USDA Reconsiders Axing 'Racist' Worker
Vilsack 'considering additional facts'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 21, 2010 2:45 AM CDT
Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack is reconsidering the firing of Shirley Sherrod.   (AP Photo/Adam Rountree, File)

(Newser) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is reconsidering the USDA's decision to oust a black employee over racially tinged remarks after learning more about what she said. Vilsack will "conduct a thorough review and consider additional facts" about his decision to ask Shirley Sherrod to resign. Sherrod criticized the administration for pushing her to resign yesterday after a blogger posted an edited video of her saying that she didn't give a white farmer as much help as she could have 24 years ago. Sherrod says her remarks were part of a story about racial reconciliation, not racism.

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shonangreg
Jul 21, 2010 10:22 PM CDT
The President, and the rest of the Democrat leaders, need to crush the lunatic fringe of the right wing, for their good and our own. Those idiots are attention whores who have too many "softies" on the left, the middle, and the right wrapped around their finger. The far right is not respectable, does not need to be compromised with, should not even be listened to, and it has infected the Republican Party at a deep level.
UnrighteousFury
Jul 21, 2010 12:09 PM CDT
You can blame Fox for propagating the story, and I hope she does and take legal action. But the majority of the blame belongs to Breitbart. It was his site that originally edited the video to make her seem as though she was saying something that she wasn't. She should sue his ass too.
BussardNR
Jul 21, 2010 11:40 AM CDT
I hope who ever the knee jerking official with a pc fly up their ass gets fired.