Justice For Black Farmers serves as a grassroots effort conceived and managed by the 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, “Co-operative Agriculture For Minorities” to support Black Farmers who have experienced racial discrimination by the United States Department of Agricultural (USDA), and also serves as a public awareness campaign to educate the general public about Black Farmers’ ongoing battle for justice against the USDA.
Black Farmers have been suffering by the hands of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for decades. It is believed by 1992, the number of Black Farmers in the United States had decreased by 98% because of southern laws and disenfranchised by the political system; 12 million acres of farmland have been lost over the past century.
In December of 2010, Congress approved a $1.2 billion (Pigford) settlement brought forth by Black Farmers that the USDA used practices of racial discrimination between the years of 1981-1996. Initially filed in 1999, the lawsuit was recognized as the largest federal class-action lawsuit to date.
But ten years after the Pigford settlement, Black Farmers are continuing to not only lose their land, but also their health. While many believe that the financial settlement between the Black Farmers and the USDA had ended the ongoing ordeal, it had only matters for much of the affected farmers worst. 14,000 cases assigned during the Obama’s administration were never resolved, and “real farmers” in the Pigford settlement never received any justice. Much of the $1.2 billion settlement went to attorneys for their legal fees, farmers who did receive a settlement only received $50k and was heavily taxed and/or hand to be returned, consent decrees were not honored as outlined in the settlement and more.
Here we are in 2020 and Black Farmers still need help, therefore, this public awareness campaign is only a stepping stone to a movement that needs your help to move forward to make an impact that Black Farmers deserve.