July 20th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

USDA Official Pressured to Resign?: Join the Live Chat

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/02/liveblogfinal.copy.jpg]

Tonight on 360°, the truth about Shirley Sherrod - the USDA official who resigned after a video surfaced of her speech in March leading to accusations she's racist. She denies those claims and speaks out on the program. Plus, our attempts to get answers from BP about the oil spill flow rate and more.

Want more details on what we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

Filed under: Live Blog
soundoff (379 Responses)
  1. Dina

    I pray for Ms. Sherrod and hope she is made whole. She was trying to unite people and divide them. Shame on us.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Anne Starritt

    It is high time people listened and heard the message. The lack of communication is one of our biggest problems. I can not understand why it is so easy to jump to conclusions and so difficult to discuss a situation. Jumping to conclusions, it would seem, cost a woman more than her job.. The authorities need to study their thoughts, apologize for their actions and reinstate a beautiful person who has devoted her life to stop situations such as this.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Steve Johnson

    I am very impressed with Mrs. Sherrod and I know she will come out on top of this. Talk about misconstruing someone's comments. How can Fox presume that the people in the audience are racists just for responding to her Inspiring story.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Brad Ohio

    Tony Hayward is just the tip of the iceburg that is sinking BP and costing the lives of many good people, wildlife and nature. I hope the USA Justice Department will not stand for the free pass that Exxon was given in Alaska. BP must pay the bills.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Linda in Arizona

    Thanks David Gergen. You were right on tonight.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Good night AC360 Team and fellow bloggers.

    It's good that Shirley Sherrod was able to tell her side of todays story.

    BP will never tell us the truth.......Stay safe everyone.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  7. george

    This woman is exactly correct in that whether it is race in America or religion in Northern Ireland, it is all just subtrafuge used to divide the disadvantaged so they don't unite against their real enemy, the corporate powerbrokers who control their lives. This idea is more threatening to power than all the is this comment racist talk or if a white person said this stuff. Ms. Sharrod was right on point.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! Sleep tight! Feel better, Anderson!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  9. David, Indiana

    Although making light of BP not appearing on this show would add to the defensiveness of the company.

    Already an hour.

    Good night everyone.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  10. Emily

    Good night Anderson, 360Team, Jo Ann, Mike, David & Isabel, Megan, Nicole, Sree, Nancy, Starr, Gloria, & Bloggers!

    Great news tonight Anderson! Wonderful show & blog.
    Take care of your cough, Anderson. 🙂

    July 20, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Kenya

    *sigh* Goodnight everyone.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Have a good night everyone

    July 20, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you and good night Anderson & Team 360. Absolutely terrific show tonightht!! Including BP news...have a safe and pleasant day tomorrow.

    Good night ALL! Really interesting blog tonight. I hope we all learned something tonight.

    "Tone deaf" in public relations by BP is an understatement! Glad to see the original CEO out!
    I serisouly distrust the idea of flodding the cap of the well for Many reasons...but still feel we can get flow rates by other means.
    Anderson, take care of your cough!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  14. lisal -canada

    nite all – sometimes the best way to prove the facts is to wait and let things play out.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  15. Chi

    Good night AC and AC360 : )

    July 20, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Lori, CA

    Good night Everyone! Sweet dreams.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  17. Dana H. from Bay Area

    I apologize to her and hope she will get her job back.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  18. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. I missed the blog tonight because my internet was acting up. But it was a great program as usual with great comments I see.

    I hope they do right by Mrs. Sherrod.

    BP is never going to be honest with their reports.

    Good night everyone.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  19. Lisa from Atlanta

    I hope that this story let us see how ridiculous we are towards one another. Who are we at war with? If we keep this up, we will not have to deploy soldiers to go to war, the war will be right here in the United States of America.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  20. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - thanks for joining up tonight. Really appreciated your comments - as well as the way that Anderson explored the Shirley Sherrod story in depth. Hopefully, by tomorrow night, she will be reinstated in good standing - and with an apology from the government.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  21. Linda in Arizona

    Good points by Doug Brinkley as usual.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  22. Kenya

    What an interesting show today. I have mixed feelings...though I will say we still have a long way to go in overcoming prejudice. Thank you so much Mr. Cooper, bloggers and moderators for the great conversation. Goodnight to you all.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  23. kayla

    I hope Shirley will be alright. I know this horrible misunderstanding must be eating away at her. I'm sure she and others will take this moment of history as an example to reflect on ourselves for the betterment of humankind, even if we must suffer injustices and malnourished opinions from others.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  24. Nicole The Netherlands

    Please Anderson, the man didn't mean no harm with his expression "small people". Common expression in Europe. English is his second language.. Enough of that..

    July 20, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  25. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    The BP is getting rid of the weakest link!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  26. Sandra

    We are living in terrible times. It,s sad that we are the most advanced country in the world and still dealing with race issues. Wake up people! We all belong to the human race. We are on this planet together. We must survive together or we will all perish because of foolishness. Give the lady her job back.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  27. David, Indiana

    Yep all BP had to do was convey the facts.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  28. Lori, CA

    Mr. Haywood will go on to write a book on how not to act in public.....

    July 20, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  29. Sylvia L Breckenridge

    Anderson BP does not care they new what they were doing and so did all the people who worked on the rig. We are treating ourselves like we don't care when will we stand up as people and say hell no we will not allow this to be BP, people getting fired who should be giving talks to show others how they can over come. Anderson I think people are getting tired and a change is coming just not the one we need.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8