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我们现在来继续跟进Shirley Sherrod的故事。现在她告诉我们,我们了解的不是全部。Sherrod以前是美国农业部驻佐治亚州农村发展办公室主任,直到后来YouTube上的一段关于她讲话的视频剪辑曝光,她被迫辞职。这段视频是她在NAACP(全国推进有色人种进步协会)上的讲话。

“我的内心在挣扎,许多黑人失去了自己的土地,而我却面临着寻求帮助,要求保护他们的土地的白人。所以我没有尽全部努力来帮他。我做的已经足够了。”

以下是美国农业部长威尔萨克(Tom Vilsack)发表的声明的一部分:美国农业部绝不容忍种族歧视现象,我强烈谴责对任何人的歧视。下面是来自NAACP的Ben Jealous的观点,“种族歧视指的是滥用权力。Sherrod在滥用在美国农业部职位的特权,我们为她的行为感到非常震惊,就好象我们对农民的肤色和女性农民滥用权力。”

但是Sherrod说,“等等,这段视频并没有上下文背景”,并不是全部,是断章取义。今天早上,她致电美国早新闻,说出了自己版本的故事。

她与我们的John Roberts通话。 John Roberts在纽约加入我们的节目,CNN政治分析家Roland Martin在芝加哥。当然,他当然也会对此进行衡量。John,让我们听一下今天早些时候你对Shirley Sherrod的采访,然后我再来讨论。

“我跟这个组织说了我的观点,而且在许多组织我都说过。我告诉他们,曾经有一段时间,我认为那是种族问题,而且仅仅是种族问题。我告诉他们,1986年,一个白人农民来求助时的情况。当时我还不在美国农业部工作。我当时在一个非营利组织工作,援助佐治亚南部和东南部的农民。这位农民来向我求助。我告诉他们,与这位农民一起工作让我认识到,这并不只是种族的问题,而是有土地的人与没有土地的人之间的斗争。”

We're pushing forward on the story of Shirley Sherrod. Now, she's telling us that we don't have the whole story. Sherrod used to be the USDA Rural Development Director for Georgia until a YouTube clip of her went viral. It's from an NAACP dinner in March.

I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farmland and here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land. So I didn't give him the full force of what I could do. I did enough.

Well, here is part of the statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, "There is zero tolerance for discrimination at USDA, and I strongly condemn any act of discrimination against any person." And this is from Ben Jealous of the NAACP, "Racism is about the abuse of power. Sherrod had it in her position at USDA. We are appalled by her actions, just as we are with abuses of power against farmers of color and female farmers."

But Sherrod says "hold on, there's no context with that clip" and that "it doesn't tell the entire story". She actually called CNN's American Morning this morning to give her side of the story. She talked with our John Roberts. And he joins us from New York, CNN political analyst Roland Martin, he's in Chicago. Of course he's going to weigh in on this as well. John, let's go ahead and listen to some of your interview with Shirley Sherrod from earlier and then let's talk.

"I was speaking to that group like I've done many groups, and I tell them about a time when I thought the issue was race and race only. And I tell them the story of how I have worked with a white farmer back in 1986. I was not working for the Department of Agriculture. I was working with a non-profit organization assisting farmers throughout South Georgia and the southeast. And this farmer came to me for help. I was telling the story about how working with him helped me to see that the issue is not about race. It's about those who have versus those who do not have."


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