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Sherrod speaks out about controversy

(WTVM) -

A Georgia woman who was at the center of a political firestorm two years ago is planning a tour to promote her upcoming book.

Shirley Sherrod says U.S. Department of Agriculture officials were perfectly willing to quote "throw me under the bus" after a clip from one of her speeches was released.

The video clip described her initial reluctance to help a white farmer years earlier when she worked at a nonprofit group.

The excerpt omitted Sherrod's explanation that she did help him save his farm, and that poverty, not race, was the issue in rural development.

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