Digby as usual has a wonderful rundown of everything that's been wrong with the treatment of Shirley Sherrod. (Her contrast between the courage and grit of Sherrod and her attackers is inspired; scroll to the end.) She does a better job than I did describing the bizarro world right-wing Obama foes are trying to create, in which any black person who complains about white racism is the one who's racist.
Coincidentally, I got an e-mail from Charles Sherrod tonight; I'd sent him a note seeking comment when I wrote my piece about his civil rights heroism. He got back to me, and this is all he said:
The attack on my wife has opened up an avalanche of discussion on a tabooed subject ... RACE. It is a blessing to be an instrument of God's GRACE.
I'm going to try to let that stand as the last word on the Sherrods for a while.