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Black farmers to receive payouts in $1.2B settlement

Posted October 1, 2013

Hundreds of black farmers in North Carolina and the south will begin receiving payments this week as a result of a $1.2 billion settlement in their discrimination case against the federal government. 

About 18,000 farmers in total are expected to receive checks. 

"After all these years and all the fighting, this is what it's all about," John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, said in a statement. "It doesn't take away what the government has done to us, but for those who receive payments it will make a difference in their lives."

In December 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law a settlement of a lawsuit that claimed black farmers were denied loans commonly given to white farmers. About 40,000 black farmers originally filed claims, and families were eligible for payouts of about $50,000 each.

This is the second round of funding for black farmers. Thousands received payments in 1999 as part of a settlement in a class-action suit over allegations of widespread discrimination by local Agriculture Department offices in awarding loans and other aid.

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  • jackleg Oct 3, 2013

    Seriously though, I agree that something should be done for the few that were discriminated against... but there are articles out there showing where literally whole apartment buildings in the middle of some city were approved for this money - people using multiple family members to collect multiple times, etc. I bet the number getting it who actually deserve it is 25%, and I'm being VERY liberal with that 25%.

  • mdh67 Oct 1, 2013

    I also encourage people to read up on it. I have and it's not a scam. A lot of these people lost property, including family farms, because they couldn't get Federal loans that were given to white farmers. There is no fraud.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Oct 1, 2013

    "Is, MOST of them are not Farmers"

    Not anymore. 1950s, 50% of Americans lived on, operated or owned a farm. Now, less than 2% of the population combined are in farming, ranching, fishing, and forestry. Many small farmers, including many black small farmers have been forced out of the marketplace and had to sell or lease their land and find other jobs. It would be disingenious to suggest that black farmers would have been able to survive during the 70s alone without receiving loans from the government, the same loans that white farmers would have received. Maybe some of you children didn't get to experience the Carter years when interest rates reached 18%. The Carter years wiped out a lot of small farmers including black farmers and there was NO WAY that a black farmer could stay in business without a loan.

  • DaddysAngel27 Oct 1, 2013

    I am sick of obama!!!!!!

  • bigDC Oct 1, 2013

    Of course Obama signed that. Does that surprise anyone? They will probably get free cell phones also, you know to text and listen to music with there headphones while they all drive Chargers.

  • bmac813 Oct 1, 2013

    The Best part of this Story, Is MOST of them are not Farmers.
    One Man came out here a Few years ago ( Blackman) and went down the List and Pointed out Who was and Who wasn't a Farmer.

  • birkie74693 Oct 1, 2013

    Some of you people are AMAZING. These are hardworking farm people, who did NOT get loans because of their skin color, while other farmers with the same qualifications DID get loans.

    How in the WORLD can you complain about that? What if, for instance, Army and Marine veterans were receiving benefits but Air Force veterans were turned down for the same benefits? Would THAT be right? What if your town only issued drivers' licenses to Methodists, and turned away Baptists. Would THAT be right?

    This whole situation was a grotesque violation of the concept of equal protection under the law, it's not somebody getting something for nothing. If it had happened to you, you'd understand that.

  • tdouble232323 Oct 1, 2013

    This entire thing is a racket. If you haven't read up on who qualified and who is getting paid, do so please. A scam of epic proportions indeed.

  • workingforthosethatwont Oct 1, 2013

    if they were denied loans and eventually went on welfare, do they have to pay that back? oh wait, that would be fair and the gubment don't work that way.

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Oct 1, 2013

    Good

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