I've screwed up.
A couple of posts ago, I linked a video of Shirley Sherrod, an African-American employee of the Department Of Agriculture, speaking to an NAACP gathering.
I usually don't worry about taking quotes out of context. That's why they're called quotes. By their very definition, they're out of context. But in this case, Shirley Sherrod was explaining how she overcame anti-white bias. The latter half of her story, the redemptive part, is not included in the video clip that I posted.
The video, by not including the complete story, gives the wrong impression of Shirley Sherrod and the point that she was trying to make at the NAACP gathering.
Talk radio has been pretty lively this morning, pointing out how Sherrod's audience was apparently delighted in her power over the white farmer, the Department of Agriculture shouldn't have forced her to resign, the White House shouldn't have pressured the Department of Kickpacks to force her to resign, Andrew Breitbart should have checked out the context before releasing the video, and on and on and on.
But enough about them. I screwed up by posting the video. (And my post and commentary has already been linked by a couple of Big Deal blogs in Europe, BTW.)
It's atonement time.
I don't think Shirley Sherrod is going to put her mailing address online any time soon.
I ain't about to write a "I'm sorry" check to the Department Of Agriculture.
I might write a check to the NAACP, along with some kind of apology letter.
I'm open to suggestions.
Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa