Ousted Worker Sherrod Rejects Return to Ag Agency

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Shirley Sherrod has rejected a job offer from the Agriculture Department that forced her to resign after videos surfaced falsely portraying her as a racist.

Last month, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack offered Sherrod a position under a different title to make up for the misunderstanding.

Sherrod accepted Vilsack's apology but said, "I just don't think at this point, with all that has happened, that I can [accept the job]."

"I did my best to get her to stay on at the U.S.D.A. on a full-time basis," Vilsack said in response.

The agency forced Sherrod to resign in July after excerpts from a speech to the NAACP were posted online. Only portions of the video were shown, making it seem like Sherrod was a racist when in fact, she was making a speech about overcoming racial adversity.

Sherrod said she plans to sue the conservative blogger who posted the video.

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