By now you’ve probably heard the name Shirley Sherrod. She is the U.S. Department of Agriculture employee who was asked to resign Monday after a video was released by news aggregator Andrew Breitbart. The video shows Sherrod saying she was hesitant to help a white farmer as much as she could. This morning Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that he will reconsider the abrupt firing, but Sherrod tells The Takeaway that she's "unsure" if she'd return to the job.
In the video Sherrod says that in 1986 she was approached by a white farmer who was facing the possibility of foreclosure on his farm. He came to her for help. "I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farm land," she says in the video. "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.”
But in an interview on CNN yesterday, that farmer’s wife, Eloise Spooner, defended Sherrod, calling her a good friend, saying, “They have not treated her right. She’s the one I give credit to helping us saving our farm.”
Shirley Sherrod joins us to tell her story.
(Below, the original, unedited version of the video, as released by the NAACP Tuesday evening.)