The innocent victim of a political attack, Shirley Sherrod recently filed a lawsuit against those who twisted her gesture of racial reconciliation into a charge of racial discrimination and caused her to lose her job. Had her accusers done their homework, they would’ve realized that trying to nail a “reverse racism” label on a woman of Sherrod’s history was not wise.
Our inability to honestly discuss race in America led to the political takedown of an innocent woman. But Shirley Sherrod’s story offers profound lessons on how to bridge the divide and finally get this thing right.
The story about Nikole Churchill, the white student who recently won the title of Miss Hampton at the predominantly black Hampton University, has challenged a lot of folks to look at the race issue from yet another angle. Churchill beat out nine black women to win the school’s 15th annual beauty pageant, which awards a scholarship in addition to that fancy tiara. She was the first non-black student to ever win the crown.