August 25th, 2010
07:56 AM ET
4 years ago

Sherrod: 'We can make this a better place for all of us'

Shirley Sherrod told CNN on Wednesday that she does not currently have any other job offers.
Shirley Sherrod told CNN on Wednesday that she does not currently have any other job offers.

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.

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  1. jpmichigan

    Ms. Sherrod resignation should have never happened, in the first place. Seems everyone but the NNACP apologizes to her. The NNACP had a copy of the talk she gave , so they had no excuse , they jumped full force on the Obama wagon. Good for her not to have take the job, she can and will do much better than what they offer.

    August 25, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  2. D.

    How can we make this a better place, by suing work places and not working?
    She is not the exemplary person she is depicting herself as (I do not say she is racist and I do not deny her hardships regarding her father's death! But, she is a tricky person that made some questionable calls in the past regarding how to "exploit the system" and probably in the future she will do it again).

    August 25, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Gotta love this women! I hope she has some very good sunglasses because her future is very bright.

    August 25, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. karen from Charlottesville

    Sherrod is a lovely person and I really wish I shared her hope and enthusiasm, but to tell the truth, with all the hatemongering going on these days, I have very little hope that we can ever bridge this huge chasm in our country. The popularity of people like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, frankly, befuddle me, and the anger towards another religion spits on the vision of our founding fathers. The country I live in today is not the country I believed in and was so proud of for over 50 years. While I grieve the loss of a great country, I look forward to the life of an expat.

    August 25, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. HypocriCNN

    Again I Agree With Ms. Shirley Sherrod's Statement. Sadly However, There A Just A Many Bad Forces Who Don't Want This To Be A Better Place. You Can Look No Further Than The Anger And Misinformation In The Whole Islamic Center In New York Controversy.

    August 25, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Joan

    I sympathize with her situation and what happened to her is truly regretable. Everyone has apologized to her over and over and she says she accepts the apolgies. However, she unfortunately now seems to be liking the limelight and has been very overexposed. She could have done so much good for others if she had taken the new job offered to her yet she declined. I hope she doesn't do a "Sarah Palin" and embark on a speaking tour for big bucks and write a book. She needs to be careful that she doesn't appear to be cashing in on this whole unfortunate situation started by that Conservative blogger twit.

    August 25, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Eric

    "Sherrod's speech in its unedited form showed that she was telling the story to illustrate that people should move beyond race."

    Brietbart didn't post it to show anything about Sherrod... he posted it to show how bigoted the NAA(L)CP is and how bigoted it's members are, when in the video the audience cheers, hoots, applauds and nod their heads in agreement when Sherrod makes her bigoted comments about how the man in question should be helped by "one of his own," as Sherrod puts it.

    Sherrod is incidental to the story... the story was not about Sherrod... it was about the NAA(L)CP and the bigotry they embody.

    August 25, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Let's move on CNN.......... this is a non-story, there are plenty of important stories to report on.

    August 25, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Captain Awesome

    Of course she doesn't want a job with the USDA. She's holding out for a book deal or her own reality show.

    August 25, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. Liz the First

    I hope an opportunity comes along for this good woman that more than makes up for the crap she went thru. and i hope what she went thru stands as vivid testimony to how low the 'right' sinks, they of God's Own Party! if Americans keep electing these morally bankrupt liars, we deserve to lose this great country. the rethugs have proven over and over again they will do and say anything to regain power, the power to make their rich buddies richer while destroying the middle class and making even more poor. wake up, America, and smell the fascism!

    August 25, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. doug

    She still has not thanked Glen Beck, a decent human being would have done that by now.

    If not for Glen Beck standing up for her and demanding that she get her job back, Obama and his lib goons would have never apologized to her, as always the few times that a Democrat does something right it is because a Republican pressured them to.

    August 25, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. Keith in Austin

    Sherrod's stature has grown immeasurably by thumbing her nose at the Obama Administration's feutal attempt to gain political points by offering her a new job! I love this woman!!

    August 25, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Fun

    Sure she got $12M from the government back when her farm was failing. She probably doesn't need to work.

    August 25, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "I don't have any job opportunities at this point,"
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    Ms. Sherrod you're starting to seriously PISS ME OFF, and let me tell you why. The economy is NOT what it used to be. Therefore what SENSIBLE people do is take the job that is offered and THEN search for something else. Of course if you can AFFORD to remain unemployed that's another thing. But right now you sound like some people on this blog that would rather sit at home whine, complain, collect unemployment and BLOG . You were offered a job, you should've taken it.

    What's going to happen behind this b.s. Ms. Sherrod is that you're going to find yourself being a contributor to negative atmosphere.

    Stay classy. Stop looking like you're trying to cash in on your 15mins. Get a job. And finally...shut the hell up.

    August 25, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Hugo

    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.
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    Wasn't helping the White farmer save his farm her job? Sherrod is just like every other Federal and State employee (no not just black), they think they will make it a better place for us while feeding on our tax dollars. They will be the one's to determine what makes a better place for us, not us. They will set the budgets, expand their offices, create additional pension legacies for us to pay for and reap the benefits of a job that no one other than a CEO sees in private business. Roles have reversed in our work force, we are now slaves to pay for the rewards of non-productive bureaucratic waste!

    August 25, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. Angus McDugan

    Let's stretch out this 15 minutes as long as we can. Maybe Obama can use her situation to divert attention from his failures concerning the economy and jobs.

    Oh yea, thanks BP for stopping the leak in the gulf. Obama was right... he couldn't do anything to help and he proved it. POOR LEADERSHIP!

    August 25, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. JES

    The heck with the FDA all you are looking for now is show me the money.

    Your fifteen minutes are way up.

    August 25, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |