July 22, 2010 12:40 PM

Commentary: What has Shirley Sherrod incident taught us?

Shirley Sherrod, as just about everybody knows by now, is the former (at least as of Wednesday afternoon) Georgia director of rural development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She got herself in hot water, and subsequently — if not permanently — pink-slipped when a video surfaced of remarks at an NAACP banquet. In that speech, Sherrod acknowledged that she had deliberately given less than her best effort to a white farmer who came to her for help when she worked for a nonprofit more than 20 years ago.

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