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   White House apologizes over race debacle amid criticism from CBC

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7/21/2010 8:00 pm

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Sam Youngman

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Entered 7/21/2010, Updated 7/21/2010

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The White House apologized on Wednesday to Shirley Sherrod over her firing, but deflected blame over who was responsible to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the White House was informed of the decision to ask Sherrod to resign and did not give an order, and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the decision was his and his alone. Gibbs said the White House “was supportive of that decision” based on the information it had at the time. Sherrod, who is black, was asked to resign after video of her saying she did not do everything in her power to help a white farmer who had come to her for help was posted on a conservative website. Sherrod has said she was told someone at the White House instructed Vilsack to push her out.


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