Glenn Beck: Why Was Shirley Sherrod Ousted?





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Let me show you the comments from Shirley Sherrod, the USDA's director of rural development in Georgia. Back in March, while addressing the NAACP, she said this about helping a white farmer:

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SHIRLEY SHERROD, FORMER USDA OFFICIAL: I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farmland and here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land. So I didn't give him the full force of what I could do. I did enough. So that when he, I assumed the Department of Agriculture had sent him to me, either that or the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and he needed to go back and report that I did try to help him.

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Those are obviously racist comments that deserved to be condemned. But Sherrod was forced to resign before even being allowed to give her side of the story which, allegedly, is that she was just telling a story of an event that took place 24 years ago and, in fact, she is now friends with that farmer and she was only telling the story to show that she's learned her lesson that it's not about race, it's about who has and who has not.

Lending credibility to her side of the story, let me play her comments right after stating that she turned the white farmer over to "one of his own kind":

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SHERROD: That's when it was revealed to me that it's about the poor versus those who have, not so much about white — it is about white and black, it's not, you know — it opened my eyes. Because I took him to one of his own.

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Now, I'm inclined to believe her, based on what she said right there. But the NAACP was quick to release a statement supporting her forced resignation. But, strangely, the NAACP won't release the rest of the tape so we can corroborate her claim.

Then on Tuesday, the NAACP released this updated statement: "The NAACP is conducting an investigation into the recent revelations about the situation with Ms. Shirley Sherrod including attempting to speak with Ms. Sherrod, the farmer in question and viewing the full video. Following a full and comprehensive process we will issue an updated statement."

When was the last time the NAACP didn't give someone the benefit of the doubt right away?

This much I can say, if she was simply relating an anecdotal story from 1986 to make a point about how her racial perceptions have changed, give her back her job.

Something is definitely wrong here. Yes, the Obama administration has a history of acting without all the facts:

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I think it's fair to say number one, that any of us would be angry. Number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home.

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And they appear to have done the same thing to Shirley Sherrod that they did to that police officer.

How and why would you force the resignation of someone who is just relating a story of 24-year-old incident to make a point? How many times when a controversy comes up have we heard that someone was "misquoted" or they "misspoke" or we're told that "the only point they were simply making was that..." and then some point that bears no resemblance to the one they made; or they were just "taken out of context?"

Now here's a possible actual example of someone taken completely out of context and they immediately get rid of her.

All during the Jeremiah Wright fiasco with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, still a member of his church, we continually heard, you're smearing the poor man with sound bites! You're taking him out of context! Until finally we discovered that the only context for Reverend Wright was anti-American racism.

But now, on the day the video becomes public, Sherrod is harassed into resigning. Here's her description:

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SHERROD: Why am I out? They asked me to resign. And, in fact, they harassed me as I was driving back to the state office from West Point, Georgia, yesterday. I had at least three calls telling me the White House wanted me to resign.

TONY HARRIS, CNN: So the pressure came from the White House?

SHERROD: And the last one asked me to pull over to the side of the road and do it.

She said, "Well, Shirley, they want you to pull over to the side of the road and do it because you're going to be on Glenn Beck tonight."

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Well, now that she is on Glenn Beck.

Here's my take on Shirley Sherrod: She should not have been fired or forced to resign. Again, based on the facts we have right now. And clearly, there's something else going on here. First of all, she said herself that it isn't about pitting the races against each other, it's about pitting the classes against each other:

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SHERROD: That's when it was revealed to me that it's about the poor versus those who have not...

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So, it's about rich vs. poor. Based on that belief, Shirley shouldn't be fired, she should be promoted in this administration. Make her green jobs "czar." Make her the regulatory "czar" or manufacturing "czar" or the energy "czar" or director of Medicare/Medicaid. She fits right in with nearly all of Obama's appointments. Why didn't the USDA and Barack Obama wait until they knew all of the facts?

Something's not right here.

There are several things to consider:

There is a possibility that they know how bad this is and they want to let the air out of the tire, because they knew they couldn't survive it. If this became a big deal and gained traction, it could have ended them. So, they wanted to take the air out before it gained traction.

What's happening here is she is guilty until proven innocent. They fired her and now they are back-pedaling. There's no due process here. Doesn't an American have a right to a fair trial? They have politically assassinated this woman. No one has heard the case for or against her; they just took her out. When did we stop having the right to face our accusers?

The White House is watching today because they think I will be celebrating this as some kind of victory. Well, I'm not and I won't.

Fact is, I never asked for the resignation of Van Jones. I asked for an explanation. I wanted to know how a revolutionary communist wound up in the White House. We never got that explanation.

I think Shirley Sherrod is asking the same thing: How did she get ousted out of the USDA and the NAACP without any explanation?

Something isn't right here. Stop the character assassination without due process. This is related to what we talked about yesterday. This is how this administration does almost everything. They make Congress irrelevant. They make fair trials irrelevant. They announce plans to execute Americans without due process. That's how they got health care done. That's how they put another Marxist in as director of Medicare/Medicaid. It's how they do everything.

Why are they getting rid of Shirley? Why is she being made an example of? Where are the journalists on this? There are a million questions here. Moms, dads, aunts, uncles of journalists — ask them: What the hell is wrong with you? If you see a journalist, ask them politely, what are you doing? Are you not curious? Do you know something we don't know, besides what Lindsay Lohan wore to jail today? Journalists are supposed to ask questions, what is going on with this story?

I suppose they could just be afraid of the Tea Party, you and Fox News. Maybe the Van Jones syndrome really kicked in at the White House and they just didn't want to deal with yet another one?

But that certainly hasn't stopped them on other issues — like the health care bill, the stimulus package, the financial regulations, plowing forward on cap-and-trade and illegal immigration amnesty. They certainly haven't made any strong statements about the controversies surrounding the Black Panthers or the NAACP. So what is it?

They could be just trying to minimize the damage — just like they did with Van Jones. Remember how the Mao-loving communications director, Anita Dunn talked about controlling the media? They know information is power.

Since the NAACP hasn't released the tape in its entirety yet, maybe there are things that are even more incriminating on it? Maybe they believe that with her gone, the whole thing goes away?

It's possible that Shirley Sherrod is just a sacrificial lamb to placate Americans who are growing concerned over the obvious reverse racism we're seeing now.

It could be that with the elections coming up and all the polls going south, they didn't want another racist problem on their hands. It could be that their shoes were too tight. It could be perhaps that their heads aren't screwed on just right?

Or maybe the most likely reason of all was that their hearts are two sizes too small. Dr. Suess aside, maybe they decided they couldn't count on their usual cover from the mainstream media this time — that this tape was just so over the top and their media allies couldn't fight this losing battle for them?

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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