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Andrew Breitbart Should Pay Shirley Sherrod Money…Lots Of It

February 14, 2011

Good for Shirley Sherrod!

Shirley Sherrod, a former employee of the U.S. Agriculture Department, is suing conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart for posting a video online that she says damaged her reputation and forced her out of her job.

According to the New York Times, Breitbart was served with the lawsuit on Saturday, while attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).  

Sherrod, who formerly served as Georgia Director of Rural Development for the USDA, was pressured to resign last July after Breitbart posted an edited video of her online. She argues that the video was edited to make her appear racist.

In the edited video, Sherrod tells the story of an incident in which she declined to help a white farmer to the full extent of her ability because of his race. In the full-length version, which surfaced only after Sherrod had resigned from the USDA, it becomes clear that the story was part of a larger anecdote about Sherrod’s own experience overcoming racial prejudices. Sherrod not only went back and helped the white farmer, but formed a long-lasting friendship with him.

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