The Courage to Hope

The Courage to Hope

How I Stood up to the Politics of Fear

Book - 2012 | First Atria Books hardcover edition --.
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Shirley Sherrod shares what it was like to be the center of a media firestorm after she was forced to resign from the USDA after false charges.

I n the summer of 2010, Shirley Sherrod was catapulted into a media storm that blew apart her life and her job doing what she'd done for decades: helping poor, hardworking people live the American dream. She was a lifelong activist who served as Georgia's first black director of rural development.

A right-wing blogger, the now late Andrew Breitbart, disseminated a video clip of a speech Sherrod had given to the Georgia NAACP, intending to make her an example of "reverse racism." The right-wing media ramped up the outrage, and before Sherrod had a chance to defend herself, the Obama administration demanded her resignation. Then, after hearing from Sherrod herself and learning the entire truth of what she said in that speech, the administration tried to backtrack. As public officials and media professionals admitted to being duped and apologized for their rush to judgment, Sherrod found herself the subject of a teachable moment.

The Courage to Hope addresses this regret-table episode in American politics, but it also tells Sherrod's own story of growing up on a farm in southwest Georgia during the final violent years of Jim Crow. As a child she dreamed of leaving the South, but when her father was murdered by a white neighbor who was never brought to justice, Sherrod made a vow to stay in Georgia and commit herself to the cause of truth and racial healing. With her husband, Charles, a legend in the civil rights movement, she has devoted her life to empowering poor people and rural communities--Americans who are most in need.

The incident that brought Sherrod into the spotlight does not define her life and work, but it strengthens her commitment to stand against the politics of fear and have the courage to hope.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2012.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition --.
ISBN: 9781451650945
Branch Call Number: 975.8043 SHE
Characteristics: 240 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Whitney, Catherine


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Jul 13, 2015

A book that should never have had to be written, but was! I applaud this lady for telling her [more noble] side of this story, and I was reminded of reading her book after hearing of the resignation of the head of the OPM, or Office of Personnel Management, the government's human resources agency, due to the hacking of OPM's systems, reported to be by a Chinese military unit [telltale signature exploits] which was probably due to the government's outsourcing of their IDS program [Einstein 3] to China; ergo the culpability and responsibility clearly lies with the DHS and/or the NSA, whichever was the final outsourcing party! President Obama should be known for two things: his knack for always firing the wrong individual [accident or by design, one wonders????] and his Open Government Initiative, which has yielded the secretive TPP negotiations, the still-classified CIA torture report, and a host of other classified stuff?

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