By Elizabeth Mayo, CNN
(CNN) - She was smeared, taken out of context, and forced out of her job.
Shirley Sherrod became a household name after Andrew Breitbart published a video of her speaking at NAACP event in 2010. An edited portion of that speech went went viral:
"The first time I was faced with having to help a white farmer save his farm I didn't give him the full force of what I could do," Sherrod said in the edited clip.
She lost her job at the Department of Agriculture's rural development office in Georgia after controversy erupted over the video. But the clip omitted what followed:
"What I've come to realize that we have to work together," she continued. "We have to overcome the divisions that we have. We have to get to the point where race exists, but it doesn't matter."
Now, Sherrod is back in the public eye with a new book called "The Courage To Hope." In the video above, she explains to John Berman and Brooke Baldwin on "Starting Point" how she found forgiveness after being branded a racist.