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Shirley Sherrod

US Agriculture Official who was forced to resign over perceived racial remarks

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A Quick Tip by MichaelN

  • Jul 21, 2010
The White House and NAACP seemed to perform a "rush to judgement" and made her resign under embarrassing circumstances. How can this wrong ever be fixed?
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A black former Agriculture Department official who resigned under pressure after a video clip surfaced of her discussing a white farmer said Wednesday the agency's decision to review her case is "bittersweet," but said she isn't sure she would accept her job back if it is offered.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said early Wednesday that he will review the case of Shirley Sherrod, who resigned Monday after the video clip first appeared on a conservative website and later on Fox News.

In the video, Sherrod, the former USDA director of rural development for Georgia, seems to tell an audience at an NAACP function in March that she did not do her utmost to help a white farmer avoid foreclosure.

However, Sherrod later said that the clip shows only part of her comments, and that she tells the story of her experience -- from nearly a quarter-century ago when she was not a federal employee -- to illustrate the importance of moving beyond race.

"I am, of course, willing and will conduct a thorough review and consider additional facts to ensure to the American people we are providing services in a fair and equitable manner," Vilsack said in a statement.

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