Sherrod said that despite the findings of discrimination in the Pigford case, there is no record of the Agriculture Department sacking officials involved in the incidents.
“To my knowledge, I, a black woman, am the only person ever fired by the USDA for discrimination, a claim which was later refuted,” Sherrod said, referring to her dismissal in 2010 after a heavily edited video by a conservative blogger. it appears that she discriminated against a white farmer in an organization before joining the USDA.
Vilsack, who was secretary of agriculture during the Obama administration, quickly forced Sherrod out of his post as USDA rural development director for Georgia. He and the White House apologized and offered Sherrod another job after a review of the unedited video showed Sherrod said she put aside her reluctance to help the farmer and became his lawyer. Sherrod rejected the offer and ultimately made a deal with the blogger.
Arnetta Cotton, co-owner and program facilitator of Oklahoma-based Kingdom Community Development Services, said Sherrod was right when she felt USDA sent a message to staff so they could continue their activities as habit.
“These are the same people in the office that were there via Garcia, via Pigford and all the others,” Cotton said, referring to a case of discrimination by Hispanic producers, the lawsuit brought by black farmers and others. lawsuits. “They weren’t let go.”