NAACP Now ‘Conducting Investigation’ Into Sherrod Video

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July 20, 2010 10:08 a.m.

The NAACP, which originally condemned USDA appointee Shirley Sherrod, is now saying it is conducting an investigation of her story and will issue a new 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,” the NAACP said in a statement to CNN. “Following a full and comprehensive process, we will issue an updated statement.”Sherrod was forced to resign her position as the Georgia director of rural development for the USDA after Big Government posted a video clip of her telling a local NAACP chapter that she had once, before her time at the USDA, not helped a farmer as much as she could have because he was white.

After her resignation, the NAACP released a statement saying, “We are appalled by her actions.”

But Sherrod, in interviews today, claims that she was using the anecdote to illustrate how she overcame her own prejudice. She says the full video — which has not been released by Big Government — proves that.

The owner of the video company who shot the video tells TPMmuckraker he has sent the full video to the NAACP.

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