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How Federal Policies Dispossessed Black Americans of Millions of Acres | Truthout

Over the 20th century, black people in the U.S. were dispossessed of 12 million acres of land. Half of that loss — 6 million acres — occurred over just two decades, from 1950 to 1969, a period largely associated with the civil rights struggle. This mass land dispossession, which affected 98% of black agricultural land owners, is part of the pattern of institutional racism and discrimination that has contributed to the racial wealth gap in the United States. Many of the driving forces behind this land theft were legal and originated in federal policies, as documented by Vann Newkirk, staff […]

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The Ultimate List of Black Owned Farms & Food Gardens | Shoppe Black

Shoppe Black Team, Shoppe Black FRESH FUTURE FARMS/ ADAM CHANDLER PHOTOGRAPHY, Featured Image Black owned farms make up less than 2 percent of all farms in the United States. According to a recent report, Black farmers lost 80 percent of their farmland from 1910 to 2007, often because they lacked access to loans or insurance needed to sustain their businesses. The report mentions the “long and well-documented history of discrimination against Black farmers by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).” It goes on to state that “The unequal administration of government farm support programs, crucial to protecting farmers from […]

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‘Black Farmers’ gear up for legal fight after appeals court setback | New York Amsterdam News

Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, Special to the New Tri-State Defender, New York Amsterdam News Photo by Mark Seliger, Featured Image Black Farmers and Agriculturalists (BFAA) recently hit a snag when the U. S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, denied the group’s complaint against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). “It was anticipated that the quest for justice and the cash award for BFAA’s 20,000 members for past years of racial discrimination could be won,” said Bishop David A. Hall Sr., ecumenical support advisor for BFAA. “The fight is very costly, but the dues of BFAA’s members afford […]

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Black Farmer Says Trump’s Trade War, Shutdown Have Sliced His Profit Margins In Half | Atlanta Black Star

Tanasia Kenney, Atlanta Black Star | Eddie Cotton, 82, Hermanville, MS, clears a field for a fall crop of hay, using a 40-yr-old tractor. He is among thousands of black farmers denied federal loans in past years. “They took away my ability to provide for my family,” he says of the discrimination. ©Robin Nelson/ZUMA. Featured Image partial government shutdown has entered its fourth week, and there’s no end in sight as newly empowered House Democrats and President Donald Trump refuse to budge. Meanwhile, over 800,000 federal workers continue to go without pay and industries that rely on a functional government […]

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Americans at Work: Urban Farming in West Oakland This week’s Americans at Work essay focuses on inner-city agriculture programs by photographer Preston Gannaway: “Today, about a third of West Oakland residents live in poverty and with food insecurity.

This week’s Americans at Work essay focuses on inner-city agriculture programs by photographer Preston Gannaway: “Today, about a third of West Oakland residents live in poverty and with food insecurity.

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