07/23/2010 10:01 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Four Ways To Avoid Future Shirley Sherrod Debacles

An apologetic phone call from Barack Obama and a new (and still unaccepted) job offer from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack should help end the media frenzy over the grotesquely unfair firing of Shirley Sherrod. There still are mysteries, like who doctored the tape that right-wing attack artist Andrew Breitbart ballyhooed to erroneously and maliciously claim that Sherrod believed in reverse racism against white farmers. And Sherrod's own future may remain uncertain (a return to government, a book deal, a post with a foundation or other nonprofit), but it brightly shimmers after the poised and determined way that she has handled her inadvertent martyrdom.

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