The controversy over the firing of Shirley Sherrod from the USDA

07/22/10 Robert Lorei
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Earlier this week a long time USDA employee from Georgia was fired for remarks she made to an NAACP chapter meeting in March of this year. A few minutes of the speech were played by conservative and mainstream media outlets suggesting that Sherrod, an African American, discriminated against white farmers in carrying out her official duties as a USDA employee.

This week the NAACP issued a complete copy of Sherrod's 43 minute speech. In context and unedited, the speech indicates that, contrary to claims made in the conservative media, Sherrod issued a call for racial unity and understanding.

Today we'll hear most of Sherrod's speech and then open up the phone lines for your comments. The speech will include the short section taken out of context by Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger who first issued the edited video of Sherrod's speech.

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