Shirley Sherrod

Shirley Sherrod made the news in 2010 when she was forced to resign her position as the USDA's Georgia director of rural development after a false charge of reverse racism. Her ensuing fight to get the truth out continued a lifetime of battling discrimination and advocating on behalf of the poor and unheard.

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Toward Racial Healing

We must work together as a nation to confront and defeat racism.

The following collection of essays offers a fresh assessment of the nature of racism in 21st-century America and an examination of opportunities for healing it. The subject could not be more important. In many ways, race is a stain that runs across the entire fabric of American history almost from the beginning of European entry to the New World to the election of Barack Obama as the first African American president. The inspiring story of American democracy is mixed with the eradication of native populations, slave labor, the repression of the Jim Crow period, lynchings, and official toleration, often encouragement, of cruelty and violence against people of color. All of these ugly episodes were possible because racism demonized people who were "different" and deemed them undeserving of compassion. Many of us in the civil-rights movement thought we had finally defeated racism after a series of victories: the Supreme Court's 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education striking down...