USDA official Shirley Sherrod was forced to resign earlier this week after edited video footage appeared to show her regaling a mostly black audience with a story of racist actions she took against a white farmer while working for a nonprofit group years earlier.
After being roundly denounced by conservatives, administration officials, and even the NAACP, a fuller review of the evidence has now prompted widespread apologies. Ms. Sherrod's controversial remarks, the full video makes clear, were intended to show a turning point in her commitment to helping poor farmers of all races and to promote racial unity.
It's unclear if Sherrod will return to her position in the government.
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