Washington (CNN) – A former Agriculture Department employee who was forced to resign last month, then received an apology and a job offer she turned down, said Wednesday she hopes to continue to work on the issue of race relations in America.
"I don't have any job opportunities at this point," Shirley Sherrod told CNN's "American Morning." "I have to just look at what's possible. I do need to take a little time to think and look at the future. I do plan to be busy."
Sherrod resigned under pressure as the USDA's director of rural development for Georgia. The controversy began after conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart posted a portion of a speech Sherrod gave online. In that speech, she seemed to suggest that she did not offer her full help to a white farmer.
The original post appeared to indicate the incident occurred while Sherrod was a USDA employee. News outlets quickly picked up on the story, and Sherrod was asked to resign. However, the incident took place during the 1980s, and Sherrod's speech in its unedited form showed that she was telling the story to illustrate that people should move beyond race. In addition, the white farmer mentioned by her came forward, crediting Sherrod with helping save his farm.