Shirley Sherrod’s ‘redemption’ story isn’t the redemptive after all.
In her 2010 speech to the NAACP, she repeatedly said things she knew were false in order to portray white people in a negative light.
Take her story about the ‘white farmer’ Roger Spooner.
Sherrod said in her now-infamous NAACP speech that she didn’t help him because he was ‘acting superior’ to her. She said (emphasis added):
The first time I was faced with having to help a white farmer save his farm, he took a long time talking, but he was trying to show me he was superior to me. I know what he was doing. But he had come to me for help. What he didn’t know—while he was taking all that time trying to show me he was superior to me–was I was trying to decide how much help I was going to give him.
In her book The Courage Hope, she gives two different reasons that she felt he was ‘acting superior’ to her…except she was wrong.
In one part of the book, she says
Mr. Spooner began by speaking loudly, and at first I thought he was acting superior to me, but I later found out he was hard of hearing and he always talked like that.
In a different section of The Courage To Hope, Sherrod says it was him talking about his service in World War II.
During his first visit with me, Roger talked nervously about his service to his country. I didn’t perceive it as nervous talk because I didn’t know him at the time. I perceived it as a white man showing that he was asking me for help but at the same time showing me he was superior. He talked about having been on a submarine and his service to his country. Referring to the foreclosure, he said, “I don’t believe my country will do this to me.
Maryland, Md.: When you first met Shirley Sherrod it’s been reported that she thought you were showing her that you’re superior to her. Is that what you were doing?
Eloise Spooner: That’s what the tape said but he’s (Roger) really not. You just have to get to know him. He’s hard of hearing and he talks loud. After she got to know him, she changed her mind, I think.
There’s an obvious answer. And it’s not pretty.