Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The woman at the center of a racially tinged firestorm involving the Obama administration and the NAACP says she's not certain whether she would return to the Agriculture Department if invited back.
Shirley Sherrod says she's perplexed by the uproar over remarks she made in March of this year regarding a Georgia farmer's case from 24 years ago about giving shortshrift attention to pleas for assistance by a white farmer. Sherrod, who is black, says her remarks broadcast on a conservative website were taken out of context, and "that's not me."
Sherrod tells NBC's "Today" show she was shocked at being forced to resign by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who now says he is willing to reconsider the move. Asked if she would return if asked, Sherrod said, "I am just not sure how I would be treated there."