Shirley Sherrod's Resignation Was Obtained By Fraud!
On Monday, July 19th, Deputy Undersecretary, Cheryl Cook, telephoned Shirley Sherrod, and put her on administrative leave, because the conservative press was characterizing her as a racist. Later that day, Cheryl Cook called her again, as she was driving home, and told Sherrod that the White House requested her resignation. During the same drive, Cheryl Cook called again, urging Shirley Sherrod to resign, pursuant to a request by the White House. Cheryl Cook called during Sherrod's drive, a third time, insisting that she pull over and submit her resignation on the spot, indicating the White House demanded it, adding, "you are going to be on Glenn Beck tonight!"
Everything that Cheryl Cook told Shirley Sherrod, to obtain her resignation, is a lie! The White House denies that they ever asked for Shirley Sherrod's resignation, and the Secretary of Agriculture concurs, adding that the White House never contacted the Department of Agriculture respecting the matter. Glenn Beck did not report on the matter as indicated by Cheryl Cook, and the following day Glenn Beck said that Cheryl Cook's assertion that he planned to report on the Shirley Sherrod matter was untrue, adding that he was unaware of the story at that time.
Fraud is an intentional deception made for personal gain or to damage another individual. It appears that Chery Cook used a vulnerable moment, to maneuver Shirley Sherrod, out of her position, by deceiving her into believing that the White House wanted her to resign, and that Glenn Beck planned to air an embarrassing report on her.
Chery Cook must have known, what all of America has learned — Shirley Sherrod is not the type of person who rolls over when wronged. A demand for her resignation from Cheryl Cook, or Tom Vilsack, probably would have been met with resistance, but a demand from the first African-American President, with a backdrop of political crisis, casting her dilemma as a potential blight on his Presidency . . . For a *Diasporan woman, who has spent her life, and whose father was murdered, on behalf of advancing justice for Diasporan people — that's compelling . . .
Cheryl Cook doesn't have the authority to demand Shirley Sherrod's resignation, and I believe that she fraudulently invoked the authority of the White House, to get it; and she deceived her boss, Tom Vilsack, into believing that it was voluntarily given. Otherwise, why would he give two different accounts, on the same day. "Earlier today, Vilsack released a statement saying he had accepted Sherrod's resignation," but after Sherrod's characterization of events became known, and it was clear that the resignation had been demanded by Cook, Tom Vilsack covered for Cook, "this afternoon, Vilsack released another statement saying he asked for Sherrod's resignation.
Somebody wanted Shirley Sherrod out of her job, otherwise, it would have been given back to her, as soon as the purported reason for her termination was disproved. Perhaps Cheryl Cook did not respond to Shirley Sherrod's e-mail, forewarning of the tape, days before it was aired; and did not entertain Shirley Sherrod's explanations, and aggressively sought Shirley Sherrod's resignation, because she was not interested in anything that did not advance removing Shirley Sherrod from her job.
There is only one person involved in Shirley Sherrod's termination, who will be affected if Shirley Sherrod keeps her job, and that is her boss, Cheryl Cook . . .
*Diasporan: A descendant of a survivor of the African diaspora