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Shirley Sherrod: A year after beer summit, another story about race

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WASHINGTON--The tide is turning for ousted USDA worker Shirley Sherrod.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is reconsidering her firing. The NAACP apologized for its rush to judgement. At issue: an edited videotape of a speech Sherrod delivered made her remarks seem racist; the whole speech showed something different.

The episode--still unfolding on Wednesday and reaching up to a White House cabinet secretary--comes a year after President Obama wrestled with race related issues stemming from the arrest of Harvard professor Skip Gates, leading to a "beer summit" at the White House.

Sherrod told NBC's "Today Show," on Wednesday, "You know, that is so hard to take, especially when I kept saying, "Look at the entire thing. Look at my message." And no one would listen. No one would listen."

She's not sure she would take her job back: "You know, I am just not sure of how I would be treated there now. That's one I just don't know at this point."

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With the economy as it is, I am confident that she has her fingers crossed that she gets the chance to take her job back. It is not like she is getting job offers thrown at her right now.

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