[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/29/art.shirleysherrod.file3.cnn.jpg caption ="Shirley Sherrod has declined a job offer from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack."](CNN) - Shirley Sherrod said Tuesday that she has enjoyed her work at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and "would want to see that work continue."
But she add, "I just don't think at this point with all that has happened" that it is possible to continue working at the department. "It doesn't mean I'm not interested in that work, because I am," she said.
She said she needs to "take a break" from the events of the past few weeks, but looks forward to "some type of relationship with the department in the future."
"We need to work on issues (of) discrimination and racism in this country, and I'd certainly like to play my role," Sherrod added.