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Shirley Sherrod: When We Know Each Other, 'We Can Work Together'

A quick update on Shirley Sherrod, the Agriculture Department employee whose firing last year set off a national debate on race relations after it was revealed that things she had said were misreported to make it appear like she was expressing a racist view when she was actually talking about overcoming prejudice.

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Shirley Sherrod, July 29, 2010, in San Diego.

Shirley Sherrod, July 29, 2010, in San Diego.

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On Tell Me More today, Sherrod talked about an essay she has written for The American Prospect's Color Blinded special report.

"The healing process," she wrote, "whether on a political or a personal level, requires abandoning the convenient tribal impulses of emphasizing racial differences and stepping onto an unfamiliar path."

Today, Sherrod told Tell Me More host Michel Martin that she thinks the key to making progress on race relations is as simple as getting to know each other.

"When we do that, when we take the time on our local levels to get to understand whites, or understand Hispanics or understand blacks, we find we can work together," she said.

Here's part of their conversation:

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