Sherrod to Sue Breitbart

Three words: BUFFET OF AWESOME. I’ll tell you why in a minute.

Earlier today:

Ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod said Thursday she will sue a conservative blogger who posted an edited video of her making racially tinged remarks last week.


She said she doesn’t want an apology from Breitbart for posting the video that took her comments out of context, but told a crowd at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention that she would “definitely sue.”

The only way that her remarks could be taken out of context would be if, after the 23:53 remark where she says that opposition to health care is racist (wtf?) she followed it up with a hearty “NOT!” and the “NOT” was removed in editing. But it wasn’t. The video, the remarks were in context.


Sherrod though has shown that she holds a grudge against Breitbart, accusing him last week of stoking racists to attack her.

“He knew exactly what effect that would have on not only — he knew what effect that would have on the conservative, racist people he’s dealing with,” Sherrod said in an interview with CNN.

Breitbart did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Breitbart has not apologized for posting the misleading video, arguing that the incident was “not about Shirley Sherrod” and was instead about the NAACP’s accusation that the tea party has employed “racist tactics.”

Wait, the woman who called opposition to HCR “racist,” who claimed Republicans were all raaacists – and claimed to be post-racial is doubling-down on the race card? The post-racial Sherrod also made these remarks after the White House fired her before so much as speaking to her:

[On Fox News] “they are after a bigger thing, they would love to take us back to… where black people were looking down, not looking white folks in the face, not being able to compete for a job out there and not be a whole person.” via

So this is Sherrod’s defense, in layman’s terms for those reading who like books with pictures:

Say some crazy things on tape, have it offend people, have the White House use that as a guise for firing her over Pigford, she gets mad, calls the people upset at being called racists “racists,” and threatens to sue the guy who simply published a video of her to the web.

Annnd scene.

Additionally, please note the new definition of “racist, racism” by Merriam-Webster, just out this morning:

Main Entry: rac·ism
Pronunciation: \ˈrā-ˌsi-zəm also -ˌshi-\
Function: noun
Date: 1933
1 : a belief that you have the freedom to purchase your own health insurance
2 : the act of disagreeing with a liberal
3 : taking offense at being called a racist over your belief that you have the freedom to purchase your own health insurance or after disagreeing with a liberal
— rac·ist \-sist also -shist\ noun or adjective

Sherrod is mad that she had to go public with her convictions.

The White House is flummoxed because of Pigford. What is Pigford, you ask?

Shirley Sherrod’s quick dismissal from the Obama administration may have had less to do with her comments on race before the NAACP than her long involvement in the aptly named Pigford case, a class action against the US government on behalf of black farmers alleging that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) had discriminated against black farmers during the period from 1983 through 1997.


So where does Sherrod come into this picture?  In a special to the Washington Examiner,Tom Blumer explains that Sherrod and the group she formed along with family members and others, New Communities. Inc. received the largest single settlement under Pigford.

Read the entire thing.

Yes, Shirley Sherrod, go on with your suit. PLEASE. I LOVE hearing you talk on television. I know that the media didn’t want to have you on any of the Sunday talk shows (racists!) because when they heard you talk a warning sounded in their a heads, a warning that went “no, no, no, No, No, NO, NO” but I love it. I can’t wait to hear more about your Pigford settlement with this suit, I can’t wait to see the phone records of when you were told to pull off the side of the road and give up your job, a move the White House thought would make folks walk away – but they didn’t account for your mastery of the liberalized squeaky-wheel strategy, the very strategy they promote but hate used against them as you so artfully did. They didn’t bank on you doubling-down on the race card and implicating the White House; now they’re stuck with you and they have to basically jog after you mumbling incoherently about how there is still racial tension and something about that 24-7 media cycle they love to use but hate pointed at them.

File away. It will be a smorgasbord of delight.