July 22, 2010 1:10 PM

Commentary: A knee-jerk reaction to Shirley Sherrod

Can we talk about race? No, it's too risky. Just ask Shirley Sherrod, the federal agriculture official who was forced out as head of rural development in Georgia, after a right-wing blogger — devoid of ethics or conscience — circulated a snippet from her after-dinner speech to the NACCP in rural Coffee County, Ga., earlier this year.

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