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Shirley Sherrod Says No to Vilsack Offer of New Job at Agriculture

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Shirley Sherrod, who was ousted from her federal job after the release of an edited video in which she appeared to make a racist remark, won't be going back to work at the Agriculture Department, despite an offer by the agency at a meeting Tuesday.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who fired Sherrod in July, then quickly apologized for the misunderstanding, said she has agreed to work as a consultant to the department at some point in the future to help USDA with its civil rights performance, the Associated Press reported.
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Sherrod said Tuesday she could not agree to the full-time job -- reportedly in the Office of Advocacy and Outreach -- "with all that has happened." She accepted Vilsack's apology but felt she could likely be more helpful to the department in the future "if I just take a little break."

Sherrod was forced out after a conservative website put up a portion of a speech she made in March where she admitted not doing all she could at one point to help a white farmer. But the incident occurred in 1987, when Sherrod worked for a non-profit in Georgia. And she went on to say -- this part of the speech was not posted -- that she had recognized her error and later helped the grower, becoming friends with him and his wife.

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I would have respected Ms. Sherrod more if she had accepted Mr. Vilsack's apology, which he very humbly gave, and accepted the position offered. But she chose not to do that. I wish Mr. Vilsack well. He was genuinely sorry.

August 24 2010 at 8:42 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

America will not tolerate these "GET SMART" bogited comments. If there are a MILLION black farmers that have been DISCRIMINATED against by our Government, they should ALL receive compensation, just as white people in the same position would also be entitiled to. Get Smart is most likely an old WHITE man, with a BIG chip on his shoulder. America is moving on, and will NEVER tolerate inequality or supression of equal rights EVER AGAIN! THe Republican platform is to UPHOLD THE US CONSTITUTION. That is what our President is doing. No need to CHANGE the constitution just because there is something you don;t like. Republican tea partiers, this means you CAN throw a tantrum about it, like you are doing, but you can;t CHANGE it just because you don;t like it.

August 24 2010 at 4:25 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
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These are not bigoted comments. Sherrod is a black woman who worked for the Dept. of Agriculture. It is hard to believe that 54,000 black farmers missed the deadline to file for compensation in 1999? Someone should investigate this and find out where these 54,000 plus recent claimants came from... Do they grow Acorns..???

August 24 2010 at 9:17 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

I believe that Ms. Sherrod made the best decision. Though the apology was made, when your integrity, work ethic, and judgement are questioned (WITHOUT JUSTIFICATION), it leaves a very bad scare. As with any injury, time will heal the wound, but for right now, she made the best decision to not return. FURTHER- Didnt they (Agriculture Department) vet her before hiring her for her previous position? HMMMM. We (society) are so quick to judge and ridicule without ALL the facts. In all you seek, seek UNDERSTANDING.

August 24 2010 at 2:42 PM Report abuse -9 rate up rate down Reply

She is also involved in the "Black Farmers Lawsuit". That is maybe why she was thrown under the bus so quickly by this addmin. Alot of money involved.

August 24 2010 at 2:04 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
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It's hard to believe that 54,000 plus black farmers missed the deadline for the lawsuit in 1999. Either Sherrod and her co-workers were not doing their job, or either the current administration is spreading taxpayers money to the undeserving... It's the taxpayers who are being discriminated against by frivilous lawsuits, and an 11-year extension on filing for money.

August 24 2010 at 8:51 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

This is very strange... Sherrod was either not doing her job in 1999, along with the dept. of agriculture, or a lot of new black farmers surfaced since 2008??? Maybe they are growing Acorns...

August 24 2010 at 9:04 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

It is probably for the better of all that she will not be returning

August 24 2010 at 1:54 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply

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