Courts deal repeated blows to race-based COVID stimulus

Courts deal repeated blows to race-based COVID stimulus

[Ed. – At least Dems are willing to recognize it for what it is: reparations.]

Federal judges in three states have put on hold a Biden administration program that forgives farm loans on the basis of race.

The American Rescue Plan Act offers about $4 billion in relief from Farm Service Agency loans for African-American, Hispanic, and Native American farmers. Judges hearing challenges to the program in Florida, Texas, and Wisconsin found that it violates constitutional equal protection principles and enjoined it on a nationwide basis. The program’s architects said it was a reparations measure made urgent by the coronavirus pandemic.

The early rulings against the program show that the Biden administration’s racial equity agenda is struggling against strong headwinds. The farm relief program is one of multiple race-based benefits in the Democratic stimulus that courts have put on hold. And the Supreme Court’s June decision upholding a pair of Arizona election regulations has complicated the Justice Department’s voting rights agenda.

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