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July 22nd, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Sherrod offered new job, but says she is not so sure

(CNN) – A former Agriculture Department employee who was forced to resign from her job based on incomplete and misleading reports of a speech she gave has been offered a new job by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, but said Thursday she is "not so sure."

"I'm not so sure that going back to the department is the thing to do," Shirley Sherrod told CNN's "American Morning."

Sherrod said she was offered some type of civil rights position in the department's Office of Outreach, and that she was expecting to receive something official in an e-mail from the department. She said Thursday she had not had a chance to see that yet.

But "I would not want to be the one person at USDA that's responsible for issues of discrimination within the agency," she said. "You know, there's a lawsuit by black farmers, there's a lawsuit by Hispanic and Native American and women farmers ... There are changes that would need to happen in order to once and for all really deal with discrimination." Read more

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  1. Harvey

    For Obama (his Administration; AKA the "White House") and the NAACP CEO Ben Jeolous to "Jump the Gun" and Fire Sherrod, Ask Sherrod to Resign . . . from Federal Employement with the USDA Without No Justification Meriting Her Ouster . . . Without Doing the Necessary Investigative Background Checks as to the Validity of Andrew Breitbart's Blog . . . Actions that can be construed as Attempts to Address/Rectify Racial Discrimination Problems/Issues between USDA Staff and United States Farmers. Obama and the NAACP should always remember to Conider the Source of a Story (the Storys Content in its entirety) and the Authors Credentials/Journalistic Acclaim.

    July 26, 2010 at 6:01 am |
  2. Robert

    Funny. Kiran, John, and Ed Henry are trying to turn the Sherrod case against another USDA official, Cheryl Cook. What about Breibart? Where's your indignation at him? Where's Ed Henry been chasing him down? Fox News personnel who began smearing this campaign? Where?

    In the earliest hours of this controversy, CNN was as guilty as every other media outlet of not thoroughly investigating this or vetting the story. Within 24 hours, after it became apparent that the alleged racists comments from Sherrod were a fabrication, CNN offered not Sherrod but Breibart a stage to position the idea that the story was about the NAACP.

    By focusing on Ms. Cook, CNN is attempting to again direct public attention away from what's really going on... media manipulation.

    July 23, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  3. Gwain52

    I listened to some comments on AM today about whether President Obama is the right person to lead a national discussion and "teachable moment" on race. I, for one, do not believe that he is particularly well suited to be the impressario of American race relations. We must keep in mind that Mr. Obama does not have a family or personal history that contains the kinds of horrific experiences that someone like Shirley Sherrod has in her background. His father was an African, not an African-American, and Barrack barely knew him. He therefore has no African-American relatives or ancestors. He also was raised in white households by his Caucasian mother and grandparents. Of course, he may have experienced some mild discrimination during his youth due to his appearance. However, the level of such discriminatory treatment probably would have been low during his formative years in Hawaii, southern California, New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Indeed, it seems to me that Mr. Obama is, in many ways, culturally more white than African-American. Consequently, he may not be the ideal spokesperson for African-Americans or the right person to lead a national discussion on race. Shirley Sherrod appears to be much better suited to help white Americans of the current era understand the influences that have shaped the world views of the majority of African-Americans.

    July 23, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  4. William

    Isn't this Sherrod story old, dead meat now? I've had to watch this all day yesterday on all news channels. You can only beat a news story to death before you need to embalm it and move on. No one cares anymore. Sherrod is obviously using this to her benefit and can't make a decision whether to take the offer of the USDA. If she is that way\, go get another job somewhere. Again.. MOVE ON CNN

    July 23, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  5. Max Van Gilder

    It is amazing to me that Fox News and the conservative media were able to turn the story into a story about decision-making by the White House. The real story was the racism and anti-minority agenda of the far-right Tea Party bloggers and pundits and the roll of Fox News in race-baiting. I spent 8 years in the South in the civil rights era and I strongly believe that, while there are no white sheets and flaming crosses, there is a lot of heinous behavior and flaming rhetoric. Fox News' role in this is despicable, absolutely despicable.

    Let's focus on the real issue, racist behavior by the Tea Party folks. They are allowed their political views, but not their racist attacks.

    July 23, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  6. Nikita

    Obama called her because he doesn't like negative press, had it not been for that I truly believe she wouldn't have gotten that text. So had this not happened she wouldn't be offered a new position and probably more money. The media got what they wanted the POTUS called her, next!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 23, 2010 at 6:31 am |
  7. Jane

    President Obama should offer Shirley Sherrod a position as Advisor on "life outside the beltway". She is obviously more in touch with the real America than he and Congress are.

    July 23, 2010 at 6:19 am |
  8. Bob Tussey

    Seems to me the media, along with many of our political leaders are missing the boat on illegal imagration. What is it most people want legal and non legal alike.
    1. We want the borders secured.
    2. We want those that are here illegally, or even legally on a visa who have commited a felony crime, are validated, comfirmed gang member must be deported and kept out. We have enough home grown crazies without adding more.
    3. We want an imagration program that works. One that does not take a life time of waiting, insures good honest people can come here and work, and become part of the AMERICAN CULTURE. Green card, citizenship all on the table, along with fines or what ever. This is all secondary to stoping the criminal activity, the gangs, and the drugs.

    We want the illigal imagrants to help, yep rat out the real criminals, and gang members. If they want to become Americans experince the American Dream then chip in and help.

    As I stood in a local liquor store mini mart the other day, I was in line behing 4 hispanic men. None spoke english, one did know a few words, enough to ask "How much" as he handed his and the others pay checks to the clerk. The clerk asked if the had IDs, "No" they did not. So he got his hand held calculator and told them how much he charge to cash their pay checks. They all nodded their heads yes and cashed their checks. I am thinking this is wrong, they should be able to stop at the bank cash a payroll check at no charge,
    This hurts them, and is wrong.

    July 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  9. Rumm

    Oh well time to leave then!

    Want to live the dream follow the rules and the other good immigrants did!

    July 22, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  10. whimsicalpig

    Doing something illegal is always dangerous. This family had just taken advantage of lax inforcement of a legitimately approved immigration policy.

    they broke the law and availled themselves of America's bounty by doing so. This woman should retreat to her home country.
    Once there, she should use here efforts to change her own nation into a nation "like" ours rather than stealling from the country she claims to want to be a part of.

    July 22, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  11. LegalTaxpayingCitizen

    Sorry. No sympathy.

    July 22, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  12. Steve

    This is GREAT news!!! But, I have to disagree with your strategy of saying she is "undocumented". By that, you mean that she is breaking the law, and in the US illegally, correct? If she was not breaking the law, she would have nothing to fear.

    July 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  13. Mike

    Undocumented = Illegal.

    July 22, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  14. So wait its AZ fault she's illegal

    Way to play the pity card. I pity the lower income brackets who aren't getting everything they could because illegal immigrants don't pay taxes but accept govt services. Go back to where you came from, apply legally and start paying TAXES!

    July 22, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  15. Carlos

    Who cares, she's illegal. They're not called legal immigrants, they're called illegal immigrants. Maybe she should've went through the documentation process like all the other legal immigrants that can stay in the US without any risk or worry. I have no clue why this is even a story, and why CNN continues to follow this like its such an injustice to illegal mexicans. The government makes laws, we are to follow these laws... all of them, not just selected ones here and there.

    July 22, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  16. tkay

    There were definetly racists in that NAACP meeting that nodded and laughed at this womans comments before she explained herself. And that was Breitbarts point. There is TRUE racism in the NAACP. Not the made up racism in the Tea Party. But unfortunatley the media is falling all over itself trying to cover that fact up and make the story about Sherrod...

    July 22, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  17. Via

    wow, ok so she stated she discriminated against this farmer, but feels bad about it now , and everything is ok ,the USDA is sorry ,oh and heres a promotion? ,.. ok so on the same note ... America is sorry for Slavery, segragation, and discrimination, we feel bad about it ...our bad everything is ok again right ???

    July 22, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  18. Shawn

    She's not undocumented, she's an ILLEGAL. Some people pursue the American dream the right way, and some the wrong way. I can't believe how CNN is so pro-illegal immigration.

    July 22, 2010 at 11:34 am |