I don't normally comment on anything political here, but I've been watching the Shirley Sherrod situation unfold, and it has me completely livid.
So, as far as I can tell, this is the sequence of events:
1) The NAACP passes a resolution denouncing the Tea Party as "racist".
2) In response, some blogger within the Tea Party cuts up a video of a speech made by Sherrod to make it LOOK like she is racist, when in fact she is talking about the dangers of racism and how she overcame it.
3) The edited video goes viral, and some Washington official panics and forces Sherrod to pull over and submit her resignation in the middle of the street, ruining her life. And the one who edited the video doesn't even fucking care about what happens to her.
So, FOR NO FUCKING GOOD REASON, a woman's life has been ruined. Even with this morning's talk of reconsidering calling for her to resign, there's no going back for her - she's already under a spotlight she did nothing to deserve being under, forever to be labeled something she's not, and nothing is going to change that. And all for what?
I don't know about you, but I think it's really damn scary that one lunatic can edit a video to make anyone in the world sound like something they're not and make them lose their job over it.
Also, via jnik, a better summary and analysis than I could write.