Black USDA Official Resigns Over Racist Remarks

Shirley Sherrod claims that Fox News and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution "misconstrued" her statements made at an NAACP event. You be the judge.

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A USDA official was forced to resign after making racist remarks at a NAACP function. Shirley Sherrod, a black woman who served as the USDA's rural development director for Georgia, says she was "forced out of her federally appointed job" after a "snippet" of a speech she gave in March appeared to show her admitting to lackadaisically helping a struggling white farmer because of his race. Sherrod insists her words were taken out of context. In the video, Sherrod says she slighted the white farmer because he had essentially been disrespectful to her because she was black. Complicated? Yes. Racist? You be the judge.

Read more at the AJC.

Watch the "snippet" of her speech below:

 

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