*Shirley Sherrod has reconciled with the NAACP, the civil rights group who was quick to condemn her after a video was altered to make her appear racist.
The NAACP had initially released a statement supporting her removal from the Agriculture Department within the first day or so after blogger Andrew Breitbart posted the video. But the next day, the organization retracted its statement, and NAACP president Ben Jealous issued an apology, saying the group had been “snookered.”
In a Tuesday afternoon e-mail sent under Sherrod’s name to supporters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, she writes that NAACP president Ben Jealous repeated his mea culpa to her at her home in Albany, Ga., and she replied:
“That’s behind us, and the last thing I want to see happen is for my situation to weaken support for the NAACP. Too many people confronted by racism and poverty count on the NAACP to be there for them, especially those in rural areas who often have nowhere else to turn.”
Sherrod, who is suing Breitbart, placed the blame squarely on him while tying him directly to the Tea Party: “And I’m surely not going to yield because some Tea Party agitator sat at his computer and turned everything I said upside down and inside out.”
Mr. Breitbart’s original post came amid accusations by the N.A.A.C.P. about racism in the ranks of the Tea Party movement.