Obama administration reaches deal for black farmers

Reporting from Washington – The Obama administration agreed Thursday to provide $1.25 billion to compensate African American farmers who alleged racial discrimination by the Department of Agriculture farm loan programs.

The deal, subject to congressional approval, would set up a nonjudicial claims process that would allow farmers to seek damage awards or debt relief.

This is in addition to more than $1 billion the federal government paid to settle about 16,000 claims that were part of a discrimination suit black farmers brought against the department. The farmers won that suit in 1999.

“The agreement reached today is an important milestone in putting these discriminatory claims behind us for good and in achieving finality for this group of farmers with long-standing grievances,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement

Read more: LA Times


February 18, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

1 Comment »

  1. No, this is not the end but the opening of Pandora’s box. Watch. Next you’ll see compensation for decendants of slaves.

    Comment by MTR | February 18, 2010 | Reply

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