From the NY Times:
WASHINGTON – The White House intervened late Tuesday night in a racially-tinged dispute that prompted Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to fire a black civil servant, and Mr. Vilsack is now reconsidering his decision.
“I am of course willing and will conduct a thorough review and consider additional facts to ensure to the American people we are providing services in a fair and equitable manner,” Mr. Vilsack said in an e-mail statement sent at about 2 a.m. Wednesday.
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A White House official confirmed that advisers to President Obama spoke to officials at the Department of Agriculture “and we agreed that the issue should be reviewed.” The official, speaking anonymously to reveal internal discussions, said Mr. Vilsack was amenable.
“There was a convergence there, but we did initiate the conversation,” the official said.
The flap involves Shirley Sherrod, the head of the Department of Agriculture’s rural development office in Georgia, whose firing had initially been cheered by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.