Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Shirley Sherrod resigns from USDA

Shirley Sherrod of USDA resigns

Shirley Sherrod, USDA’s black employee has resigned from her post on Monday in the wake of outburst of a video at conservative media outlets in which Shirley Sherrod is shown telling one of the audience that she had not given a white framer the full force of what I could do to help him save his family farm.

Tom Vilsack, the Agriculture Secretary said that he had accepted Shirley Sherrod’s resignation. Shirley Sherrod was working as USDA’s State Director of Rural Development for Georgia.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he had accepted the resignation of Shirley Sherrod, the department’s state director of rural development for Georgia.

Tom Vilsack further added that in USDA, they are following a zero tolerance for discrimination. He said that being Secretary Agriculture he condemns any discriminatory act against any person. He further added that at USDA, they are working hard for past 18 months to reverse the checkered civil rights history and they are taking fairness and equality as a serious matter at USDA.
It is reported that video was originally forwarded by Andrew Breitbart, the publisher of the Conservative website. The video was quickly picked up by Fox News from where it became viral resulting in the resignation of Shirley Sherrod. It is further reported that Shirley Sherrod used the alleged remarks at an NAACP Freedom Fund banquet. The number of audience of this banquet is unknown.
In the poorly shot low quality video, Shirley Sherrod is shown telling one of her audience that she did not extend full force to a white farmer to savehis family farm as he took a long time to show her that she he is superior to her. Shirley Sherrod is further shown proving that she did he job by introducing the farmer to a white lawyer figuring out that one of his own flock will take care of him well.
Apart from Shirley Sherrod’s discriminatory remarks, it is not clear that whether the farm was saved or no

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