"'Is she a gadfly to the Obama administration? I don’t know her motivations, but the reality of it is that they screwed up,' said Andra Gillespie, an Emory University professor who studies politics and race. 'They apologized, but the decision to fire her is the kind of knee-jerk reaction that people get concerned about with de-racialized candidates, such as Obama. The administration overacted in the Shirley Sherrod case to prove that they don’t always side with the minorities, but they were wrong.'”
"North Carolina is one of 32 states that passed laws that allowed the sterilization of people deemed 'unfit to breed,' and ultimately took away the reproductive rights of more than 60,000 people nationwide. The programs targeted people deemed to be criminals, juvenile delinquents, the mentally ill, women considered to be 'sexual deviants,' gay men, and people suffering from epilepsy. Those on welfare were targeted as well, especially African Americans after welfare became available to them in the 1960s, because they were seen as a drain on the system."