Shirley Sherrod Snubs Offer of USDA Position
Matt | On 25, Aug 2010
Shirley Sherrod is even smarter in the month since her immediately firing as the Georgia director of rural development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
On Tuesday, Sherrod announced in a joint press conference with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack that she will NOT return to the agency that unfairly let her go. She was offered the deputy director position with the Office of Advocacy and Outreach, a promotion, if she was to return. She was also given an opportunity to return to her old job. Of course, the USDA was dead wrong for ever firing her in the first place.
Sherrod has decided to move on to allow them to adjust to new systems in place without having her “test” them. She did say, however, that she would like to return as a consultant at some point in the future to help with outreach to minority farmers. Smart lady.
There’s a couple of reasons I think this was a POWER move for Shirley…
First, after your name was dragged through the mud in that fashion, why the hell would you want to go back to that job? And it’s for the federal government?! Please!! She couldn’t sneeze wrong at her desk without it being on the news. Any office argument, tardiness, sickness, or loud laugh from the break room would be all over the Internet. It would totally take away from her job.
The next reason is that her profile is so much bigger now than ever before. The money she can make as a speaker and consultant far outpaces even the salary of her new position. She should play her cards right on this one and strike while the iron is hot. At a bare minimum, she could do private sector consulting until she figures out how to work all this new fame.
I think she and the media have used her enough as the whipping girl for corporate racism. It’ll be nice for her to step back, reassess, and “saddown” somewhere for a while. I know she’s probably got a few interviews and/or appearances lined up.
It’s time to get back to senseless stories in the media and quit talking about this “racial” stuff. ::side eye at Shirley and Dr. Laura::