Here is the full video. The passage which was at issue yesterday is still disturbing in the clear approval of racist sentiments by the crowd at the event – but on viewing the whole video, it can only be said that Mr. Sherrod has been the victim of an injustice. The problem of race in America is gravely exacerbated by the current trends in our politics. It is not at all helped by the way the NAACP is spreading lies about racism in the TEA Party movement – this is horrible, and continues to put the NAACP outside the pale of decent society. Until that group utterly retracts all claims of racism on the part of the TEA Party and apologizes to the millions of Americans they insulted, there can be association between decent people and the NAACP.
But none of that is Ms. Sherrod's responsibility – and, indeed, she was not only treated unjustly by the editor of the video, but by the NAACP which had the full video and yet threw Ms. Sherrod to the wolves, apparently so they can better preserve their slander of racism in the TEA Party movement. There is shame enough for all involved in this, and only Ms. Sherrod is coming out of it with her dignity unimpaired.