We assumed Shirley Sherrod would sue the heck out of the Agriculture Department and keep it moving, but it looks like she’s headed to Washington, D.C. to hash out the situation with her former bosses, including Tom Vilsick, the United States Secretary of Agriculture.
It was just a month ago that Sherrod was forced to resign from her position as Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture after a blogger (conservative Andrew Breitbart) posted a chopped up video of her which gave the false impression that she was discriminating against a white farmer.
So now they want to take back the slander, the embarrassment and the sheer unprofessional actions and woo her with a new fancy title? We hope Sherrod doesn’t fall for the okey doke.
She is set to meet with officials at the USDA on August 24, and they’ll discuss the offer for her to work as deputy director of the office of advocacy and outreach at the USDA. A whole new position to deal with issues of discrimination within the agency, how ironic.
Everybody needs a job, but the USDA did not have her back, they jumped at the prompting of a blogger. So many times, women in the workplace–even in high-powered positions–are forced to take a backseat and assumed to be pushovers. But as soon as this controversy broke Sherrod refused to go shuffling in a corner. She swiftly took matters into her own hands and appeared on CNN and explained the truth about situation. The decision to fire her was reversed when the full video revealed a different interpretation of her remarks.
Sherrod herself said the apologies felt “bittersweet,” and we say taking the job would just be two steps back.
On “The View” this morning, Sherrod said: “He [Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture] actually gave me the opportunity to blast him and I said ‘that’s not me’,” Sherrod said. “No good would come from doing that, but he wanted to talk about how to go forward, so I told him to ‘go ahead’.” Sherrod today said she still thinking about the offer.
Shirley, you’ve proven to be the classiest of Madames so far. Take this lesson and move on to bigger and greener pastures. While you’re meeting with President Obama next week, how about shooting for Vilsick’s job as Agriculture Secretary?