July 21st, 2010
03:33 PM ET

Shirley Sherrod an innocent bystander on never-ending race highway

Roland S. Martin
CNN Contributor

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There is no issue that is more volatile, passionate, confusing, perplexing and complex than the reality of race in America.

Whether we are discussing the motives of the Tea Party, the legal ramifications of the new Arizona immigration law, the impact of the Supreme Court deciding a discrimination case involving white firefighters, or the speech of a Department of Agriculture official at an NAACP convention, race is an issue that permeates so many of our discussions, whether we want to admit it or not.

The latest flare-up in this ever-evolving story involves Shirley Sherrod, a USDA official, who became a national story when Andrew Breitbart's website, BigGovernment.com, posted a video that seemed to show her admitting to discriminating against a white farmer.

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Filed under: Opinion • Race in America • Shirley Sherrod
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  1. George M.Riddick

    I want to thank Shirley Sherrod for her extraordinary willfulness to make sure the truth was heard. So many times the American people are kept in the dark about issues and politics, that as a voter you really don’t know who to trust. I can say this, I can trust you Mrs. Sherrod and I hope America is not only hearing about your ordeal but listening as well. As an American voter I also apologize for what ever you and your family had to in dour.

    July 21, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  2. me

    That Andrew Breitbart guy needs to be sued for manipulating an evidence in order to prove his case. I say that is crimininal. Look at all the problems his dishonesty caused. He deserved to be sued.

    July 21, 2010 at 3:38 pm |

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