Beyond Civil War

Forced to resign from the USDA yesterday after a tape surfaced of her describing her own racist behavior as a government worker 20 years ago, Shirley Sherrod says she isn't racist anymore.
Shirley Sherrod, who resigned Monday as the department's state director of rural development for Georgia, told CNN she had four calls telling her the White House wanted her to resign. She said she was driving at the time, and the last call asked her to pull to the side of the road and offer her resignation. Sherrod told CNN on Tuesday the incident she discusses in the clip took place more than two decades ago, and she recounted it to an audience to make the point that people should move beyond race.
The best part is that she describes how nervous the White House is about being perceived as the race baiters that they are - so nervous that, according to Sherrod, they've fired an innocent woman without asking her to explain.
She said she tried to explain her speech to USDA officials, "but for some reason, the stuff Fox and the Tea Party does is scaring the administration. I told them to get the whole tape and look at the whole tape and see how I tell people we have to get beyond race and work together." Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday that the department has a zero tolerance policy.
Sherrod says she's no longer focused on race - maybe that's why the Democrats can't use her anymore - she realizes socio-economic issues are a more important lense through which to view the world. Which begs the question - why was she fired from her job if she was relaying a story from 24 years ago?
"I was speaking to that group, like I've done many groups, and I tell them about a time when I thought the issue was race and race only," Sherrod said on CNN's "American Morning" from her home in Albany, Georgia. The incident took place in 1986, while she worked for a nonprofit and before she joined the Agriculture Department, she said.
If Sherrod's story is accurate, the White House must bring her back.