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Race and Politics / Sherrod Race Case / New Black Panther Party #976561

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(White House: Savannah Guthrie) The controversy over the resignation of Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod examined; clips shown from the video posted on the Internet of her speaking at an NAACP event over 20 years ago; statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack quoted. [SHERROD – says she used the story to help others see it’s not about race; recounts being told to resign.] [In Iron City, Georgia, farmer Roger SPOONER†- praises Sherrod.] The change in the NAACP’s position on the matter noted.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Washington: Pete Williams) The controversy over the Justice Department’s handling of a voter intimidation case featured; video shown of New Black Panther Party members, one holding a night stick {Shamir Shabazz††}, at the entry to a polling place; details given about the decision to drop the lawsuit; “National Geographic” video shown of Shabazz shouting racist comments. [Former Justice Department lawyer J. Christian ADAMS†- says if you attempt to intimidate someone from voting it violates the law.] [Conservative writer Abigail THERNSTROM††- says we do not have any evidence of voter intimidation.]

(Studio: Brian Williams; Washington: Mark Whitaker; White House: Savannah Guthrie) The nexus between these 2 stories, why they are so intense and damage control in the Sherrod case discussed.

Williams, Brian;
Guthrie, Savannah;
Williams, Pete;
Whitaker, Mark

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