Georgia's Rural Development Director resigns
Tue, 20 Jul 2010 20:21:12 GMT —
A black USDA worker has resigned after a video of her making racist remarks has surfaced. US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday he has accepted the resignation of Georgia's Rural Development Director Shirley Sherrod, who lives in Albany.
Here is a comment Sherrod made about helping a white farmer during her speech at the NAACP's 20th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet in March. "So many black people had lost their farm land and here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land. So I didn't give him the full force of what I could do. I did enough" says Sherrod.
National NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous welcomed the resignation because the group opposes racism of all kinds. Sherrod is married to a prominent Civil Rights Activist in Albany.