While a measure of justice was obtained by Shirley Sherrod, once her story was provided in full and with her comments placed in context; the mainstream media has still failed to provide the complete story of the plight of African-American farmers and the history of institutional racism they have suffered. In Clarence Lusane’s post, “Racism, Shirley Sherrod and the Obama White House,” he addresses this untold history and provides context as to how it relates to Shirley Sherrod saga of now.
A quote from the Article:
“…by 1900, African Americans owned 15 million acres of land mostly in the South. By 1910, this would grow to 16 million with a peak of 925,000 black farmers a decade later. This would represent a high point as discrimination and racism including by the USDA would reduce significantly this ownership over the next 100 years. By 2000, according to a statement made by Judge Paul Freidman in the successful lawsuit against the USDA by black farmers, there were only about 18,000 black farmers left on less than three million acres.”
Full Article: Racism, Shirley Sherrod and the Obama White House