September 16th, 2010
07:45 AM ET
8 years ago

Tractor is slow, but so is justice, black farmer says

(CNN) - Beginning Thursday, the head of the National Black Farmers Association will ride a tractor to Capitol Hill to press Congress to fund a historic discrimination case settlement involving minority farmers.

John Boyd says he will make the ride on the tractor he named "Justice" each day the Senate is in session.

Last week, he showed up in front of a federal courthouse in New York on a mule - a reference to Civil War-era promises of assistance for freed African-American slaves.

"I'm sorry my tractor may slow things down, but any delay in traffic is small potatoes compared to the years of delay black farmers have endured in our pursuit of justice," he said.

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    I respect what he's doing.........The court has ruled.......The awarded allotment should be reconciled to these farmers.

    September 16, 2010 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  2. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Why doesn't CNN tell us how many claimants there are versus how many black farmers were actually affected? There is the crux of the problem. It is like CNN letting the Democrat party get away with blaming the recession on Bush. When did the recession start? When did the Democrat party assume the majority in Congress? And when did they pass the Minimum Wage Bill that Bush stupidly signed in order to try to be bipartisan while dealing with a group of corrupt union toadys? Why doesn't the press report this stuff? Why does it keep letting the corrupt, inept, union toady president and his slimy followers get away with blaming it on Bush and the Republicans. BIAS.

    September 16, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. Jerry

    As it turns out, the original judgment of "Pigford v. Glickman" in 1999 only applied to a total of 16,000 black farmers. But in 2008, a junior Senator got a law passed to reopen the case and allow more black farmers to sue for funds. The Senator was Barack Obama.

    Because this law was passed in dead silence and because the woman responsible for spearheading it was an obscure USDA official, American taxpayers did not realize that they had just been forced in the midst of a worldwide depression to pay out more than $1.25 billion to settle a race claim.

    September 16, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  4. Dale

    What about all the white farmers that were pushed out by the big conglomerates? Hell we should pay them all too. What about everyone that has been pushed out by Mexican, Chinese ...etc sending us all our food? Hell pay everybody.....

    September 16, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |