08/24/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Washington – Former USDA worker Shirley Sherrod recently rejected an offer to return to the agency after being ousted amid a racial controversy. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Sherrod who was asked to leave her job as Georgia’s director of rural development in July, due to misconstrued comments she previously made, declined Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s job offer Tuesday, but stated she may work as a consultant for the department regarding racial issues in the future.
Sherrod is quoted by the AP as stating at a news conference that “at this point, with all that has happened,” she would not return to the USDA. She further stated however, “I look forward to some type of relationship with the department in the future…We do need to work on the issues of discrimination and race in this country.”
Vilsack is further quoted as stating of his decision to oust Sherrod, “I know that I disappointed the president, I disappointed this administration, I disappointed the country, I disappointed Shirley… I have to live with that … Maybe, just maybe, this is an opportunity for the country to have the kind of conversation Shirley thinks we ought to have.”
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