Consider This - Shirley Sherrod

By Ted Fortenberry - bio | email

The situation that has occurred with Shirley Sherrod, the USDA employee who was terminated this past week, brings several issues to light.

When someone makes a mistake, the first thing people do is call for that person to be fired. Many times what the person has done has nothing to do with their job performance, but the ouster of that person must take place to right the perceived wrong.

Second, it is extremely concerning that today the internet is full of so-called web journalists who write whatever they feel with no accountability and no guarantee of accuracy. What's really scary is people read this junk - and believe it.

In fact, popular website basically exists to confirm or debunk all the crazy stuff that flies around in chain emails and websites.

Consider This: First, what happened to Shirley Sherrod is a basic case of someone not investigating the whole story. That's what happens with a "fire the person immediately" mentality.

If any good has come from this, it is that her real story has been shared and it helps to teach us all a lesson about doing the right thing regardless of the color of person's skin. Hopefully it will cause everyone to make sure they have the whole story before acting and to investigate anything that comes from someone or some source where there is no system of accuracy or accountability.

You know, I'm just thankful the guillotine is no longer in use. There would be a lot of people who would lose their heads based on our rush to judgment mentality.

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