*Shirley Sherrod, who was forced out of her job in the Agriculture Department after a videotape was edited to make her appear racist, met face to face this morning with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to discuss a job that was offered her in the wake of the controversy.
Sherrod and Vilsack met alone for part of the meeting, according to Sherrod spokesman Drew Berry. They were joined by various staffers at other points, reports CNN.
Sherrod, who was the Agriculture Department’s director of rural development for Georgia, has said she has been offered the position of deputy director of the Office of Advocacy and Outreach. The position includes administration and outreach to improve the Agriculture Department’s civil rights efforts and image nationwide.
Sherrod was forced to resign in July after misleading and incomplete video footage of a speech she gave was posted on the internet and picked up in media reports. Vilsack apologized to her and offered her the promotion.
The flap began after conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart posted a portion of a speech Sherrod gave in which she spoke of not offering her full help to a white farmer. The original post by Breitbart indicated that the incident Sherrod mentioned occurred when she worked for the Agriculture Department, and news outlets quickly picked up on the story.
However, the incident took place decades before she joined the department, and her speech in its unedited form made the point that people should move beyond race. In addition, the white farmer whom Sherrod mentioned has told reporters that she helped him save his farm.