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. Troy

    It appears that FOX News and the NAACP both jumped to conclusions without viewing the full tape and without getting all the facts. What strange bedfellows this situation has created. Sad that Mrs. Sherrod is paying the consequences for their mistakes.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  2. rhet M. Boston

    I would like to know who passed on this tape. Who set it up to look racist? Why all of a sudden there is a verbal Civil War being incited, when in fact we were all moving on. As a young woman, Shirley had much to over come, as did the rest of us from that era who were trying to understand one another. Through time we have found we are all pretty much alike, and likable. This is a sad event, I am so tired of the word racist.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  3. Sharele

    So many times we all jump the gun on racism, this happens in our everyday lives. Racism has never ended it just went underground, now it all out again. They say time repeats itself and here we go, with the separate but equal among the races.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  4. Richard

    I thought America was all about second chances

    July 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  5. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Wendy, "So many people rushed to judgment without knowing the all the facts."

    The "facts" are that Sherrod considered race when deciding on how much she would help these people. Nothing on the unedited tape changes what she said.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  6. Karen Cascio

    Anderson, I think Shirley should sue Fox News for starting this by taking her comments completely out of context. Thanks for bringing out the truth.
    Hope Shirley is able to get her job back. I will pray for her.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  7. Scott

    All of us have had the moment that we had to face our feelings about race and decide how to live our communal lives. How many of us did so with the grace this woman did? She is a remarkable woman.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  8. chris

    another case of fixed news and its counterparts turning a lie into fear and hate. her speech speaks for itself. she was telling her thoughts about being in the situation where she had to help a white farmer. she did not allow her thoughts interfere with her helping the farmer.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  9. Emily

    A great interview here Anderson & 360!
    We know that you will get the truth...

    July 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  10. Tamer

    AC, – I wonder if Shirly Sherrod would consider going back to work for the USDA if they called her back. My opinion would be that she should use this opportunity to further advance her good work. I will be very happy to be the first to contribute to her future non profit org. Good luck Mrs Sherrod! Sorry we've done this to you!
    Tamer from Chicago.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  11. chris

    Ms.Sherrod should get her job back & foxnews, Mr. Brietbart need to say their sorry for this mess

    July 20, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  12. Greg

    It's not the NAACP but the USDA that has done something wrong.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  13. Patrice

    It seems pretty obvious that her message was one of unity and moving past this nation's, even the federal government's, own discriminatory follies. Why is Vilsack insisting that her comments would keep her from doing her job? Especially when he claims he knew the context?

    July 20, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  14. Lori, CA

    This is all water under the bridge now.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  15. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Mr. Spooner said it best..."a bunch of hogwash". I think this interview speaks volumes on this case. He was indeed appreciative of her help 24 years ago. Some sincere apologies are in order and she should get her job back ...simple as that.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  16. Barbara

    My heart goes out to Shirley! The media seems to take things out of context and slam someone who could be racist but has pushed past the hurts of the past and love all people. Why are we so critical? Shirley I hope this is a lesson we can all learn from and this sheds light on where we are really at in so many areas of this country. I believe you and I applaud you for coming on this show tonight and being vulnerable enough to set us all straight!!!

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

    Race relations in this country has gone nowhere and never will. We will never overcome the fears of white America. Having a black President is only fueling white fear.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  18. Henry R. Ford

    Give her back her Job.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  19. Mike, Benton Harbor, Michigan

    This is a clear case of rush to judgment. I met Shirley 20 years ago and she is a women of integrity and principle. President Obama should apologize to her for what has happened and reinstate her or give her a job of higher responsibility. Please to the right thing here. The facts are sceaming for justice.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  20. Jean_philippe

    Anderson, I think the NAACP and the USAD acted too quick before they looked into all the facts of that video. Earlier Campbell had the president of the NAACP and Rolan on and they cannot admit to them self that they acted without all the fact. SHAME on them, they should not blame FOX NEWS for being snookered

    July 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  21. cort

    Regardless weather its out of context or not we don't speak things like that if its not on our mind there should be zero tolerance for any public official hats off for having the metal to remove her

    July 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  22. Danial Smith

    I as a whiteman have took no offense to the story she was telling.It was a story people!Someone in the Naacp and the government done miss Shirley wrong.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  23. Taylor

    The audience Is just reacting like they understand the predicument as shes describing the story.Not agreeing nor disagreeing with the content.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  24. Greg

    I dare you to talk to a group of Southern elder men about their racial journey an unedited format.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  25. gary g.

    Ok ~ so here's an option for you... get Tom Vilsak on TV ...give him a lie detector test on air...Ask him two questions: 1. did he have communication with the White House or any of it's representatives about this matter and 2. did he read the full transcript of the speech prior to discharging Ms. Sherrod? If he fails on either have him immediately resign and forfeit any pension due him...

    July 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  26. Kevin

    What was her position 24 years ago when this happened? compared to her position now? That's key.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  27. j. Madison Rink

    I wish this woman (MW Sherrod) was President! Vision, brilliance and a deeply sensitive and understanding soul! I'm glad she's been unearthed! You're amazing Shirley!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  28. Dan

    I am still not convinced that Ms Sherrod should have made the speech or used that language. She admits that she didn't do all she could have and did nothing to quite the audience when they reacted the way they did.

    If a white person had made those remarks, Jesse, Al and the NAACP would have said that a leopard doesn't change its spots. I truly hope she has changed and that she is given another chance.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  29. Rhonda Davenport

    I really feel bad for Shirley Sherrod, however, she should have known better. Clearly, she just didn't think and I feel her losing her job was the correct action to have been taken. But I don't believe Ms. Sherrod is a racist, I think she made a bad choice in speaking what was in her heart. I am african american and I would hate to be in her shoes because people can't help but to come to the conclusion that she's a racist because of the words from her own mouth.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  30. Johanne Henrickson

    Shirley Sherrod got a bum deal. Her father was killed because of race. The fact that she could get beyond that is amazing! Using her story in context shows an ability to forgive. Listen to the white farmer she helped.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  31. Joel - Atlanta, GA

    This woman is a hero. To be able to tell the story of her father's death and how she overcame her feelings toward white people, and doing so in a way that was self-depricating and honest, was courageous.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  32. Laura

    Who supplied the videotape to the NAACP? Let's examine their motives...

    July 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  33. lisal -canada

    is it too oversimplified to say that context is quite important when it comes to accuracy? assumptions can be both good and bad – but usually cause more trouble than not...

    July 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  34. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson & Team 360.

    Hi, David, Isabel, Gabriela, Nichole, Megan, Emily, Nancy, Mike, Casey, everyone.......

    This story of Shirley & the "white" farmer will hopefully teach all of us a lesson.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  35. Lisa

    Ms Sherrod is trying to help everyone. She stood up for all people and this is unbelievable. She needs to be rehired and this should be an eye opener for the White House. Just another one of the Obama stints. Totally ridiculous how this has transpired. She stated she was for ALL people, not just blacks, whites, hispanic, but for all people. The Racism MUST stop now.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  36. Lana

    I feel very bad for Shirley and believe everyone jumped to conclusions without taking time to find out the truth. It's good to see the NAACP apologized, too bad her boss won't.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  37. Rosalyn

    Dirty politics... taking anything and everything to manipulate the truth. Poor woman.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  38. Jay

    How horrible that this has happened to this woman. If you review the entire context of her speach to the NAACP, clearly there was no racist slant and she was merely telling a story to get her message of inclusion across. Her boss, Fox news and anyone on the White House staff that reacted to this story in such a narrow, short-sighted way should be publicly admonished for such abominable behaviour. You don't fire someone first and ask questions later... Shocking!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  39. Alicia

    Mrs. Sherrod is the victim here. She should be rehired immediately. I'll sign a petition to that effect. Thanks for getting the real story out CNN and Anderson Cooper.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  40. jay

    this story is typical of todays journalism....its reporting of it is awash in half truths and inuendo.....and has cost this woman her job.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  41. George

    A real hatchet job was done on this lady. I think president Obama should
    personally give her back her job.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  42. ddelores montgomery

    Give ms.Sherrod her job back. no one did there home work. Thank God the truth came out. Someone in power needs to take the power and say we made a mistake.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  43. charlie

    Today I heard one the greatest stories ever told by a woman name Mrs Shirley Sherrod. The crowd that she was talking to understood from the beginning of her speech that she was talking about 24 years ago and how she overcame hatred and prejudice. The racist stigma of her is non-existent.

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

    "The NAACP should have seeked the full taping before they became 'snookered'!"

    July 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  45. Seth

    I'd like to know if Shirley feels defamed that the Breitbart video as posted deliberately says she used her position in the USDA to discriminate.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  46. molly, Virginia

    In her speech, I think the word she used was "superior". The white farmer was talking superior to her. She never said what words he used that gave her this impression. Or maybe it was just an overall attitude that gave her that feeling.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  47. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The Administration 'acted stupidly'.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  48. C. Arbon

    When I first saw the clip, I was quick to judge this woman. After seeing the entire clip, I'm ashamed of myself as the officials at the White House and NAACP should be. Simply stated I think she was the sacrificial lamb by both of them. She should get her job back! What happened to her was totally wrong! I may be biased by being from the Gulf Coast and hearing the lies from the Feds constantly, I believe her version of the story over what the Feds and the President's staff say!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  49. Libby ~ Anchorage, Alaska

    I agree with you Jay and Bart, the guy who put out an edited video should take a great deal of the blame. I hope Secretary Vilsack is making an attempt to speak to Shirley.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  50. Lydia

    I believe that the only exercise people get is jumping to conclusions. This was truly politically motivated. People can and do change as Ms. Sherod has proven. Thank you for bringing out the truth.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
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