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eRacing: Shirley Sherrod

When did a self-effacing confession, an honest self-reflection and a story of redemption and reconciliation become “politically incorrect”? The answer, simply put, is when the response time to a racially charged and sensitive conversation about race and the exercise of power became more important than the substance of the conversation about prejudice, discrimination and oppression. […]

When did a self-effacing confession, an honest self-reflection and a story of redemption and reconciliation become “politically incorrect”? The answer, simply put, is when the response time to a racially charged and sensitive conversation about race and the exercise of power became more important than the substance of the conversation about prejudice, discrimination and oppression.

Southern born in 1948, black and female, it is inconceivable that Shirley Sherrod did not know intimately prejudice, discrimination and oppression as she educated herself and worked her way into a position that allowed her to assist poor farmers. When she met Mr. Spooner, a poor white farmer, she was presented with an opportunity to rise above the prejudice, discrimination and oppression that determined social relations of race, especially in the South.

The edited portion of her conversation about discrimination, eRaced her vivid testimony of how she did not discriminate against Mr. Spooner.   After the edited speech was circulated on the internet and picked up by major news outlets, the response to the eRaced recordings were ‘reactionary’ in a manner which did not characterize Ms. Sherrod’s interaction with Mr. Spooner.

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Curriculum Vitae

Tom L. States PhD Candidate

Fields of Interest: Political Theory, International Relations, Marxist Political Economy

Research Topic: eRacism - Conflicts of Difference

Education History: Williams College, BA Political Science; New York University, MA Politics; York University PhD Candidate

Languages: English, German

Hometown: Greenwood, Mississippi

Words of Wisdom: “IT” is what you are when you are young. Your youth mistakes certainty of the few things that you think you know for knowledge of things that it takes a life time to understand. With time and a few life experiences “IT” becomes the thing you pursue to give your life meaning. Somewhere along the way of having or getting “IT” you ask yourself, ‘Is this “IT”? Panic sets in when you realize that “IT” is your life. Fear and insecurity is that feeling you get when “IT” has not been worth a life time.

Bookshelf

Harvey, David. Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference. New York: Longman, 1996.

Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin White Masks. Trans. Charles Lam Markmann. New York: Grove Press. 1967.

Cancian, Francesca M. Gender Politics: Love and Power in the Private and Public Spheres. Gender and the Life Course. Ed. Alice S. Rossi. New York: Aldine, 1985.

Sand, Shlomo. The Invention of the Jewish People. New York: Verso, 2009.

Lay, Shawn. The Invisible Empire In The West: Toward a New Historical Appraisal of the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920's. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2004.

Journal

Carothers, Thomas. Think Again: Civil Society. Foreign Policy Date, (Winter: 1999-2000).

Ober, Josiah. The original meaning of "democracy": Capacity to do things, not majority rule. Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics. American Political Science Association meetings, Philadelphia, (2006).