*Shirley Sherrod, the U.S. Department of Agriculture employee who was forced out after a portion of a videotape was misleadingly used to show her making a racially insensitive remark, is going back to work for the USDA, according to Politico.com. However, Sherrod will not be getting her old job back. She will assist the department improve its awful civil rights record.
Sherrod will be a contract employee leading one of three field programs designed to bolster relations between the USDA and minority farmers and ranchers. Support for the programs is among several recommendations contained in a sweeping, two-year study released Wednesday that examined decades of discrimination claims by African Americans, Latinos, women and Native Americans.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack commissioned the study shortly after taking office in 2009 – and well before he signed off on Sherrod’s dismissal in July 2010.
The three organizations – the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, the National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association and the Intertribal Agriculture Council – will target minority farmers in the Southeast, the Southwest and Native American reservations, said Justin DeJong, USDA deputy director of communications. The programs are “part of our continued effort to build a new civil rights era” after settling costly discrimination lawsuits brought by minority farmers.
Sherrod will run the Southwest Georgia project, which she co-founded, DeJong said.
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