I want to apologize to my readers and to Shirley Sherrod. I was one of the first bloggers to re-publish the excerpted video from Andrew Breitbart regarding Ms. Sherrod’s speech to the NAACP.
Clearly, this has turned into a much more complex story than a simple case of “RAAAAAAACIST” based on one video clip. I should have known better on Monday.
That being said, I should not have been so hasty to post the video and engage in the same type of sweeping behavior of labeling Americans as “RAAAAACIST” as, for example, the NAACP has to millions of American in the TEA Party movement.
I will make no excuses, I apologize and I regret that I didn’t let this story simmer for a little longer. I got swept into the “gotcha” mentality of the moment on Monday when this video appeared. I haven’t pulled it down because I do appreciate the commenters’ clarifying the situation as time went along and because I do not want to hide from my mistake.
(My one attempt at a lame excuse is that my “window” to blog comes and goes and it just happened to open up when the Sherrod video was first going viral).
The fact of the matter is there is too much of a rush to judgment in America (i.e. – the Obama Admin firing Sherrod immediately without investigating) these days and the consequences are personal to those individuals touched.
I cannot promise that I won’t make another rush-to-blog error in the future. But I wanted to get it on the record that on this one, I goofed.