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Sherrod, Vilsak meet in southwest GA, discuss civil rights

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Shirley Sherrod met face to face Monday, this time on Sherrod's turf in southwest Georgia.

Both say improvements are being made when it comes to dealing with racism within the USDA. Vilsack recognized Sherrod during a stop in Arlington Monday morning. Both are waiting on the results of a review of civil rights complaints in 16 states due out soon. Secretary Vilsack said a project is underway now in Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama to see if minorities are taking advantage of USDA grants.

"She's stressed the need for us to dig down in these persistently poverty counties to send teams of folks to pay particular focus and attention on persistent poverty counties," said US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak.

"If what I can do in the future helps us to discuss it and begin doing things to deal with it then we can end up making a better world for our children in the future," said Shirley Sherrod.

Sherrod was forced out of her job at the U.S. Department of Agriculture after false claims of racial discrimination. Vilsack later admitted he acted too hastily. Sherrod turned down an offer from rejoin the department but may do some consulting work in the future.


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