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What strikes me is that Alabama Governor George Wallace, famous for saying, "Segragation now! Segragation forever!" learned better.

His thinking and felings began to change after he was shot and paralyzed in 1972. All th nursing staff on the night shift in the Maryland hospital where was cared for were Black. They treated him with kindness and consideration.

A couple years later he called and sent letters of apology to those he felt he had wronged. John Lewis was one who accepted his apology.

He talked about it on TV talk shows, Johnny Carson and Michael Douglas (if memory serves) He said that in retrospect he partially blamed his actions for the shooting of the four little girls in the church when he was governor.

I've met many many people who had to realize the racism they learned as a child was wrong.

Shirley Sharrod was one with the courage to admit it and tell her story to NAACP members in the hope that some of them would understand and others may begin to rethink their own fear and hatred of White people.

Here on allnurses.com Central threads regarding race get numerous posts. It is still a difficult and complicated problem.

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Interesting opinion and conversation by Mark Potok.

I don't think he was talking about conservative citizens.

Shirley Sherrod: Racism, politics and media

 

Mark Potok

Director, Intelligence Project at Southern Poverty Law Center

Thursday, July 22, 2010; 12:00 PM

Ousted Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, who was portrayed as a racist in a selectively excerpted Internet video, on Wednesday achieved something almost unheard of in overheated Washington: swift and utter vindication. ...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2010/07/21/DI2010072105275.html

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Here on allnurses.com Central threads regarding race get numerous posts. It is still a difficult and complicated problem.

and even when there is no dialogue, a/k/a silence...

that too, can be just as deafening.

really sad.

leslie

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Bill O'Reilly apologized. Original statement and then the apology -

But Andrew Breitbart, who presented the severely edited videotape, publicly called Ted Kennedy a "pile of human excrement" a few hours after his death, and accused Congressmen John Lewis and Andre Carson of lying about being r called "******" during a walk through a Tea Party rally because there was no videotape of the insults.

I hope no one trusts anything he says, writes, or posts again. Check and double check.

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bill o'reilly apologizes, attacks sherrod | the young turks - you tube

this video documents bill o'reilly's apology and subsequent attacks on ms. sherrod.

why does anyone take andrew breitbart seriously? | huffington post

andrew breitbart has a job to do and he does it well. breitbart's job is to lie and distort the truth in order to advance a right-wing agenda, embarrass liberals, and undermine the obama administration.

breitbart is not a journalist, researcher, or pundit. he is a propagandist. he operates several websites (big government, big journalism, and big hollywood), where he and other right-wing bloggers spew their political pornography. the articles that appear on these websites are contemporary versions of what historian richard hofstadter called, in a famous 1964 essay, the "paranoid style" of american politics practiced by extreme conservatives.

 

i agree and hope no one ever trusts anything he says again.

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willie nelson

singer/songwriter, president of farm aid

posted: july 21, 2010 05:26 pm

shirley sherrod, a family farmer's friend

shirley sherrod has been a great friend to me, farm aid and family farmers for 25 years. she has always worked to improve economic opportunities for family farmers in the south, going back to when i first met her as the director of the georgia field office for the federation of southern cooperatives/land assistance fund. like ms. sherrod herself has said, she's always tried to help those who don't have so that they can have a little more.

the real story of shirley sherrod deserved to be told a long time ago. she has had an amazing impact on the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of families and communities throughout the south. farmers of every race have struggled with the income inequities that have persisted for generations, and advocates like ms. sherrod have moved mountains to ensure that families can remain in their homes and on their farms.

 

while all family farmers in our country face an uphill battle to stay on their land, growing good food for rest of us, black farmers have lost their land at an alarming rate, faster than any other family farmers. lending discrimination and inequities in agriculture programs are largely responsible for the shrinking number of black farmers. farm aid began supporting the federation in 1985, where shirley worked at the time, because of the group's unique ability to reach out and help struggling farm families in the south. many had owned their land for generations and were, and continue to be, under constant threat. we continue to support the federation's work to this day, and hundreds of farmers are still on their land because of ms. sherrod's efforts.

 

during her time at the federation, she fought to make sure that family farmers got what they needed to stay on their land. she has been a national leader for family farmers and a compassionate, courageous advocate for all struggling family farmers. shirley sherrod has dedicated her life to working on behalf of family farmers, civil rights and the alleviation of poverty and it's up to secretary vilsack to right this wrong immediately.

 

this country desperately needs more farm advocates with ms. sherrod's expertise. but this is not just about a job -- it's about ensuring that shirley sherrod has the opportunity to continue to support family farmers and the rural poor, something she has spent her life doing.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/willie-nelson/shirley-sherrod-a-family_b_654824.html

 

farm aid 2008 - dave matthews speaks out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tahqsmai-jg&feature=related

farm aid 2008 - john mellencamp speaks out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vknwx5_ur_k&nr=1

i hope this attention helps family farmers keep their land.

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There is one positive out of all of this negativity that resulted because of inaccurate political hate. Mrs. Sherrod has helped a lot of people and the public will learn from this and know who she is as someone who has helped hundreds of families of all races, ethnicity, and cultures. Not everyone is perfect but I respect individuals that help others and learn from their own views and correct their own weaknesses.

I am actually glad to see how race has been a much more open issue since Obama has been in office. Race has been a hot issue since the day he decided to run for presidency. It is more out in the open even though some people are being defensive about it. I think it needs to be out in the open and not hidden in the closet. We must all decide to talk about injustices of race, ethnicity, and religions (ie. the increase hatred of Muslims is unwarranted you can't blame a whole group because of VERY small section of it). I hope that more people will discuss race relations and religious persecution at the dinner table. Just because a topic maybe considered taboo does not mean one should not discuss it.

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...(ie. the increase hatred of Muslims is unwarranted you can't blame a whole group because of VERY small section of it).

Likewise, the unwarranted dislike of the "tea party" because of the actions of a VERY small few.

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When anti government and anti Viet Nam war protestors denounced the government as a whole and burned the American flag those individuals were idntified and no longer welcome at organized protests.

Liberal leaders such as Robert Kennedy, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, and 100% of the elected officials denounced such actions.

Who in the Tea Party has denounced the hate speech and lies of Andrew Breitbart?

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When anti government and anti Viet Nam war protestors denounced the government as a whole and burned the American flag those individuals were idntified and no longer welcome at organized protests.

Liberal leaders such as Robert Kennedy, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, and 100% of the elected officials denounced such actions.

Who in the Tea Party has denounced the hate speech and lies of Andrew Breitbart?

What does Breitbart have to do with the Tea Party movement? Is he an organizer, member of featured speaker at their events?

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