Ousted former Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod has declined to rejoin the department, The Associated Press reports.
Agriculture Secretary Tom VilsackThomas J. VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE offered Sherrod the job of deputy director of advocacy and outreach Tuesday as an olive branch after last month's controversy over a speech she gave.
According to Vilsack, Sherrod did say she would consult with the department on its civil rights performance.
told reporters that she couldn't return in a full-time capacity "with all
that has happened," but that she does hope for "some type of
relationship with the department in the future."
Sherrod was fired in July after a video clip surfaced online that showed her admitting that she had denied a white farmer the "full force" of her efforts as a rural agricultural director because of his race.
The full text of the speech, however, showed that she presented the anecdote as a means of saying that Americans must not judge based on race.
Vilsack later apologized for her firing.
-— This post was updated at 10:42 a.m.