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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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.

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soundoff (379 Responses)
  1. Ron, Atlanta

    Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? If she is not reinstated I have no more confident in our government to be human.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  2. Ben Horn

    Shirley, you've been ACORN'ed. Please take legal action. We must put a stop to the mis-use of these doctored videos by the right. It's wrong and it must be stopped.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  3. Emily

    Good to see Roger Spooner too here tonight.
    Looking very good for 88yrs young!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  4. Sheldon Scott

    It has been said many time that the worse enemy for a black man is another black man. African Americans in power have to prove that they are not racist by been extra hard on other African American.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  5. stephanie

    I think you can focus on the wording of her story or the message of the story..The message is whats important...she worked through her prejiduces...Give her a break that she wasn't politically correct 24 years ago.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  6. Bert Gregory

    Ms. Sherrod is not only the victim of the tea party knee jerk, but also the fact that her husband, Charles Sherrod, was a leader in SNLC and the racist tea party members have honed in on that fact. She is being persecuted and the Obama Administration should reinstate her and remove the Secretary of Agriculture for summary, hasty generalizations.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  7. victoria

    Why did everyone jump the gun before the complete story was read and reviewed??!! I just called the office of Secretary Vilsack to leave a message but could not leave a message. Give her job back! It's obvious what Fox News is trying to do.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  8. Sarah

    It is puzzling to me that a black woman is being accused of being racist towards white people. At what point in time have white people, as a collective been targets of racism, racist policies, etc?

    July 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  9. Nicole The Netherlands

    Good evening Anderson AC360 team, Emily, Starr, Jo ann, Megan, David, Mike, Isabel, David, Sree, Sharon everyone!
    This is journalism, -the facts- !

    July 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Brandon CA

    Please give the lady her job back!!!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Interesting that she thought she had to urge the NAACP to get beyond race.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  12. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I like the way this story is being handled. Thank you 360.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  13. Sue R. Canton MI.

    In the beginning of the tape she seemed to have been saying that at first she herself had a lot of race issues and then she realized that her position wasn't about race ,,that it was about helping the poor farmers regardless of race. I may be getting this wrong ,,but thats the way I'm understanding it.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  14. Lynn, GA

    If a white man or woman had said these things they would be called a racist. If they then said that they were taken out of context they would still be called a racist. Double standards just don't work. If she would not help a white farmer because he was white and thought he should go to his "own kind" she is a racist. Oh and by the way – white people are poor also.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  15. Daniel Edwards - Anderson, IN

    I find it interesting that this has taken over the real conversation which is the Tea Party leadership and Mark Williams specifically. Ms. Sherrod definitely committed no wrongs in the full videotape. It was simply a story she used to illustrate what is clearly still a serious and sensitive issue in the country. Shame on the person who used this on their blog to score political leverage. It cost a woman her job!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  16. Linda in Arizona

    Shirley Sherrod's father was murdered by a white racist. She is NOT awful. She has managed to get past hatred, unlike the people who rushed to judge her and the Tea Party who released a doctored, edited tape through foxnews and Andrew Breitbart. They should all be thoroughly investigated.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  17. Sanjay

    Its amazing how some people blame Obama Administration for everything they do. If they take premptive action to avoid embarrasment from right wing propaganda, or genuienly protect consumer interest from finance or health insurance bill.
    All I can say is, republicans should stop the practice of "No" and work to build stronger nation by constructive intelligent debate

    July 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  18. Frank Lyon

    Anderson, this is just another case of theis administration, the NAACP, and a lot of news agencies jumping to conclusions without taking the time to investigate the truth.
    Here is an example as if we do not need another one of this administration jumping in on something they should have stayed out of it until the full story came out.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  19. Angelle

    I think that Ms. Sherrod was treated unfairly after an over-reaction by the powers that be & she deserves to have her job reinstated.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  20. Gerald

    Shame on the Obama administration who once again plays politics at the expense of African Americans who overwhelmingly voted him in the white house. Hillary, please forgive us.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  21. Helen

    It pays to hear the entire story before rushed to judgement and terminate a person that knows about forgiveness and poor has no color! God Bless her and I hope President Obama fire the person that fired her and give her the job back. God bless the White farmer also.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  22. Catherine

    Her comments must be taken as a whole. Is she backsliding to save her reputation... or a bigot? Tough to call!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  23. Peter

    I've have listened to this story unfold while driving for 8 hour. Amazed at how we all judge so quickly.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  24. Dorian Aronson

    Shirley Sherrod should get her job back
    President Obama needs to apologize to her
    The man who fired her needs to be fired

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  25. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Either the Administration was easily fooled, or they just didn't care. If they were fooled I shudder to think of them negotiating with Iran and North Korea.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  26. jacob

    Manipulation of the truth is something that appears to be ok, now. It's astonishing what our politicians will do just to win.

    Victory at any price, even our own values, is what our political system has come to.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  27. marling

    Shirley Sherrod got caught up in a tit for tat thing. The NAACP expose racism within the tea party, and a tea party advocate tried to expose racism with the NAACP, at Ms Sherrod's expense

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  28. D Brown

    I think Mr. Jealous should step down. The NAACP is not an organization that does not do a thorough investigation before it alleges something. This was poor taste and even poorer judgement on whoever played a part in slandering Ms Sherrod;s name and legacy

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  29. jeffrey richardson

    i thought that this country was built on freedom and free speech. i dont find anything wrong or racist whatsoever about anything mrs sherrod sai. now the tea party on the other hand telling our(black) president to go back to kenya. get real now thats offensive...

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  30. Dennis

    President Obama should ask for Vilsack's resignation and replace him with Ms. Sherrod.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  31. Stephan Laurent-Faesi

    Wow. Amazing to see both the Obama administration and the NAACP snookered so easily by unskilled right-wing propaganda designed to hurt them.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  32. Linda

    It's a shame that both the press and the administration rushed to judge this woman before getting all the facts. She should be reinstated!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  33. Daniel

    She should get her job back and USDA should apologize. Cheap work from TeaParty.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  34. John

    Certain members of the Tea party are systematically denigrating minority leadership and minority organizations. We are walking backwards in time and this is a very dangerous place to be.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  35. Joyce

    I am awaiting President Obama and Eric Holder to make this right. How awful this story is.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  36. Rusty

    I'm not understanding how her comments during her speech supports racial neutrality. As a public official, at a speech, it doesn't seem right to be making comments such as "He was trying to show his superiority to me".

    She says she was explaining how she helps everyone. So why emphasize, what feels like, her own baggage over racial issues?

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  37. Jed Roman

    I'm white and i think it's awful what's happened to this woman. She evolved over the years as did Senator Byrd who just passed away. We honored him and we should do the same for Ms. Sherrod.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  38. Bill Hurst

    I know I was quick to judge Ms Sherrod without all the facts. As I learn more, it reminds me of that chinese proverb where fools rush in. I was wrong and hope the administration, NAACP, and everyone else can admit it too.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  39. Billy

    I think Shirley Sherrod is telling the truth and this was an example. I am disappointed that she lost her job and think the Whitehouse was involved. Another sign of lack of experience.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  40. Teresa

    If I were this woman I would start searching for a lawyer to sue the blogger who edited a speech out of context and consequently cost her job.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  41. Bill

    How many of you are forming an opinion before you know the facts. Watch the full tape for yourself and then decide.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  42. Kevin

    OMG, people are still jumping to conclusions...how do we know she didn't help the white farmer to the best of her abilities????? We haven't heard from HIM yet.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  43. Trish

    I'm very disappointed with the NAACP and the White House/USDA for not vetting the video tape to see if it was edited and tampered with before firing Ms. Sherrod. This entire right-wing fabricated event is pathetic and what's more pathetic is the NAACP's response.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  44. Greg

    I don't think folks who have not made the journey of this brave American (Father killed by KKK) can understand this story. THey will still find it easy to think she did something wrong. That's where racism resides.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  45. Kenya

    That was definitely prejudice what Ms. Sherrod said, but it was also a poor choice of words. I see what she what she was trying to get at, about it being a "poor folks" issue..but she just threw race in there and that was unnecessary and wrong. I commend you Mr. Cooper for inviting her to the show to attempt and explain herself.
    Hello everyone.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  46. Joyce

    Good Evening everyone!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  47. Jay, Paris, KY

    Mrs. Sherrod should get her job back pronto!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  48. Emily

    I found it interesting that the NAACP were acting like they were the victims today...(we were snookered)...had they done their research, they would not be in this position. They put themselves in it. I don't see them (NAACP) as a victim.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  49. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Where there's politics, there's insecurity and ego. Everyone involved in the rush to judgment is trying to make a name for themselves by putting down others. What else is new?

    July 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  50. richrad

    i feel for Mrs. Sherrod, the government at its best. Here you have a human being helping people and this is what she deserves? that's nonsense.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
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