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The Courage to Hope; How I Stood Up to the Politics of Fear

ISBN: 9781451650945 | 1451650949
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Atria Books
Pub. Date: 8/28/2012

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Shirley Sherrod shares what it was like to be the center of a media firestorm after she was forced to resign from the USDA after false charges.On Monday, July 19, 2010, Shirley Sherrod was fired from her position as George State Director for Rural Development at the USDA, in response to allegations made by a blogger that she was racist. He based his argument on statements she'd made in a video clip he'd extracted from a speech. Neither the White House nor the NAACP looked at the entire video nor made any investigation into her and the matter before they decided it best to let her go. When the full video came to light, Ben Jealous of the NAACP publicly and privately apologized to her for his rush to judgment and the Obama administration tried to clean the matter up by offering her another job. In this moving and sometimes shocking book, Shirley reveals what went on behind the media coverage and she shares stories of what has gone on in this country for decades to work against the efforts of poor people, white and black, and farmers across the country. She also shares stories of how sometimes, justice does prevail.


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