July 20th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

USDA Official Pressured to Resign?: Join the Live Chat

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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.

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  1. charles

    Anderson I think everyone's missing the point. This video was released to change the subject from Mr Williams and the Lincoln Letter.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  2. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I really don't know what to think of this. There are two different stories, now three, and it is all confusing.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  3. Wendy

    So many people rushed to judgment without knowing the all the facts. It's sad that she was 'released' like that. I wish her the best.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  4. Steve

    Hire her back! What is so hard about that?

    July 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  5. Arine Ward

    Its totally interesting that still no one is hearing the full context of this matter. She is telling a story not speaking of her action...she is relaying a message. This is the exact reason "America" is in the shape she is in today...The verbiage of many of our ancestors would be considered racist from 20+ years ago... I really think its time for Americans to focus on the future and get out of the past...

    July 20, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  6. Roland

    we need to learn that there is really only one race and that is the human race.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  7. anthony

    its a crying shame when people will find someone to hide behind when the spot light is on them

    July 20, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  8. Cathy

    I believe that NAACP was set up and Ms. Sherrod was the tool. Now, NAACP stood up and said they were wrong and apologized to Ms. Sherrod. Now, I want to see her rehired and Prez. stand up for her because his administration allowed this to happen AGAIN. They were played again for a third time. Learn or you will go down with the rest of the Right-wing nut jobs. CNN did a great job in flushing this story out, now let's be a tool for the good and let's get her rehired.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  9. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    So since the NAACP clearly showed no judgement on this, it makes their criticism of the Tea Party suspect as well.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  10. JJ

    Reinstate Ms Sherrod Now!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  11. Merl, Ohio

    I feel Shirley Sharrod should not have been judged before the whole story was spoken. Racism comes in many forms.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  12. molly, Virginia

    What was the name of the non-profit organization? Why are we not getting the name?

    July 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  13. Lori, CA

    She needs to be banned from TV and radio.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  14. Emily

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

    I'm glad that Shirley Sherrod is here on 360° telling her side.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  15. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Good question Anderson. The audience response was pathetic, and racist. The NAACP has a lot to explain.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  16. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    So she said these things 24 years ago. Is there a statute of limitations on racist comments? I think not. Her attitude comes across loud and clear on this tape.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  17. Gina

    Any person, who thinks she was a racisit is an idiot, and needs to take a reading class. This happen 24 years ago, when she was working for a non profit. This was nothing but Andrew Brietbart, trying to get the NAACP, for calling out the Tea Party, for not policing some of their members. Watch the video She was telling how she got over racism when her black father was killed by a white man. What is wrong with the people.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  18. Lori, CA

    Hi Anderson! Hi Everyone. Ms. Sherod is awful.

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

    "She told a story how much she changed toward race herself!"

    July 20, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  20. Arnold MI

    After watching the Shirley Sherrod video on the NAACP website, her speech sounded like Grandma reminiscing with her children and grandchildren after a Sunday dinner.

    Shirley sounds like a caring and likable person.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  21. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson, No matter where this video appeared those are her words, "white lawyer, "his own kind", no one put them in her mouth and if said by a white person would have been considered racist.

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

    Evening everyone, sorry Im late. What is going on with the two Shirley Sherrod tapes? First Mel Gibson, now this?

    July 20, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  23. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I believe Shirley Sherrod was trying to tell a story to her audience. It was about helping the poor farmers regardless of race.This seems to have been taken out of context. I heard the farmer say today that she was a good lady who actually helped them.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  24. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    While I really feel bad for her, why speak of such issues or make a mention of them in a public meeting when, you didn't need to in the first place?

    Even when you are right and stand by it, things do spiral out of your control. You can stand for yourself but you will not always find some one like Anderson come help...

    July 20, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  25. molly, Virginia

    Although it's been more than 20 years, the non-profit organization should contact Ms. Sherrod and ask her what she felt was not done for the farmer that could have been done . . . from her end.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  26. maureen

    Oh well welcome to our world, no freedom of speech!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  27. Helen

    Last night, I rushed to judge this woman. Today I am so ashamed of myself for thinking the worst of her. We living in a world now, of soundbites anything can be used against you. God Bless her! I hope she gets her job back.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  28. Linda in Arizona

    Both the NAACP and the Obama administration rushed to judgment. The NAACP rightly apologized, even though there is absolutely no excuse for their total sloppiness and faithlessness to someone THEY formerly admired. No apology will really suffice, but. where is the apology and reinstatement from the cowardly Obama administration who couldn't throw her under the bus fast enough?

    July 20, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  29. michelle

    Everyone messed up in handling the matter, The USDA,
    NAACP and the media who is to involved in feeding the
    frenzy and never put things in to their real context.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  30. Heidi

    how can media get out with out checking the whole story

    July 20, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  31. Derek

    This is a tragedy. Ms. Sherrod should be reinstated and perhaps promoted.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  32. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    She says the White House called her and asked her to resign. Who is lying?

    July 20, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  33. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Why are we so quick to form opinions on others without getting all the facts? Thanks for focusing on this so we can get to the truth. She indeed was "thrown under the bus".

    July 20, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  34. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "Give the lady her job back!"

    July 20, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  35. Jason Hall

    Shirley may not be a racist by it's full definition. But she made it clear that she didn't everything she could to save a white farmers land. The Chief of the USDA did the right thing because Shirley can no longer effectively perform her duties.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  36. ellie

    I've already written to the White house. Shirley Sherrod needs to be reinstated immediately. This story is just heartbreaking.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  37. Cindy

    I think what you have to ask Anderson is how would this be perceived if she were white and the farmer were black. She clearly said she did not do all that she could basically because the man was white. Don't take this to extremes the other way.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  38. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Wow! I just cant imagine all this in this day and age...

    July 20, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  39. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The Administration and NAACP rushed to judgement without the facts. Remind you of Obama and Professor Gates?

    July 20, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  40. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! It's great to see you on tonight.
    –Interesting development with Shirley Sherrod.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  41. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Good evening.

    Looking forward to tonights show.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  42. Merl, Ohio

    Good evening all!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "Another case of jumping the gun!"

    July 20, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  44. jon allen

    I think that they were to quick to jump the gun and ask her to step down. It would have been in the best interest to pull her file and track records to determine if the evidence being presented was In fact true .

    July 20, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Isabel Siaba

    Good evening Anderson and 360º team!

    Hello David (Indiana), Starr, Nicole, Emily and everyone!!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    I feel bad for Ms. Sherrod. True, her words were taken out of context, and she should not have received this severe of punishment. However, if it was a white man speaking that way of a black family, Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton would be out for blood. I hope she has grounds for a law suit.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Good evening Anderson, AC360 Team and fellow bloggers!

    Looking forward to a great show tonight.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Good Evening Anderson, AC360 Team, Megan, Starr, Emily, Jo Ann, Sue, David, Nicole, Gloria, Heather, Di, Samantha and other bloggers!

    Hoping for a great show tonight!

    July 20, 2010 at 9:59 pm |
  50. Luke, NH

    Good Evening Anderson, and everyone!

    July 20, 2010 at 9:59 pm |
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