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Agriculture Department / Sherrod Race Case / Interview (Part I) #970761

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010
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(New Orleans: Anderson Cooper) What happened to Agriculture Department rural development director Shirley Sherrod after an edited video of her March 27 speech at the NAACP was posted on YouTube by a conservative Website BigGovernment.com publisher Andrew Breitbart featured. [In video, SHERROD - tells the story of a white farmer & what she though about working with him as opposed to black farmers.] The context of her excerpted speech explained: that was she said had happened 24 years ago before she worked for the government. [SHERROD - says it is about poor people, not black or white people & how we have to work together--where race does not matter.] The NAACP's reversal of its criticism of her racism noted. {Agriculture Secretary Tom VILSACK - says he did not speak with the White House--that he asked her to resign.] [On "John King USA," BREITBART - comments on racism.]

(New Orleans: Anderson Cooper) Live interview held with Sherrod. [SHERROD - says she has not lived a racist life but turned it into working with people; states she has moved beyond race & that is her message; comments on her work over the years with white & black farmers & how her aim was to get people together; indicates she believes the White House was involved & it all stems from the NAACP-Tea Party fight.]

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