouri voters to protect ObamaCare

Obama’s DOJ forces companies to pay off black groups

Morning Bell: The Obama Elite vs The American People

Reduced Use of Health Care Could Cut Costs—That Is, Until Obamacare Makes Its Mark

Once Again, the Social Security Trust Fund Has No Money in It

Dark History of Money and Power in Video and IMF Blueprint for a Global Currency

Sheriff Taylor’s health pitch sparks cardiac arrest

GOP senators want HHS to yank Andy Griffith ad

Texas To EPA…NUTS!

A Very Graphic Guide To The Horrendous State Of The US Jobs Market

The New Goldilocks: No Inflation, No Crises, And An Endless Liquidity Pump From The Fed

Wow, Even The Homebuilders Hate Housing Tax Credits Now

David Rosenberg: This Is 2007 All Over Again, As The Level Of Market Complacency Is Now Palpable

The Unemployment Rate May Be Sliding, But Food Stamp Use Isn’t

Who Exactly Is Buying All That Treasury Paper?

Jobless rates no factor for stimulus money (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Boomer Dynamics: How The End Of The Census And The Housing Bust Means Another Leg Down In Employment (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

The Myth of the Manufacturing-Led Economic Recovery (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

The Market Is At A Crucial Level, And Friday’s Jobs Report Could Decide Everything (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Justice Department steers money to favored groups (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Swindling our seniors: AARP shills for White House on Obamacare (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Tidal Wave Set to Hit Shorebank and Its Cronies (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Democrats rush back to bail out teachers’ unions

New threat: Hackers look to take over power plants (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

U.S. Retailers’ July Sales Trail Estimates on Spending Cuts

Greece Likely to Get Aid Payout on Austerity Progress, IMF Says

Obama Auto Aide Montgomery Leaves Cash, Advice, Confused Mayor

Robert Gibbs Reacts to Missouri’s Whomping 71.1% Vote Against O-Care: It’s Nothing

Michelle And Sasha’s Excellent Spanish Adventure…At Taxpayers Expense! Behold! A modern day Marie Antoinette…

Democrats: Say, Let’s Exempt Rich People in Blue States From Tax Hike!

As They Live off Us, Some Federal Workers Pocket Fraudulent SS Benefits

Sharron Angle Ad: Nevada’s Property Rates Plummeted Under Harry Reid

a stunning political and economic bombshell

The shady Shorebank bailout revisited

Barry and Alexi, sitting in a (money) tree

Speaker Mop & Glo reconvenes House for summer bailout vote



GOV’T MOTORS — making political donations?

Health inspectors shut down 7-year-old’s lemonade stand; demand $120 for license

New claims for jobless benefits jump

Medical Marijuana Sold at Discount Rate to DC’s Poor

USPS posts $3.5 billion loss

Feds Bust Alleged Terror-Funding Ring

Saving Rural Grocers


ACTA: The War on Progress, Freedom, and Human Civilization

Why Bankers Didn’t See Collapse

Here’s your state’s burden per capita”.

A 25 minute long BBC Radio Interview on the Credit Crisis and the Risk of Another Crash.


“The Broken Window Fallacy”

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

I love the simplicity and power of free market economics.

This video dispels one of the maddest socialist myths of our time – that destruction of wealth stimulates economic growth.

If you are crazy enough to believe this – send me all your money today. I guarantee it will make you richer.

Note: a little quote here from Nobel Prize winning Marxist economist and JournoList member Paul Krugman. According to Krugman, the destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11 “could do some economic good.”

This video proves, as any five year old knows, if you want to create wealth, make new wealth.

Simple huh?

Not to a Marxist economist it isn’t.


Left Leaning Businessman Steps in to Save “Newsweek”

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Cross-posted from KeyWiki Blog.

The Washington Post has sold Newsweek to 91-year-old Sidney Harman for $1.00 plus about $70 million in liabilities he will take on.

Declines in circulation and advertising led to almost US $30 million ($40.5 million) in losses last year.

Mr Harman “does not envision any radical overhaul of the magazine, which was redesigned last year with a greater focus on long-form reporting and analysis.”

Many are mystified as to why Sidney Harman, would take over a near terminally ill “liberal” publication at a time in life he should be enjoying his remaining years with his wife California Democratic congresswoman Jane Harman.

Sid Harman, made a fortune in the hi-fi business through his company, Harman International Industries, but he is not your typical “conservative” businessman.

Harman, leans to the left politically, having served on the board of organizations such as the Martin Luther King Center for Social Change, the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, The Public Agenda Foundation, Freedom House and as president of the Quaker run, Friends World College. He is also a member of two prominent internationalist organizations, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission.

In the 1970s, Mr. Harman accepted an appointment in the Carter administration as undersecretary of the Department of Commerce.

Most biographies fail to mention that Mr Harman has served as a Trustee of the far left Washington DC “think tank,” the Institute for Policy Studies.

Sidney Harman was also a founding sponsor of The American Prospect, a magazine which includes several members and affiliates of Democratic Socialists of America on its masthead.

In 1998 Democratic Socialists of America placed The American Prospect on its list of “DSA-ish” publications.

DSA-ish Publications

That is, mags which express the range of our politics, from the revolutionary to the left liberal, and including some sympatico Canadian and British mags.

American Prospect The journal of “liberal” intellectual politics, though half of the writers and one of the co-founders, Robert Kuttner, are socialists. This journal sees its mission as the re-invigoration of “liberalism,” betraying a clear disregard for liberalism’s expressed desire to accept death.

It is worth noting that the “socialist” Robert Kuttner, named above, was a member of JournoList, the now defunct email group of 400 leftish and Marxist journalists accused of attempting to shape the news in Barack Obama’s favor during the 2008 elections and afterwards. At least nine other of The American Prospect writers were also on JournoList.

Sidney Harman’s plans for Newsweek remain unclear, but it seems unlikely that the publication will veer from its current “liberal” direction.