10:30am July 21, 2010

Update: USDA’s Tom Vilsack to Reconsider Official’s Resignation


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will reportedly reconsider the resignation of USDA official Shirley Sherrod over videotaped comments that were deemed racist by conservative media.

“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 early Wednesday in a written statement to reporters.

Sherrod was the USDA’s director of rural development in Georgia. She said stepped down Monday under pressure to resign from the White House after snippets of a video where Sherrod said 24 years ago she didn’t help a white farmer because of his race. Vilsack has said the White House did not influence his decision to ask Sherrod to resign.

But the former employee says her comments were taken out of context. She told media outlets that the video excerpt did not include the full story of her relationship with the farmer, with whom she says she became friends after helping him avoid foreclosure.

The farmer in question also told CNN there was no racism involved in the incident

Sherrod also told MSNBC Wednesday that she’s not sure if she’d take her job back if offered, adding that “no one would listen” to her side of the story.

“I am just not sure how I would be treated there,” she said.

About the Author

Bridgette Outten
A Chicago native, Bridgette has been a journalist since she first wrote for her seventh grade newsletter. Today, that passion is just as strong. She has written for several newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Defender, the Marshall News-Messenger (Texas) and the Springfield News-Sun (Ohio).



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