Former U.S. Department of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod said she is going to sue conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart for igniting a controversy that made her look like a racist.
Sherrod's comments about race were selectively edited and posted online by Breitbart. But what appeared to be racist remarks turned out to be a speech about racial reconciliation.
"(Breibart) had to know that he was targeting me," Sherrod said.
The online video shows Sherrod at an NAACP event, sharing a story of how she once hesitated to help a white farmer save his home, but later realized the importance of moving on from racial issues.
A day after the video comments surfaced online, Sherrod was forced to resign as the director of rural development in Georgia.
Sherrod maintained that she had done nothing but work against racism during her time at the USDA. The farmer's wife came forward to defend Sherrod, saying the she had eventually helped them save their farm.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack later apologized once the video was proven to be taken out of context and offered Sherrod a new job.She said she is still considering the offer.
Breitbart has not responded to the lawsuit.