Former Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod, who was fired over an edited clip spotlighted by Andrew Breitbart in which she seemed to indicate discrimination against a white farmer 24 years ago (in the full clip she went on to explain the lesson she’d learned against discrimination), has said no to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s offer for her to rejoin the Department of Agriculture, either in her former role or a new position addressing questions of discrimination in the department.
Sherrod says she may return as a consultant in the future, after the department conducts its own investigation into discrimination there.
Per NBC News,
Sherrod said she needs a little time to take a break from all she’s had to deal with — respond to mail — and added, “I look forward to some kind of relationship with the department in the future. We do need to deal with the issues of discrimination and racism in the country in the future, and I certainly would like to play my role.”
Sherrod said she did not want to discuss it, but that a lawsuit against blogger Andrew Breitbart would take place.