[Ed. – How many black farmers are there in the U.S.? Asking for a friend.]
The $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package being pushed by President Biden puts more than $1 billion toward “socially disadvantaged” farmers and related groups — including an equity commission, agricultural training and other assistance to advance racial justice in farming.
“Socially disadvantaged” farmers are defined as those who are part of a group that has been discriminated against because of their race or ethnicity.
“By denying or delaying Black farmers the same loans, subsidies and other payments made to white farmers, USDA engaged in systematic racism that led to a dramatic decline in the number of Black farmers. This is not in dispute,” John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, told Fox News in a statement.
“Sadly, this long legacy of discrimination is baked into USDA programs, including how payments to Black farmers like me continue to be calculated,” Boyd continued.