Shirley Sherrod says she will sue the blogger
Shirley Sherrod says she will sue conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart who posted an edited video that led to her forced resignation from the Agriculture Department over racism allegations.
“He’ll definitely hear from me,” Sherrod told the National Association of Black Journalists annual conference in San Diego on Thursday.
Does she plan on filing a lawsuit? “I will definitely do it,” Sherrod said.
“He had to know that he was targeting me,” she added.
Sherrod, who is black, said her bosses at USDA pushed her to resign after conservative media repeatedly broadcast portions of the video in which she seemed to say that she had discriminated against a white farmer. But in the full video of the speech that Sherrod gave to a meeting of the NAACP, she had in fact said that race should not matter.
NABJ said Breitbart had initially accepted an invitation to attend the event but later declined. “I wish he had come here today because I really would like to talk to him,” Sherrod said.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has apologized and President Barack Obama has called her, but Sherrod has not decided on whether to accept a new job offer from the administration.
Obama referred to the controversy in a speech to the National Urban League on Thursday.
“Now, many are to blame for the reaction and overreaction that followed these comments -– including my own administration. And what I said to Shirley was that the full story she was trying to tell –- a story about overcoming our own biases and recognizing ourselves in folks who, on the surface, seem different -– is exactly the kind of story we need to hear in America,” Obama said.
Does Sherrod want an apology from Breitbart? “I don’t want it at this point,” she said.
Photo credit: Reuters/Mike Blake (Sherrod answers question during NABJ convention in San Diego)