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Shirley Sherrod

Former Director of Georgia State Rural Development

Shirley Sherrod was the Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture and was forced to resign from her position when blogger Andrew Breitbart posted video excerpts of Sherrod's address at a March 2010 NAACP event to his website. The NAACP condemned her remarks, and U.S. government officials called on her to resign. However, upon review of the unedited video in context, the NAACP, White House officials, and Tom Vilsack, the United States Secretary of Agriculture, apologized and Sherrod was offered a new position.