"No way in the world. No way. No way. I don’t even want to talk about it. It don’t make sense. She was just so nice to us as - she didn’t - there wasn’t no - there wasn’t no racism attitude at all in it. Heck no. … They don’t know what they’re talking about," - Roger Spooner, the white farmer at the center of the USDA scandal, asked if he thought Shirley Sherrod was racist in any way.

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